Celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher shares expert beauty tips on how to select, apply and take care of your best beauty tools.
Cinderella had a magic wand when she needed an instant, night-ready makeover—for the rest of us, a makeup brush can be just as transformative and even more versatile when it comes to our beauty routine. Plus, we bet that Cinderella never got to choose between a soft oval tip or fluffy chiseled head for dusting a rosy blush on her appled cheeks. (Hint: the rounder and softer your makeup brush, the better it is for the face). We chatted with Jenn Streicher, celebrity makeup artist (she’s Emily Blunt’s beauty red carpet go-to) for her essential beauty application tools and her tips on how to make your makeup brushes last beyond the stroke of midnight.
Makeup brush tip #1: Think long-term.
Just like one of mom’s never-fail beauty tips, we’re siding with the classic quality over quantity adage here: “Good-quality brushes are a great investment. If you take care of them properly, they could last you a lifetime,” says Streicher. “I have brushes in my kit that I have had over 15 years! I'd say it’s better to invest in a few expensive brushes than lots of inexpensive disposable brushes.” To be covered for every type of makeup application, try Alima Pure artist essential makeup brushes made with Taklon bristles for sensitive skin (approx. $52 at alimapure.com).
Makeup brush tip #2: Have a varied set of makeup brushes.
Stock up your beauty bag: For every type of makeup application, there’s a brush for that. “I like to have a separate brush for separate uses,” says Streicher. “This depends on your personal makeup routine,” she explains. “But if I had to choose, I couldn't live without my bronzing brush, blush brush and two eye shadow brushes—one allover lid and a pencil brush.”
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