Our brush set contains all your brush essentials
Although it is tempting to apply make up with your fingertips, using the right brush is the only way to achieve a properly polished makeup finish.
Below is our full guide on the Why’s, the How’s, and the What fors?
But first let’s talk about our bristles!
All our brushes in this kit are high quality, vegan synthetic bristles. Synthetic make the best mid –range price choice when you need multi-taskers!
They also beat most of their natural brothers when it comes to the application of any product that is liquid or creamy or when the brush needs to be dense (Foundation buffing Brush) or angled.
The weighted aluminium handles are designed for durability and (with the exception of the retractable lip brush) to stand upright and maximise hygiene.
Foundation Buffing Brush
Flawless i-perfection application.
What does it look like? Stubby, dome-shaped and about an inch wide with tightly packed bristles.
Why? Compared to using a sponge, using a foundation buffing brush creates a flattering “airbrushed finish” to your foundation or tinted moisturiser. Using a foundation brush will also help your product last longer and go further, because your brush doesn’t soak up so much.
How to use it? Pour a small amount of product onto the back of your hand and pick some of it up with the tip of your brush. Start in your T-zone, and use broad, downward strokes to blend the makeup onto nose, cheeks and forehead. Use the tapered edges of the brush to get hard-to-reach places, like the corner of the nose. Use small, circular strokes to blend any leftover lines.
Evenly apply pressed powder to the whole face.
What does it look like? Soft, full and with rounded bristles. A larger and fuller version of the powder brush.
Why? It doesn’t matter if you are using this brush with a setting powder to mattify, or with a bronzer or highlighter for added glow, this brush is perfect to achieve a light even coverage.
How to use it? Press against the powder and with a light, sweeping motion, apply to entire face. Tap to remove excess powder and then apply in a circular motion to ensure that the product is evenly distributed right across your face.
Apply and contour your highlight, blush or bronzer
What it looks like? Soft, full and with rounded bristles
Why? Applying blush, or bronzer to contour and create definition. By pinching the centre of the brush can also create a fan shape to add additional highlight.
How to use it? Lightly swirl the brush into the baked powder of your choice. If using a bronzer, Start just below your cheekbone where it meets your ear beneath your temple (at the top of your cheekbone), hold the brush horizontal to the floor and move the brush downwards into your skin, following the natural line of your cheekbone. Focus on adding more pigment along the hairline and thin it out as it goes down to create a gradient effect.
Eye Shadow Brush
Apply and layer eye makeup. If you only buy one eye brush, this is it!
What it looks like? A medium-sized, flat brush with a dome-shaped tip.
Why? This is the brush you need to apply and layer a simple eye look. This brush will work with both a cream and a powder shadow.
How to use it? Dip your brush into eye shadow and, if using a powder, tap off any excess and sweep over eyelid.
Then is using a second colour, pick it up on the tip of the brush and pat firmly across the socket. Use the flat side for application and the tip for blending.
Soften harsh lines and edges – especially important for a Smokey eye.
What it looks like? Similar to the eye shadow brush, but larger and with softer, fluffier bristles.
Why? Helps to soften any harsh lines and edges which becomes especially important when using darker coloured pigments a beautifully smoked eye.
How to use it? Once you have applied your base shadows with your eye shadow brush, use the tip of this brush to put a small amount of darker shadow into outer side of your crease and move the blending brush in small, circular motions to create gradation across the socket and towards the centre of your face.
You can also use this brush to add a soft highlight at the side of your nose and under your brow.
Angled Eye shadow brush
Apply gel or shadow as eyeliner – to create a softer look.
What it looks like? A small, flat, firm, slanted brush with densely packed bristles.
Why? Applying i-gel or i-shadow as a powder eyeliner. Using this brush creates a softer look than using i-flick.
How to use it? Either wipe across the i-gel or pat gently into your chosen shade of i-shadow, hold it up to your lash line, with the longer end at the inner corner of the eye. Slowly pat along lash line, creating a straight line to the outer corner.
This brush is also great for filling in eyebrows to create a softer, more natural effect than a pencil and for filling in lips when you want to create a really sharply angled cupid’s bow.
Crisp lip lines and a longer lasting perfect pout.
What it looks like? A small, curved and pointed paint brush shape with a fine tip that fully retracts into its aluminum base.
Why? Helps to make your lip outline clean and crisp and replace the need for a pencil liner. The retractable mechanism allows the brush to be loaded with lipsticks and then used for touch ups on the go.
How to use it? Brush your lip brush across the bullet of your lipstick to fully load the brush (or dip into the gloss) and, starting from the centre of your lips, blend the product outward toward your lip line. To get the perfect finish, use the brush tip to help add definition to your lips at the cupids bow and corners. Using a lip brush also means that you won’t waste your products so they will last longer too.
You can also use your lip brush for a hygienic and precise application of concealer and, as a backup, for the application of eyeliner.
Creates a perfect rounded point to any pencil product.
What it looks like? A chic, white pearlescent, dual size pencil sharpener
Why? Use with a large range of cosmetics including New CID Cosmetics’ i-fix. The metal cutting blades have been specifically engineered to precisely sharpen to a slightly rounded point. The clever design incorporates a built in box to catch shavings, and a wand to help clean hard to reach areas near the cutting blade.
Top Tip – Keep it clean!
To maintain your brushes and good hygiene standards, make sure that you spray your makeup brushes with a good cleaner in between uses and wash your brushes thoroughly with brush shampoo at the end of each day.
Bear in mind that much of our range is highly pigmented and you might need to maintain several sets of brushes to keep your brushes clean.
We recommend for example that our i-bronze Rio always has its own brush!