Face First Makeup Brush Guide

A good makeup bag begins with a good set of tools. And when it comes to cosmetics tools, brushes are on the top of our ‘must-have’ list.
Here we explain which brushes should be used for what and how to keep your brushes in tip-top shape so you get the most out of them.

For Compact Powder Application

The Powder brush should be fluffy as a brush with densely packed, stiff bristles used on a powder compact will lead to uneven application.
To use, swirl your powder brush over your compact then tap the excess powder back into to brush rather than off. Use the brush to apply your powder as needed.
TIP: Don’t be tempted to use the same powder brush for foundation powder, blush and bronzer or you might end up looking a too bronzed or, even worse, red in the face.
The ELES Soultion: Our tapered powder brush is a plush, fluffy brush perfect for powder application.

For Loose Powder
The Kabuki Brush features tightly packed bristles and are perfect for loose powder. They allow you to buffer your powder.
To use, pick up loose powder with the brush and tap excess powder back into the bristles. Apply in circular motion and build as necessary.
The ELES Solution: Try our Mini Kabuki Brush. It’s the perfect size to fit into your makeup bag.

Liquid Foundation
If you use a liquid foundation and you’re not satisfied with using fingers or sponges, the foundation brush is for you. Brush application makes for the most flawless medium-coverage finish.
The ELES Solution: Our Foundation Brush features bristles made from taklon – a synthetic fiber ideally suited to the application of cream based products.

The blush brush is slimmer than a powder brush and generally has a dome shape. When using the blush brush, tap excess blush off the brush, not back into the bristles. Otherwise you run the risk of over-the-top red cheeks. Try an angled blush brush for perfect contouring.
The ELES Solution: Our Angled Blush Brush is perfect for applying blush that chisels your cheeks.

How to Clean Your Brushes:
Once a month to once every six weeks you should take the time to clean all your make-up brushes. You can do this using a brush cleaner and warm water or you can try baby shampoo.
Rinse with water and apply a little cleaner to your brush then turn it in a circular motion on the palm of your hand. Continue until the water runs clean then towel dry before leaving the brushes out overnight to dry completely.

All ELES brushes are designed by leading makeup artists and feature bristles made from plush natural hair. Check out the full collection here.