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Beauty Dilemma: Make up brushes that won’t break the bank…

April 5, 2011

A little MakeUpbyNadia mention on Independent.ie

‘ “Help! I’m a bit of an addict when it comes to the fun stuff in my make-up bag but always seem to be on the back foot when it comes to brushes. I’d like to invest in some good make-up brushes, could recommend some that won’t break the bank?”

Being tempted by the latest seasonal goodies is something we all succumb to from time to time and it can be difficult to say no to the latest eyeshadow shades. Unfortunately, as fun as the goodies are, most beauty products come with bad quality applicators and sponges which are never going to get the best from the product you’ve spent your money on. If it’s a professional finish your after you’ll need to invest in your kit.

As brushes can be among the most expensive items in our vanity cases it isn’t particularly fun parting with the money. Well looked after, good brushes do offer a good return since make-up will be quicker and easier to apply, your finished look will be more natural and you’ll have more control. As good brushes also tend to pick up less product than fingers or sponges, you may find that your favourite products go that much further.

When it comes to the shopping bit, brushes made from natural fibres tend to be better quality then synthetic versions. Look out for brushes that are soft to the touch and handles that fit comfortably in your hand. As you are starting from scratch, a starter set of brushes may be the most purse-friendly option. MAC and Make Up Store both offer limited edition mini sets which offer standard brushes with slightly shorter handles and include all the basics such as the foundation, powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner and lip brush. As you get used to the brushes, you can then replace the ones you get the most use out of with standard size brushes.

If you’d prefer to start buying one by one, celebrity make-up artist Nadia El Ferdaoussi recommends Eco Tools which are stocked in Boots.

She says; “As the whole range is super soft and made from natural and recycled materials they’re eco friendly and 100% cruelty free too. These should be perfect for a basic set and you can add higher end brushes as you go.”

Finally once you’ve got them in your make-up bag treating your brushes with a little TLC will keep them in good shape. Washing them regularly with a little shampoo and letting them drip dry flat will remove bacteria and keep them in shape – good luck!

Got a beauty dilemma? Email us at beauty@independent-digital.com

by Sinead Van Kampen’

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