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Beauty question: Should I buy good make-up brushes?

Good brushes can help you get the best results from your make-up

10 NOVEMBER 2010

It's true that many cosmetics come packaged complete with a small brush or applicator, but to be quite honest, these aren't usually top quality; the bristles may be harsh or of uneven lengths, and they may start to shed after a few uses. Usually, they're fine for emergencies, and for a quick fix, but when we need the very best results, they just don't measure up.

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If you've been around professional makeup artists and cosmeticians, you'll have noticed that they hate being separated for their own precious kit of brushes – these are the tools of their trade and have been chosen with care.

It's a good idea, then, to put aside some of your makeup budget to buy good quality brushes. 



How many brushes do I need?

To begin with, you'll need a large brush for blusher and another brush for eye shadow. That's the absolute minimum, but it's worthwhile getting three more: a fine brush for dark shadows, a big soft tassel brush or kabuki for powder, and a hard brush with short bristles for lip colour.

Look good...feel better with these high-quality make-up brushes

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