Makeup: Tools of the trade


Apply makeup like an artist with our beginner’s guide to the perfect brush

Small eye brush: Perfect when creating a smoky eye. Use to smudge products close to the lash lines.
Try: 1) MAC #219 Pencil Brush, $68; and 2) Clinique Eye Contour Brush, $46

Powder brush: These are perfect for contouring, applying powder and blush.
Try: 3) Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush, $75; 4) Estée Lauder Powder Foundation Brush, $107; 5) Clinique Powder Foundation Brush, $68; 6) YSL Number 3 Powder Brush, $98; and 7) MAC #168 Large Angled Contour Brush, $85.

Eyeliner brush: If you love liquid liner, this brush is for you. Its fine-tipped design will help you create a precise line – particularly with gel liners.
Try: 8) MAC #209 Eye Liner Brush, $51.


Foundation brush: “Every woman needs a great brush for applying foundation,” says MAC national makeup artist Kiekie Stanners. Ideally you want one that will buff either liquid, cream or powder product seamlessly into the skin.
Try: 9) Elizabeth Arden Foundation Brush, $52; and 10) MAC #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush, $90.

Lip brush: While many of us think swiping on a lipstick straight from the bullet is the way to do it, we bet you’ll find a lip brush will help you apply your lippy quicker and easier.
Try: 11) MAC #318 Retractable Lip Brush, $62, has a retractable casing so you’re not left with remnants of lippy in your handbag; and 12) QVS lip brush, $9.

Blush brush: This is like a powder brush but smaller, so you can use it on the apples of your cheeks.
Try: 13) YSL Number 4 Blush Brush, $75, for blusher.

Angled brow brush: Trust us, you’ll never want to use a pencil again once you’ve used an angled short-hair brush to fill in your brows. Try: 14) MAC #208 Angled Brow Brush, $51; and 15) The Body Shop Slanted Brush, $23.

Blending brush: Stanners says that a specialised eye brush will always make it easier to apply eye makeup. Use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply colour and soften harsh edges.
Try: 16) YSL Number 9 Eye Blender Brush, $49; 17) MAC #217, $48; and 18) Estée Lauder Blending Shadow Brush 25, $55