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The 6 brushes makeup artists swear by

The 6 brushes makeup artists swear by The 6 brushes makeup artists swear by
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Should a blaze break out in the home of a professional makeup artist, the second thing they would grab (after an iPhone or a small human) would be their brush roll. Brushes are to a makeup artist what a toolbox is to a tradie but with so many to choose from what do you need in your kit? We hit up MECCA’s finest for their advice—the six essential brushes every makeup fan should own—and how to get the best use out of them. (Tip: as a general rule of thumb use natural hairs for powders and synthetic for liquids and creams—they’re better at working product into the skin so it stays on your face, not on the brush.)

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THE BLUSH BRUSH

When we heard whispers of a new Kevyn Aucoin brush in the works, we unzipped our makeup bags in anticipation and the brand’s latest Blush Brush has not disappointed. The expertly tapered head and super-soft natural goat hair disperses colour evenly and seamlessly, making for perfectly precise blush application. And, it’s especially good for draping. Add to cart now.

Kevyn Aucoin Blush Brush

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CONCEALER, NAILED

Even if you’re a brush rookie, The Finger Brush is a safe bet promising precision and control for perfect concealer application. Yes, it’s particularly good for navigating hard-to-reach places because, mimicking the action of a finger—hence the name. This compact little number is made up of densely packed synthetic hair which is ideal for applying creams and liquids because it doesn’t soak up the product before it’s had a chance to hit your skin. Extra brownie points for the fact that the handle is made from recycled aluminium and bottles.

Urban Decay The Finger Brush

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PERFECT FOR POWDER

One of the most cashmere-soft tools in our brush belt, this luxe powder brush from La Mer is made from the finest natural bristles. The oversized head glides powder over skin like a dream to create an even, naturally-buffed finish in no time. Trust us, it will be love at first touch.

La Mer Powder Brush

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NEXT-LEVEL CONTURING

Looking for the icon, the mecca of artistry tools? You found it, this is the brush no contouring fan can live without. The NARS Kabuki Ita Brush, made from black goat hair, hugs the contours of the face like no other. Its flat, angular design will have you sculpted, defined, contoured and blended—ready to face the day—or night.

NARS Kabuki Ita Brush

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A FRIEND TO ALL FOUNDATION

Whether you use liquid or powder foundation, the Hourglass #2 Foundation Brush handles both wet and dry conditions beautifully. It’s also brilliant with blush or bronzer making it the perfect allrounder. The secret lies in the ultra-soft, flexible Taklon (synthetic fibre) bristles. And PS every brush in Hourglass’ range, is cruelty-free and vegan.

Hourglass #2 Foundation Brush

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AND… HOW TO KEEP THEM CLEAN

Look after your brushes and they’ll look after you. Translation: clean them gently and regularly. The Brush Guard Kit has everything you need to keep yours in tip-top condition: bacteria-clearing shampoo that’s suited to both synthetic and natural-haired bristles, a wash cup, blotting cloth, and brush guards that keep your tools in shape as they dry—and protects them when they’re rolling around in your makeup bag.

The Brush Guard Kit


Words by Emily Deacon.

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