Brushes 101

By Jess Arnaudin

Using cosmetic brushes in your daily beauty routine is simple! VMV makeup ambassador Jess Arnaudin breaks down the basics…

For most women, owning an arsenal of beauty tools is both overwhelming and unnecessary. Say goodbye to cosmetic confusion with these five sublimely soft, skin-safe brushes.


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Skintelligent Beauty Foundation Brush

Similar to building a house (or a great relationship!), a good foundation is paramount. The same applies to your skin! This brush is specifically designed to evenly distribute liquid foundations and BB creams. Use gentle tapping or stippling motions to create a natural, even finish. Try with ultra-light Skintangible BB (but better!) Cream SPF 30 or Skin Savvy Foundation.

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Skintelligent Beauty Concealer and Eyeshadow Brush

We love products that multi-task…and this beauty powerhouse brush does just that! A smaller version of the flat foundation brush, this tool will cover naso-labial redness, blemishes, and dark circles under the eyes. It can also be used to apply eyeshadow! Try using with Skin-The-Bluff Concealer.

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Skintelligent Beauty Blush Brush

This brush will give you the warm + fuzzies! It’s fluffy, soft, and simple to wield. Dip brush into powder (award-winning Skin Bloom Blush is a great option!) and tap off excess. The round, loosely-bound nature of the bristles will distribute pigment evenly to the apples of your cheeks. Can also be used with bronzer, highlighter, or, in a pinch, powder foundation.

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Skintelligent Beauty Eye Contour Brush

This is the only brush you need to create a gorgeous eye application! The detailed dome shape is ideal for coloring the entire lid or adding dimension and depth by contouring the crease. Use wet or dry for varying color payoff from pigments. Two True Hues Eyeshadow takes the guesswork out of choosing colors — each duo comes with a highlight and contour shade.

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Skintelligent Beauty Angled Eye Definer Brush

You didn’t think I’d leave out brows, did you? Statement-making brows took spring-summer runways by storm. Achieve this here-to-stay trend at home with a densely bound angled brush. Use short, light strokes to feather powder into sparse areas of brows. Try wet for a smudgy I-woke-up-like-this eyeliner. (H)Eyebrow Eye + Brow Liner gives you multiple looks and effects in one compact.



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