Beauty expert Raychel Wade — La Prairie’s Colour Ambassador, makeup artist and founder of consulting service Cheektochic.com — shows us some essential tools for our beauty arsenal.
Why are brushes so important?
“Brushes are designed to help your makeup go on better,” explains Wade. “Companies give a lot of thought into the shape of the brush and the type of hair that works well for picking up and depositing pigment. I tell my clients a high-quality brush will last you for years. They’re a great investment.”
MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, $25, www.maccosmetics.com
“The concentrated bristles are great for applying, depositing and building color on to your eyelids.”
MAC 217 Blender Brush, $23, www.maccosmetics.com
“It’s the perfect blender brush that fits into the crease [of your eye].”
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush, $20, www.maccosmetics.com
“The angle of this liner brush can give you both a precise line or a more blurry one for a smoky eye.”
NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush, $50, www.narscosmetics.com
“The egg-shaped head is great for depositing color on your cheekbones as well as highlighting them.”
Dermablend Professional Concealer Brush, $22, www.dermablend.com
“The unique shape fits into the nooks of your eyes and around your nose. [It’s] also great for applying cream shadow or primer.”
Armani Designer Foundation Expert Shaping Brush, $51, www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com
“The small head and short hairs are ideal for working the foundation into your skin for a seamless finish.”