I’d be the first to tell you that whenever I used to buy brush sets, the first brush I’d put aside and never use is the concealer brush. I had fingers. What need had I for a concealer brush? Just another fiddly item to use in the morning and to wash.
And then one day, I came across the poor unused concealer brushes I had and thought “Oh you poor dears, I’m sure you were made for a reason. Let’s see what you can do” Needless to say, I never looked back.
So, since I’m a convert to using concealer brushes, let me tell you why they are really quite a good idea and why although we have fingers that do a good job, the concealer brush helps it look better
The most obvious thing about using a concealer brush is that it is small. That also makes it more precise getting your product where you want it to.
I use a combination of fingers and brush and here’s how I generally use a concealer brush.
- Squeeze product on back of my hand (or if its a pan product then don’t).
- Take a concealer brush and spread the product around to warm it up and coat the brush.
- Dab the product on the areas that need concealing – redness, spots, pigmentation, undereye
- Using your ring finger (4th finger) lightly pat to spread and blend the product into skin
I realised that a concealer brush alone didn’t blend the product very well and can sometimes make it look streaky. So I use my fingers to blend. I found that the concealer brush actually helped me use less product, get it where I want it to go more precisely and the result was more natural because I was actually using thinner layers. If I need more coverage, I dab the brush over again and I get better coverage.
It was just like using a mini foundation brush and I wondered why it took me so long to figure out that it was actually quite a good idea! This is especially so for the under eye area where I soon realised that using my fingers resulted in me applying more product than necessary and that it would sometimes look too thick and emphasize lines. With the brush, I get thinner layers, cover only the areas that need covering and once blended, get a more natural result.
For now, the brush I’m using is the Sigma F70 Concealer Brush that came in one of their brush sets. I would recommend a synthetic brush because when using concealers, you dabble in cream products and a synthetic brush makes it easier to clean. I’m quite happy with it as its not too sparse and is soft yet firm, and I see that its sold individually for about US$10 so its really affordable and that’s one to consider. Otherwise, I’m sure there are other ones in the market that I don’t know about
Do you use a concealer brush and have one to recommend? Have you ever wondered what they were for?
I only started using a concealer brush last year (2012) so I’m late to the party as usual LOL! I mentioned it to a friend and she told me she stopped using it because it made her concealer look streaky but if you use it the way I do (and as I notice many makeup artists do) i.e. dab on concealer with a brush and use your fingers to blend, it blends very seamlessly into your skin. Try it and see if you like it!