If youâ€™ve ever peered inside your cosmetics bag and wondered if your makeup brushes are doing all your beauty products justice, youâ€™re not alone. Working out what brushes you need to get the job done can be tricky. With three bestselling books to her name, itâ€™s fair to say Australian make-up artist Rae Morris â€“ who has made over the likes of Cate Blanchett and Naomi Campbell â€“ knows a thing or two about the tools of the trade. In fact, it was her own needs as a make-up artist that served as the inspiration for her new make-up brush collection, Jishaku. â€śI needed softer, more calligraphy shaped brushes for my work,â€ť Morris explains.
Drawing on traditional Japanese brush-making techniques, Morris developed a collection of brushes that make applying make-up a fuss-free affair. â€śThe brushes are all handmade, which means they have been personally shaped,â€ť Morris says. What this means for the user, Morris explains, is itâ€™s possible to use the tiniest amount of product on the tip and the hairs around it will blend the product perfectly. â€śYou get a beautiful result with half the effort.â€ť
And for those who like their brushes on hand or on display, rather than stored away in a make-up bag, Morris has cleverly designed each of the brushes with magnetic bottoms. â€śIt means they are super easy to reach for and can be stacked on top of and inside the magnetic frame, which is a huge benefit when space is tight,â€ť says Morris. â€śIt also helps with hygiene as they can be hung upside down to dry once washed.â€ť
So, is there such a thing as owning too many brushes? Morris, who has a minimum of 100 brushes in her bag when she goes to work, says itâ€™s not possible. â€śOf course, the everyday woman wouldnâ€™t need quite that many,â€ť she laughs. â€śYou will always find a purpose for a brush, and even having three or four of the same brush means you can use them across different colours,â€ť Morris adds. The brush expert also recommends having a clean brush on standby to blend or finish off edges.
Despite her love of make-up brushes, Morris is able to narrow it down to four essentials that she believes every woman needs in their repertoire: a great foundation brush for flawless application, an eyeliner brush for perfect definition, a shading brush for contouring, and a blending eyeshadow brush. â€śI love the Angle Eye Blender brush; itâ€™s great for blending if you have socketed or hooded eyes.â€ť
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