You are only as good as your tools, so the saying goes..and it can’t be truer for make-up brushes.
I have been trialling these stunning French Leonard Make-up Brushes over the last few months and I have to say I have never been happier with my make-up application, thanks to these professional little gems.
If you want a professional look, you need professional tools. I honestly can’t believe it has taken me this long to discover a stippling brush! This little guy is the business, if you have ever wondered how to get that awesome, flawless airbrushed look with your make-up application, I have the secret, read on!
What is it:
A stippler or stippling brush is typically made of a mix of natural and synthetic bristles, it is usually two tone, a black base with white pointy bristles at the top. It is thicker at the base and then thins out at the top, which creates a really light texture upon application, rather than a heavy, cakey finish.
It is great for applying cream and liquid based foundation, but can also be used to apply bronzer or blush, just make sure you clean between uses to wash away the pigment.
How to use:
Many make-up artists have different preferences on how to best use this brush, depending on what look you are trying to achieve but for me, this my preferred method:
Pump the liquid foundation on to the back of your hand, load up your brush and then gently dab on in small, sweeping, circular movements, slowly buffing the foundation and keep working it around to blend flawlessly.
The effect you get is such a light, even, dewy look – I’m obsessed with it! It is hard to explain but the clever design of the bristles allows the product to not just sit on top of your skin, but rather more evenly and your tiny, fine facial hairs aren’t flattened down like regular foundation brushes, instead they are left to sit as they were before, resulting in such a natural look.
Check out this Stippling Brush Tutorial from Samantha Chapman for how to create the picture perfect finish using this brush.
The Leonard brush that I was sent, is made of a mix of goat hair and synthetic fibre and a nickelled brass ferrule (which holds the bristles in place) and a solid shiny black handle. Leonard is a French manufacturer who specializes in quality cosmetic brush production. It is roughly RRP $55, you will be hard pushed to find a better quality brush, I will be bringing you more Leonard make-up brush reviews soon.
If you don’t already own a stippling brush, it might be time to add one to your make-up brush arsenal, I am pretty sure you won’t regret it as it has so many uses and provides such a flawless effect. Phone 0800 445 886, for your nearest stockists of the Leonard stippling brush.