Here are a few alternative uses I've come up with for some of the brushes in my collection:
1. Fluffy eyeshadow brush as concealer brush
I read this one in a magazine a few months ago, and it works great! Use a fluffy blending brush (typically for eyeshadow, like the Sigma E35) to buff in your undereye concealer, and you'll end up with a flawless, natural-looking finish. This also must be the same principle Elf was using when it designed its Flawless Concealer Brush (another favorite of mine)! But if you only have a fluffy eyeshadow brush, it's good to know you can repurpose it for concealer.
2. Flat foundation brush as undereye setting powder brush
This is the trick I just picked up from YouTube! I've had this Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder from Elf for a long time, but had never really figured out a good way to apply it so I hadn't used it much. Lo and behold: A small, flat foundation brush like the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush (which, in my opinion, actually kind of sucks for foundation) is perfect for patting this onto my undereye area post-concealer! It's small enough to keep the powder contained to the area, but large enough to cover it quickly without a lot of mess. Plus, the pointed tip helps me get into the inner corners of my eyes. I'll probably be getting a lot of use out of this Elf powder now!
Here's a closer photo of the flat foundation brush:
3. Pointed foundation brush as cream highlighter brush
|Sonia Kashuk Pointed Foundation Brush and It Cosmetics Hello Light! Anti-Aging Creme Radiance Illuminator|
I've mentioned the Sonia Kashuk Pointed Foundation Brush before, and I still think it makes a good foundation brush. But over time, I've come to prefer a flat, kabuki-style brush (like the Sigma F80) for applying foundation, so I decided to find another use for this brush. I noticed that it looks a heck of a lot like the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush, which they advertise as working well with their Hello Light cream highlighter. I gave it a try, and turns out it works perfectly! It's the perfect size and shape for highlighting my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and even right above the Cupid's bow of my lips. Love it!
So those are just a few ideas for how to use makeup brushes in a few different, out-of-the-box ways. Do you have any brushes you put to a different use besides their intended purpose? I'd love to know your tips and tricks, so please leave them in the comments!