Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Brushes & Tools

The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Brushes & Tools
The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Brushes & Tools by Anna Hunter* is described as being 'Your essential guide to the tools, brushes and applicators that make ALL the difference'.  Anna Hunter is an award winning Makeup Maniac columnist for Get The Gloss and this guide is the first in a series of practical, download-and-keep guides and a must read!

The guide is broken down into three parts and throughout you will read about:
  • The history of makeup brushes and makeup tools 
  • The pros and cons of natural and synthetic brushes
  • The tools and applicators that will revolutionise your beauty routine from start to finish
  • The best methods, gadgets and products for brush cleaning
  • The latest makeup brush and tool development and technology set to change the face of makeup artistry
  • How to look after those brushes
The guide is a mere 44 pages long and is packed full of advice from top makeup artists such as Daniel Sandler, Kevyn Aucoin, Lee Pycroft, Justine Jenkins and Lou Dartford and is such a good read, I had devoured it within an hour, thoroughly enjoying a break from reading my usual gory blood curdling Crime Thrillers, to something a little more practical, educational and incredibly useful.


The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Brushes & Tools
The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Brushes & Tools

The book starts with some historical factors about makeup with a trip back to Ancient Egypt and the wings of Cleopatra's Eyeliner, to 17th Century Rouge and what use a Hares foot had for blusher or Squirrel Hair for makeup setting!.  I was fascinated by the history of make up brushes and the little unknown fact about a little town of Kumano in Japan, where an astonishing 15million brushes for some big brands such as RMK, Shiseido and Suqqu.  

The past I really enjoyed was the Tool and Brush Wardrobe which offered an in-depth analysis of brushes for concealer, your eyes, cheeks, lips, adding a base and eyeliner.  There is a brush or tool to suit every mood, need, technique, trend, face shape and perhaps most importantly, the ones which are right for you. I have now found some more brushes that I feel I need for my growing collection and some that I already have, but perhaps don't really need.

A chapter I think everything should read from this mini guide is called 'Coming Clean' and it is about looking after your brushes and tools and whilst cleaning them might not be exciting, it is one of those essential tasks. This chapter takes you through how to wash your brushes effectively and how you can do it using different products from shampoos, solid cleansers and even foams and brush conditioners.  How and why you should dry your brushes in a certain why and is there finally a way to use a face wipe without being vilified? Well you will have to read this guide for yourself.

You can purchase your copy of this guide here for just £4.95.

43 comments:

  1. I have a real soft spot for beautiful brushes but have to admit I am not good at their maintenance, so thanks for sharing!

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  2. Maintenance? Eek! *runs off to clean brushes*

    In all seriousness, I can never decide if I like applying my make up with a brush, it somehow feels more intuitive with my fingers but I have a gorgeous set of brushes that I do "try" to use properly :-)

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  3. Wow 44 pages on makeup brushes, who knew it was so tricky. Although I am really bad as I only just started regularly cleaning my brushes cause they were awful! x

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  4. This looks like a great guide, and something I most definitely need! I'm terrible at it all!

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  5. I need this guide, especially for someone like me! What I actually need is "An Idiot's Guide to Make-up" ;) x

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  6. Oh wow. I'm not really the kind of girl who wears make up and into all this beauty but that book looks interesting!

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  7. I have lots of makeup brushes but I'm not even sure what some are for so I just wing it! I can see all the beauty lovers loving this guide :)

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  8. I would definitely would like to read the The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Brushes & Tools to give me some awesome tips, thanks for sharing :)

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  9. sounds like a good book! I love reading beauty books and learning new tricks and what each brush is used for.

    Sophie
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    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  10. I'm a makeup brush noob at the moment. I don't have that many (I use one CONSTANTLY) and I've never cleaned it... terrible I know but when it breaks or gets badly dirty I just buy a new one... this book will teach me the right path!

    Alina | home and lifestyle blogger UK

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  11. This is definitely something I need to read! I have a few real techniques and eco tools brushes but not enough for all the different types that are out there. I also sometimes get confused about which brush does what and so on.

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  12. That is actually one of my go to books every day! Great overview and reminded me to go and clean all of my brushes, I usually take them to shower with me and then just sit there cleaning them haha..Lovely post! X

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  13. ahh.. I've never done anything for my brushes. I really should! Thanks for the reminder.

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  14. I had no idea make up brushes were so involved! I don't think I could manage half a page on the subject if I had to write it, let alone 44! I really should read this. I feel like I'm missing something.

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  15. I only have a few make up brushes, and am terrible at looking after them, this book sounds really interesting

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  16. This must be a very interesting book. I don't have all the essential brushes and I'm always looking for suggestios :)
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  17. This looks really interesting, I'll have to check it out!

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  18. Love this i didnt know this was out ill need to check it out

    www.beautyandtheboy.com

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  19. im so lazy but im getting there lol x

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  20. It's a interesting read, I clean my brushes once in a while but only when I remember.

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  21. Ok I think I definitely need to read this - I totally need to learn more about brushes. x

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  22. Sounds like a good read. I love makeup brushes and I have a couple of really good MAC ones I wouldn't want to lose.

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  23. I definitely don't take good enough care of my brushes. I don't know a lot about them either. This sounds like a great guide.

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  24. I rarely wear make up so I know absolutely nothing about brushes - if I ever get less lazy and start to wear it I will definitely need to read this!

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  25. This book looks like such an interssting read especially if you love make up. I need to take more care of my make up brushes.

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  26. This book seems so helpful, I don't know the first thing about make up brushes, let alone looking after them so maybe I should get this haha x

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  27. This book sounds like a good read - will have to check this out and give it a read! x

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  28. This sounds like a good read - I used to be so much better with my skincare and makeup routine and it's all gone a bit down hill since I had my daughter - I do have some lovely brushes that I really should use more though!

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  29. Sounds like an informative guide. Will look it up.

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  30. I cannot say that I have ever washed my make-up brushes oops

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  31. This looks like such a useful guide. I will have to buy this for my teenage daughter as she will love this ( she is make up crazy ) xx

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  32. This sounds like a very useful guide for people into such things. I'll keep it in mind as a gift idea!

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  33. Sounds like some great tips. May have to give it a go xx

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  34. I love make up brushes! I have so many I don't even know what half of them do! This guide sounds really helpful! x

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  35. Who knew there was so much to learn from make up brushes I certainly didn't! I have a lot to learn evidently.

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  36. I don't use face wipes but I must admit to being fairly slovenly regarding the cleaning of my make up brushes. I inspected my blusher brush today and was horrified that it is falling apart.

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  37. Ah this sounds so useful, I always struggle to know what brushes & tools to use for what jobs! :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  38. I have no idea what each brush is supposed to do. I'm pretty sure I use an eyeliner one to do my eyebrows haha!

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  39. I'm terrible for not looking after my make up brushes x

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  40. I hate washing my brushes, but its need to be done. I wait when all my brushes need a cleans and then wash them all at once x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  41. I hate washing my brushes, but its need to be done. I wait when all my brushes need a cleans and then wash them all at once x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  42. I am not one for brushes, just too lazy to keep looking after them!

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  43. "The history of makeup brushes and makeup tools" - see, this interests me. Every item in your house has a history to it, and that fascinates me. I want to learn more!

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