Why Do You Need A Lip Brush?

You will want to grab hold of a lip brush for the all amazing advantages it offers.

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We all know that lipsticks can be directly applied, and the right shades can take your facial features to an entirely new level. But what are the reasons to use a lip brush? If that question is bugging you, you have landed on the right page. We have always seen artists reaching out for a brush whenever it comes to applying eye makeup. This makeup tool allows you to blend different shades to create a striking makeup look. Investing in makeup brushes is always a wise decision as they offer precision and ensure that your foundation, concealer, contours, blushes, and compact are properly applied.

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  • For Easier Application: For Easier Application An angled brush makes the application easier on the edges of the lips.
  • Brush Design: For Easier Application Lengthy and thin-handled brushes are ideal for applying lipstick.
  • Cleaning Tip: For Easier Application Ensure you keep the brush upside down while cleaning so that the product residue passes out with the water.

Lip brushes have similar functions. They feature a thin and long pencil-like wand and soft bristles that create a tapered point. It allows you to apply your lipsticks and glosses on the lips evenly.

But most of us tend to avoid this important tool during our makeup regimen. This is because we find it easy to apply the product directly from the stick or the tube instead of using pots, pans, or palettes.

Lip brushes look unnecessary to most of us, and we refrain from adding on to our makeup kit. But the fact is, every time you try a unique or bold color like hot red, vibrant fuchsia, or even purple and black – you have to ensure full coverage. In this article, we will talk about all the benefits of using a lip brush and how it can make your lips pop. Swipe up!

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Most lip brushes contain synthetic bristles made of polyester, nylon, or a mix of both. However, some brushes may contain natural animal bristles which makes it important for vegans to read the labels carefully.

Why Should You Use a Lip Brush?

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1. Lip brushes are designed to apply lip cosmetics with precision, promote product conservation, and to prevent them from smudging. A long handle provides optimum control, and a curved, tapered bristle provides better precision. This results in even, feather resistant budge-proof application. An even thin layer of lipstick always looks better and sophisticated than one applied with a bullet. You can also layer your lipstick with the help of a lip brush to improve its staying power.

2. If you are mixing several shades and/or formulas, you absolutely need a lip brush. Using a lipstick brush to apply lip colour may result in lipstick lasting longer because less product layers are used in each application.

3. In addition, a lip brush is often used to blend lip liner and lipstick together on the lips. Some people who use these brushes do not even need to use a lip liner because the application tends to be very precise. A lip liner however is still needed to give perfect shape to the lips and to prevent a lipstick from bleeding. This even application technique also prevents the lip liner from looking too severe and harsh, thus giving more natural appearance to the lips. As we all know, blending makeup is the only way to make it look soft and natural, giving it a professional finish.

Mary, a blogger shares her makeup routine and how she uses a lip brush for effective lip makeup. She adds, “I take my time with a lip brush. It’s a lot faster to swipe it on like chapstick straight out of the tube, but chances are it won’t be very well blended (i).” She shares that the bendability might differ but adds, “A good lip brush will be synthetic so it doesn’t absorb all the product and small/flat for a precise line.”

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Using a lip brush helps you apply interesting lip coloring techniques such as the ombre look. It also helps create an illusion of fullness on thin lips as it allows you to draw and extend the size of the lips.

How To Use A Lip Brush?

A lip brush may be dipped right into a lip pot or tube of lipstick or you can even squeeze out a bit of it on a makeup tray and apply it with a lip brush. Do not share your lip brushes with anyone else and keep two separate lip brushes for lighter and darker colours to prevent unwanted mixing.

Lipstick Application:

For a lipstick or a lip gloss application, start from the center of your lips and blend product out towards your lip line. To get a crisp finish, use the tip of the brush to define the lip lines at the bows and corners. This way ensures full-coverage and extreme color intensity.

Different Types of Lip Brushes

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Lip brushes come in several forms: regular or classic and retractable. Retractable ones are the better because they are travel friendly and comes with a cap that fits into place at the opposite end of the brush, thus giving more handle length.

How to Clean and Maintain A Lip Brush?

Lip brush and a lipstick
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It is necessary to regularly maintain and clean lip brushes by washing them gently with warm water and soap to ensure the longevity of their usage. Make sure to also keep them dry. Like any other makeup tools should also be replaced every year especially when the bristles become stiff or start to fray. Ada Hsieh, a highly experienced makeup artist says, “Standard practice is to wash your brushes after every use to maintain hygiene. However, I realize that’s not very practical in most cases, so just wash as often as you can.

Infographic: Top 5 Reasons You Need A Lip Brush

A lip brush is a must-have for anyone who wants precise, well-defined lips. It also helps your lipstick last longer and minimizes the need for touch-ups throughout the day. Check the infographic below for the top five reasons to keep a lip brush handy if you are not convinced yet!

top 5 reasons you need a lip brush (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Lip brushes can take your lip makeup to new heights. So, do not hesitate to invest in this small product that can create magic. Applying lipstick (especially those that have bold shades) without a lip brush may not give you an even-toned and smooth look. So, you have many reasons to use a lip brush. Now, go on and get yourself this tool and let your lips do the talking. It is time to steal the show and grab many compliments!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a lip brush for liquid lipstick?

Yes. You can use a lip brush for liquid lipstick for precise application and flawless coverage.

Can you use a concealer brush as a lip brush?

Unless you are lining over the lips with a concealer to accentuate the shape of your lips, it is not ideal to use a concealer brush as a lip brush.

Does using a lip brush minimize the risk of smudging or bleeding lipstick?

Yes, using a lip brush can minimize the risk of smudging or bleeding lipstick as it provides precise application and control.

Does using a lip brush make it easier to correct mistakes or clean up edges?

A lip brush allows more precise and targeted adjustments, making it easier to correct mistakes or clean up edges.

Does using a lip brush allow for better product control and less product waste?

A lip brush helps to uniformly spread the product and prevents unnecessary product buildup, resulting in better product control and less product waste.

Key Takeaways

  • A lip brush offers more control, definition, and precision while applying lipstick.
  • It allows you to experiment with multiple shades without any mess.
  • It is best to carry multiple brushes to avoid mixing light and dark shades.
  • Soap and water help clean and maintain the quality of your brushes.
Reasons to use a lip brush

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Are you tired of smudging your lipstick or struggling to get a precise application? Check the below video to learn how to use a lip brush like a pro and achieve a flawless finish every time.

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Ada HsiehMakeup Artist

Ada Hsieh is a highly experienced makeup artist specializing in high fashion editorial and special effects makeup. She has learned directly from the masters in the industry like Danessa Myricks, Mimi Choi, and Lan-Nguyen Grealis. She is also the CEO and Founder of Ada Lip Beauty, a bio-based beauty brand specializing in lip color and care with lipstick pigmented only...read full bio

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