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Cosplay Tips – Makeup Brushes

When we think of cosplay tools, I’m sure a heat gun or knife kit probably comes to mind first.

However, there are other tools that you can use to bump your cosplay up to the next level.

For me, one group is makeup brushes.

Don’t run away yet, lemme explain.

As you may know, I’m a big proponent of wearing makeup for cosplay. I seriously believe it can make all the difference for your cosplay – in between how you appear to others, how you appear in photographs, and how you can match your character better. Make-up is AMAZING for that. Even male cosplayers, who often growl at me at the suggestion, should wear makeup. It takes you to the next level, the same way a wig does! Get over your fear.

So, part of applying makeup is brushes.

You don’t need to spend $100s of your hard-earned cash to escalate your look. Lemme tell you that much right here.

I own cheap brushes. Like $10 for 12 brushes cheap.

But they work amazingly well- because I’ve learned how to care for cheap brushes.

Firstly, let me show you the brushes I own:

Here are my exact set from Amazon. I am not an Amazon Affiliate, I do not get kick-backs- I’m just genuinely admitting that these are the ones I own, and I like them.

Here’s the deal. These range from $10-14 USD. I bought them at $12. They’re cheap. I know it.
But, if you know how to handle cheap brushes, you’ll love them.

Here’s my ‘new owner’ process for cheap brushes.

1) Remove the handles. They’re wimpy at first, for real- the glue is weak, and they won’t stick on. After a few washes, the handles will fall off, so it’s better to start off right. Remove those handles first thing.

2) Wash the brushes. These smelled like …. something. I dunno what. But, I knew it would be best to wash them. So I did. My process for washing brushes is HERE.
If you want the simple steps – Small bowl of warm water and dash of soap (baby shampoo, brush cleaner, etc. I use my plain clarifying Suave shampoo). Tap each brush in a few times, then remove and swirl on the palm of your hand. Then rinse thoroughly. I hang mine to dry, with the bristles facing down from a rack in my kitchen. When completely dry, swirl on your clean palm to fluff the brushes. Tadaaa.

3) Using E6000 or a hot glue gun (I used the latter), glue the handles and brushed back together. If you have the same set as me, remember that the larger brushes are labeled, so you’ll want to match them up first.

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4) That’s it. Store them in something pretty, and repeat washings as necessary.

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Also, please don’t ignore washing your brushes. Leaving them dirty will essentially put dirt on your faces, and in your pores. No fun. Check out the difference between my dirty and clean brushes below, as well as my blenders! The first (white) one is a knock-off, and the hot pink one is the my Beautyblender from Birchbox that I got using some of my points last year.

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Here’s the name brand before and after. It expands, so it’s not a trick that it looks a little bigger inthe second picture.

 

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After:

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For me, this makes the brushes hold together way longer, and the initial wash softens and cleans them.

As for using them with makeup, here’s a quick guide from Allure Magazine that explains the usage of each type of brush!

You can also check out the search terms “Makeup Brush Guides” on Pinterest to find tons of useful guides, tutorials and tips!

Again, I don’t get a kickback on anything. i’m just letting you know everything I know.

Let me know if you have any questions! I’ll explain more about how I use my brushes later!

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