How To: 1 Make-Up Brush. 3 Easy Application Techniques.

We’re so excited that, this month, inside every August Birchbox you’ll find a FULL-SIZE Spectrum Collections A05 make-up brush. What’s so great about it? Well, not only is it cruelty-free and crafted from synthetic bristles (so you can use it with all your favourite make-up formulas) but the angled shape means it’s amazing at applying bronzer, blush, and highlighter precisely where you want it. Oh, and the brush itself is utterly beautiful. Here’s how to make the most of yours…

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1. CONTOUR AND BRONZE

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We’re not talking about going all-out Kim K here, just a little contouring is great to subtly define even non-existent cheekbones and lift your complexion. Choose a bronzer with slightly grey undertones as you’re trying to recreate a shadowy effect, rather than a golden tan. Press the angled side of your brush into the product then position the brush just below your cheekbones, where the hollows of your cheeks are. Sweep upwards towards the bottom of your earlobes. The angle of the Spectrum brush is perfect for achieving that sculpted finish, but blend out the edges if you prefer a more natural look.
For bronzer, choose a slightly warmer shade then sweep the flat side of the brush into your product. Dust over your cheeks, onto your temples, and below your jawline using small back-and-forth strokes for a natural golden glow.

2. HIGHLIGHT

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Whether you love an intense highlight (aka strobing) or you prefer your highlighter to look a little more natural, the Spectrum A05 brush is the perfect shape for adding radiance just where you want it. Press the angled side of the brush into your chosen highlighter then sweep it onto the tops of your cheekbones to add luminosity. Leave it as it is for an intense shimmer, or blend out the edges if you’re after a more everyday pop of radiance.

3. BLUSH

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At first look, an angled brush might not seem like the natural shape to use to apply your blusher. But, it turns out, that the tip of this Spectrum brush is perfect for sweeping on a pop of colour to the very apples of your cheeks. Sweep the tip of the brush into your chosen blusher and smile to find them. Swoosh the tip of the brush onto the centre of your cheeks and the other bristles will fan out to help blend the edges. No work required!

Want to try this does-it-all brush for yourself? Get your August Birchbox today and you can even choose the brush colour that you receive once you’ve checked out.