Flat makeup brushes are among the most sought-after makeup tools. These versatile tools come with a unique bristle shape which is why they are called “Flat” Makeup brushes. Flat makeup brushes have several types including flat foundation brush, flat blush brush, flat concealer brush, flat eyeshadow brush, and many more. This article, however, is focused on the features and uses of flat concealer brush. Using a flat concealer brush can help you achieve precise and controlled application of concealer for covering imperfections, blemishes, or dark circles. The distinct shape of the brush enables you to achieve a natural makeup look. Before discussing how to use flat concealer brushes let’s get a general overview of their features.
What is Flat Concealer Brush?
A flat concealer brush is a type of flat makeup brush and is designed for applying concealer in a precise and controlled manner. It has a flat and narrow shape with densely packed bristles that are typically synthetic. However, you can also use a natural brush made of natural bristle fibers. The flat shape of the brush allows for targeted application, making it easier to cover specific areas with concealer, such as blemishes, dark spots, and under-eye circles. The bristles of a flat concealer brush are often firmer and more compact compared to brushes used for blending or buffing. This design helps in depositing and blending concealer without smudging or spreading it too much. Flat concealer brushes are particularly useful for achieving a natural and seamless finish when covering imperfections or discolorations on the skin. They are especially effective for creating sharp edges and clean lines around areas that need coverage. These brushes are commonly used by makeup artists and enthusiasts alike to achieve a flawless base before applying foundation and other makeup products.
How To Use Flat Concealer Brush?
There are several factors that you need to consider when using a flat concealer brush. First and foremost is choosing the right flat concealer brush. We have explained the main points below.
1. Choosing the Right Flat Concealer Brush
Before selecting a flat concealer brush, consider the bristle material, density, and size. If you use cream or liquid-based concealer, opt for synthetic bristles as they work well with cream and liquid products. Synthetic flat concealer brushes are easy to clean and are cruelty-free. The density of the bristles determines how much product the brush can pick up and how it blends. A medium-sized brush is versatile and suitable for most concealer application needs.
2. Prepping Your Skin
Applying concealer is not the first step in the makeup routine. Therefore, before applying concealer, ensure your skin is clean and moisturized. Gently cleanse and tone your face, then apply your regular moisturizer. Allow the moisturizer to absorb fully before moving on to the next step. Once you have prepped your skin you can easily apply concealer on your skin and create a seamless blend.
3. Applying Concealer
When applying concealer, focus on the blemishes and under the eyes. Follow the steps below when applying concealer.
Dab a small amount of concealer onto the back of your hand or a makeup palette.
Pick up a small amount of product with the flat concealer brush.
Apply the concealer directly onto the targeted area.
Gently pat and press the product onto the skin for coverage.
4. Blending for a Seamless Finish
Once you have applied concealer to the target areas, you can use your flat concealer brush to blend the product and achieve natural-looking clear skin. While blending concealer consider the following steps.
Using light, feathery strokes, blend the edges of the concealer outward.
Use the tapered edge of the brush to feather out the edges for a natural look.
Blend until the edges are seamless, and the concealer is evenly distributed.
5. Setting the Concealer
Last but not least is setting the concealer. You can use a flat powder brush and your setting powder for this step.
Apply a translucent setting powder to prevent creasing and enhance longevity.
Use a fluffy brush to lightly dust the powder over the concealed area.
Allow the powder to set for a minute before gently dusting off any excess.
How to Clean and Maintain Flat Concealer Brush
Cleaning and maintaining your flat concealer brush is essential to ensure its longevity, prevent product buildup, and maintain proper hygiene. Here's a simple guide on how to clean and care for your flat concealer brush:
For a gentle cleanser: Mix a small amount of brush cleanser with lukewarm water in the bowl. Follow the product's instructions for the correct ratio.
For mild soap: Use a small amount of mild liquid soap (baby shampoo or gentle facial cleanser) mixed with lukewarm water in the bowl.
Dip the bristles of the brush into the cleaning solution, avoiding the metal or wooden parts of the brush.
Gently swirl the brush in the solution, working up a lather.
Use your fingers to carefully massage the bristles, ensuring that the makeup residue is being removed.
Hold the brush under lukewarm running water, gently rinsing out the cleanser or soap until the water runs clear.
Be cautious not to get water onto the metal or wooden parts of the brush, as this can damage the brush over time.
Gently squeeze out excess water from the bristles using a clean towel, being careful not to deform the shape of the brush.
Reshape the bristles to their original form using your fingers.
Clean your flat concealer brush every few uses or whenever you notice a buildup of product. Give your brush a more thorough cleaning at least once a month, or more frequently if you use it frequently.
Never soak the entire brush in water, as this can weaken the glue that holds the bristles in place.
Avoid using harsh chemicals or alcohol-based cleansers, as they can damage the bristles and affect the brush's performance.
Store your clean, dry flat concealer brush in a brush holder or an upright position to maintain its shape and prevent contamination.
Using a flat concealer brush can help you get a clear makeup base. The soft and spread-out bristles of the brush enable seamless blending and help in avoiding clear lines or a cakey look. However, it is necessary to regularly clean and maintain the flat concealer brush to get the best results.