Tools of the Trade

It is very important to have the right tools for the flawless application of make-up. Whether you are a professional or a make-up maven at home, the right brushes make all the difference. Here is what I use:

BRUSHES: I love the brushes that Tricia Sawyer has designed. She is a professional make-up artist with clients such as Sharon Stone, Brittany Murphy, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, Geena Davis, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Beckingsale. Her foundation brush and powder brush are imperative for me to have on every shoot.

My most recent purchase has been from Adesign brushes. I purchased their entire brush collection and was amazed at the high quality and amazing design of these tools. Shana Marshall, founder of Adesign, has designed a brush line that is quickly becoming an industry favorite.

MORE IMPORTANT TOOLS: Uma Shumera Eye Lash Curler, Cinema Secrets Sponges and Orange Puffs, Orange Wood Sticks, Toothpicks, Q-tips.

It is very important that if you are a professional you disinfect and clean your brushes daily with some type of brush cleaner. I recommend Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner. Also, you should shampoo your brushes after each shoot to really clean all of the bristles/hair. Make sure to reshape your brush after you clean and before you lay it down flat to dry. If you are using your personal brushes at home and not on clients I recommend cleaning your brushes once a week.

Brushes will be the most expensive investment that you make as a make-up artist, so choose wisely and take good care of them. Brushes should last you 10 years or more with proper care.


Tricia Sawyer Foundation Brush


Tricia Sawyer Powder Brush



Adesign Master Brush Collection