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Here's WTF It Means To Stipple Your Face

Free the stipple.

So if you've seen a chart of makeup brushes, you've possibly said to yourself, "WTF is stippling?"

To the naked eye, it just looks like another big makeup brush.
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To the naked eye, it just looks like another big makeup brush.

This is what a stippling brush looks like.

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The next time you're at Sephora, take a peek.

It has finer fibers near the top of the brush.

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The more feathery fibers are typically a lighter color (white) than the other, tougher fibers (black) near the base of the brush.

When used properly, the finer fibers give you light, ~airbrushed~ coverage with liquid or cream foundation.

You can also use a stippling brush for blush and powder. See more about foundation brushes here.
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You can also use a stippling brush for blush and powder. See more about foundation brushes here.

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And it doesn't matter which brand of foundation you use.

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Just find one that works for you and the stippling brush will do the rest.

Here's what to do: Squeeze some foundation onto the back of your hand and gently tap the brush into the liquid.

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You should lightly tap down onto the foundation a few times to get product onto the brush without overloading it.

With the same light tapping motion, stipple the foundation over your entire face.

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Do not blend or swirl the foundation yet; simply distribute the makeup evenly all over your face. Your skin should look as though it's pixelated with foundation.

Then, instead of aggressively mashing the foundation onto your face with the brush...

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Doing this motion will only push the foundation around on your face, which can end up looking streaky.

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...gently swirl the brush in small circles all around your face so that only the white bristles are moving.

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This way, you're gently placing foundation onto your face to get the ~airbrushed~ look.

Here's the difference:

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Gentle, swirling motions work best. You can watch this entire tutorial from Wayne Goss here.

The results are pretty freaking amazing.

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Bonus: Applying foundation with a stippling brush (instead of your fingers) will help the makeup last longer.

And it'll look better for longer, too. You can see a full tutorial here.
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And it'll look better for longer, too. You can see a full tutorial here.

Try out the technique with these cult favorite brushes.

http://E.L.F. Cosmetics
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Get the e.l.f. Stipple Brush here for $3 or the MAC Stippling Brush #187 here for $42.

Happy stippling!

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