Invest in a great brush (ahem, check out MAC if you're concerned about the quality), and it'll last you for years to come if you take care of it. We've often been intimidated by the ladies in black with often times outlandish lips, but if you know your brushes, they'll be quick to back down from all that sales mumbo jumbo.
#116 from MAC (blush brush) - a great first brush to begin your collection.
Care: Be sure to tap out excess product and wash out with a gentle oil removing substance... like DAWN ( you really don't need any fancy, schmancy cleaners... ). Squirt a little in a small dish ( or even the palm of your hand), wet your brush, swirl in the liquid detergent, rinse and then tap to dry. We suggest doing this in the morning after you've applied so that it has the entire day to dry. How often? Every 1-2 weeks.
Do: Display in an easily accessible and functional manner ( and beautifully of course). We love how Sephora displays their endless rows of brushes and came up with a similarly cheap, but lovely way to achieve the same effect. Check out our before and after.
Before- a messy jumble of brushes
After, displayed with a touch of *nice* and easily identifiable/accessible!
This slight, but well worth it transformation cost $3. I used an old vase from the gift of birthday flowers from my dad, and purchased the pebbles ( which luckily went with our color scheme) below at Walmart for $3.
Any other great brush tips for the beauty obsessed?