Updated: Jan 23, 2020

So, you've got the best eyeshadow, concealer, and foundation out there. (We like to think they're the Pressed Pigment Palette, Conceal + Correct, and Liquid Skin Tint or Pressed Mineral Foundation, but we digress.) But if you're not using the right tools to apply them, you're basically throwing that money down the drain.

Enter: CLOVE + HALLOW's brush trio, which was developed by our founder and CEO, makeup artist Sarah Biggers-Stewart, to give even beauty novices the flawless, speedy ease of application of a makeup artist. First, a bit more about the brushes themselves, then we'll dive into exactly how to use each one.


As a clean beauty brand, we knew we couldn't manufacture tools without them being as environmentally friendly as possible. Here's why our brushes are the most sustainable out there:

  • We never, ever use animal products—so the bristles are synthetic, A.K.A. vegan.

  • The handles are made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood. This means they're made of wood from sustainably and ethically managed forests.

  • The factory the brushes are manufactured in is known not only for its sustainability initiatives, but also its humanitarian working conditions.


Hi, flawless foundation! The Perfecting Buffer is a dense kabuki-style brush that's a pro at blending powder, liquid, and cream foundations flawlessly. It's also ideal for applying other complexion products, like bronzer, blush, and highlighter.

  1. If you're using a liquid or cream foundation, dot it on your forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks. If you're using a powder foundation, simply swirl the Perfecting Buffer into your foundation.

  2. Use the brush to blend the product into skin in a downward motion. (Blending upwards can cause your foundation to get caught in any facial hair and look less even.) Start with your cheeks, then move to your nose, chin, and finally, your forehead.

  3. This brush's angled bristles are perfect for sweeping bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks, towards your temples, and around the outer edge of your forehead. Try buffing a bit under your jawline, too, for a chiseled finish.

  4. Dab the brush into blush powder (or dot liquid or cream blush directly onto skin), then blend into the apples of cheeks.

  5. Finally, pat the brush into powder highlighter (or dot liquid or cream highlighter directly onto skin), and sweep over cheekbones, above the eyebrows, and on the tips of your nose and chin.


Never thought you needed a concealer brush? Think again. Try our Precision Buffer once for a gorgeous airbrush effect, and you'll never go back to blending with your fingers again.

  1. Swipe your favorite liquid or cream concealer under eyes and over any redness or blemishes.

  2. Use the Precision Buffer to blend under-eye concealer in a circular motion, which gives a slightly sheerer, more skin-like finish. Pull any excess up to the lid—extra concealer works great as an eyeshadow primer.

  3. Now, you'll use a totally different motion to blend concealer over imperfections: gently tap to deposit the maximum amount of product, then blend out the edges with a light sweeping motion. Add additional layers of concealer if needed.

A few bonus ways to use the Precision Buffer:

  • Try it in a pinch as a fluffy eyeshadow brush. It works with all formula types to deposit color and blend into creases.

  • Love that very editorial, blurred lipstick look? Just apply lip color in the center of your mouth, and use the Precision Buffer to blur the outline.


No exaggeration: You can pretty much create even the most complicated eye looks with our Shade + Blend brush alone. That's because one side features fluffy bristles for blending into creases and executing a soft wash of color, and the other has a flat shader panel for depositing intense pigment and glitter.

  1. After priming the eyelids, dip the fluffy side into your favorite neutral, skin-tone shadow and apply all over lids, from lashes to brow bones.

  2. Use the same side to apply your lid color from lash lines to just above your creases.

  3. Tap the fluffy side into a slightly darker color and blend it into creases.

  4. Switch to the flat shader side to add more dramatic pigment or sparkle to the center of the lids.

  5. Use the flat shader side dipped in a dark shadow color to line upper and/or lower lashlines.

A few bonus ways to use the Shade + Blend Dual-Sided Eyeshadow Brush:

  • Try the flat shader side to fill in brows with a shadow that's the same color as your brow hairs. Just create hair-like strokes on the brows.

  • Use the flat shader side with your favorite lip color to line and fill in lips.


Dermatologists recommend cleaning your makeup brushes at least once a week. Here's Sarah's favorite way:

  1. Mix two Tbsp. of dishwashing soap and three drops of olive oil into a bowl.

  2. Lightly dip your brush into the mixture, then swirl against your hand under faucet water until the water runs clear.

  3. Squeeze out any excess water with the bristles facing downward so it doesn't drip into the ferrule (the silver part of the brush between the handle and the bristles).

  4. Gently rub the head of the brush against a dry dish towel, then reshape the bristles.

  5. Lay flat on the dish towel and leave to dry overnight.

  6. Repeat with all your brushes.