Ultimate Makeup Brush Guide

Posted on October 09, 2017

With many different makeup brush shapes and sizes available, knowing where to start from can be a difficult task for one to overcome. Not everyone has a full collection of makeup brushes and knows how to use each one correctly. So if you’re still applying your eye shadow with your fingertip, this ultimate makeup brush guide has you covered.

Senior makeup artist Kristine Cruz, said that using incorrect makeup brushes could throw off your whole look as brushes are specifically designed and made to target certain areas of the face. You don’t need every single brush on the market for your collection, but this foolproof guide has the basics covered.

Blush brush, fan brush, small eye brush, angled foundation brush and angled concealer brush flat layed with swatches of different makeup products.

Foundation Brush

There are many different types of foundation brushes, from angled to flat, fluffy and domed. This buffing foundation brush is a game changer when it comes to the application of both liquid and mineral foundation. It buffs the foundation into the skin flawlessly while still maintaining good levels of coverage.

Real Techniques – Buffing Brush

Real Techniques – Buffing Brush

Powder Brush

With long, fluffy and soft bristles, a powder brush is specifically made to distribute powder evenly across your face. This is the most ubiquitous brush and should be an addition in everyone’s makeup collection. Just swipe the brush through your powder product, tap off any excess and apply using sweeping and circular motions.

MAKE UP FOR EVER – 130 Large Powder Brush

MAKE UP FOR EVER – 130 Large Powder Brush

Concealer Brush

This brush may be little, but the impact it leaves when used correctly goes a long way. Little bristles help to precisely apply product to areas such as under your eyes, nose and over a blemish. Simply use this brush to gently pat on your concealer for a smooth and even coverage.

Hourglass – Concealer Brush and brush close up

Hourglass – Concealer Brush

Contour Brush

Generally angled, these brushes have soft yet dense bristles that allow the application of a concentrated amount of bronzer without any fall out. As these bristles are slanted, the intention is to mimic the angle of your cheekbones. By using this brush, it’s the easiest way to add definition to your face.

Tarte – The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush

Tarte – The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush 

Blush Brush

Smaller than a powder brush, the blush brush features a dome shape with long and soft bristles that allow a more precise product application. This brush allows you to blend and build colour to the apples of your cheeks.

Bobbi Brown – Blush Brush

Bobbi Brown – Blush Brush

Kabuki Brush

The most versatile brush in your collection will be the kabuki brush. With a flat top, super soft and voluminous bristles, this brush is best used for the application and blending of powdered products. The key to using a kabuki brush correctly is blending in circular motions, by doing this you will buff the product into the skin achieving a soft look under any lighting.

NARS – Kabuki Brush

NARS – Kabuki Brush

Fan Brush

If you are looking for a flawless highlight application, a fan brush is the answer to your beauty prayers. This brush has light bristles that are shaped perfectly to delicately apply highlight on your cheekbones and the tip of your nose. Experiencing product fallout? Use the fan brush to clean up the face.

Laura Mercier – Fan Powder Brush

Laura Mercier – Fan Powder Brush

Flat Eye Shadow Brush

Tapered and soft bristles of this brush allow for perfect and precise application of eye shadow. This brush is used to apply the base colour to your entire eyelid. Wide, flat and short, this will allow smooth application without pulling on the eyelid.

 MAC – 239 Eye Shader Bush

MAC – 239 Eye Shader Bush

Eye Shadow Blending Brush

This brush allows you to perfectly shade and blend both powdery and creamy eye shadow products. Soft, densely packed fibres are arranged in an oval shape that enables you to be in full control of your blending.

MAC – 217 Blending Brush

MAC – 217 Blending Brush

Brow Brush

Having an angled brow brush in your collection will come in handy when applying different brow products including pomades, powders and waxes. Finding a brush with a spoolie tool on the other end will be essential to groom your brows and blend the product once applied.

Anastasia Beverly Hills - #12 Large Synthetic Duo Brow Brush

Anastasia Beverly Hills - #12 Large Synthetic Duo Brow Brush

Lip Brush

Applying lip products with a brush can be a far more precise application as you have the ability to outline and fill your lips. This thin, pointed brush is very useful to apply and build colour, which is much harder to do when applying colour from the lipstick directly.

MAC – 316 Lip Brush

MAC – 316 Lip Brush

Add these brushes to your beauty collection and you can be assured that your makeup application will look and feel much better on the skin. It’s amazing how much of a difference you will notice just by using the right brushes.

 

By Mikayla Tabone. 

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