Makeup brushes are a must-have in any beauty routine. They’re the foundation in makeup applications and will take you from a 7 to 10 in just a short time. Everyone loves the idea of a brushes for makeup however, with the numerous options available (it’s very confusing) you’re usually left wondering what to do first. You’ll be able to tell the basics of what brushes do however applying them to your own routine could be a completely different matter and deciding which are truly worth the cost isn’t easy.
If you’re just beginning to learn about makeup or simply aren’t able to separate the powder brush from the makeup brush, do not fret we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking to achieve that flawless foundation and cheekbones, or to get that killer look for the coveted Insta eyebrow, take a look at our helpful guide to makeup brush and we’ll help find the right type of brush you require, and most importantly, how to apply the right ones.
Foundation Brush – Most likely the most challenging of them all, yet certainly the most essential. We’re sure that you’ll agree to us as we tell you that it’s your foundation that’s the most important makeup stage that you must master; it’s your canvas, and there’s not much benefit to working on the contour if you’ve not achieved a flawless foundation. The million-dollar question is – should you go to the traditional flat tapered brush, or the buffer, or even the newest model on the block: the thick oval brush?
The foundation brush of the past is flat and features bristles with elasticity that are perfect for mixing cream or liquid foundations. It is recommended to start from mid-face (where you need the best cover) and blend the foundation in an upward motion. For flawless, more intense coverage it is recommended to use the brush known as the Buffing Brush is the ideal choice. The bristles that are densely packed can buff products – such as powder, cream, and liquid to create the appearance of natural skin with the product not looking like it’s sitting on the top. Also, you can avoid the appearance of brush marks which is a win! We’re frequently admiring.
This is the brush to be watching that we can describe as a lollipop-like thing: the thick Oval Brush. This brush, which is favored by brands like Iconic London and soon copied by the wallet-friendly Primark appears to be the most popular tool currently and is rapidly becoming an iconic cult. This kind brush is ideal for getting the best out of the full coverage of liquid foundation. We like it, however, it is a little odd but its capacity to buff is excellent.
Kabuki Brush – Perhaps the least-appreciated brush available. This compact, short-handled brush that has rounded bristles is perfect for everything, from mineral foundations and powders to blushers and bronzers. Our favorite way to use this brush is to apply bronzer to warm the complexion while also sculpting the face.
Brush for Concealer – If you’d prefer to make use of a different brush for concealer rather than the foundation brush, we suggest using a small, rounded or flat-topped brush to smooth concealer on the skin. This makes blending more precise and lets you penetrate the tiny corners and crevices on your facial features (we’re talking about the inner eye corner and on either on the side of your nose or over any blemishes, in particular).
Powder Brush – We prefer to refer to this as the essential brush because your makeup kit shouldn’t be devoid of it. The brush can be used to apply any kind of powder. However, it’s ideal for applying loose or pressed powders to help set the foundation that you’ve spent so much time on.
Blush Brush – Blush brushes are round or inclined and tend to be more fluffy to absorb just the appropriate volume of makeup. Make sure you swirl the bristles in powder blush, and apply to the apples of your cheeks and then move the product upwards toward your cheekbones. The blusher brush can be used to apply bronzer in case the kabuki brush doesn’t work well for you.
all-Over Eyeshadow Brush – Pick a brush that is slightly smaller than the eyelid (and one that’s relatively airy) to blend color across your eyelids evenly. There are two methods we like the sweep of the windscreen and circular motions that approach.
Blending Brush – If you notice that you’ve applied your eyeshadow just slightly too hard or you’re using several shades, apply it using the large and fluffy blended brush to smooth lines to create an easier blend.
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Stippling Brush – Stippling Brush This brush is flat-topped which helps to build up coverage slowly. This brush is ideal to apply any kind of liquid and cream, while the stippling action warms the product, blending it perfectly, giving an airbrushed look.
Fan Brush – For the fans of highlighters (we recognize you) the fan brush can be a game changer to create the ‘highlight-on-fleek style. This brush is great to experiment with your highlight as bristles are able to lightly absorb the product, creating a smoother look, and can be layered for an even more dramatic look if you want. Then, sweep the bristles’ ends across your cheekbones using an upwards direction, and you’ll be rocking your sparkle! Find out more about highlighters in this article.
Contour Brush – If it has a flat or angled edge it is perfect for sculpting those hollows in your cheeks to create amazing contours. This is a great option to channel Kim K’s Kim K appearance. Make sure to get your cheeks as if you were an eel!
Lip Brush – for those who have lips that are smaller using a lip brush could frequently be lifesaver especially when you’re working with a bright color. In lieu of applying lipstick directly from the tube, you can use this lip tool to take away the lipstick’s pigment, then apply it to the lips for a perfect definition.
An Angled Liner The brush with flat, densely packed bristles that become an essential tool to achieve the winged look. Make use of eyeshadows or cream liner products to achieve an exact flick that is close and personal with your liner.
Brow Brush – The Brow Brush is often identical to the angled liner brush this tiny, hard and well-packed brush is ideal for those brows that are ‘on fire. A spoolie on one end of the brush is a nice advantage and soon you’ll realize it difficult to use without.
Smudging Brush This is the brush for those looking learn how to create a smoky look The rounded edge can be particularly helpful when blending colors however it’s also perfect for smudging eyeliner and shadowing the upper or lower eyelash lines.
Angled Fluffy Eye Brush This brush is perfect for use those who want to have an easier use of your eyeshadow. It’s also useful when you’re winging your shadow or mixing shades.
We’re sorry, but we’ll be okay. The beauty sponge isn’t technically a brush, but it’s a fantastic tool to keep in your brushes. Sponges are an effective method to achieve a flawless foundation and they can be used to apply any liquid or cream. You’ve probably known about the beauty blender that is the most sought-after of makeup sponges for a lot However, we’re fan of those like the Nanshy Marvel Blender, B. Beauty Sponge and the Real Techniques the Miracle Complexion Sponge (or it’s the diamond, which is also a great choice). Beauty sponges are a great choice for those who are in the early morning because they may take longer than brushes to perform their job.