Whether you’re new to makeup or a seasoned pro, it always helps to keep these brushes in your makeup brushes set.
Foundation is called that for a reason; it is the base on which your whole makeup look rests. Any random brush just won’t do. Use a foundation brush to get that smooth, flawless look.
Foundation brushes are usually made with synthetic, man-made fibers. They are most often used with liquid or cream foundation as the fibers do not absorb as much product as natural hair.
Pro-tips for using a Foundation Brush
Coverage can be as sheer or as full as you want with the foundation brush. Use only one side of the brush for a lighter coverage, or both sides if you want fuller coverage. The tapered edges are useful for blending makeup into the smaller nooks and crannies in your face, like the corners of your nose, mouth, or eyes.
Next to the foundation brush, a powder brush is something you’d find yourself picking up most often. A big, fluffy brush with loosely packed bristles, the powder brush is versatile and can be used with either loose or pressed powder.
The best powder brushes come with natural hair, which can come from squirrel, goat, pony, or a combination of these hairs. Natural bristle brushes work best with powder products as they pick up powder better than synthetic brushes.
Pro-tips for using a Powder Brush
Use it for powder foundation at the beginning of your routine, or setting powder to finish your look. Tap off any excess powder and simply brush in sweeping motions across your face.
Blush brushes often come in different shapes and sizes, and picking the best one usually depends on the kind of blush product you’ll be using, or even the look you want to achieve with blush.
Some blush brushes look like more compact versions of powder brushes, and are best used with powder blush. To use, brush in short strokes along the apple of your cheeks.
Pro-tips for using a Blush Brush
For more precise application, blush brushes also come in an angled shape, which allows you more control in applying blush in precise strokes and blending easily. Blush products are available both in powder and cream form, and as such, the kind of blush you use will dictate whether to get synthetic or natural bristle blush brushes.
Just like the blush brush looks like a smaller powder brush, the concealer brush looks like a much tinier foundation brush. This allows for more precise application of concealer to pesky problem spots, such as blemishes or dark areas under the eyes. It is also often made with synthetic hair.
Pro-tips for using a Concealer Brush
Use a light hand to apply concealer with this brush. Use the tip of the concealer brush to gently blend the edges so as not to disturb the foundation or move the concealer.
If you are fond of doing eyeshadow looks, a versatile eyeshadow brush is a must-have in your makeup brushes set. Eyeshadow brushes are often small, tapered and quite stiff to be able to pick up eyeshadow and pack it onto your whole eyelid.
Pro-tips for using an Eyeshadow Brush
Apply eyeshadow in a sweeping motion on your whole eyelid with this brush. For a more intense look, you can also wet the brush and apply eyeshadow this way.
The blending brush is dome-shaped with soft, natural bristles. It is used to softly blend out your eyeshadow, blend eyeshadow under the eyes, or apply a softer color along the crease. You can also use it to apply powder under your eyes to set the concealer.
Pro-tips for using a Blending Brush
To use this brush for crease color, just dip the tip of the brush into your eyeshadow in a circular motion and tap off the excess. Apply eyeshadow beginning at the edge of your eye crease and blend backwards and forwards, like a windshield wiper. This brush is also perfect for blending out a soft smoky eye look.
If the blending brush was for creating softly blended looks, the smudge brush is used for more intense and sultry looks. It has soft, short bristles that help smudge out eyeshadow in smaller, concentrated areas.
The smudge brush is most often used to smudge out eyeshadow for an intense smoky look. The smaller tip of the smudge brush also allows you to create a very defined crease.
Pro-tip for using a Smudge Brush
When you don’t want your eyeliner to be a defined line across your upper or lower eyelid, use a smudge brush to smudge or blend out the eyeliner without making a mess everywhere.
Angled Eyeliner Brush
The angled eyeliner brush is perfect for gel eyeliners. With gel liners becoming a more common and easier to use alternative to liquid eyeliners, you’ll also need an eyeliner brush to precisely apply liner along your upper or lower lashline. This brush can also be used with cream eyeliners.
The angled tip of the eyeliner brush makes is much easier to draw a straight line across your lashline.
Pro-tips for using An Angled Eyeliner Brush
To use an angled eyeliner brush, start at the inner corner of your eye and draw the brush across to create the perfect line. If you want a winged eyeliner, simply pull it out slightly past the edge of your outer eye and flick upward.
The angled eyeliner brush can also be used to fill sparse brows with color. Simply dip a clean brush onto brow powder and apply in short strokes, following your brow’s natural shape.
When shopping for makeup tools and cosmetics, it’s easy to go overboard at times. Just remember that just these 8 makeup brushes already complete your makeup brushes set.