BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO MAKE-UP BRUSHES
Make-up brushes are a lot like fancy cutlery - there are a lot of them but you may only know what one or two are actually for. And unfortunately with make-up brushes you can’t just start with the smallest one and work your way in. There are so many brushes and so many uses that it can be quite daunting and hard to know where to start. But once you learn it’s definitely worth it, so let’s begin with a list of the most common make-up brushes and their uses.
As the name suggests, this brush is designed for applying liquid foundation. Foundation brushes have tightly packed bristles of varying lengths to help achieve a smooth, non-streaky finish. You can apply foundation to your face and then use the brush to spread and blend or alternatively apply your foundation directly to the brush and then apply to the face, starting at the nose and working your way out.
The powder brush is one of the largest make-up brushes and has a wide variety of purposes. It is soft, full and rounded, allowing it to easily pick up powdered products. You can use it to distribute powder evenly to large areas, such as the face, neck and décolletage. Simple pat the brush into your powder product, dust off any excess and apply using sweeping and circular motions. If you’re a big fan of bronzer, this brush is a must.
A stippling brush, also known as a duo-fiber brush or skunk brush is a multi-purpose brush that is most commonly used with liquid foundation, blush and bronzer. The flat, circular, feathery head provides lightweight and buildable coverage that won’t remove any of the make-up you’ve already applied, so it’s perfect for layering.
This brush may be little, but when used correctly the impact it makes can be huge. We’re always told to pat in concealer not rub, but this can be difficult when applying with your fingers. Use this brush to gently pat on your concealer for smooth and flawless coverage. Whether it’s dark circles under your eyes, spots or discoloration, this nifty little brush will give you more control over those annoying imperfections.
That’s right you guessed it, a blusher brush is used for applying your blush. The blusher brush is made with fine, gentle fibers with a soft rounded head. It’s ideal for applying powdered color to the apples of your cheeks and blending it up along your cheekbone.
Remember that handy blog about contouring and highlighting? Well this is the brush that can help you achieve it. The slanted bristles are intended to mimic the angle of your cheekbones, so it’s perfect for blending, highlighting and shading using a bronzer or illuminating powder.
Eye Base Brush & Angle Eye Shadow brush
There are many different types of eye shadow brushes, but these two are the most commonly used. The eye base brush is used to apply color to your entire eyelid. It’s wide, flat and short, with a beveled edge to allow smooth application without pulling on the eyelid. Once a base color has been applied, the angled eye shadow brush or contour eye shadow brush is then used for layering color and creating hard lines along the eyelid crease.
Sometimes found on the other end of an eye pencil, a smudger brush is ideal for softening hard lines and creating a smoldering look. The dome shaped bristles are shaped to fit perfectly into the crease of the eye and is a must-have for creating Smokey eyes.
A well-shaped, groomed, and filled in brow requires time, effort, multiple products, and several tools to achieve. Brow brush is an umbrella term used to describe several different types of brushes and combs related to brow maintenance. This term is also applied to a specific combination tool, the mascara brush that is used to comb through the brow.
A fan brush is one of the most practical makeup tool essentials around. It's often used to apply a setting powder for a soft-focus, weightless kind of finish, but that's not the only reason this multitasking makeup brush is so great.