Makeup brushes are an essential component of my daily makeup routine. I use a variety of brushes to apply my makeup products, and finding the right ones can truly transform the way your makeup looks. It is very useful to have multiple brushes in your collection. This guide to makeup brushes covers everything you need to know about how to use them!
A powder brush has long, fluffy bristles to distribute powder (think loose, translucent powder) evenly across the face without leaving the skin feeling caked.
A blush brush is slightly denser than a powder brush, and has smaller bristles. Most blush brushes feature a dome-shaped head that allows you to apply concentrated colour that can be built and blended.
Contour brushes are usually angled and have softer, dense bristles that allow you to apply a concentrated amount of product to the face. The angled shape of this brush should fit snugly underneath your cheekbones for precise bronzer application.
This type of brush has a flat top with soft, voluminous bristles to apply bronzer, blush or other types of powder products. A kabuki brush works well to buff product into the skin or into specific areas such as the forehead.
Foundation brushes come in a variety of shapes (angled, flat, fluffy) but the most common type is flat. The flat shape of a foundation brush is perfect for applying liquid or cream foundation to the entire face before percise blending.
This type of brush has a dual purpose – it can be used to apply highlight or to clean up any excess powder on the skin. These brushes have lightweight bristles and are shaped like a fan to delicately apply powder highlight to the cheekbones and nose. These bristles also work well to dust away excess powder from the skin.
A concealer brush is typically small and flat to enable precise application to the nooks and crannies of your face. This brush is ideal for applying concealer underneath the eyes, near the nose, or the forehead.
Eyeshadow brushes come in a variety of shapes. A fluffier eyeshadow brush works best to apply shadow to the lid and blend it out. Smaller, pointed eyeshadow brushes are perfect for applying eyeshadow into the crease or corners of the eye.
Most eyeliner brushes are slim and ultra-fine. The type of eyeliner brush I use has an angled edge to create thin, precise lines with a cream or liquid eyeliner.
Angled brow brushes are ideal for applying all types of brow products (think powders, waxes and pomades). These brushes have a spoolie on the end to groom brows and blend the product once applied.
These brushes have a pointed tip to precisely apply lip colour from the tube. A lip brush lets you build the intensity of colour, or to outline and fill-in the lips.