Today we are chatting about the basics of makeup brushes aka makeup brushes 101.
I have to admit, I really didn’t have a full grasp on brushes until a few years ago when I dove head first into my love for beauty products.
I realized that certain brushes can actually make a big difference so I want to share my knowledge with you cause I think every girl should know the basics.
I’m going to break down my top 10 brushes – in normal girl talk – and about what they do because just saying it’s a blending brush doesn’t really help much, does it?
Also, I’ll give you a list of my favorites and – as always – some comparable swaps.
Here we go!
1. Blending Brush: This brush is used to blend your eye shadows together – basically – and it creates an even or smooth application that highlights the brow bone. They have tapered blending brushes and regular brushes. I tend to use my BH cosmetics blending brush and my Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Brush 205. Professionals recommend holding the tip of the handled and swirling in circular motions for a softer look. Pictured: BareMinerals Blending Brush
2. Concealer Brush: Smaller than a foundation brush, Concealer brushes are perfect for applying concealer under the eyes and to cover up any problem areas like discolouration. Professionals recommend you pat the concealer on your under-eye circles and blemishes. I prefer Sigma’s F70 Concealer Brush. Pictured: Sephora Collection Perfecting Concealer Brush
3. Shadow Brush: This is a medium eyeshadow shadow brush. They have angled brushes (for the corner of your eyes), small brushes, flat brushes, crease brushes, smudge brushes, etc. This is a basic all over shadow brush. It allows your to apply shadows over the entire eyelid. I prefer Avon’s Mark Shadow Brush, Crown’s Pro C433 Blending Shadow Brush, or Elizabeth Mott’s All over Shadow Brush. Pictured: Sephora Pro Shadow Brush #14
4. Angled Contour Brush: Contour brushes allow you to contour and highlight your face. Think Kim K or see this Lauren Conrad Contouring Beginners Guide. The angle is great for your cheeks. I prefer Luxie’s Large Angled Face Brush or Sigma’s F40 Large Angled Contour Brush. Pictured: Sephora Collection Pro Angled Brush #49
5. Fan Brush: Fan brushes are used to dust or wipe excess makeup or loose powders from your face. The flat shape allows for sweeping and is a must-have for clean-ups. I use BH Cosmetic’s Deluxe Fan Brush or their Large Fan Brush from their 36 pc set. Pictured: Sephora Collection Pro Fan Brush #65
6. Powder Brush: Powder brushes are great for full face coverage. You can use them for foundation powders (compact or loose powders), translucent powders, matte setting powders, HD powders, and more all over your face. Load your brush up and sweep the powder onto the skin evenly. You can even use them for blushes but I prefer to use a separate brush for blushes. I use BH’s Powder Brush from their 36 pc Ultimate Brush Set. Pictured: BareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush
7. Blush Brush: This smaller blush brush with a tapered tip allows for applying powdered blushes that naturally works with the contours of your face. They are designed to highlight your cheeks with more control. Professionals recommend swirling your brush on the apples of your cheeks then holding it at an angle and drawing the brush upward along your cheekbones. I use BH’s blush brush from their Art Pop 10 Piece Set. Pictured: Sephora Collection Pro Precision Blush Brush #73
8. Foundation Brush: You may see different types of ‘brushes’ for foundation application. This is a classic foundation brush which is designed to evenly apply a flawless face. I use this brush for liquid foundations or I use my beauty blender. I currently use both equally but both allow for a smooth application with minimal creases on your face. When you apply the foundation, professionals recommend starting at the center of your face and sweeping outward towards your hairline. I use my Sigma F60 Foundation Brush, Tarte Airbrush Foundation Brush, EcoTools Domed Brush or my Beauty Blender. Pictured: Sephora Collection Classic Foundation Brush #10
9. Eyebrow Brush: The angle of the eyebrow brush lets you shape, outline and color your brows for a more natural look while creating a defined look. I recently switched over to powder for applying my eyebrows (you can read about my switch here) and love the way they look when I apply them with my Sigma E75 Angled Brow Brush. Pictured: Sephora Collection Classic Brow Filler Brush #100
10. Angled Eyeliner Brush: As you may have read here about my recent re-connection with my love for gel liners, using an angled liner brush allows you to draw a precise line. It is similar to how you would use a liquid liner pen but can be less messy and allows you to get deep into your lash line. I use my Sigma E65 Liner Brush. Pictured: Sephora Collection Classic Angled Liner Brush #90
Okay, class is dismissed!
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