Makeup brushes are essential for a flawless makeup look. Due to the vast selection of makeup brushes available on the market, it can be difficult to know exactly which brush to use for which part of your face/makeup. Because of these huge differences in choices and price ranges, it can be overwhelming, even for an expert.
Several questions will probably come to mind: which makeup brush should I use for what? How many makeup brushes do I need and which makeup brushes are best? And is it really necessary to use them? These questions are answered in this article. To come back to the last question for a moment: of course, using your finger as an applicator is also a way to apply foundation, but if you want to go from amateur to professional in the world of makeup, you need to arm yourself with the right knowledge. Knowing how to use makeup brushes gives you the precision and control you need to create a wide variety of looks.
Finding all types of makeup brushes on their own is a challenge. That’s why you’ll find only the most popular, most used, most convenient, and most versatile brushes in this article. Read on to learn more about the different types of makeup brushes and their uses!
Which makeup brushes do you use for what?
1. Foundation brush
The foundation brush is a flat brush with strong bristles. The main function of a foundation brush is to apply your foundation to your skin gently and easily. Using a good quality brush makes a huge difference. Choosing the wrong brush can make you look pasty and like a makeup box. With a high-quality foundation brush, you can smooth the foundation gently, so you can polish the product into the skin, giving it the most natural look. A good quality foundation brush also prevents the brush from absorbing the foundation, saving you money because the brush does not absorb your makeup.
To apply makeup with a foundation brush, sweep the brush over your face in even strokes. Make sure that the makeup is well blended and that no hard lines remain. It is often easier to start in the middle and work your way out.
2. Correction brush
A correction brush is a brush with dull, firm bristles. The brush is designed to apply concealer to hard-to-reach areas, such as the corner of the eye. It works perfectly with this brush because the bristles are cut at the tips! A concealer brush is perfect for spot correction. Concealer brushes are used to smooth out imperfections and bags.
3. Powder brush
A powder brush is usually a thick, full-fiber brush – synthetic or natural – that has the versatility to perform a wide variety of beauty treatments. This commonly used makeup brush (you will hardly find a makeup kit without it) is an important tool to have in your makeup collection.
To use a powder brush, dip the brush into the powder product (suitable for pressed and loose powders) and rotate circles or sweeping motions until even coverage is achieved. Professional tip: It’s easier to start in the center of your face and work your way out.
Among all types of makeup brushes, powder brushes are perfect for adding color such as blush when you want a more natural, less pigmented result.
4. Blush brush
The blush brush is a brush that, as its name suggests, is used to apply blush. A blush brush is very similar to a powder brush. It is a super soft brush with many bristles so that the blush can be applied perfectly. In addition to blush, you can also apply bronzing powder and highlighter with this brush.
To avoid the pop look, spread the blush outward while applying the apples to your cheeks. Start with a light touch and test the pigmentation on your wrist or the back of your hand. It’s much easier to create color than wiping it off after it’s already been applied.
5. Tanning brush
Find a bronzing brush with long, soft, dome-shaped bristles to evenly distribute your powder pigments. The lighter it is, the less product it absorbs (which is ideal if you just want a little color). The bronzer, blush, and powder brushes are similar enough that you can essentially use all 3 brushes for all 3 makeup options. But… who has time to clean them between each step (and don’t dare think about using only one brush and not cleaning them).
6. Contour brush
Contouring is something that can certainly not be done without a brush. And if you do it, you probably look like a clay sculpture. A contour brush has firmer bristles than a blush brush and a more angled tip. It’s specially designed to help you target the areas you want to contour and shape. The contour brush helps you achieve defined cheekbones and a beautiful facial structure.
Contouring is a skill that every beauty enthusiast should know, but it takes practice to perfect. In the worst case, you will see dark, unmixed streaks on your face. No one wants them, of course! The first step to perfect contouring is to invest in a good quality contouring brush. It is important to use curved brushes instead of flat brushes because they allow you to follow the natural curves of your face.
There are different types of contouring brushes. You use one for a subtle effect, the other for a super sharp contour. And there are also various brushes for cream and powder products.
7. Highlighter brush
There are two types of highlighter brushes. The “regular” brush “and the “fan” brush “. The fan brush is a favorite for many people to apply the highlighter. The wide shape and fine bristles give a very natural effect.
8. Beauty Mixer
A beauty mixer can be used instead of some brushes. You can use a beauty blender to apply wet and dry foundation, blush, highlighter, and concealer. He is a lover of many YouTube beauty stars. The Beauty Blender and similar makeup sponges are a favorite for a reason – they’re a great way to apply a wide variety of products. You can use it as a primer applicator for an even, firm base. You can even use it before applying sunscreen or topical creams. Of course, makeup enthusiasts usually use it to apply foundation and mix blush, bronzer, and highlighter.
To use the beauty blender with a liquid foundation, first wet the sponge under the faucet. Then press the sponge to remove excess water. The water prevents the sponge from absorbing the makeup. Now gently dab the sponge into the makeup product you are using and apply to the wrist or back of your hand for a coverage test. Then apply the product to your face with light dabbing motions. For smaller areas, use the Beauty Blender tip for details.
If using dry powder, dab the sponge directly into the product. Use the same process as for liquid foundation.
9. Eyebrow brush
A few well-defined eyebrows can enhance your appearance and help you instantly achieve an aesthetic look. Defined eyebrows also frame your eyes and highlight your best features. A slanted liner brush, also known as a slanted brow brush, is used to apply brow fill. An eyebrow brush or spool brush is used to tame and shape the eyebrows after filling.
10. Mascara brush
A mascara brush, or rather a brush, is used to apply mascara to the lines of your upper and lower lashes. A mascara almost always comes with a brush, but these don’t always work well. When you buy a good mascara brush, you can use it for any mascara. They help separate and define each lash. You can also use a clean mascara brush to comb and tame your eyebrows.
11. Eyelash Brush
An eye shadow brush is a small, usually blunt brush designed to sweep eye shadow over the eyelid and upper eye area. It is also an excellent tool to use for an eye shadow base. Simply dip the brush into the eye shadow, remove the excess and apply it to the eyelids. For a more pigmented effect, you can soak the brush in water.
12. Eyeliner brush
You naturally use an eyeliner brush to apply eyeliner. When you buy an eyeliner, it often comes with a brush that you can also use. An eyeliner brush is perfect for creating a fuller lash line or a cat’s eye look.
13. Lipstick brush
You use this brush to precisely apply lipstick, gloss, and other lip products. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay in line, that’s where a special lipstick brush comes in handy. Simply dip the brush into your lip product and apply it directly to your lips.