Not everyone is familiar with the different types of makeup brushes and what they do. (You mean that eye shadow brush can be used for more than just eye shadow??) Believe it or not, the shape of the handle, the types of hair, the bristles – it all serves a purpose. But the nice thing is that there are plenty of brushes that can be used for more than one product. The key is finding those must-haves to fill out your makeup bag. Here’s a list of basics that will get you by, plus a list of “nice to have” brushes if you want to go the extra mile!
The Kabuki Brush is ideal for mineral foundation. It has really soft, condensed bristles for great coverage and easy application. It has a compact handle which makes it perfect for on-the-go makeup or for traveling.
Best with: Loose Foundation, Pressed Foundation, Invisibly Matte, Matte Finishing Powder
Since it’s flat with a tapered tip, you get the best of both worlds. You can use it on its side to get maximum coverage with liquids, creams, or powders. And then you can also blend the edges with the tapered tip of the brush.
Best with: Loose Foundation, Pressed Foundation, Liquid Hydration, BB Creme
With its angled shape, the Contour Brush is perfect for color application on the face. The super soft fluffy bristles help give a smooth finish to the color and allow for easy “blendability.”
Best with: Blush, Bronzer
The tapered end of this brush is ideal for applying eye shadow through the crease of the eye or for blending darker colors. You can get an airbrush quality finish when you use the windshield wiper motion to sweep back and forth.
Best with: Eye Shadow
This brush gives seamless coverage and optimal color payoff with eye shadow and concealer. Because it has a small flat round shape, you’ll get specific product placement.
Best with: Loose Mineral Concealer, Cream Concealer, Eye Shadow
Cut at a steep angle, this brush offers precise definition for brows. You can also use it to create your favorite liquid liner shapes because it has a super razor thin edge.
Best with: Eye Liner, Brow Powder
The best part about this brush is its multitasking abilities with lots of different products. Use it to apply your liquid, powder, or pencil eye liner. This brush has a great taper on it, so you can get extra close to the lash line. You can also pack color on to the eye with it, since the brush is so condensed. Bonus- it’s the perfect shape for a lip brush!
Best with: Eye Shadow, Eye Liner, Lipstick
From left to right: Deluxe, Large Fluff, Blending, Smudge, Precision
These ones aren’t under the “essentials” but I gotta admit, they’re really nice to have.
If you prefer a brush with a straight edge, you can use this one for getting stronger color application. It’s good for contouring, but you can also get full coverage with your foundation and use the soft tip for buffing.
Best with: Loose Foundation, Pressed Foundation, Invisibly Matte, Matte Finishing Powder, Bronzer
Add this brush into your kit for blending on larger eye shapes, strategic highlight placement, and all-around soft application of color.
Best with: Radiance, Loose Mineral Concealer
This one is a good partner to have with the Soft Blending Brush, because they can both work in tandem. After you’ve applied eye shadow with the Soft Blending, you can use the Blending Brush to soften any harsh edges.
Best with: Eye Shadow
The Smudge Brush does exactly what the name says. You can use it to smudge your pencil eye liner, and then apply the shadow over top to get a diffused look. And you’ll get a smoother effect because the bristles are softer.
Best with: Eye Shadow, Eye Liner
You can use this brush for precise detailed work around the eyes with liquid liner or to line the lips with a lipstick. You can also use the tip for spot coverage when applying concealer.
Best with: Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Loose Mineral Concealer
So, hopefully now that you have all of this newfound makeup brush knowledge, you’ll be able to explore new brushes, maybe some new techniques, who knows? Go forth and become a master makeup brush multi-tasker! And let us know in the comment section below- which brushes are you favorites? Are there some that you’ve found can be used for even more products? Share your knowledge!
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