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How to choose the right makeup brushes for you

Dec 11, 2017

What type of makeup brush should I use?

Every makeup brush is designed to suit particular products and target a certain area of your face, and choosing the wrong brush is a no-no. Here’s a quick breakdown of makeup brush types and what they do:

Foundation brushes are used to apply and blend foundation. They have short, densely packed bristles which evenly distribute the product across your skin, and come in several different styles: flat, angled, kabuki and stippling foundation brushes. Each is suited to different foundation formulas and gives a different style of coverage. Choosing the right foundation brush comes down to personal preference, so we would recommend trying a couple of brushes to see which suits you best.

Powder brushes are a must-have in any makeup collection. This multi-purpose tool has long, soft and fluffy bristles to apply setting powder, bronzer and blusher evenly. To get even more from your powder brush, you can pinch the bristles into a long, thin shape to highlight and contour.

Contour brushes can be small and tapered or long and thin for a precise application. You use the brush along your jawline, down the bridge of the nose and underneath your cheekbones to enhance your bone structure.

Eyeshadow brushes are used to apply and blend eyeshadows and have short, fluffy bristles. There are precision brushes, smudge brushes and blending brushes, which are essential for creating a well-blended smoky eye.

Makeup sponges are a great multi-use tool to have in your makeup arsenal. They can be used to blend out cream and liquid products, and set your base with loose powders. To use, you saturate the sponge in water and then squeeze out the excess. You then dab the sponge lightly in the makeup product and bounce it along the surface of your skin to blend.

How much should I spend on makeup brushes?

The right brush will help you get a pixel-perfect look and let your makeup reach its full potential, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune.

While an expensive brush can have better quality bristles and design details, you need to be careful that you aren’t paying more just for the brand name - something that’s more common than you might think. On the other end of the spectrum, some cheap brushes are stiff, hard and shed very easily. While it may look like a bargain, you might have to replace the brush a lot sooner and that’ll cost you more in the long run.

What else do I need to know?

Cleaning your makeup brushes should be a crucial step in your beauty routine. To keep your brushes in tip-top condition - and for a smoother makeup application - you should clean your tools at least once a week. This will prevent a buildup of dirt and bacteria and will reduce the risk of skin irritation and acne. A regular deep clean will also keep the bristles soft, which help prolong the lifespan of your brushes too.