Beginner’s Guide to Makeup Brushes

If you are anything like how I used to be, you will have absolutely no idea about the different makeup brushes available and will probably make the same mistake I once did. You will use one for everything. It may seem like a rather expensive investment to buy a good set of makeup brushes, but you will be surprised at how much better quality pieces work with your makeup sessions over those cheaper ones you end up buying for less than $10. Beginner's Guide to Makeup Brushes

Your makeup tools can make all the difference in your work, just as a painter’s brushes determine the beauty of his strokes, his lines and smudges, the way he blends into the background or has his images stand out. We can be lazy and use those foam wands that come with the compacts or perhaps just opt for using our fingers in blending in the makeup, though of course that does come in handy and is certainly used in many a makeup hack, but the best results are when we use the right makeup brushes for each stroke and blend.

Plus, using your digits might lead to dirty fingers and blotchy eye shadows. If we’re already paying for the rest of the products, why would we skimp on the tools that help apply them on right?

We know there are countless makeup brushes to choose from and as beginners we stare at them and wonder why on earth we should need so many. The answer is that we don’t, there are just a few essential ones that you should have handy at all times when you wish to apply an artist’s version of your makeup.

We don’t mean a simply eyeliner and mascara to bring a little contrast to your eyes either. We’re talking about the whole mask here, from the concealer to the blush to the shadows on the lids. Trust us, these definitely will make your experience with the makeup easier.

Foundation Brush

First, you will need a foundation brush. This is often an expensive multipurpose brush that is used to apply foundation to get an airbrushed finish that you thought only Photoshop could do.

It’s best to use this with cream or liquid formulas. For even distribution, you should dampen the brush first, squeeze the excess moisture into a towel and then use it as you would a natural or wedge sponge.

Concealer Brush

The concealer blush is second on your list. It is a flexible flat brush, which you use to blend in the concealer product properly, in order to get the right coverage you need for small areas.

It is certainly less expensive than the foundation brush, and the slightly pointed tip was made to help with your precision in covering up blemishes and imperfections. This brush is also known as the camouflage brush and is best used under the eyes or over broken capillaries.

Powder Brush

Depending on the powder brush you use, which is for applying bronzers and blush on your face, it can cost you up to $80 for a really quality brand name design such as Marc Jacobs. Honestly, you can get one for half that price that does equal quality of work, but don’t skimp on this.

You will be applying bronzer and blush a lot more than any other product I’ve found in my experience, but then again, your face is your own canvas and you know what’s necessary for the flawless look. This wide feathery brush will allow for easy application of the powder on larger areas on the face and neck.

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Kabuki Brush

It may be one of the cheaper brushes out there but the Kabuki brush is no less essential when it comes to applying loose powders. Its densely packed bristles are made to pick up a lot of product at once and your face will love you for it. Plus it’s soft and easily protected with its cap.

Fan Brush

At just $1 a piece, a fan brush is perfect for during over cheeks and highlighting portions of the pace. It’s light, cheap and a great brush to have in your set. It’s meant to be used with loose powder to give it all a velvety effect. If you have fine lines or imperfections, it allows for the powder to loosely be distributed so that heavy coverage doesn’t just deepen the problem. They can also be used to remove extra powder on the face.

Eyeshadow Blending Brush

You cannot work on your eyes without an eyeshadow blending brush with its short but soft and fluffy strands that make blending and crease contouring a piece of cake. When going for the smoky eye look, always have this brush handy. Plus, it’s a great way to really highlight those brow bones of yours.

Eyeshadow Brush

If you want more brushes for the eyes, you can go with the shadow brush, with its larger, flatter and shorter bristles with a bevelled edge for excellent coverage without dragging the lid, as well as the angle eyeshadow brush with its long, round and tapered look that is perfect for shading and building up depth of colour along the natural crease.

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Eyeliner Brush

An eyeliner brush won’t cost you much but will certainly save you the headache of having to redo your eyes should the liner go wrong. Cat eyes with winged lines require precision and this brush provides the ergonomics to get the job done right, no matter how clumsy a person you may be. You can have either a flat or fine point eyeliner brush, with the flat one giving a richer look to the lash line.

Eyebrow Brush

The eyebrow brush has been found to be rather essential in my experience, wherein you have a brush for supplication to the brows on one end and a grooming tool on the other for obtaining perfectly shaped eyebrows. At less than $20 a piece, it’s worth the buy.

Lip Brush

You will also most definitely need a lip brush with a slight tilt and flattened bristles that resemble the tip of a lipstick and help apply the color with similar ease. If you want a flawless look to your lips, this is the best tool for you.

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Written by Tamar Najarian
Tamar is a psychologist, teaching and heading into the business world with a prospective MBA. A silly lover of books and words, she generally loves to seek out new adventures, getting her toes wet and her hands dirty. Having moved to Armenia nearly two years ago, she feels like the world is at her fingertips and anything is possible so long as you take a step in that direction.