13 Types Of Makeup Brushes & Their Uses

Makeup is an art. It is a tool that helps to create a look that radiates beauty. Everyone wants to look his or her best. In my opinion makeup is to enhance your natural beauty. So while performing this art on face you need proper makeup brushes  to get that final image. Knowing right brush & technique is a key factor in obtaining that professionally done look.

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In today’s time you would go crazy just by seeing various brands of brushes and again variation in each type of brush. Basic understanding of main brush category will help you to choose right brush. Here is the list of common types of brushes divided as per the steps of makeup application-

  1. Concealer Brush
  2. Foundation Brush
  3. Beauty Blender
  4. Stippling Brush
  5. Small & Big powder Brush
  6. Eyebrow Brush
  7. Eye Base /Flat Eye shadow Brush
  8. Bending Brush
  9. Liner Brush
  10. Pencil Brush
  11. Blush Brush
  12. Contour/Bronzer Brush
  13. Lip Brush

Concealer Brush:

makeup brushesThis  brush will help you to cover & conceal the Targeted  spots & blemishes. It plays very important role in applying product on hard to reach areas like around the eyes, around the nose & over the eyelids. It is best to use synthetic makeup brush. Always remember to pat in concealer with the brush & do not rub.

Foundation Brush:

makeup brushesFoundation brush has tightly packed bristles of varying lengths to help achieve smooth finish. This makeup brush is designed for applying liquid foundation. Apply foundation directly on the brush then apply it on your face, starting from at the T-zone & working your way out. It uses less product & allows precise application.

Beauty Blender:

Beauty blender is not a makeup brush; though it is important tool in your vanity. Itmakeup brushes is soft sponge used by many makeup artists to get perfect finish. Sponge won’t leave behind wired lines & gives natural finish. It absorbs excess foundation from the surface. Before using sponge, saturate it with the running water then squeeze out the excess water properly. Damp sponge will not absorb all of your foundation. Don’t rub on your face, just dab it on your face to get natural finish of foundation.

Stippling Brush:

makeup brushesThis brush is also known as doe fiber brush. Most commonly used with liquid foundation, blush & bronzer. Black bristles are tightly packed together & are usually made out of animal hair, poking out of these white bristles, mostly made from synthetic hairs. The flat, circular, feather head provides light weight & buildable coverage that won’t remove any of the makeup you have already applied, so it’s perfect for layering.

Small & Big Powder Brush:

makeupbrushesCompact/loose powder are essential step in your makeup. Powder sets your makeup perfectly; gives smooth finish & prevents shining appearance.  So, for that satin smooth finish apply powder with the help of brush. You can choose it from a range of big to small variants.  The small one will be helpful for applying around the eyes and on eyelids while bigger one helps to apply on cheeks, chin, forehead & along the top of the nose. Pat the brush in to the powder product, dust off excess & apply using sweeping & circular motions.

Eye brow Brush:

makeup brushesYou can use this brush to create clean & crisp brow. The brush should have an angle for better control. It should have short and tight bristles that will help you to apply eyebrow powder, cream or gel. Now a days dual ended eyebrow brushes are available. It has an angled brush at one end and a spoolie on the other side. To fill eyebrows, use angled brush and then comb through with the help of spoolie side to dust off the excess product.

Eye Base Brush / Angle Eye shadow Brush:

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angled eyeshadow brush
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eye base brush

This brush is a must have for eye makeup application. There are many types of eye shadow brushes, but these two brushes are the most commonly

used. These are must have for eye makeup. The eye brush is used to apply color to your entire eyelid. It’s wide, flat and short, with beveled edge to allow smooth application without pulling on the eyelid. Once a base color has been applied, the angled eye shadow brush is then used for layering color and creating hard lines along the eyelid crease.

Blending Brush:

makrupbrushesAs the name suggests, its main purpose is to simply buff over the applied line to soften the edges. Its soft & fluffy bristles help to blend colors well to achieve the desired effect. Always use separate brush for each color.

Liner Brush: 

makeup brushesLike brow brush, the liner brush should also have an angle with short & tight bristles for better control. There are varieties of liner brushes. Flat liner brushes are also available & helpful to draw mere longer precise lines. The thickness of the brush depends on the how thick or thin line application is required.

Pencil Brush:

makeup brushesThis brush is also very essential if you want to create smokey eyes look. With the help of this brush you can smudge out cream eyeliner. To create a look without eyeliner, you can directly push eye shadow into your upper lash line. You can also easily apply color under lower eyelashes. It creates softer look than a pencil. You will get much perfect pinpoint for applying highlighter at the inner corner of eyes.

Blush Brush:

makeup brushesBlusher needs to be applied very lightly with gentle strokes on the cheek hollows or on to the cheeks apples with gentle circular touch. The blusher brush is made with fine, gentle fiber with a soft rounded head for a smooth and even application.

Contour / Bronzer brush:

makeup brushesWith the help of this brush you can contour (it is a makeup technique in which you can use color darker than your skin tone to create natural shadowing face) of cheek, on sides of chin & side of forehead & along the bone line of nose for an extremely chiseled look. The slanted bristles are perfect for blending. Use light hand while contouring, especially around the nose area. Less is more!                        Blend out any harsh edges, so it really looks like natural shadow.

Lip Brush:

makeup brushesIt’s a smaller sized filbert brush. The tapered tip will have a crispier edge around the lip line that allows better control when applying color. When you are applying lip color by brush it stays longer and lasts longer. If you want to mix two shades, it would give a perfect blended look.

There you have it! These are the different types of brushes that you need to know about with their uses and techniques.  I hope this article will be helpful to get that perfect make up and that radiant look.

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