This Guide Covers All Of The Different Makeup Brushes And How To Use Them

Ever felt intimidated when you’re shopping for new makeup brushes? With so many different shapes and sizes available, you’re not the only one.

However, there are so many varieties for a reason. And to help you find the perfect makeup brush for the job, we’ve detailed each one and its purpose below:

Foundation Makeup Brushes

These tend to be quite flat and have rounded edges, which is why they’re perfect for applying liquid foundation all over the face. Simply dab the foundation onto your face before blending it in with this brush.

Powder Makeup Brushes

This is a fluffier brush that often has a rounded edge. It’s perfect for finishing off your foundation by dusting powder products across your face, and it will remove any loose powder to give you a flawless finish.

Kabuki Makeup Brushes

With dense bristles and a short stem, the kabuki makeup brush is a must for mineral foundations. It’s perfect for applying powder foundation in swirling motions to provide great, all-over coverage.

Stippling Brushes

Another densely-packed brush, this one has a flat top and is ideal for creating a base for your makeup. Use circular motions to buff the product into your face for an airbrush finish.

Blusher Brushes

A smaller makeup brush, the blusher brush has a tapered shape and is fluffy in consistency. Use it to apply blusher to your cheeks, blending it in in style.

Contour Brushes

These brushes are also fluffy but have an end that’s slightly angled. Because of this, they’re perfect for getting into the hollows of your cheek (just under your cheekbones). Use sweeping strokes to apply your bronzer here, before adding more to the jawline and temples.

Concealer Brushes

Flat and firm, these brushes have a tapered top so they can apply concealer with added precision. Use on problem areas by dabbing the concealer with this brush before stippling out to blend it in with the rest of your makeup.

Fan Brushes

A must-have makeup tool, this fan-shaped brush is perfect for getting rid of any excess eyeshadow or powder from under the eyes. It’s also great for using as a contour or blush brush.

Eyeshadow Brushes

These soft brushes have a slightly tapered edge and are designed to help apply eyeshadow with great accuracy, getting right into the creases. Ideal for powder or cream eyeshadow.

Smudging Brushes

Designed to smudge your eyeshadow and eyeliner along the crease of your eyelid, these makeup brushes have small, soft bristles and a rounded top. When using gel liner, use this brush with circular motions to quickly smudge it in.

Fine Liner Brushes

Eyeliner brushes have a fine, pointed tip and are great for applying gel and liquid eyeliners. Simply dip into your eyeliner before using delicate strokes across your lash line. Another alternative to this is the angled liner brush.

Lip Brushes

To give your lipstick that much-needed edge, these small, fine brushes are essential. Coat the brush with your chosen lipstick color before removing any excess on the back of your hand. Then, line the edges of your lips before filling them in.

Brow Brushes

A brow brush will have dense bristles that are small and angled, which is why it’s perfect for filling your brows with powder or gel products. Just dip into the product before using fine strokes to coat your brows.

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