The Beginners Guide for Makeup Brushes and their Uses

Updated: Feb 28


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A good makeup brush kit is a Makeup artist's best friend and an invaluable tool to his or her's trade. They say that what is good for the goose is good for the gander but in the case of makeup brushes let's be honest, what is good for applying foundation is not necessarily ideal to conceal the deal. Many makeup artists won't admit it but knowing which brush to use and when to use them is crucial. We tend to it make it seem as if we pick up any brush from the stack to paint our clients' faces when in reality it is actually technical in many aspects. Using the correct brush with the right product is essential to achieving that flawless look. Misunderstanding the relationship between the two can make or break your makeup.


Whether you're just a beginner or a Pro, investing in a good makeup brush kit is of the utmost importance. Sure! you don't need all the different types of brushes to do full makeup but I strongly believe that "It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it".

In this blog post, I will be highlighting the basic types of makeup brushes, their uses, and some products they work well with.


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The brush set I am using in this post is a beautiful set you can find on amazon from BS-MALL, it is inexpensive, has full compact bristles with an aesthetically pleasing sleek rose gold design. This is a great brand I enjoy using and they make quality products. Most makeup brush sets don't come with manuals but this set does which is a good thing, it makes it somewhat easier for beginners to use. However, it is rather basic and so I decided to do a more comprehensive breakdown on more effective ways to use each brush. Trust me, It will save you time and products.


So Lovies, go get some coffee or wine sit and let's look at my breakdown of what each makeup brush does and what products work best with them. Here is a video of me explaining how I use my brushes, the article also a detailed description of each brush.



So Lovies, go get some coffee or wine sit and let's look at my breakdown of what each makeup brush does and what products work best with them.


I've divided the brushes into two categories;

  • LARGE MAKEUP BRUSHES

  • SMALL MAKEUP BRUSHES


LARGE MAKEUP BRUSHES


ANGLED BRUSH

For the large brushes first, we have the angled brush also called the contour brush. This brush allows for more precise shading for highlights, bronzer, and blush. In my opinion and experience, this brush contours well and applies bronzer seamlessly to the contour areas of the face (cheekbones and jawline) giving a smoother and flawless look.

Products: Contour Palette, Blush, and Bronzer





FACE FLAT BRUSH

This brush is also called the flat top or STIPPLING/ FOUNDATION brush. It is used to apply a creamy and liquid foundation.

Product: Foundation



FLAT ANGLED BRUSH

This brush is also called the FLAT TOP ANGLE brush. It is used to blend liquid or creamy products on flat areas of the face such as the forehead and cheeks. I use this brush to apply various types of products such as creamy or liquid foundation, blush, or bronzer. This brush gives an even application when working on the curves of the face. when applying use small amounts of products in a circular motion.


Check out my post on the 5 Skin Types You Must Know, Which One Do You Have? Here I discussed the skin types and how your makeup application can affect these areas of the T zone, the types of foundation to use on each specific skin type.




ROUND BRUSH

Affectionately called the POWDER brush, this brush is generally used to apply and buff powder makeup. This can be used to blend and apply the powder evenly unto the highpoints which are collectively called the (T- zone) areas to eliminate shine and set your makeup.



TAPERED BRUSH

Also called a tapered foundation brush. as its name suggests it has a round tapered head, I use this brush to apply creamy or liquid foundation to specific areas of the face. I especially like to use this to apply product under the eyes around the sides of the nose, forehead, and jawlines.



SMALL MAKEUP BRUSHES



BLENDING BRUSH

This is mainly used to blend eyeshadow primer or concealer before any makeup application.

It is also used to apply eyeshadow in the crease. Ladies and Gentlemen If you have this brush you do not need all the other eyeshadow brushes. In my humble opinion, a good blending brush does all the heavy lifting, It can add eyeshadow to the crease and blend colors effectively.

Product: Eyeshadow Palette




ANGLED EYESHADOW BRUSH

This brush is also called the (Crease brush). It is used for any powder eyeshadow.

It is precise and easier to use when placing eyeshadow. Its angle is perfect for adding colors to the corner of the eyes to create that fierce look.

Product: Eyeshadow Palette




CLASSIC EYESHADOW BRUSH

This brush is versatile and ideal for applying any eyeshadow powder.

I use it to blend and shade the crease. Sometimes I use it to highlight the browbones.

It is small and allows me to push color into the eyelid.

Product: Eyeshadow Palette, Highlighter Palate.




CONCEALER BRUSH

I call this brush my " Versatility brush", because other than applying concealer or cream eyeshadows to the eyelids, it blends areas that bigger brushes seem impossible to reach. I am in love with this brush, It is slightly denser than the others and gets product evenly to the under eyes and the hard-to-reach crease on the sides of the nose. I use it to blend and buff contour on the nose bridge to achieve that even look.


Check out my post on the 5 Skin Types You Must Know, Which One Do You Have? Here I discussed the skin types and how your makeup application can affect these areas of the T zone, the types of foundations to uses.





TAPERED PRECISION BRUSH

Also called a tapered or precision brush. The name says it all, It reaches those small creases on your face.

It smoothens the edges like the mouth, the corners of the eyes, nose and can also be used to add highlight to the browbones. I love this brush because it is great for smudging eyeliner and I sometimes use it to draw or apply contour to the nose bridge. In my post on the different eye shapes, 4 types of Eye Shapes and How to Apply Makeup to Them. I detailed how to use this brush when applying eye shadow and why ai prefer to use it over the small eyeshadow brushes you get with the small drug store makeup kits.




ANGLED DETAILED BRUSH

This brush I call a "FILLER". It is used to fill in the eyebrows using a pomade eyebrow powder.

I use this brush sometimes as eyeliner or to add glitter to a specific area on the eyelid.

Product: Eyebrow Powder( Pomade)






SPOOLIE BRUSH

This brush can also be classified as a small eyebrow or eyelash comb.

It blends, shapes, and combs your eyebrows

I use it sometimes to apply mascara.