Imagine a fashion designer without a sewing machine and a farmer without his tools, that is a makeup artist without makeup brushes. Makeup brushes like the name implies are tools that are used for creating various makeup looks. It has a lot to do with how beautiful and flawless your makeup look turns out. That is why investing in the right brushes for makeup is key.
Oops! .. Almost forgot, as much as getting the right tools for creating your makeup look is important, knowing your skin tone also is, as it helps you get the right products.
I have covered on this post several makeup brushes and their uses as well as where you can get makeup brush sets at affordable prices. To purchase any of the brush set, click on the link under each photo and it would take you to the exact page.
How they are designed.
Different makeup brushes were designed for different purposes, that is why some have slanted bristles, some have full and long bristles, while others have full and short bristles. You would also find the big fat ones and the small slim ones depending on what it was designed to do.
Controlling Your Makeup brushes
Another thing I would love to point out before we officially dive into different makeup brushes and their uses is how they are held. Something makeup artists call control of makeup brushes.
Imagine again, an artist with his properly sharpened pencil, putting so much pressure into drawing on his drawing paper. He would end up creating thick lines that he cannot erase with ease without ruining his work because of the way he controlled his pen.
Same applies to us makeup artists. Our brushes are our pencils and control is key if you want to create a flawless look.
When handling your makeup brushes, you want to give it less control. Holding the makeup brush very close to the bristles is bad practice, instead hold it at the center or below if you are creating a light effect.
With all these said, let us dive right into makeup brushes and their uses.
The images on this post are not mine.
Brow Brushes and their uses
The Spoolie brush has brush-like strings to make it easy to brush out your eyebrows. Just before you start using your brow filler or brow pencil to draw the lines on your brow, you use the Spoolie brush to brush your brows into shape.
Other uses: The Spoolie brush is used to brush out the brows before you start grooming your brows and many more times in between to ensure your brows is having your desired shape.
The brow brush looks a lot like the brow filler brush. The main difference is that the brush has a longer holder and the bristles are longer in length than that of the brow filler brush. The brush was also designed with a slanted edge to make it easy to apply concealer along the lines above and below your brows.
Other uses: It can be used for applying liquid contour and highlight in hidden or deep ends of the face, or in areas where you need to apply products with care, like areas around the nose and under the eyes.
Eye Makeup brushes and their uses
Flat eyeshadow brush
The flat eyeshadow brush as the name implies is flat on both ends. The bristles are longer than that of the concealer brush and are lightly compact.
To use it, take small amounts of eyeshadow color of your choice and apply on the eyelid below the crease. Go in with more colors if you have to.
Many beginners find it hard using the right eyeshadow colors, why not start off with eyeshadow colors that can match anyone before proceeding into experimenting with other colors?
Other uses: Can also be used to apply products under the eyes.
Most of the time, it’s better to get a good eyeliner gel that comes with its own eyeliner brush like the one above.
The slanted edge makes it easy for you to properly create an eyeliner wing with ease.
The blending brush has full and fluffy ends. It is used to blend out two or more colors at the crease to create an even gradient in between these colors. I talked more about blending on my eye makeup tutorials for beginners.
Other uses: It can be used to contour the nose area effectively.
Fluffy eyeshadow brush
The fluffy eyeshadow brush is used to apply makeup above the crease region. To use it, take small amount of eyeshadow color of your choice and apply above the crease. It’s called transitioning. This is usually done first before applying makeup under the crease with the flat eyeshadow brush followed by blending with the blending brush.
However, it’s not a fixed pattern to follow, just be creative.
The angle brush is a small brush that can be used to apply eyeshadow in the inner v region of the eye. To use it, take small amount of eyeshadow at a time and apply from your inner v into your eye lid.
Other Uses: Can also be used to apply gel eyeliner.
Face Makeup brushes and their uses
After choosing the right foundation for yourself, you can go ahead and use any of these foundation brushes.
1. Flat foundation brush
The flat foundation brush is flat on both ends with compact long bristles. Apply foundation at the inner part of your face and work your way into the outer parts of your face using the foundation brush.
2. Flat top foundation brush
This foundation brush has full bristles and a flat top. Apply foundation to the inner parts of your face and using the flat surface, work your way to the outer parts of your face.
3. Beauty Blender
The beauty blender can also be used to apply liquid foundation flawlessly. To use it, wet the beauty blender in water first. This ensures smooth blending of the product on your face. Remember to always work your way from the inner parts of your face to the outer parts.
Other Uses: Use the beauty blender in its dry state to apply setting powder. The pointed end will allow you apply the product in hidden places like beside the nose and under the eyes.
It is also used to blend out liquid concealer and highlighter.
Contour Brush / Angle Brush
The contour brush also referred to as angle brush is used to apply powder contour just below the chin line, the side of the head and under the chin. Take a powder that is 2 or 3 shades darker than your skin tone and apply in a 3-shape pattern.
Other uses: The contour brush can also be used to sweep setting powder off the face.
The blush brush is a big brush with soft fluffy bristles that gradually forms a blunt pointed end. This end allows you to apply blush on your chin bone line.
Other uses: The blush brush can also serve as a contour brush.
The powder brush is a big soft fluffy brush with full bristles. It is used to apply finishing powder on your face. The best format to apply powder is in a circular motion from the chick down to the chin before working your way to your forehead and neck region.
Other uses: can also be used to sweep setting powder off the face.
The fan brush is designed with its bristles looking like a fan. It is used to apply highlighter along the line of the chin bone.
Other uses: The fan brush can also be used to apply highlighter just under the brows to further define the brows and on top of the lips.
Lipstick Makeup brushes
The lipstick brush is a small brush that makes lipstick application much easier. So many people do not see the need for a lipstick brush and we mentioned this mistake and others in our post on mistakes you make before applying lipstick.
After using a lip liner whose shade is close or same as the lipstick shade, use the lipstick brush to take your lipstick color and apply on the lips. You can go in as many times as you want until you achieve what you desire.
To achieve lined lips, use your concealer brush and take small amount of foundation and line the side of your lips into your desired shape.
Makeup Brush Sets And Where You Can Get Them.
Like I mentioned above, I would be showing you makeup brush sets and where you can get them. It’s better to purchase a set because it contains other brushes which will be useful at one point or another. It is also much cheaper than purchasing each individually. I would always recomend a brush set than buying single.
A brush set this beautiful can solve all your brush problems. It contains 24 pieces for just #2,900.
Very beautiful and fluffy brush set for #9,700
This 10 pieces makeup brush set will solve all your needs that has to do with makeup brushes and it’s sold for just #2,300
While this beauty is sold for #2,899
Please note that the prices on the site may be different from the ones indicated on this post.
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