The ultimate guide to makeup brushes

How do you apply your makeup? With a beauty blender, brushes or with your fingers? I’m always lusting after beautiful makeup brushes but it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s going to work well and not leave tiny little synthetic hairs all over your face. Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you and made this ultimate guide to makeup brushes!

#1 Overview
There are a number of different brush shapes that do different things, so it’s best to get to grips with what you’d need for the makeup you use. Check out this video from Pixiwoo for a no-frills explanation of brushes and techniques:

concealer brushes
#1 Concealer
There are a great range of brushes and techniques for applying makeup to your face. Concealer brushes range in size and shape, finer pointed brushes are great for covering up small imperfections whereas wider ones are good for overall coverage, even an eye colour brush can be used to contour your dark circles as long as it’s the right shape and has a good hair count. Tweezerman Pointed Concealer Brush, Clinique Concealer Brush, No7 Concealer Brush, NARS No12 Cream Blending Brush, Paul and Joe Eye Colour Brush.

Foundation brushes
#2 Foundation
Foundation brushes come in a variety of shapes for a variety of application techniques. Stippling is when you lightly dab the brush on your face while buffing and smoothing are techniques that require dragging the product across your face. Foundation brushes are good as they absorb product and could save you using too much of your foundation. Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Brush, Hourglass Blush Foundation Brush, Daniel Sandler Base Brush, Real Techniques Foundation Brush, No7 Foundation Brush, Bare Minerals Maximum Coverage Face Brush.

contour brushes
#3 Contour and Blush
Kabuki brushes are good for blusher and blending in concealer, whereas a more angled brush is better for precision application on your cheekbones. Use a small concealer brush for contouring your nose or finer areas, and a fan brush for widely blended areas. Tweezerman Finishing Contour Brush, No7 Contour and Highlighter Brush, Smashbox Fan Brush, Models Own Kabuki Brush, Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 301 Flat Contour, Daniel Sandler Contour Powder Brush, EcoTools Bamboo Blush Brush.

eyeshadow brushes
#4 Eyeshadow
Small eyeshadow brushes can also double up as contour and concealer brushes. You can also use a rounded eyeshadow brush to blend your crease and a larger brush for blending out colours in a sweeping motion. Clinique Eye Shader Brush, Boots Eyeshadow Brush, No7 Eye Contour Brush, Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 201 Pointed Crease Brush.

liner and brows
#5 Liner and Brows
Angled brushes are perfect for filling in brows and drawing on the perfect flick, whereas small and thin brushes are better for someone more comfortable with applying eyeliner and can also be used for lip products. Anastasia Beverly Hills 12 Large Synthetic Duo Brush, Tweezerman Brow Brush, Clinique Eye Definer Brush, Bare Minerals Brow Brush, Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush, Smashbox Arced Liner Brush.

I hope this guide simplified makeup brushes for you, there’s still a lot of choices out there and choosing what you think will work best for you requires a little bit of research, but once you invest in a good set of brushes you won’t regret it and your makeup application will look flawless! Let us know what your favourite makeup brushes are below!

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  1. You’re very welcome Jessica! :) I’m off to buy myself some new makeup brushes as soon as possible now haha xx

  2. I’m so late to the party – I did not know that Tweezerman did brushes. I didn’t realise that No7 did such a wide range of brushes either, I never seem to come across them in my local Boots. The Contour and Highlight brush looks really good though – I think I’ll have to invest in that. Thanks for this post – really helpful :)

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