Which makeup brushes should I have?

“Which brushes should I use for a makeup like a pro?” A question, I hear umpteen times.

The world of makeup brushes can be a difficult one to navigate. I remember, years ago, how pretty baffled me stood at Sephora feeling completely lost.

Too many questions! Do you really need a lip brush? If I have powder brush, why do I need Kabuki? Why are there so many types of powder brushes? What’s the difference between a stippling brush and a foundation brush?

It’s enough to make any head spin. I understand how difficult it is to start with. I have broken down some of the more popular brush options including a few you may not have heard of. I will tell you in the simplest words which is which. So take a deep breath, and scroll on!

Foundation Brush
The most tried-and-true way of applying foundation is with a brush like this. The flat and wide shape helps guide the product easily.
My tips:
• It’s a great way to apply cream bronzer for easy contouring.
• Be careful not to pick up lot of product. Start with a moderate amount and keep building if required.

Foundation Brush

Stippling Brush
Stippling brush has a similar effect. It helps you achieve airbrushed-looking foundation without a trace of creasing.
My tips:
• I, definitely, prefer this for daytime make up as the application is sheer.
• Due to the sheer, air-brushed application, cream blushes are best applied with these; you don’t run a risk of having heavy streaks.
Stippling Brush

Concealer Brush
Like the name suggests, this short, flat brush is ideal for blending concealer.
My tips:
• Must-have brush. No! Finger or sponge cannot apply concealer as good as this brush.
• Use it to layer powder and cream formulas when masking a particularly pesky pimple.
Concealer Brush

Powder Brush
Most of us have one of these brushes in your makeup arsenal, but if you don’t, you should.
My tip:
• The flat top (or slight dome shape) makes it ideal for applying virtually any powder.

Powder Brush

Eye Shadow Brush
Want those dive eyes? The easiest way to apply shadow to your lids is with the eye shadow brush — a must-have tool for your makeup kit.

Eye Shadow Brush

Eye Blending Brush
You know those gorgeous eye looks you covet are created by blending many different shadows? This is the brush behind it. Layer on your different hues, and then use it to help the colors blend seamlessly.

Eye Blending Brush
Lip Brush
If you want nice colored lips that last all day, apply your color with a brush. It helps distribute the hue evenly and thinly and also prevents settling of color in the lines.

Lip Brush

Brow Brush and Comb
You can go for both or any one. Better if you can kill two birds with one stone with your brow brush and comb built in one. Use the bristles to keep your eyebrows in check and the brush to comb out your lashes. The comb can also be used to brush up your brows when they’re in need of a trim.

Brow Brush and Comb

Kabuki Brush
This short and stout is perfect for buffing setting/translucent powder or mineral foundation onto your skin. Use it in circular motions for the best results. As I always say, blending well is the key to flawless finish.

kabuki

Additional tools:
Only if you really need! I will really suggest you to keep these in the second set of investment.

Angled brush
For creating sharp, precise lines. This brush has fibres which are carefully arranged to form a perfect angle. This angled eye brush is typically used for precise gel liner application, but you can utilize it in other ways, too. Many Makeup artists list this under must-haves. Check your convenience. I, personally, manage gel liners well with general eye-liner brushes.

Angled brush

Angled Powder Brush
For contouring with powder bronzers, reach for a this brush. The angle makes it easy to reach difficult corners. It’s also great for sweeping product down your nose and around your hairline.

Angled Powder Brush

Flat Brush
If you want to get supercut cheekbones like Kim Kardashian, then you’ll probably need the flat-top brush. It has some serious edges to help get under the nooks and crannies of your cheeks.
My tip:
• Be very careful to blend well after the application. Streaky makeup is anything but attractive!

Flat Brush

Blending Brush
After you’ve applied your blush and your bronzer, you want to blend them. A round-top blending brush is clutch for this. It’s also great for applying highlighter powder.

Blending Brush

Pencil Brush
This pencil-like brush is perfect for precision shading on the lid, in the crease of the eye, or along the lash line. This brush can also be used for smudging liner along the lash line, or darkening the outer-v for a dramatic look.

pencil brush

Did you find the article helpful? Please let me know. If you think I have missed any don’t forget to add in the comment! Happy reading!

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