Unleash the power of makeup brushes. They do more for you than ever before. With the right ones that are specially designed for each area of the face, they make a great difference. And once you use them you can never imagine being without them ever again. Yes, they are really that important in everyone’s makeup kit. So ever wondered what all the fuss is ‘about and which ones you should own? Be on your way to creating professional and flawless looks with finesse and flair with this guide on the 12 Makeup Brushes You Should Own.
Makeup Brushes You Should Own and Their Uses
1. Foundation Brush
Used to apply foundation smoothly and evenly the foundation brush also reduces the temptation of using hands and thus reducing the chance of product contamination. The bristles of the brush are shaped in a way to spread foundation in the least amount of time. The edges are used to get in all the crevasses of the face with ease such as around the nose. And avoiding areas you don’t want it applied like that of maneuvering around eyebrows with precision. The bristles are synthetic and not natural in order to not soak up all your precious product.
2. Makeup Sponge
Largely used for foundation and concealer but too is used for baking, has made a huge impact on the makeup scene. Particularly since the launch and admiration of the Beauty Blender (featured in image). The sponge application is commonly used dampened and with a bouncing action for its main benefit is to make the foundation seep into the skin and blend resulting with an airbrush appearance.
3. Concealer Brush
Resembling a foundation brush in shape and material though is much smaller in size. The concealer brush is perfect for applying under the eyes and spot concealing in the smallest of places where ever needed. By adding this to your kit you don’t mess up your fingertips from blending, making for a cleaner and tidier work process.
4. Powder Brush
How else will you apply your powders? You will use the sponge that is provided? Yes, it can do the trick. However, it is also the cause for cases of patchy work and cakiness. With a sweep of the powder brush, it applies the right amount of powder and without wastage. And if you happen to go overboard it can be dialed down a notch by buffering it out. The bristles are not dense thus do not tamper with your foundation.
5. Contour Brush
With its angled shape forms a crisp line yet is capable of blending out your contour enough to not dissipate. To be used along the edges of your temple, in hollows of your cheeks and around your jaw line, contouring is a hit for slimming down your face in an instant. Other brushes such as the blush brush may seem it can do the same. Though, no other brush can ever beat its accuracy in product placement that both pops yet is natural.
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6. Fan Brush
Applying highlighter to the highest points of your face that of your cheekbones, nose bridge, cupid bow, and chin is a breeze with a fan brush. Who doesn’t want to be a glowing goddess? Perfect for a daytime subtle look and can intensify your highlighter for a night out. But this equally will be your dear friend at sweeping away eyeshadow fallout without dreadfully messing up your makeup.
7. Blush Brush
The rounded bristles of a blush brush apply blush like a dream to the apples of your cheeks. Since it deposits a light touch of color that can be easily built upon. Blushes can be quite pigmented so must be used with light use so as not to look like a clown? The density is not so stiff ‘and can distribute blush up and out towards your ear if you wish. For cream blushes use synthetic bristles to work product ineffectively.
8. Blending Eyeshadow Brush
Fluffy blending brushes blend eyeshadow effortlessly. It is important in giving your eyeshadow creation a polished and professional appearance. Apply a dark tone shadow to the crease to create depth and interest to the eye and blend away. Use a lighter hand towards the edge of the shadow to create a gradient effect. Not easy at first but with the correct tool and practice you too can perfect it.
9. All-Over Eyeshadow Brush
Intensify the eye shadow by packing on shadow with an all-over eyeshadow brush. This brush has densely packed bristles that are usually fashion in a flattened shape and is slightly stiff. It lays down color directly on the initial impact of the eyelid and without it spreading around so much. And since they are flattened you too can apply shadow on the lower lash line for a smokey eye.
10. Eyeliner Brush
Use an eyeliner brush in conjunction with gel eyeliner for a sharp line and wing. Use it as you would with a paint brush. Thus, again does need practice with but you’ll reap the reward of a striking cat eye. Some people also like using it to fill in their brows since it is able to create lines that seemingly look like natural stands of brow hair.
11. Lip Brush
Love to wear bold lip color but find it difficult to apply it neatly? The lip brush will do the job right. Follow the lines of your lips as is or overdraw for voluminous lips, either way, a lip brush will define them clearly. Especially, when it comes to defining the cupid bow. Use the tip of the brush and with small strokes form the outline and then go ahead and fill them in. The brush also helps lip color fill the fine lines of lips to make it more budge-proof than using a lipstick bullet directly.
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12. Lash Comb & Brow Brush
Sometimes mascara clumps up our eyelashes and that’s where a lash comb can separate lashes back into natural yet defined ones at that. Use the reverse to brush unruly brows into place. And prep sparse brows in a natural direction before filling them in. If you happen to overfill them use the same brush to diffuse the harshness. And/or if you wish to use it again afterward with a little brow gel or spritz of hair spray to set them into place.