Makeup brushes are integral to achieving a flawless, airbrushed look that’ll help you face your day with confidence. However, the extensive selection of brushes available on the market can make the buying experience intimidating.
If you happen to buy a multi-pack set, you might not even know all of the makeup brushes’ names, or be able to discern their specific uses. Sure, using your finger as an applicator is a tried and true way to apply foundation, but if you want to graduate from amateur to pro in the beauty world, you need to arm yourself with the right knowledge to make it happen.
General Face Brushes
1. Powder Brush
To use a powder brush for foundation, dip the brush into the powdered product—applicable for both pressed and loose powders—and swirl in circles or sweeping strokes until you achieve even coverage. Pro tip: it’s easier to ensure adequate application if you start in the middle of your face and work your way out.
2. Tapered Foundation Brush
Tapered foundation brushes are usually flat, less full in form, with a gentle taper. These brushes are best for liquid foundation and other liquid products. If you are having trouble deciding on a type of foundation.To apply makeup using a foundation brush, guide the brush along your face in even strokes. Take care to ensure that the makeup is blended in and no harsh lines are left behind. Again, it’s often easier to start in the middle and work your way outward.
3. Stippling Brush
stippled brush has a striking appearance—the fibers are of two distinct lengths. The bulk of the brush is full fibered and tightly packed with longer fibers interspersed. Stippling brushes are great for layering different levels of makeup. Primer, foundation, and blush can be seamlessly worked together with this type of tool.
4. Kabuki Brush
Kabuki brushes are some of the most impressive looking brushes. They’re often of the larger variety, with tightly packed fibers, however, you can get a travel-sized mini kabuki brush as well. They’re best to use with loose powders on body and face. Want to add some shimmer to your décolletage? Swirl your illuminizing product in large circles for a magical, illustrious finish.
5. Contour Brush
Contouring is a makeup application skill every beauty lover should know, but one that takes practice to perfect. Worst-case scenario when you’re attempting a good contour? Dark, unblended streaks. But we’ve got your back so you’ll never leave the house a two-toned nightmare.
The first step is investing in a good angled contour brush, it’s important to use angled brushes rather than flat brushes because they allow you to follow the natural curves of your face.
6. Silicone Blender
Silicone blenders are generally flat and oval or teardrop-shaped. The great part about using a silicone blender is that there is no chance of it absorbing anything, meaning that you’re not wasting precious product.
To use, dab foundation and stipple onto all parts of your face, making sure you are blending into your neckline as well. Tapping motions work best for more a natural look so focus on short, staccato motions instead of swirling as you would for a traditional brush—swirling with a silicone blender can mean smeared makeup.
7. Beauty Blender
The Beauty Blender is a makeup darling of YouTube beauty stars. The Beauty Blender and other similar makeup sponges are favorited for a reason: they’re a great way to apply a multitude of products. You can use it as a primer applicator for an even, solid base. You can even use it for applying sunscreen or topical creams.