How to Use Makeup Brushes and Which Ones You Actually Need

How to Use Makeup Brushes and Which Ones You Actually Need

You don’t actually need a thousand makeup brushes at all. You  don't even need a handful. Seriously! Some of the most renowned makeup  artists prefer to use the warmth of their hands and (clean) fingers to  blend and melt most makeup into the skin.

Now there are so many incredibly useful sorts of makeup brushes out there, but not every last  one is necessary to your collection. This foolproof makeup brush guide covers the need-to-know basics. Keep scrolling to learn which brushes  are worth having in your collection and how to use them!

1. Foundation Brush

There are a few different types of foundation brushes (angled, flat,  fluffy, and domed), but this flat foundation brush is a classic. Use  this to apply liquid or cream foundation for perfect coverage and a  seamless blend.

2. Blending Sponge

The trick to using a sponge most effectively is to saturate it with  running water, squeeze out the excess, then squeeze it a few more times  in a clean towel or paper towel.It will also help blend your makeup as smoothly as possible.

3. Powder Brush

A powder brush has long, fluffy, and soft bristles made to distribute  loose powder evenly across your face without dispensing too much product  and making your makeup look cakey. Depending on the size, you could  also get away with applying blush or bronzer with this type of brush.

4. Highlighter Brush

The shape of your highlighting brush totally depends on the level of glow you want.Swirl your brush over a powder highlighter, tap off the excess, then  lightly blend the brush over the tops of your cheekbones, brow bones,  Cupid's bow, and anywhere else the light naturally hits your face.

5.Eyeshadow Blending Brush

There are basically various types of eye shadow brushes you definitely want  to have, and this is one of them. Fluffy (but not too fluffy) and  medium-size, this brush works great for applying shadow to the lid and  blending it out.

6. Eyebrow Brush

An angled brow brush is ultra handy for applying all kinds of brow  products, like pomades, powders, and waxes. The spoolie is essential for  grooming your brows and blending the color product once applied. This  Benefit pick offers both with the same tool.

7. Contour Brush

Contouring brushes are typically angled and have soft, dense bristles  that allow you to apply a concentrated amount of bronzer without any  fallout. The brush should fit nicely under your cheekbone, almost doing  the contour work for you.

8. Concealer Brush

These useful little brushes allow you to apply product with precision to  the little nooks and crannies of your face, like under your eyes, on  either side of your nose, and over a blemish.

9. Blush Brush

A blush brush is smaller than a powder brush and features a dome shape  with long, super-soft bristles. This brush allows you to apply more  concentrated product than a powder brush, while still allowing you to  blend and build color.

10. Kabuki Brush

Kabuki brushes are some of the most impressive looking brushes. They’re  often of the larger variety, with tightly packed fibers. They’re best to  use with loose powders on body and face.