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.