I’m certainly not the first to discuss makeup brush basics and I know I won’t be the last, yet it seems I still have trouble finding a simple explanation of what brushes I should be using for what (please tell me I’m not the only one!).
After a ridiculous amount of trial and error brushing up (pun intended) with all my brushes, I’ve been able to narrow it down to a handful I use every day, and an even smaller handful that I use for special occasions. I’ve broken them down into these two groups here to hopefully aid you in understanding and simplifying your own makeup brushes. Please keep in mind, I am not a professional makeup artist, I am simply sharing what I have found to work the best for me. I’d also love to know, what are your favorite brushes?
Translucent Powder// I use this brush to finish off my look by “sealing” everything with a translucent powder.
Bronzer// I’m not sure where I got this brush but it is great for dusting on my loose bronzer powder. This one is a similar option.
Blush// I use this angled brush to add a little blush to my cheeks (and yes I know it is supposed to be for foundation).
Foundation// When it comes to foundation I use a mix of my fingers, a sponge and this brush. The brush is especially helpful when it comes to covering blemishes.
Eyeshadow// As with my foundation, I use a mix of my fingers and brushes to apply shadow. I actually have several different eyeshadow brushes (these are only $1.49 making them affordable enough to stock up on, but this one is my favorite) so as not to mix eyeshadow colors. I mostly use my brushes for filling in the crease and blending everything together.
Eyeliner// This is actually a concealer brush that is no longer for sale (but this one is similar), but I find it works perfectly for applying eyeshadow as a soft eyeliner for the daytime or darker liner for a smoldering evening look. Occasionally I also use it for filling in my brows (although I mostly use this and this for my brows).
Highlighter// I use this brush for applying highlighter powder and occasionally for a bit of contouring.
Eye Contouring// I love this brush but I only have time to use it when I’m doing more complicated eye makeup aka when I’m headed to an event or on a weekend date night.
Eyebrows/Eyelashes// The bristle side of this brush I use to put my eyebrows in place and the comb side I use to get clumps of mascara. Depending on the tools and mascara I’m using I don’t necessarily need this brush every day.
Concealer// Most days I just use my finger for concealer, but when I’m in serious makeup mode (aka not being lazy), I’ll use this brush.
Overall, my favorite brand of brushes (and the ones I own the most of) are these, these, and these (which are also great bargain brushes as they are all around $1). You can shop all my brushes here-