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Essential Makeup Brushes And How To Use Them

Introduction

If you love makeup and wear it often, you would know that having the right brushes go a long way in helping you achieve that flawless look. It doesn’t matter if you’ve a seemingly unlimited collection of brushes, or just a couple tuck in a corner of your drawer. Perhaps, you prefer using your fingers and only have a blending sponge. Regardless of your go-to makeup application method, it is undeniable that having the right makeup brushes in your kit will come in very handy; and with the plethora of options and types out there, we have put together a guide, a shopping list of sorts for you to take note of what kind of beauty tools you absolutely need! Fret not, we will also be sharing how to use them so that you don’t end up with an extensive collection of brushes; just the ones that you need for your everyday makeup routine!

1. The Kabuki Brush

It Cosmetics Airbrush Blurring Kabuki Brush

Ever noticed how Japanese theatre actors have flawlessly smooth makeup finishes? Well, it is all thanks to the kabuki brush. Think of it as an alternative to your beauty blender, this brush is set apart from the rest with its short and chubby appearance; with its bristles aligned in the shape of a dome. It is great for liquid foundation or even powders to ensure that you get full coverage of whatever product you are layering on your face. However, due to the density and firmness of this brush, you might find yourself needing to press it a little onto your skin to get your product everywhere in swishes and swirls.

$24.00

2. The Stippling Brush

ZOEVA 122 Pure Synthetic Petit Stippling Brush

If you’re a fan of lighter coverage, the stippling brush is perfect for you! Think of it as the contrast to the former kabuki brush. This brush is thinner, gentler and finer. While it has fairly thick base, its finer tips are great for those who want to achieve that airbrushed look; looking effortlessly glamourous is what this brush can do for you! It is also great for any blushes or highlighters as it ensures that your products stay looking brand new. All you have to do is delicately dip or swish the brush into your makeup product before blending them onto your face; take note to use as little force as possible!

$16.00

3. The Foundation Brush

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

The trusty ol’ foundation brush is many of our go-to brushes. Its flat and thick shape reminds us of a typical paintbrush; except that it’s for your face. We’d recommend getting foundation brushes with synthetic bristles as they are easier to wash. To use this brush, simply imagine yourself painting on a canvas and begin at the center of your face before moving in an outward motion to your hairline.

$52.00




4. The Blending Sponge

The Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge

Many makeup gurus absolutely love the blending sponge; from the day it arrived in stores, it has been all the rage, and for good reason too. Instead of using different brushes for your foundation, concealer and highlighter, think of this sponge as the all-in-one makeup applicator. Because it is so round and smooth, you need not fret about uneven makeup. All you have to do is wet the sponge thoroughly before squeezing out all the excess water so that the sponge does not end up absorbing your products. After that, gently dab and blend your foundation and use the tip of the sponge to reach places like the sides of your nose.

$20.00


5. The Concealer Brush

Hourglass Large Concealer Brush

The ultimate pairing with a good foundation brush or blender, a concealer brush is critical for hiding blemishes and breakouts. Where a bigger brush or blender might rub your concealer off, this brush gives you a nicely covered area. Not to mention that it is perfect for cleaning up any edges that need touching up like a smudged mascara or lipstick.

$45.00


6. The Bronzer/ Blush Brush

EcoTools Precision Blush, Control, Contour & Sculpt Brush

Arguably, you could just pick one foundation brush and use it for everything but with the difference in tones and textures, you’ll end up damaging your products; and your face. Bronzers and blushes go a long way in shaping your face; regardless of whether you want fuller looking or lifted cheeks, getting a fluffy and slightly pointed bronzer/blush brush will do the job. For your bronzer, begin by applying the sides of your forehead, then under your cheekbones and jawline. Focus on your cheekbones for blush and blend your blush upwards for that extra pop of color!

$7.45

Perfect Pairings

BH Cosmetics Truffle Blush

Add a sweet flush of color to your face with an irresistible blush palette so delicious, it’ll give you a sugar rush. The 4-color mirrored compact features soft, complementary hues. 

$12.00

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Shade & Define

Sculpt your face expertly with this Contour Palette, a versatile mix of five contours to shade and define bone structure, plus five highlights to add dimension and enhance features. 

$12.00




7. The Highlighter Brush

e.l.f. Highlighting Brush

With a tapered and dense brush, you are sure to achieve a pigmented highlight look. If you are a fan of making your cheekbones shine under every circumstance, the highlighter brush is perfect for you. Just gently sweep it on your cheekbones and cupid’s bow to make your face glow and stand out among the rest.

$4.00



8. The Eyeshadow Shader Brush

M.A.C Medium Shader Brush

Your eyeshadow look is the one that stands out the most so it should come as no surprise that getting the right eyeshadow brushes can go a long way in helping you get any look you desire. For the ideal shader brush, find one that has a rounded tip and is thick enough for you to get the product that you need. After picking the color of your choice, dab the brush onto your eyelids and blend it out towards the edges of your eyes depending on how pigmented you want your eyeshadow to look.

$34.99


Perfect Pairings

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Eyeshadow Palette

The stars will truly align when you use this baked eyeshadow palette with 18 versatile shades. This palette includes a range of out of this world colors that work for everyone. 

$21.00



9. The Eyeliner Brush

Sigma E68 Line Perfector

Liquid eyeliners are hard to master, even for experienced makeup lovers. Sometimes, you want just a bit to make your eyes pop, but not enough to look like you overdid it for an everyday makeup look. This is where the eyeliner brush comes in. One of the smallest brushes in your kit, it usually has a sharp tip, and slanted bristles for that soft-winged look. You can use a gel eyeliner or powder eyeshadow and gently stamp it along your eyelash line; it is easy to control and you don’t have to resort to wiping away your eyeshadow look if you mess up!

$16.00


Perfect Pairings

BH Cosmetics Eye Essential Brush Set

Define, shade and blend like a dream with this 7-piece brush Set. These must-have brushes feature ultra-plush, two-toned synthetic bristles, luxe black handles with holographic elements .

$14.00


Conclusion

With tons of makeup brushes out there, it is certainly difficult at times to figure out just what you need in your makeup kit. Hopefully, with this guide, you’re clearer about what to expect and what you should shop for based on your needs and preferences! And if you’re someone who prefers getting an all-in-one brush kit, check out BH Cosmetics Makeup Brushes Set.

BH Chic

Blush, blend, line and define with our pale pink BH Chic 14 Piece Brush Set, a collection of professional-quality brush essentials for face, eyes, and lips. 

$25.00

Recommended Products

No. ProductPriceBuy
1It Cosmetics Airbrush Blurring Kabuki Brush

Think of it as an alternative to your beauty blender, this brush is set apart from the rest with its short and chubby appearance.
$24Shop
2ZOEVA 122 Pure Synthetic Petit Stippling Brush

While this brush has a fairly thick base, its finer tips are great for those who want to achieve that airbrushed look.
$16Shop
3Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

The trusty ol’ foundation brush has a flat and thick shape reminds us of a typical paintbrush; except that it’s for your face.
$52Shop
4The Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge

Instead of using different brushes for your foundation, concealer and highlighter, think of this as the all-in-one makeup applicator.
$20Shop
5Hourglass Large Concealer Brush

The ultimate pairing with a good foundation brush or blender, a concealer brush is critical for hiding blemishes and breakouts.
$45Shop
6EcoTools Precision Blush, Control, Contour & Sculpt Brush

Regardless of whether you want fuller looking or lifted cheeks, getting a fluffy and slightly pointed bronzer/blush brush will do the job.
$7.45Shop
7e.l.f. Highlighting Brush

Just gently sweep it on your cheekbones and cupid’s bow to make your face glow and stand out among the rest with this tapered brush.
$4Shop
8M.A.C Medium Shader Brush

For the ideal shader brush, find one that has a rounded tip and is thick enough for you to get the product that you need.
$34.99Shop
9Sigma E68 Line Perfector

One of the smallest brushes in your kit, it usually has a sharp tip, and slanted bristles for that soft-winged look with a gel eyeliner.
$16Shop

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