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19 Types of Makeup Brushes You Actually Need

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Makeup brushes are like collectibles—irresistible, even if you don’t need them all. Using the right brush is crucial; each is crafted for specific facial areas. Let’s dive into the essentials and their best uses.

Powder Brush

Select based on your powder type. A soft, fluffy brush suits setting powder, preventing overapplication. Its versatility extends to blush or bronzer application.

Blush Brush

Smaller with super-soft bristles, it suits various blush applications, from apples to cheekbones. Opt for size depending on your desired color intensity.

Contour Brush

Smaller than a face brush but bigger than an eye brush, ideal for contouring. Choose an angled contour brush for precise applications and minimal fallout.

Bronzer Brush

Designed for all-over dimension, perfect for forehead, cheekbones, and jawline application. Look for a pinched base and ultra-feathery bristles.

Highlight Brush

Oversized, fluffy bristles for seamless highlighter application. Ideal for blending and diffusing, also suitable for setting under-eye concealer.

Kabuki Brush

Recognizable by its flat top and dense bristles. Ideal for powder, bronzer, and blending. Offers natural-looking, airbrushed coverage.

Foundation Brush

Choose between angled, flat, and stippling brushes. Flat brushes suit liquid or cream formulas, while dense synthetic brushes offer more coverage.

Stippling Brush

Gentle on the skin, it efficiently works foundation over texture for maximum coverage. Ideal for those prone to breakouts.

Duo-Fibre Brush

With strategic bristle placement, it buffs foundation, blends creams, and diffuses highlighting powder. Offers a blurring effect and buildable coverage.

Beauty Sponge

While not a brush, it’s essential. Applies foundation seamlessly, especially on dry skin. Damp application minimizes texture impact.

Fan Brush

Perfect for powder highlighter and cleanup. Ultra-light bristles delicately apply powder down the cheekbone and on the nose tip.

Concealer Brush

Ideal for precise areas like under eyes or blemishes. Synthetic brushes suit cream or liquid concealers for accurate coverage.

Flat Eye Shadow Brush

Perfect for defined, even eyeshadow application. Synthetic bristles mimic natural hair, ideal for shimmer shades or creating a halo eye.

Eye Shadow Crease Brush

Shaped to fit the eye curve, ideal for Instagram-worthy eyeshadow blends. Varied sizes cater to styles like cut creases or softer definitions.

Eyeliner Brush

Slim, super-fine brushes for thin, precise lines. Dual-ended options cater to winged liner challenges and crisp lines.

Pencil Brush

Perfect for various eye tasks: highlighting inner corners, smoking lower lash lines, adding definition, concealer application, and creating cut creases.

Brow Brush

Angled for brow products like pomades and powders. The spoolie grooms and polishes brows.

Mascara Wands

Separate and define lashes, address mascara clumps, and double as a brow brush or flyaway tamer.

Lip Brush

For flawless lip color application, especially with dark shades. Enables accurate outlining and filling, offering control and color building.

November 24, 2023

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