How to Use Makeup Brushes


When I started wearing makeup, I used the brushes and applicators that came in the packages.  It wasn't until I got a makeup brush gift set that I realized there was a better way to apply makeup.  Then I strolled down the brush aisle at the store and freaked out a little.  Why were there so many brushes, and how do I use them?  It was overwhelming because I had no idea what they were for or if I really needed them.

Sound familiar?  Be overwhelmed no more!  I am here to help.  Here is how to use makeup brushes and what each brush is for.

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How to Use Makeup Brushes



Kabuki Brush

Kabuki brushes have very short handles and a rounded bristles.  Use this brush to apply mineral foundation in a circular motion.

Stippling Brush

Stippling brushes are used with liquid or cream foundations or light powders.  If you use it with powder, you can get an airbrushed look.

Powder Brush
This tapered powder brush is used for foundation and mineral veil.  Some women also use this style to apply blush.  If you do that, have a separate one for blush so your colors don't mix.  


Fan Brush
Fan brushes can be used to apply blush or highlight cheekbones.  They also work well to blend and clean up excess powder on your face.

Angled Blush Brush

An alternative to the fan brush, the angled blush brush gives you great control over your cheek color.
Flat Brushes

Flat brushes are used to highlight and contour your face.  The straight line helps you get better control with your darker and lighter shades.

Concealer Brush

A concealer brush is tapered on the end so you can put a concentrated amount of product on the blemish and light product around it.

Eyeshadow Brush

Use the tapered eyeshadow brush to sweep color all over your eyes or just on the lids.  You might want a few of these in your collection so you don't cross your colors.

Angled Eye Brush

This small angled eye brush is best for applying eyeliner along your lash line.  You can also use it to apply shadow in your crease for better control and a thinner line.

Eye Blending Brush
The eye blending brush is perfect for applying shadow to the crease and blending it.  The angled end helps your shadow right where you need it.

Smudge Brush

Want smokey eyes?  Then you need a smudge brush.  This blends your eye makeup for the smokey look.

Brow Brush



Brow brushes are used to fill in sparse brows.  They are angled to get even the smallest areas.

Lip Brush

Lip brushes are very small for precision.  You can get better control over your color and perfect lines on the edges.


Do you need all of these makeup brushes?  No, not really.  I usually play up my eyes and use a lip gloss, so I have all of the eye brushes and no lip brushes.  I also don't own a concealer brush because I use my fingers.  

It's expensive to start a new makeup brush collection, but you don't have to get them all at once.  I do really recommend using a foundation brush if you use mineral or liquid foundation.  I also really love my eye brushes.

You can also look for makeup brush collections, like this one from ELF.  This one has 12 brushes for just $12!  I use a lot of ELF brushes, and they are a great value for the money.  Personally, I don't like their foundation brush.  I did splurge on a more expensive foundation brush with stiffer bristles for more control.  

Now you know all about how to use makeup brushes!







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