Every makeup aficionado knows that the tools they use to apply their makeup are equally important as the products themselves. Use the wrong tools with the wrong product and you might end up with streaky foundation, an overload of blush on the cheeks, and smudged eyeshadow makeup that makes you look like a grunge rocker who hasn’t slept for days.
For the bare bones essentials that you will need in your makeup brush kit, check out our following recommendations to get you started:
Foundation brush, concealer brush, blush brush… brushes for your base application are many and each category can be divided into a few different types. Foundation brushes, for instance, are available in flat or domed heads, with dense or fluffy bristles. The various types of brushes available can get confusing especially if you are just starting to experiment with makeup. But, don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered on all you need to know about base brushes.
The brush you use to apply your foundation will depend on the type of finish you wish to achieve with your base as well as the texture of your foundation. For instance, a flat, tapered brush will help you achieve a full-coverage and smooth finish by applying your liquid foundation in outward strokes. For a flawless finish that will last longer on your skin, opt for a buffing brush. Buffing brushes come in two different types — rounded and flat-top. The former is best used with liquid foundations, while the latter pairs well with cream and powder ones. Meanwhile, lightweight liquid foundations are best applied using a stippling brush as the bristles are not too dense, thus preventing you from applying too much product onto your skin. For powder foundations, whether pressed or loose, a round-top brush with bushy bristles will be able to pick up just enough product without wasting or spilling any excess.
Just like foundation brushes, concealer brushes come in a few different varieties too. The one you use will depend on how much you wish to conceal as well as what kind of coverage you are going for. If you have small spots you want to cover up, go for a tiny, pointed brush that will allow you to spot conceal those areas without overloading on product. If you have larger areas to conceal, you can either go for a domed or flat-top brush with densely-packed bristles. A domed brush will allow you to buff the concealer into your skin, making it ideal to reduce the appearance of scars. A flat-top brush, on the other hand, will provide you with higher coverage and a more flawless finish as the flat top will really allow you to press the concealer onto your skin.
The brush you use to apply blush is essential to ensure you achieve your desired look. Choose the wrong brush to put on a bright blush shade and you will end up looking like you have tomatoes for cheeks. If the result you are going for is a vibrant pop of colour on your cheeks, then go for a small, dense brush that will allow you to concentrate the product on a specific area. For a softer blush colour, opt for a medium-sized brush with domed bristles. The fanned-out shape of the bristles will distribute the blush more evenly across the cheeks, creating a soft, rosy appearance. If you wish to have a diffused blush colour that will give you a natural, sun-kissed look, an angled brush will do the trick.
Who would think there’d be a million and one brushes just for your eyes alone? From the different brushes to apply eyeshadow to eyeliner brush, the beauty drawers of an average makeup lover can be half-filled with eye brushes alone.
If you are just starting out with doing elaborate eye makeup looks, the various brushes available can be confusing. Do you use a fluffy brush to apply eyeshadow all over your eyelids? There’s a blending brush, a pointed blending brush, and a flat blending brush? How do you know which bending brush to use when?
To find out more, check out the essential brushes you would need below to start your eye makeup journey:
Medium Eyeshadow Brush
If you are a beginner in makeup or not much of an elaborate eye makeup kind of gal, a medium eyeshadow brush will be all you need in your brush kit. The average size of this brush is sufficient to help you apply a basic eyeshadow shade all over your lid for a wash of colour.
This brush does exactly as its name states — it helps you blend your eyeshadow to soften any harsh edges. Plus, it allows the different eyeshadow shades you have applied to blend together to create a seamless eye look. To blend the eyeshadow in your crease to achieve a smokey look, opt for a pointed blending brush as the tip will let you get into your crease easily. Meanwhile, a flat blending brush is ideal to smudge out an eyeshadow you have used to line your eyes.
This brush works particularly well if you are working with loose or glittery eyeshadow powders. The brush’s flat head will enable you to pick up the product easily and well, stamp it onto your eyelids, helping you achieve an intense colour.
The type of eyeliner brush you use will depend on the formulation of your eyeliner. If you are using a pan of eyeshadow to double as an eyeliner, a flat, angled brush is ideal to help you line the product easily along your eyelids. For a gel liner that comes in a pot, go for a thin, tapered brush, which will allow you to drag the product across your upper lash line.