Must-Have Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are pricey, but are a worthwhile investment that can last a long time, so choose brushes that are comfortable on your face and non-irritating. The bristles should not be too rough or stiff and should have some flexibility to give with the contours of the face and eyes. It should feel natural and easy to maneuver, which is key for precise application and blending. Natural brushes are better for dry products like blush and eyeshadow and synthetic brushes are best suited for cream or liquid products like concealer or foundation because they soak up less product than natural hair.


The Brush - A round, fluffy and flat-tipped synthetic brush.

Why You Need It - This type of brush is amazing for blending and buffing foundation on to the skin. The shape is perfect for a smooth application and will really work to cover pores for a flawless finish.

How To Use It - It is best used by dipping the brush into foundation and buffing it on to skin using a circular motion. Start on the cheeks and blend back towards the hairline.


The Brush - A soft, round, large natural brush.

Why You Need It - This is a must-have brush for dusting powder on the face. You will use less product than with a puff and it gives a more even, natural-looking finish.

How To Use It - Dip brush in powder and tap off excess, using a sweeping motion, brush lightly over skin following the natural contours of the face.


The Brush - A soft, medium-sized dome-shaped natural brush.

Why You Need It - A blush brush that is ultra soft and has long bristles, so as not to disturb foundation or irritate the skin, is ideal for giving color and life to the cheeks.

How to use it - Use the brush to sweep blush and bronzer upwards onto the cheekbones from the apple of the cheek up towards the ear.


The Brush - A small, stiff, flat natural brush.

Why You Need It - This is the brush you need to apply all over eyeshadow color as it will give your lids a smooth finish and more intense pigment than a fluffier brush would.

How To Use It - Sweep shadow over the lids from the inside of the eye, outwards.


The Brush - A flower-shaped, soft natural brush.

Why You Need It - This is the ultimate blending brush for eyes, as it can really get into the crease of your eye and define your lid with precision.

How To Use It - Dip the tip of the brush into eyeshadow using a circular motion and then tap off the excess product. Then, just using the tip of the brush, start on the outer edge of the eye crease and blend backwards and forwards through the crease using a windshield wiper action. This will contour your eye and work to give you a smoky eye look.


The Brush - A small angled natural or synthetic brush.

Why You Need It - It's multi-purpose as it can be used on your lashline for eyeliner and your brow to fill it in. Plus it is the most user-friendly of the eyeliner brushes due to its easy-to-maneuver slanted angle.

How To Use It - To apply liner, placing the brush on the inner corner of the eye and pressing into the lashline, walking the brush across to create a perfect line. To create a winged edge, by simply pulling out slightly past the edge of the eye. For the eyebrows, use it to fill in sparse brows with powder, by using short strokes over your natural brow shape.


The Brush - A small, flat, round-tipped brush.

Why You Need It - It's the best-shaped brush for a defined lip, and will make a precise lip color application easy.

How To Use It - After lining lips, cover the brush with lipstick then starting at the center of the lips blend out to edges. Using the tip of the brush, define the edges by using short precise strokes to blend liner and lipstick together.


The Brush - This small, tapered brush is designed to precisely apply and easily blend concealer.

Why You Need It - Expertly covers undereye circles and other flaws.

How To Use It - Use the brush tip to pat concealer into desired area until it melts into skin. For best results, apply concealer over foundation. Make sure to blend edges for a seamless look.

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