The Ultimate Guide To All The Make-Up Brushes You Need To Know About

By Shraya, 22 Oct 2016

Though applying make-up is something that almost every woman knows the basics about, there are still a lot of things that you probably didn’t know about brushes; primarily the types of brushes and how to use them. So here are all the kind of brushes that you need to add to collection and what and how to use them for:

1. Foundation Brush

As the name suggests, a foundation brush is used to smooth out liquid or cream foundation for streak free application.

How to use: Apply foundation to the center of your face and sweep outward toward your hairline for a seamless finish.

2. Kabuki/Bronzer Brush


This brush is big with broad bristles which are perfectly suited for the application of bronzers or powder or evenly distributing product across your face or body.

How to use: Sweep bronzer along your temple and your hairline, cheekbone and jawline in a ‘3’ shape.

3. Powder Brush

As the name suggests, this brush’s long and fluffy bristles are handy for diffusing loose powders.

How to use: Dust the bristles across your face to evenly diffuse loose powders for less concentrated colour that won’t smudge your foundation.

4. Angled Blush Brush

The slightly slanted bristles of an angled blush brush are perfect for applying blush to your cheekbones.

How to use: Swirl the bristles with blush on the apples of your cheeks, and then hold it at an angle and glide it along your cheekbones.

5. Concealer Brush

A concealer brush is what you need to apply your concealer in specific areas and give yourself a satisfactory look.

How to use: Pat concealer on under-eye circles and blemishes. Use the round edge to reach nooks around your eyes and nose.

6. Eye shadow Brush

That’s right, rather than using the foam things that come in your makeup kit, invest in an eye shadow brush to give your eyes the most enthralling appearance.

How to use: Smooth eye shadow across your eyelids in a windshield-wiper motion for intense colour.

7. Blending brush

The fluffy bristles of a blending brush are integral if you want to work with more than just one shade of eye shadow and will help you blend your colours with ease.

How to use: Hold the tip of the handle and swirl in circular motions in your eye crease for a soft, blended look.

8. Smudger Brush

A smudger brush is use to smudge your eye liner and give your eyes a smoky and sultry look without the rigid lines of a freshly applied liner!

How to use: Line your lashes with kohl liner, and then lightly sweep the brush from side to side over your liner for a smoky, sultry look.

9. Contour Brush


As the name implies, a contour brush is your essential if you want to give your face a perfectly sculpted look using contour.

How to use: Place the brush along your contour lines and stroke along in short and swift movements.

10. Angled Eye liner Brush

The slight angle of this brush at the end makes it perfect for applying eye liner and getting that much coveted little wing at the end!

How to use: Dip in cream or gel liner or shadow. Hold the brush at an angle so the bristles are along your lash line and drag from the inside corner of your eye along the lash line.

11. Lash/Brow Comb Brush

The Comb brush is what you need do comb, de-clump and tame your lashes and brows.

How to use: Gently comb through to separate clumpy lashes, remove excess mascara and smooth messy brows.

12. Highlighter Fan Brush

Use this brush in the end of your routine to brush off fallen product or gently apply highlighter to give you face a finishing glow.

How to use: Brush fallen eye shadow from under your eyes, or stroke your face with powder, highlighter, bronzer and blush for precise yet sheer application.

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