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Whether you’re looking at cheap makeup brushes or more expensive options, make-up brushes are an essential when it comes to applying makeup. However you may also feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start as there are so many options available, from concealer to kabuki brushes. Read on to learn more about the different brushes we recommend using, from beginner steps to taking it up a notch. 

It’s All About The Base

The best place to start is with a good foundation brush. There are a variety available, and which you should use depends mainly on the coverage you’re looking to achieve. A good foundation brush is vital to your makeup routine, as it sets the premise for the rest of your makeup to sit on. So what are the top options? We’ve listed our recommendations below:


The Traditional Flat Tipped Foundation Brush – this brush is a classic when it comes to applying foundation, and is the most commonly used brush by far. The flexible bristles enable great blendability when used with liquid and cream foundations. 


Top Tip: start in the centre of the face and blend in downward motions for the best results!


The Buffing Brush – perfect for flawless and heavier coverage, this densely packed brush can buff liquid, cream and powder foundations into the skin for a more natural look, as opposed to other brushes that leave the product sitting on top of the skin. Another advantage of the buffing brush is you can easily avoid brush marks! 


The Kabuki Brush – this brush has become extremely popular in recent years, and the name comes from the japanese dance-drama known for wearing elaborate makeup in performances. The large head makes it suitable for applying makeup evenly across bigger parts of the face and neck. Use this brush to apply powdered or mineral foundations, or even bronzer and blushes to subtly shape the face and warm your complexion. 


Other Staples

The Concealer Brush – whether you apply concealer before or after your foundation, the concealer brush will help you to blend those blemishes away with ease. By using a small rounded or flat topped brush, you can gently tap concealer into the skin where needed and precisely blend it in smaller areas such as the inner eye corner or around the nose.

The Powder Brush – This is a great staple to add to your makeup routine, and even take with you for on the go powdering. This brush is best used for loose or pressed powders to help mattify and set the foundation. 

The Blush Brush – these brushes tend to be fluffier and rounded or angled, to pick up just the right amount of product for your face. By swirling the brush into your blush and then applying it to the cheekbones (in an upwards direction!) you can warm up the face and add shape to it. 

An All Over Eyeshadow Brush – while there are many a variety of eyeshadow brushes to choose from, a good place to start is with a relatively fluffy brush slightly smaller than your eyelid to blend colour across evenly. 


Top Tip: use ‘windscreen wiper’ or circular motions when applying eyeshadow to blend the colour onto the skin with ease. Also be patient when applying! Blending can often take some time to take effect, and what starts as harsh can turn into a beautifully blended lid with time.


If you’re looking to blend a bit quicker, opt for a larger fluffy brush to blend out harsh lines and colours. 


Mastered The Basics? Try These

The Contour Brush – suck in your cheeks and use this flat topped or angle tipped brush to apply contour in an upwards direction and really shape the face. You’ll be channelling Kim K in no time!

The Brow Brush – get those brows on fleek with this small, firm and densely packed brush. This small brush combined with a good pomade will give you precise looking brows in no time! Some even include a spoolie on the opposite end to comb the brows and help soften the product on them.

The Angled Liner Brush – much like the brow brush, this flat and densely packed brush can help you to paint cream eyeliner or eyeshadow with precision against the lash line and when creating wings sharp enough to cut.


Thanks for reading!


We hope you enjoyed our blog, and now have a wealth of knowledge to help you take the plunge into the world of makeup brushes. If you’re looking to purchase, you can view a wide range of brush sets and single brushes on our site. 

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