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Makeup Brushes Are The Secret Ingredient: Here’s Why You Need To Own A Collection

Owning a collection of makeup brushes, that is the dream, right? But you can only call yourself a makeup pro when you know how to correctly use each one of those brushes. In today’s post, we will be looking at the best makeup brushes that you absolutely need, and will also help you with how they are used.

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The secret to flawless makeup is using the makeup brushes correctly. Yes, it is all about the application done right. Applying makeup with your fingers is an option yes, but if you want to get that pro finish and the Kendall Jenner-esque precision, then you need to invest in makeup brushes. The ones that you absolutely need are eyebrow brush, eyeshadow brush, eyeliner brush, smudge brush, blending brush, foundation brush, liquid foundation brush, concealer brush, blush brush powder brush, bronzer brush, lipstick brush, stippling brush, contour brush, and strobing brush.

Suggested read: How To Put On Makeup Like A Pro

Each brush comes in different shapes and sizes and choosing the right ones for you can be little difficult. But with this guide, you can easily pick the right match for yourself and then apply your makeup like an MUA!

Think of this as preparing your makeup arsenal with the brushes. You know how important it is to get the right weapons, isn’t it? The same applies to makeup brushes. According to Kristine Cruz, who is a senior makeup artist at Antonio Prieto Salon, applying makeup with the wrong brush can wreck the entire look. She says,

“Makeup brushes are specifically made to target certain areas of the face.”

And so, choosing the wrong shape or the wrong size will result in the product not being placed where it should be. Just investing in the right brushes and learning how to use them will make a world of difference in the way your makeup turns out.

There are a number of brushes out there and each is useful; however, you do not need to put every last one into your collection. This complete guide on which are the best makeup brushes to invest in will help you not make rookie mistakes when it comes to makeup.

Skim through our collection, and you will want to possess each one of these, we can guarantee that!

1. Powder Brush

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A powder brush is the first applicator that you need to invest in. This brush has fluffy and soft bristles. The bristles are long enough to make the application of loose powder easier. The brush also ensures that the powder is applied evenly across the face. When you apply powder using a sponge, chances are you will dispense too much of the product. This is not just a waste but also makeup done wrong as the extra powder is ought to make your makeup look cakey.

If the size of the brush permits, then you can use this kind of applicator to apply your blush or bronzer as well.

Our top picks are NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Powder and real Techniques Powder Brush.

2. Blush Brush

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The next brush on our list is a smaller kind of brush used to apply blush. These are usually smaller than a powder brush. They have a dome kind of shape with extremely soft bristles that are long and make the application of blush easier. While the amount of blush that this picks is more than a powder brush, it blends it the color beautifully well.

Our top picks are e.l.f. Blush Brush and NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Shading.

3. Contouring brushes

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To contour well, you need to right brush. These brushes are angled in a typical way to ease the application of the product. They have soft but dense bristles which allow you to apply an intense amount of bronzer, without any of it falling out. When placed on under your cheekbones, the brush fits neatly, making the contouring process a cake walk.

Our top picks are Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush and Face Tapered brush.

4. Kabuki Brush

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The next brush is the Kabuki brush, which is a super versatile one. You can call it the Meryl Streep of makeup!

A Kabuki brush has a flat top and has supremely soft bristles. The bristles are dense and voluminous which makes it an ideal brush to apply powder and bronzer. It can also be used to blend out almost all products!

Our top picks are NYX Professional Makeup Pro Kabuki Brush and Revlon Kabuki Brush.

5. Foundation Brush

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There are a variety of foundation brushes that you can pick from. There are angled foundation applicators and flat applicators. You can find a fluffy foundation brush for yourself or a domed one, depending on the kind of makeup you want to apply.

A classic amongst these choices is the flat foundation brush. It can be used to apply both liquid and cream foundation. It offers a perfect coverage and blends the product into your skin seamlessly.

Our top picks are NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Multi-Purpose Buffing and Duo Foundation Polishing Brush.

6. Fan Brush

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The fan brush looks exotic, doesn’t it? But it also serves a purpose, in case you were wondering! 😛 It serves two purposes actually, one, it helps apply the highlight (which is gorgeous!), and two, it lets you clean up makeup mistakes.

Fan brushes have bristles that are extremely light. The bristles are perfectly shaped to help apply the powder delicately. The highlighter need to just touch the cheekbone and the tip of your nose, and this is easily done with the help of a fan brush.

Excess powder fallouts which happen to the most expert of makeup artists, can also be cleaned using a fan brush.

Our top picks are NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Powder and e.l.f. Fan Brush.

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7. Concealer Brush

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The concealer brushes are tiny but extremely useful brushes that help apply concealer with absolute precision. The concealer is usually applied around the eyes, the lip edges, either side of the nose and over a spot or blemish (if any). An applicator makes it very easy for you to reach these nooks and crannies without disturbing the rest of the face.

You should invest in an antibacterial concealer brush because it will be touching pimples and acne.

Our top picks are PAC Concealer Brush – 299 and NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Spot Concealer.

8. Flat Eye Shadow Brush

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There are two kinds of eye shadow brushes, one is the flat eye shadow brush, and the other is an eye shadow crease brush. Let us take them up separately, right?

So the flat eye shadow brush is a fluffy, medium-sized applicator that flawlessly applied eye shadow to the eye lids and blends them out seamlessly.

Our top picks are Aplava Aplava Pro Flat Eye Shadow Brush and Real Techniques Limited Edition Eyelining Set.

9. Eye Shadow Crease Brush

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The other kind is the eye shadow crease brush which is comparatively smaller and pointed at the tip. The pointy tip helps apply the products into the eye creases effortlessly. It also blends in the eye shadow with great ease.

Our top picks are MAC Pencil Brush – 219 (17cm) and theBalm Crease, Love and Happiness Double-Ended Smudger Brush / Tapered Crease Brush,

10. Eyeliner Brush

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There are different kinds of eyeliner brushes. There are smudgers, flat eyeliner brusher and angled eyeliner brushes, which are the most common. If you are thinking of buying just one, then your best bet is a super-slim and fine eyeliner brush which can help draw thin and detailed lines. Some eyeliners are also dual0ended, with one end slightly bent. You can use the bent side to create winged eyes perfectly.

Our top picks are theBalm Women Empowderment! Double-Ended Eyebrow / Eyeliner Brush and NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Angled.

11. Brow Brush

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The brow brush is an angled brush which is more like a do-it-all applicator when it comes to applying brow products, such as pomades, powders as well as waxes. This one’s an essential investment because it not just helps groom the brows, but also blends in color products beautifully once they are applied.

Our top picks are NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Dual Brow and Ardell Duo Brow Brush.

12. Lip Brush

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The lip brush is a thin and pointed applicator that helps professionals apply lip color spotlessly. It works amazingly for the application of darker lip shades. Using a brush instead of applying lip color directly from the tube helps make sure the color precisely outlines your lips and does not bleed.

Applying lip shades using a lip brush also allows you to build color. This is really difficult if you try to apply lip color directly from the tube.

Our top picks are NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Lip and Faces Black Lip Filler Brush-female.

13. Smudger Brush

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The last brush on our list today is the smudger brush. This comes in handy for looks like the smoky eyes or the sultry lips. You can also use it on areas like the skin around the eyes, both the inner and outer corners of your eyes, and your brow bone, when you are looking for intense pigment.

Our top picks are NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Smudger and Coastal Scents Smoky Eyes Brush Set.

Suggested read: The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Determining One’s Skin Tone

That is a wrap on today’s post on finding the best makeup brushes and how to use them. Did you find this guide helpful? Let us know in the comment section below.

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The Complete Guide To Investing In The Best Makeup Brushes You Absolutely NEED!
In today’s post, we will be looking at the best makeup brushes that you absolutely need, and will also help you with how to use them.
Riya Roy

Riya Roy

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.” This Isaac Asimov line, embraces my love for writing in the finest and most desperate way that it is and should be! I was tormented by the earnestness of the written word not very early in my journey. But once smitten, it has helped me devour life twice over; savoring the moment and indulging in its memories. As a flâneuse, I wander to understand the intricacies of human relationships. Realizing that, they are just different manifestations of the same feeling of love, has been my greatest learning. I seek to share its opulence through the words I type.