Your Ultimate Guide to Makeup Brushes and How to Use Them

Apply Your Makeup Like a Beaty Guru

I think we can all agree that beauty gurus are magicians! They can contour, highlight, blend and even change their faces to look like anything. But when it comes to the tools they use, they might as well be engineers. There are so many brushes they use that it’s hard to keep it all straight. That’s why we’ve got your comprehensive makeup brush guide for all of you makeup lovers!

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Tapered Foundation Brush

This brush has incredibly flexible bristles and gently tapers along the edge. It’s these layered edges that make it sturdy yet gentle enough to apply and blend liquid and cream foundations.

How to use it: Start in the areas of the face need the most coverage and apply there. Use downward strokes for the smoothest, most natural application.

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Rounded Foundation Brush

If you’re looking for all over, even coverage, this is your brush! This brush is so densely packed with bristles, allowing it to pick up and distribute product evenly. The round, domed shape helps the bristles to blend as they brush.

How to use: Apply first at the center or your forehead and dab outward with liquid, cream or powder foundation. Do this repeatedly to your nose, cheeks and chin for a streak-free, flawless finish.

Flat Concealer Brush

The ultimate brush for getting in those crevices and hard-to-reach spots! The flat rounded tip helps to make blending around the contours of the face super easy. Perfect for contouring, under-eyes and blemishes.

How to use: Take one side of the brush and place the fresh concealer wherever applying. Use the other, clean side to blend!

Precision Concealer Brush

Are you looking for something a little more precise? Something that covers every, single detail? The concealer brush is smaller and comes to a point, which basically means its the perfect editing tool for covering up.

How to use: Dap concealer on the end and use it to conceal blemishes and imperfections. It’s also perfect to clean up lines when applying bold lips!

Powder Brush

Powder and poof all of that oil from your face with this glamorous brush. The loosely packed bristles make for one big, fluffy brush with a rounded shape and incredibly flexibility to apply across your T-zone.

How to use: Dab the brush in loose or pressed powder and tap off the excess. Use a sweeping motion across your face, gently.

Blush Brush

As the name claims, brighten the apples of your cheeks with this compact and firm brush.

How to use: Smile to locate the apples of the cheek (the rounded, happy parts) and use short, gentle strokes to dust powder out towards your hairline.

Angled Brush

If you’re looking for dramatic or precise shading, use this soft and fluffy angled brush. Perfect for blush, bronzer and highlighter along your cheekbones! The angle is what creates a little more control during your contouring

How to use:  Dab the brush in the powder or blush you are using and angle slightly upwards. Move in a slow, sweeping motion towards your hairline until desired color.

Stippling Brush

To complete your look, you’ll need the stippling brush. With the lightest application, this brush allows a sheer finish to your look. This is the ultimate brush for finishing powder or powder blush.

How to use: Use stippling motion to evenly press cream brush onto the cheeks or same motion for the light powder.

Fan Brush

If you’re all about that highlighting/contour look, then you’re probably familiar with this brush. The soft bristles and flat, fan shape make this the ideal brush for sweeping powder along your cheekbones.

How to use: Lightly tap the fan brush into your desired powder and sweep up towards the hairline.