If you are looking to achieve that flawless, professional looking makeup application it is essential to use the right tools. The types of brushes you use, will have a big impact on the type of look you will create. The brushes you choose should be good quality. Ensure the handles are sturdy and the bristles are securely fastened. No this doesn’t mean you have to spend a pretty penny and purchase high-end brands. There are many affordable options available for purchase. You can find a wide selection brushes at your local drugstore or for purchase online.
There are two types of brushes on the market:
Synthetic – these bristles are suitable for cream products such as foundations, concealers and lip color
Natural – commonly made from different animal hair, these brushes are best used with powder products such as shadow, blush, and setting powders
With so many options available – how do you choose? Let’s start by taking a look at some of my favorite makeup brushes…
ANGLED LINER BRUSH / SPOOLEY BRUSH – Sculpt the perfect brow by using the angled brush to apply brow color and the spooley brush to blend, groom, and shape the perfect arches. The angled brush can be used for applying liner with great precision and detail. The spooley brush is also convenient for combing through lashes to separate and remove excess mascara.
SMALL DETAILING, PRECISION OR TAPERED SMUDGE BRUSH – The small firm bristles of these brushes are designed for controlled application of color around the eyes. They are ideal for the perfect placement or smudging of darker powder shadows on lids and lash lines when trying to create a dramatic smokey eye.
LIP BRUSH – The smooth, stiff, angled bristles of this brush will help define lips, soften pencil lines, and fill in lip color with precision to create clean edges around the mouth.
CONCEALER BRUSH – With this brush you can cover imperfections like a pro. Firm bristles make it the perfect tool for targeting small areas with precise detail, helping you to camouflage dark under eye circles, red spots and blemishes.
LARGE EYESHADOW BRUSH – This brush can be used to apply, shade, and blend wet and dry shadows across your lids, in the crease, and on the brow bone just like a pro. The rounded bristles ensure easy application.
BLENDING BRUSH – This brush is great for applying and blending cream or powder shadow with a beautiful soft finish. This multitasking tool helps to blur harsh lines and smooth color across your lids, crease, and beneath the brow.
FOUNDATION BRUSH – This brush will help you to achieve a smooth, even, natural-looking application of liquid and cream foundation. The flat, dense bristles endure optimal coverage and a soft, streak-free look. This brush is also great for applying primer.
CONTOUR BRUSH – This brush is made to help you shade, sculpt and highlight effortlessly. Perfect for accenting your best features for a natural, streak-free look. The soft, flexible, angled shape bristles fit perfectly into cheek hollows to enhance your natural bone structure. This multitasking tool is perfect for applying blush, bronzer, and highlighter.
LARGE BLENDING BRUSH – This brush is great for applying and blending powders and creams just about anywhere on your eyes and face. This tool is great for softening harsh lines and buffing blush, bronzer, and highlighter onto the skin to diffuse color for a beautiful natural look.
LARGE POWDER BRUSH – Use this brush to apply the right amount of pressed or loose powder quickly and easily onto your face and body for the perfect finishing touch. This is also a great tool for applying a subtle hint of blush or bronzer to create a beautifully seamless, natural look.
KABUKI BRUSH – This brush is perfect for swirling on blush, bronzer, highlighter, and powder. The super soft dome-shaped bristles and easy-to-grip handle makes for precise, even, streak-free application of any product. The compact size of the Kabuki brush is great for beauty on the go.
BEAUTY SPONGE – Using a sponge such as a Beauty Blender or the Studio Pro Beauty Sponge pictured above will allow you to create a beautiful airbrushed finish. The unique tapered shape of the sponge allows you to cover every inch of your face seamlessly. The pointed end is great for hard-to-reach spots like the corners of your nose and around the eyes. The rounded end helps to blend out harsh line on the larger areas of your face for a natural finish.
All makeup brushes should be cleaned regularly to maintain quality and eliminate any bacteria from getting onto your skin. There are many brush cleaners available for purchase but any mild soap will work just as good. Products like a gentle baby shampoo or the Tea tree face wash from Body Shop works great.
Hope these tips have been helpful. All brushes mentioned in this post are 100% cruelty free and completely affordable. You can find the full line of these vegan brushes along with multiple convenient brush sets available for purchase on bhcosmetics.com. For more great tips check out Gracefully Aging and find makeup tips for every stage of your life!