Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses

Some amazingly talented makeup artists blend and melt the foundation with the warmth of their clean fingers.  I also used to blend my foundation and other makeup products with my hands and fingertips in my initial makeup days not because I was trying to imitate them, but because I didn’t have access to the makeup equipment. Blending with hands is a technique and can go wrong if not done with clean hands and precision.

Thanks to the person who invented makeup brushes to make your job easier and make your makeup look faultless. Though it seems so fascinating to opt for a professional set of 24-32 brushes, however, you don’t need all of them, a few can get your job done correctly.

If you are not a professional makeup artist, you must be wondering that what are the different types of brushes and what are they used for? Unfortunately, brands these days do not name the brush after the purpose of their use; in fact, they name them after some numbers, which makes the finding even more confusing to an average human.

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses

Since eventually, I was also in your shoes, I kept spending more time investigating and consulting professionals to understand the different types of makeup brushes and it’s purpose. Here’s a sneak peek of my findings of different types of makeup brushes.

Different Types Of Makeup Brushes

Makeup Brushes for a Flawless Canvas

Foundation Brush

A foundation brush is ideal for getting that seamless airbrush look for events and occasions. There are different types of foundation brush available such as Tapered shaped, kabuki brush, and-so-forth, and they work with varying types of foundation. Not all foundations blend evenly with foundation brushes. I like to use my fingers or my Real Technique Beauty Blender on a day to day basis and foundation brushes for a full coverage event face.

How to use a Foundation Brush?

Dip some product on the back of your hands, dip the foundation brush into it. For a flawless finish, start using the foundation right from the middle of your face- your cheeks and T-Zone, move it evenly in outward strokes to prevent those harsh lines. Do not forget to pull down your foundation until your neck.

Real Techniques Expert Face For Foundation

Real Technique Foundation Brush

The Real Techniques Expert Face For Foundation Brush is almost always on the top when it comes to foundation brushes. The buffing brush has synthetic bristles that ensure the foundation glides on to the skin effortlessly providing full coverage without making it patchy and blotchy.

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Sigma Beauty F80 Flat Kabuki Brush

Sigma Kabuki Brush

The Sigma Beauty F80 Flat Kabuki Brush also has synthetic bristles that make them cruelty-free. The bristles are super soft and give an extremely even canvas to create different looks. The exciting thing about Sigma brushes is that they are waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about ferrule during the cleaning process.

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Stippling Brush

The stippling brush is a two-toned brush that is black and thick at the bottom, whereas white and thin at the top. The brush can be used with liquid products in multiple ways that are for foundation, powder, blush, contour. Stippling brush evenly spread outs the product and does not clog the pores. The brush gives a softer airbrush coverage and is ideal for people with imperfections and blemishes.

How to use a Stippling Brush?

Take a small amount of product on the back of your hands, dip the brush into the brush, and gently buff it in your face.

e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses- e.l.f stipple brush

The e.l.f stipple brush is perfect for getting that softer airbrush look. The brush has a flat top and synthetic bristles that help in providing sheer to heavy coverage. Animal lovers would enjoy using it since it is cruelty-free.

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Concealer Brush

Concealer Brush is more like a foundation brush but a mini and a flat version (just like a paintbrush). Many of you would be wondering why we need a concealer brush when there are applicators available with concealer these days? The answer to this would be-Hygiene. To prevent bacterial and fungal infections, is it advisable to use a concealer brush. Use the brush to correct and conceal the difficult to reach and problematic areas, such as under the eyes, over acne marks, around the mouth, to shape the eyebrows, highlighting areas, and even to do cut and crease in eye makeups these days.

How to use a Concealer Brush?

Dip the tip of the brush into the product and pat on the desired areas. Blend out the product gently.

Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses- Real Technique concealer brush

The concealer brush has soft Taklon synthetic bristles that ensure your concealer blends and reaches all problematic areas. The dense brush is ideal for buffing cream and liquid concealers.

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Powder Brush

A powder brush is basically to set your makeup to avoid crease and cakiness without making your face looking dry and dusty. It is appropriate for touch-ups and set-ups.

How to use a Powder Brush?

Dip your fluffy brush into the loose powder to pick up some product. Dust off the excess product and dab the powder under your eyes, below the cheek contour line and T-zone to bake the makeup. Dust off the loose powder after a couple of minutes.

Real Techniques Professional Setting Makeup Brush

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses- Real Technique Makeup Setting Brush

The RT professional Setting Makeup Brush is a dual tasker and does a perfect job in setting and highlighting the makeup to get picture ready. Like other RT brushes, the synthetic Taklon bristles are cruelty-free. So, if you are on a budget and does not want to spend on two different brush, you may consider this one.

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Makeup Brushes For That Chiseled face and Cheeks

Bronzer And Blusher Brush

Ideally, the bronzer and blusher brush do a similar job to that of a powder brush. The bristles evenly collect the product and even distribute it on to the skin. 

How to use a Bronzer and Blusher Brush?

Since bronzer and blush are applied to specific areas and not on the entire face, using the right technique is crucial to get that chiselled face. For contour, swipe the brush in the shape of number 3, starting from the forehead down to your cheeks and continuing down towards the jawline. On the other hand, for blush, move and blend the brush in circular motions starting from the apple of your cheeks, going upwards towards your cheekbones. 

Real Techniques Blush Brush

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses- Real Technique Blush Brush

Another dual brush from the house of Real Technique that does a fantastic job in bronzing and blushing at the same time. Just don’t forget to clean the brush after performing either of them to proceed for the next step.

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Face Contour Brush

Contour is done to provide a high-definition look to the face. Among all types of contour brushes, an angled brush is the most convenient brush. The slanting shape helps in creating a perfect shade of the face.

How to use a Contour Brush?

Swirl the contour brush into the product, dust off the excess product. Gently move your brush below the cheekbones to create a natural contour line. Repeat for an intense look.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses- Real Technique Sculpting or contour Brush

The Real Techniques sculpting brush is a perfect brush for defining your face by contouring with liquid or cream products. The specially designed brush has a flat-wide head to create the perfect contours.

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Makeup Brush for Eyes

Eyeshadow Blending Brush, Angle Eye Brush with Spoolie And Eyeliner Brush

To design your eyes, you need a few weapons-

  • An angled Eyebrow brush to enhance and shape the brows with a spoolie to dust off the extras.
  • An eyeshadow blending brush to pack the eyelids with some color, making them look smooth and sheer.
  • A flat rounded shader brush to evenly spread and fill the colors on eyelids.
  • A concealer brush to create varying eye looks.
  • And finally, a liner brush to precisely draw a dramatic eyeliner.

How to use a Eye Brushes?

Every eye brush has a different role to play. Using the right technique with the right brush is all that you need to achieve the desired look.

Real Techniques Techniques Cashmere Dreams Eye Fantasy Makeup Brush Set

Real Techniques Techniques Cashmere Dreams Eye Fantasy Makeup Brush Set

These Ombre gradients set is a complete package to enhance your eyes. The set contains an eyebrow brush with a spoolie to enhance your brows, a concealer brush to work on a fantastic cut-crease look, 03 eyeshadow blending brushes, and an angled liner to finish off with a dramatic cat-eye. Additionally, a bonus bag to secure all your brushes.

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Makeup Brush For Lips

Lip Brush

This one is a must-have in case if you are a fan of liquid lipsticks and lip-glosses. Lip Brush helps in defining and enhancing your lip’s original shape. It even assists in making your lips look fuller.

How to use a Lip Brush?

Dig the lip brush into the desired color and use the tip to outline the lip. Use the flat part of the brush to fill in, and there you go!

Real Techniques Lip Color Plus Blur Brush

Real Techniques Lip Color Plus Blur Brush

The Ultra firm and a precise tapered tip of the brush help define the lips, and the rounded texture helps to fill in to complete the look.

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Makeup Brush For Glow

Highlighter Brush / Fan Brush

Highlighter brush could be of different shapes and sizes. One can choose a fan brush with long bristles to get a softer, velvety glow or a dense brush for a super-bright and reflecting look.

How to use a Highlighter Brush?

Swirl the brush into the jar of highlighter, dust off the excess product, and gently move the brush on your cheekbones, browbones, forehead, bridge of the nose, cupid bows, and chin. 

Pro Tip: For a long-lasting pop, spray some setting spray on the brush before dipping the brush into the highlighter jar.

Both the below-advised products do a great job of giving that extra glow to your face.

e.l.f. Highlighting Brush

e.l.f. Highlighting Brush

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wet n wild Fan Brush

Wet n wild Fan Brush

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Now that you know the different types of makeup brush and their uses, here are some essential tips to keep in mind while choosing makeup brushes.

  • Start with necessary brushes

If you are a beginner or on a budget, start with an essential brush, such as a foundation brush, a powder brush (which can work as both powder and blush brush), a medium-sized fluffy eye shadow brush.

  • Skin test

Rub the brushes against your skin to feel the bristles and analyze the quality. Brushes with soft bristles are capable of transferring makeup effectively from the palette to the eyes and are more comfortable to use on skin.

  • Opt of brushes with natural Bristles

Just like Brushes come in different sizes and shapes, they also come with different bristles. Brushes having natural bristles are better as compared to those with synthetic bristles. The natural brushes are of real hair made from squirrel, goats, badgers, horses, minks, or sable hair. Their cuticles can hold more pigments. If you are an animal lover, pay attention to the description of brushes before purchasing. On the other hand, synthetic brushes are human-made and do a fantastic job with liquid products.

  • Choose Easy to Clean brushes

It is crucial to clean your brushes frequently, to keep your skin hygienic and acne-free. Synthetic bristle brushes can be clean easily when compared to natural bristle brushes. These days, makeup brush cleanser equipment’s are also available these days to make your job easy.

  • Do not filter the price tag while purchasing

Makeup brushes are a lifetime investment. A slightly expensive makeup brush can change your makeup game. Thus, do not just focus on the price.

Different Types of Makeup Brushes And Their Uses

Also read Maybelline Super Stay Foundation.


    • Thank you so much, It means a lot to me! 🙂
      Shall be posting more stuff from now onwards, stay tuned!
      Also, let me know if you want me to review any specific product, I’ll be glad to do so.

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