Types of makeup brushes and Their Uses.

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Types of makeup brushes and Their Uses.

April 1, 2019 Beauty 3
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Hello guys. After the post of How to make up as a beginner, I thought of bringing you the different names and uses of the brushes you need for your make up.

Remember that you don’t need to own all of these brushes to have a great makeup and some of these brushes actually have more than one use. So you can actually have a few and still have a great make up.

Foundation brush

This brush is one of the most basic makeup brushes you need for makeup. If you have been applying Your foundation with your fingers, it is time to stop it and look for a foundation brush. I used to do it all the time, but since I learned that there was a foundation brush, and its importance it made it easier to apply my foundation and made my makeup to have a smooth finished look. The bristle of the foundation brush are tightly packed for a great application.

Foundation Brush

For application, start putting the make up in the middle of your face and then use the brush to blend outwards.

Concealer brush

This is also one other very essential brushes needed for your makeup. This brush is flat, smaller at the smaller end of the spectrum and also taller at the middle of the brush. They are used to apply concealer product on the dark circles under your eyes, areas of discoloration, scars and breakout.

Maybelline New York Facestudio Concealer Brush by Maybelline New York

In application, use the brush to add 3 dots of your product on your skin, and dab the concealer to blend it into your skin and you can use the tip of your brush to get to areas not easily reachable.

Brows or Lashes

This brush allows you to comb your brows and lashes. Before doing your brows its always good to comb the hair of your brow so they look aligned and organized. This is the perfect brush for it. The brush is designed for grooming the eyelashes and application of mascara. Docolor Duo Eyebrow Brush, Professional Tool, Angled Eye Brow Brush and Spoolie Brush White by Realife


The Angled brush

This is one of my favorite brushes. The angled nature of the brush allows it to define your brows when drawing your brows giving it that perfect curvy nature. It is also used to fill areas which are not dense or scanty areas. I.e u can use it to fill in your brows so that they don’t look scanty and most importantly, use this brush to clean up the edges of your brows or lips using concealer.

Gel Eyeliner Brush Fine Angled - pro Precision Eye Liner Makeup Brush with Ultra Thin Slanted Bristle for Controlled Lash

Oval brushes

these brushes are oval in nature and come in diverse sizes and thus have a wide range of uses. They have more dense bristles than other brushes therefore your product will not sock into the brush instead it will just be at the surface of the brush thus your product usage will be minimal. The rounded edges of the brush, their tilted tip and firm grip will enable you to have more control of the product that your are applying.
You can use this brushes to apply powder, foundation, blush, concealer, bronzer and even brows.Oval Makeup Brush Set of 5 Pcs Professional Oval Toothbrush Foundation Contour Concealer Eyeliner Blending

Stippling brush

This brush can be used for liquid or creams like the foundation or concealer creams. It provides buildable coverage for foundation and can be used to apply blush as well. Apply you foundation on you hand and get the cream on the white bristle, pat the brush against your skin, don’t’t press hard and swirl the brush around to blend everything together.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Dual-Fiber, Uniquely Shaped and Color Coded, With Synthetic Custom Cut Bristles For an... by Real Techniques

Small stippling brush

use this brush to get the liquid or cream into smaller corners of your face. You can also use this duo fiber brush to apply blush or to sweep off powder from your face.

Beauty Junkees Pro mini Duo Fiber Stippling Makeup Brush for Precision Concealer, Color Correcting Blending Liquid, Cream, Powder, Synthetic,

Bronzer brush

Bronzer brushed have a wide fluffy bristle with a rounded top. If you use a brush that is too small, this will leave streaks and blotches on your face.

EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Travel Foundation Brush for Blush, Bronzer, & Powder by EcoTools

Tapered brush

This brush is used to highlight your face, clean out fallout also useful for light powder application. It is fun to use this brush if you don’t want much powder on your face.

Sigma Beauty - F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush by Sigma Beauty

Large Powder Brush

This is one of my favorite brushes. I use this brush to apply my powder foundation and to set my powder. The bristles are also made to do body contour and to blend your cheek color.

CLOTHOBEAUTY luxury Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Kit, Incredible Soft, X-Large Powder/Blush/Bronzer Brush by CLOTHOBEAUTY

Smudge brush

This tightly packed, small dome-shaped, is very good for blending and used to achieve smokey eyes. Use it to blend cream, powder, and pencil eyeliners. It is found in two sizes with the smaller brush is for the lower eyelid and the larger one for the upper eyelid.

Sigma Beauty E21 - Smudge Brush by Sigma Beauty

Precision shade

This brush is used for applying eye shadows and packing of intense colors on your eyelid. It has been designed in a manner that you can use it to get a full lid coverage.

New-look Single Eyebrow Brush Angled Eyeshadow Eyeliner Precision Flat Definer Small Shade Cruelty Free Synthetic Bristles Apply Gel Powder Wax Pomade

Angle Shading brush

This brush is used to blend eye shadows. I use this brush to create soft crease for my lids and to blend the outer conners of your eyes lids. Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Brush 207 by Luxie Beauty



Tappered Blending brush

You can also use this brush to blend your eye shadow. It will diffuse the shadow softly giving it that warm look, and its perfect for crease blending.

wet n wild Pro Brush Line, Tapered Blending Brush, 0.05 Pound by wet n wild

Tappered Crease brush

Use this brush to deepen the crease. You can use it to define your crease too. Usually I just use it to add dense eyeshadow colors to my lid when I am going in for a bold look.vela.yue Precise Crease Brush Eyes Tapered Blending Contour Makeup Tool by vela yue


Double ended eyebrow and eyelash comb brush

The use of this brush is to brush your eye lashes and also your brow before putting on product. The side with a bristle is give your eye brow a voluminous bushy look achieved by brushing over the brows, it is also used to blend in the color you already have in your brows. For the other side of the brush that looks like a small comb, use it to seperate by natural lashes to get rid of residue mascara.

Because0f Double-Ended Eyebrow Brush & Eyelash Comb Makeup Grooming Tool by Because0f

Flat Blending Brush

Most people understand the simple use of this brush. It is used to pack the put eyeshadow on the upper lid, cut your crease and most of all precise the blending of your eyeshadow.

Duorime Silky 10Pcs Eyeshadow Makeup Brush Set Essential Eye Makeup Brushes Kit by Duorime

The Contour brush

Countouring is just that other sweet part of making up. It makes your nose look thiner, it is used to achieve diverse shapes of your face. Therefore, a contour brush is very important to achieve these. The brush is an angled-tipped brush to help achieve precise contour lines with firm bristles so you don’t have left over powder lines. At the end of the day you have a great finish.

The small contour brush will softly sculpt cheeks and allows you to do buildable contouring

while the angled-contour brush will sculpt the cheeks and add dense colors.

Pro Face Contour Brush Set - Synthetic Contouring Sculpting and Highlighting Kit - Cream Blush Powder Flat Nose Cheek

3DHD Kabuki brush

Is a pyramid angled brush used for countouring and reaches tight corners.
Sigma Beauty Kabuki - Black - 3DHD by Sigma Beauty

Pencil brush

I love this brush because after all the makeup stuffs is done I end up with this brush to add precise details to my eyes especially to the inner corner of my eyes and to blend my under eyes

Sigma Beauty E30 Eye Makeup Soft Tip Pencil Brush by Sigma Beauty

The Fan brush

This brush has many uses. It has a fan shape and is used to contour jawlines, cheekbones, nose, and your forehead. It is mostly used wipe off powdered fall outs left-overs from your face and to highlight the face.

Fan Makeup Brush, Slim Foundation Brush,Portable Blush Brush,Professional Powder Brush, Perfect for Blending... by Real Perfection

The Dense fan brush is used to buff the face, add powder contour on your face. It is also used to pack intense color on your face and to even apply bronzer on your face.


Flat definer brush

It is a flat definer brush has a flat surface which helps to give precision and used for eyeliner and to clean brows and lips.

Sigma Beauty Flat Definer - E15 by Sigma Beauty

Tapered Blush brush

This brush is used in applying blush on your face. Its dense bristle make it useful to apply highlighter on more colors to the look.Bare Escentuals Tapered Blush Brush by Bare Escentuals


The Buffing Brush

It is used to blend foundation and to blend cheep color. You can definitely use it to apply contour

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Pro Multi-Purpose Buffing Brush by NYX

Flat top Brush

This is another brush used to blend foundation and dense cheek color. I use it to get full coverage of my powder.

Foundation Makeup Brush Flat Top Kabuki Hexagon Face Blush Liquid Powder Foundation Brush for Blending Liquid, Cream or Flawless Powder

Lip Brush

This is the brush used in applying lipsticks on lips. Use it to line and fill the lips. You get control of applying liquid, cream, and gel product on your mouth to end up with desired looks. Zoreya Fashion Gradient Color Retractable Lip Brush Travel Lipstick Gloss Makeup Brush Tool As Christmas Gifts by ZOREYA



The art of makeup comes with practice and practice to make perfect. You might not get it the first time but keep practicing with the different brushes. If you don’t know where to find any of the above brush I am sure you can get it in cosmetic stores, If you want to sit in your hand and buy and it is delivered to you in your house? please click on the highlighted link and get your choice.

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3 Responses

  1. Dave Sweney says:

    While looking at options for gifts for my oldest granddaughters I was considering some kind of make-up kit. I know this might seem rather odd, but it is something they have specifically asked for, and even given me some options on what they would like! 

    I have a list of options with their dream list, as they like to call it, so before selecting one or the other from a makeup brush sets they listed, I wanted to get an education on them. This post has provided the detail I needed, and after going through the many brushes have selected a few that will fit the requirements.

    As a guy who has no experience with such gear, I really could not be sure what to get. If we were talking paint brushes, I would be in my comfort zone. These brushes are far from that. This post has been priceless for me today. I think I am going to be able to build a nice package of presents for my granddaughters that will impress them. Thanks!  

  2. Olufemi says:

    Hi Lerakinz,

    Nice write-up. I personally do not make up but I found the title of your article very interesting. It is interesting that applying make up is such a delicate work of art and even requires talent, tools and skill to produce an excellent look. A nice followup to this article would be “the best way to remove make up for a healthy and vibrant skin”.

    Thanks again

  3. Kimberleigh says:

    I had absolutely no idea that there are so many brushes out there… The only brushes I own and use are the Brow or Lash brush and the double ended eyebrow and eyelash comb and brush.  As I don’t wear make-up, I have never tried using make-up brushes.  It seems like a lot of work applying all the different bits… Does it take long to put on makeup or is it quicker and easier using the correct brushes?  Thank you for a very informative post.

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