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Essential Makeup Brushes and Their Uses

Makeup Brushes 101 - Part 2

Choosing the right make up brushes and using them properly can make all the difference to the overall effect of your make-up, but with so many make-up brushes to choose from it can get pretty confusing, even intimidating to the real beginner when they are faced with so many choices. Of course one great idea is to buy a complete make up brush set from somewhere like The Salon Outlet – but then you’ve still got to know what to do with them.
Here’s a quick guide to the essential make up brushes and what each one is for;
Powder Brush – is probably the most essential brush in a make-up brush set. It can be used to apply all types of powder / foundation type product. It’s big, soft and chunky . . . not unlike my favorite sweater actually.
Fan Brush – this make-up brush is pretty self explanatory – the bristles are splayed out in a fan shape. Use this type of makeup brush for applying blush as well as blending powder and highlight the cheekbones.

Lip Brush – a lip brush is tiny so that you can apply your lipstick or lip gloss very carefully and precisely to the lips. This type of brush is generally a little stiffer than the big, soft powder brushes.
Angled Eye Make-up Brush – is small with angled bristles perfect for defining the eyes with eye-liners – even gel ones. This type of brush has hard type bristles for precision and perfection.
Eye-shadow brush – has softer bristles than the angled defining brush and is perfect for applying powder eye-shadows.  This type of make-up brush usually has a rounded shape.
Concealer brush – this type of brush is narrow and relatively firm so that it can be used on concentrated areas of the face – the bits which need to be concealed.
Flat brush – a smaller, soft powder type brush with a very flat end instead of the usual rounded shape. This is particularly used for contouring the cheeks (a bit like Kim Kardashian does) and allows you to get the color immediately below the cheekbones.
Smudge brush – for those smoky eyes.  This type of brush has very soft bristles perfect for smudging a small, concentrated area of the eyelid.
Eyebrow Comb and Brush – this handy piece of makeup equipment is great for both the eyelashes and the eyebrows. You can smooth the brows down with the brush and get clumps of mascara from the eyelashes with the comb.

Angled Eye Liner Brush – this extremely thin, angled type of liner brush allows for the utmost precision. It also enables you to choose how thick you want your eyeliner to be.
Blending sponge – how come a sponge is included in a piece about makeup brushes? Well, a sponge is not a brush, it’s a sponge but it’s also a vital piece of makeup equipment which you should always have handy. Blending sponges are the perfect piece of equipment for blending liquid foundations and giving that smooth, flawless and professional finish.
Blending brush – similar to the powder brush this type of large, soft brush should be used to lightly brush all over your face after you have finished applying your makeup.

Many makeup brush sets will include a small number of these brushes – some are absolutely essential and some are only used for a very specific purpose . . . at least now you know exactly what that purpose is.

And remember to clean your makeup brushes regularly :)

For a detailed post on eye makeup brushes, go HERE


  1. nice post.. I just know basis brushes and their uses..


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