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Makeup Brushes 101

With so many makeup brushes out there, how do you know which ones are essential for your makeup routine? Well, everyone should have staple makeup brushes in their makeup bag for everyday use. With that being said, let us introduce you to Makeup Brushes 101 where we have listed all of our must-have makeup brushes, what they look like, and how you can use them.

foundation dripping onto foundation brush

1. Foundation Brush

Foundation can be a bit messy. Although we have the best intentions, it can get pretty easy to accidentally transfer foundation from your hands and onto your favorite white blouse possibly staining it permanently. For this reason, we suggest getting a foundation brush which can give you better control of your product and prevent foundation from being transferred from your hands to your clothes.

A foundation brush usually consists of densely packed bristles with a flat top in order to evenly distribute your cream or liquid foundation. To apply your foundation, you should start in the middle of your face and blend outwards with smooth, even strokes.

makeup artist placing concealer on client

2. Concealer Brush

Sometimes we wake up to see our beautiful face have a few blemishes. This is where concealer comes in. A concealer brush is flat and usually has small bristle and is mostly used to cover up anything you don’t want people to see like those annoying zits or blemishes.

To cover them, use a concealer brush to gently wipe concealer onto the areas in order to hide them. Another use for concealer is to brighten up those dark circles under your eyes by placing concealer on the circles and using a concealer brush to blend it away from the eye.

contour brush placed on top of contour palette

3. Contour Brush

Many of us want that defining cheekbones like Kim Kardashian. To get this look, you need a contour brush. A contour brush has soft, dense bristles with a slight angle from small to longer bristles. The reason for this is so that you can get precise shading for defining the cheekbones, jawline, and hairline.

You simply place the contour brush on your cheekbone and gently brush back and forth. For more definition, do the same thing on your jawline and hairline!

a powder brush laying on a table with a bunch of extra product on the brush and table

4. Powder Brush

Powder is primarily used for setting your foundation so that as the day goes on, you don’t get streaks or have your foundation slide off your face. A powder brush is used for applying powder! With it’s ultra-soft, voluminous bristles, it applies powder and give a more even look. We suggest using sweeping motions across the face.

flat eyeshadow brush in front eyelashes of a woman with her makeup done

5. Flat Eyeshadow Brush

Eyeshadow is so fun to experiment with and create some fun looks. A flat eyeshadow brush is the first of two essential eyeshadow brushes that you want to have. This perfectly fluffy brush is great for applying eyeshadow to your eyelid and blending it out. It’ll be the first thing you use when applying eyeshadow to your lid!

crease eyeshadow brush laying on table next to an eyeshadow palette

6. Eyeshadow Crease Brush

The second eyeshadow brush is for your crease! This brush is a little more round with longer bristles towards the center. It’s perfect for creating that smoky-eye look or blending some eyeshadow giving a little more definition to your eyes.

closeup of an eyeliner brush being used on a woman to create a perfect wing

7. Eyeliner Brush

Eyeliner. This can be a tricky one, right? It’s not easy getting eyeliner straight and even. That’s why you need a good eyeliner brush. It can make your life so much easier! With its blunt, angled bristles, you can make some amazingly precise winged eyeliner. Start from the center of your eye and work your way out.

a makeup artist using a blush brush on a female client

8. Blush Brush

Sometimes we want to add a little rosy-ness to our cheeks. A blush brush is a more compact powder brush used to give your cheeks some color! Simply smile to find the apples of your cheeks and use gentle, short strokes toward the hairline.

closeup of a woman using a eyebrow brush and combing her eyebrows

9. Brow Brush

A brow brush is used to fill in and comb your eyebrow hairs so they’re on fleek! They usually come with a dual-end with one side having flat, blunt, and angled bristles to help you draw individual brow hairs using a brow gel. The other side has a spoolie which is used to help comb the brows and blend the brow gel for a more natural look.

a highlighter brush laying next to a highlighter palette

10. Highlight Brush

Are you looking to achieve the perfect glow with shimmery highlights? This brush is also definitely a must! There are many different kinds of brushes used for highlights, but they usually have very soft bristles. Highlight is used to give a little shine in the right places. People usually place highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, brow bones, Cupid’s bow, and anywhere else the light naturally hits your face.

Do You Want To Learn More About Makeup?

Did you know that you can learn how to apply makeup in our esthetics program? Check it out to find more information on what we offer at Broken Arrow Beauty College. If you have any other questions and want to set up a tour of the school, contact us today!

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Dec 19 2019