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June 21, 2016

The first thing you should know about buying makeup brushes is this: We’re all in it with you. ‘It’ being the universally torturous process of choosing brushes, of course. In fact, makeup companies seem to have made it their lifelong mission to terrify young women around the world on their first foray into makeup, with endless variations of what’s sometimes essentially one brush. Well fret not, we’ve put together what’s we’d like to think is the most definitive list of all possible brushes out there in the beauty world – weird variations excluded – for your future shopping ease. Because something as fun as makeup should never have to be daunting.

 

FACE

 

 

Powder brush

For: Sweeping setting or finishing powder all over your face to set your makeup. Dusting translucent powder also helps to reduce shine and oily skin. If there’s one brush to start out with, it’s this.

Try: Real Techniques, $23, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concealer brush

For: Patting concealer under your eyes or in hard-to-reach areas like around your nose. The flat, tapered bristles help you get the concealer exactly where you want it.

Try: Sigma Beauty, $20, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation brush

For: Applying liquid or cream foundation.

Try: 3CE, $28, available at Sephora 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stippling brush

For: Applying foundation to your face through gentle swirling motions (ie. stippling) for a lighter, airbrushed effect. No streaks!

Try: Zoeva, $27.99, available at Sephora 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blush brush

For: General application of blush in the apples of your cheeks; no precise sculpting here.

Try: Sigma Beauty, $42.30, available at Sephora 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angled face brush

For: Applying contour or blush to your face, specifically for creating a more sculpted look in the hollows of your cheeks.

Try: Marc Jacobs Beauty, $69, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kabuki brush

For: Applying loose powder, powder foundation, and bronzer (along the temples, hairline, cheekbones, and jawline).

Try: Tarte, $43, available at Sephora 

 

 

 

 

 

Fan brush

For: Applying highlighter, (occasionally) blush, and cleaning up excess powder/fall-out.

Try: EcoTools, $19.90, available at Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

EYES

 

 

Eyeshadow brush

For: General application of eyeshadow as a base on your lids. The most basic of eye brushes, the tapered bristles in an eyeshadow brush help to pat on the shadows precisely.

Try: NYX, $18, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye blending brush

For: Blending eyeshadows and defining your crease; a must-have for those who like to experiment with more/darker colours that require blending to look natural. Beware – also often called a ‘Crease brush’; but you really don’t need more than two.

Try: THEBALM (double-ended), $30.18, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smudge brush

For: Smokey eyes and softening harsh pencil liner. Use the smudge brush to gently swipe your kohl/pencil liner for a more natural smokey eye.

Try: Sephora Collection, $24, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angled eye brush

For: Applying eyeliner using gel liner or eyeshadow. Precision is key here.

Try: NYX, $18, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brow brush and comb

For: Brushing and perfecting your brows; the comb is used to de-clump your lashes after applying mascara.

Try: Alima Pure, $29, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angled brow brush

For: Applying brow pomade or powder. The angled shape is tailored to fit the natural contours of your eyebrows.

Try: Tarte, $36, available at Sephora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIPS


Lip brush

For: Applying regular or liquid lipstick precisely to your lips, shaping and sculpting your lips to perfection in the process. That’s how YouTuber beauty gurus get their lips so on point.

Try: EcoTools, $15.90, available at Guardian