Ever wonder what difference it makes which makeup brush you use for what? The brush you use has a lot to do with the final look of your makeup application. Many of you have asked me about the different makeup brushes and their functions. Here is a brief description of the basic makeup brushes out there (from left to right).
- Small Angle: Create precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder liners.
- Medium Angled Shading: Soft application of color. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.
- Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage.
- Pencil: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.
- Large Angled Contour: Subtle cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.
- Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
- Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products.
- Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
- Concealer Brush: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.
- Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.
- Eye Shading: Even application of color. Place color across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product.
- Eye Liner: Create smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners.
Some of my favorite brushes include:
Real Technique brushes, and they can be found at Ulta and at Target. I also like the Advanced Airbrush Set at Sephora.
Here’s to being effortlessly beautiful. 🙂