The trend du jour may be a quick, easy application using your fingers, but some looks require a brush to get your make-up just right. But if you are not a pro, make-up brushes form the backbone of your beauty bag.
These brushes will help you achieve every look — from a pared-down face to a red carpet contour. So here we are to help you decide which brushes you actually need after all the make-up brush aisle can make you feel overwhelmed.
You may want to stick to using your fingers or a sponge when applying liquid make-up, but you definitely need some sort of application brush when applying mineral or powder foundation. These brushes can be flat, rounded or dome-shaped.
Whether you’re devoted to loose or pressed powders, these bristles will even out your makeup game. This particular branch of brush also happens to be the most widely used, making it a must-own. This tool proves to be helpful when you are giving a finishing touch to your look, like setting your makeup. Just ensure you’re applying the product with a large powder brush and sweeping it properly across your face.
The key to applying concealer is applying it only where it’s needed. Heard of spot concealing? That is exactly what we are talking about. Once you do that ensure, you blend it thoroughly. This is why, a brush with tapered and flat bristles is needed for creamy textures. This allows for precise and on-point application which is aimed at mimicking fingertips and getting into even the smallest of spots.
Beauty blenders or make-up sponges help you get an airbrushed and a streak-free finish. Their rounded, smooth shape, sponges don’t leave behind any weird lines or stray bristles, and their damp surfaces help sheer out your foundation, concealer, or cream blush for a natural smooth finish. Make the sponge damp and then apply make up for an airbrush finish.
Bronzer, blush, and powder brushes are similar in texture and in most ways, one does the job for all. Pick up a bronzer and/or blush brush with circular-shaped long bristles to evenly distribute the powder. A fluffier brush picks up less pigment and is perfect for just a swipe.
Contouring is all about accentuating the bone structure by playing on light and depth — which is where the angled bristles of a contour brush come in to play and help you achieve those sharp cheekbones. They help apply the product in a concentrated way and reduce any fall-out. For a sculpted finish, opt for a quick sweep of highlighter using the tapered brush.
An eyeshadow shading brush is what you need to get an even layer of colour on your lids for a seamless finish. These brushes are dense, flat with a rounded tip so they can pick up the powder or cream easily and concentrate the colour in one place.
Getting the perfect amount of shine-enhancing pigments in the right areas is all strategy. The shape of your highlighting brush depends on the shine you’re aiming for. A brush with very long bristles can give you a diffused effect. If you are looking for a super-bright opaque highlight then a brush with dense bristles is meant for you.
A pencil brush is the friend that comes to your rescue, helping you blend the eyeliner and eyeshadow where you want it. This tapered brush can reach the inner corner of your eyes.
There’s no denying that power brows help amp up your look. An eyebrow brush has flat, blunt, and angled bristles to help you draw individual brow hairs using brow cream, gel, or powder. Use the slanted bristles to fill in sparse brows with eyebrow powder.