The Ultimate Brush Guide: 12 Makeup Brushes You Should Own & How To Use Them

Do you know the 12 makeup brushes you need AND exactly how to use them? Below is the ultimate guide on makeup brushes. (Don’t forget to clean them every other day too!!)

Synthetic vs. Natural Brushes

First, what product should you use for natural vs synthetic brushes? Natural Bristles are best with powder products, meanwhile synthetic bristles are best with liquid or cream products.

Foundation Brush

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Apply foundation to the center of your face and sweep outward toward your hairline for a seamless finish.


Beauty Blender

Dampen with water and dab on foundation for even, sheer coverage.


Kabuki Brush

Sweep bronzer along your temple and your hairline, cheekbone, and jawline in a “3 shape”. AKA this is where you would put your contour.


Powder Brush

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Dust the bristles across your face evenly diffuse loose powders for less concentrated color that won’t smudge your foundation.


Angled Blush Brush

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Swirl the bristles with blush on the apples of your cheeks. Then hold it at an angle and glide it along your cheekbones.


Concealer Brush

Pat concealer on under-eye circles and blemishes. Use the rounded edge to reach nooks around your eyes for intense color

Blending Brush

Hold the tip of the handle and swirl in circular motions in your eye crease for a soft, blending look.


Smudger Brush

Line your lashes with kohl liner, then lightly sweep the brush from side to side over your liner for a smoky, sultry look

Angled Eyeliner Brush

Dip in cream or gel liner or shadow. Hold the brush at an angel so the bristles are flush with your lash line, and drag from the inside corner of your eye along the lash line.


Lash/Brow Comb/Brush

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Comb: Gently comb through to separate clumpy lashes. Remove excess mascara, and smooth messy brows.

Brush: Brush up and out to tame thick, unruly brows and diffuse harshly filled-in brow lines.


Fan Brush

Brush fallen eye shadow from under your eyes or stroke your face with powder, highlighter, bronzer, and blush for precise yet sheer application.


And there you have it. What brushes do you own? Comment below.

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