To make your "make up" look amazing and get the most out of each product you use, it is ideal to use specific brushes that allow you to distribute and adhere the makeup correctly on your face.
We will show you which are the brushes that you should not miss to get a perfect makeup according to each product you use mainly on your face.
To start if you are one of those who like to use loose powder instead of compact, you should not fail to have a Gracedo, this brush has a short handle with very soft and dense hair that allows you to collect the powders without wasting them. They are irritation-proof and ideal for setting and mattifying.
If you want to achieve high cheekbones at the right height, you should opt for a beveled brush, as its angled shape will allow you to better highlight the cheekbone. The key is to apply the blush without overloading the brush or the remaining product will be excessive.
If it's about contouring, you must have the specific brush to achieve this point. Its bristles are very thick, tight and flat-cut to glide across the forehead, jawline and cheekbones. The ideal is to have two brushes, one to mark the light points of light and the other to generate shadows with bronze colors.
Are you one of those who use liquid foundation? Forget about applying it with your fingers, if you use a foundation brush you will achieve a more uniform and cleaner coverage. These brushes are characterized by being flat to help blending and to be able to mix several shades when needed.
When you want to cover any pimple, mark or scar that the foundation failed to conceal, it will be necessary to apply concealer and to achieve this you should use a synthetic bristle brush, flat and in the shape of a cat's tongue or straight.
These five brushes will be the key to make your skin look amazing and highlight your features and conceal imperfections. Don't hesitate to buy them to complete your cosmetic kit.
Types of makeup brushes
There is no professional or amateur makeup artist who does not know the importance of the products, it is obvious, but in the same way it is essential that the tools used to apply them are also of high quality and suitable for each type. Therefore, makeup brushes and brushes are to a makeup artist as knives and frying pans are to a chef. They are their most precious tools, of which they know every detail, every possibility or trick and always have their favorites. Because only with the best tools will we achieve the best makeup look.
For those who are beginners in the world of makeup or have never been interested in all the possibilities offered by the world of makeup brushes, this guide will be very useful. Each one has a specific function, is used for a certain type of product or provides a specific finish and knowing them in depth ensures an optimal result.
So that you can differentiate the types of makeup brushes and understand their composition and what each one is used for, we have created this simple express manual with classifications and some basic notions from which you will be a true expert in the field:
Types of makeup brushes and functions
By type of hair
First of all, you will find brushes with two types of hair: natural and synthetic. Both types of hair are necessary for applying different types of makeup. So, generally speaking, fluids are applied with synthetic hair brushes because they are more resistant and handle them better, while powder products are applied with natural hair brushes.
In addition, you will find inexpensive makeup brush kits and brushes composed only of synthetic hair brushes whose technology is able to mimic the quality of natural hair with great success. Still, it makes sense for a complete brush kit to contain both synthetic and natural hair brushes.
By the cut of the hair
As you will see, the hair of the brushes has different cuts, designed for different functions:
Flat cut brushes: they are mainly used to apply powders and foundations all over the face, both fluid and compact. They allow a uniform and natural finish because they catch a lot of product and release it evenly, even allowing us to blend.
Rounded cut brushes: they allow a certain precision when applying makeup and catch less product than flat cut brushes. They are used, for example, to apply blusher on the apples of the cheeks, but also to apply all types of powders on the face.
Pointed brushes: these allow less product to be trapped and more precise application. They are used, for example, when applying concealers and contours or, if they are eye brushes, to apply dark tones under the banana or to define the outer "V".
Bevel-cut brushes: the diagonal cut adapts to the peculiar shapes of our face. It is used to cover areas that are not flat, such as the cheekbones or the banana part of the eye, and to apply the product in a more blurred way.
By the length of the hair
We can also distinguish brushes by the length of the hair. Brushes with short, dense hairs trap more product than those with long hairs, which allow for better blending. Dense-haired brushes tend to have a flat ferrule, which generates more pressure on the bristles and keeps them more compact. On the other hand, long-haired brushes tend to have a round ferrule, which allows more freedom of movement for a more blended finish.
In addition to the hair, brushes can be differentiated according to their size, which indicates the area of the face for which they are designed. Large brushes are used to apply makeup on larger areas of the face (foundation and powder), small brushes for areas such as the eyes, nose or mouth, and medium brushes are used for more precise application on large or intermediate areas (for applying blusher, concealer or contouring, for example).
Basic brush kit: What is each brush used for?
When looking for your brush kit, you'll find a variety of options from professional belts to the most basic brush blankets. If you get a very professional and complete blanket, whose cost is usually high, you may find that you do not take full advantage of all its possibilities and that you have more than one brush left over. This may be because you take advantage of the multifunctional nature of some brushes or because you simply do not use as many products when applying makeup.
Therefore, the best thing to do is to make your own brush kit by selecting the most essential brushes, as well as those that can be used to apply different products.
We suggest the following:
As with everything, every makeup artist has his or her own tricks and sees a different use for makeup brushes. The same thing can happen to anyone and consider that a brush is essential when others have no use for it at all. It's all about testing and sticking with what works best for you.
In general, skunk and kabuki brushes (in all their forms: rounded, flat, beveled or pointed) can be used to apply almost any face product, from foundation to contouring, powders, blushes and highlighters.
On the other hand, the bushy eye brushes can also be used for a variety of functions. Applying color, blending or smudging, as well as illuminating small areas such as under the eyebrow arch, around the nose or on the cheeks.
Flat face brushes are not only used to apply foundation or BB cream. They can also be used to apply fluid or cream concealers and contours, as well as highlighters.
Kabuki brush: this is the most useful face brush because it can be used to apply any type of powder makeup. The traditional one is the small size, the one you carry in your handbag, but nowadays they have evolved and are designed in different shapes.
Skunk: ideal for applying both fluid and powder foundations all over the face. It combines synthetic hair with natural hair and gives a light finish. Some people prefer a flat face brush to apply foundation, but you should know that it provides a more covering and less natural finish.
Concealer brush: these are medium-sized, flat-tipped and compact. Ideal for applying fluid or cream concealers.
Blusher brush: medium / large size, can be beveled or rounded and should have soft and long hair to blend the powder well.
Eyeshadow brush: although any small brush will do, it is best to use a rounded, short-haired, dense brush.
Blending brush: long and soft hair, for blending transitions or smoky shades.
Beveled brush: used to apply shadows and highlighters all over the eye.
Eyeliner brush: only essential if you apply gel eyeliner. Commercial eyeliners come with their own brush or applicator pen.
These peculiar brushes, whose design reminds us of a toothbrush, have been gaining ground over traditional makeup brushes. Thanks to their bushy head with soft bristles, they provide an airbrush-like finish that looks very natural on the skin.