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There are 4 main brushes you should have for your eye makeup…..

This brush is used to pack on color to the lid. It needs to be flat so you can pat on the
eyeshadow over your eye primer, and it needs to be stiff so it picks up plenty of

This brush is used for creating the perfect smoky eye, for feathering in darker
eyeshadows, and for applying more color to the crease. This is my all time favorite
eye brush!

This brush is just like the stiff dome brush but much softer- it creates a much softer
blended look. It is used for blending shadow under the brow, applying a softer
amount of color in the crease, and even for applying powder under the eyes to prevent
that creasing throughout the day.

These brushes are very comparable- the only difference is the MUG one is a little bit
smaller, which is actually better as the MAC one can be a bit too large for smaller
This brush is used for smudging eyeshadow under the lower lashline, for smudging
eyeliner, or for creating a very defined crease. The smaller tip allows for more precise

Many companies sell similar brushes, so you can find this one fairly easily. The
Essence of Beauty one has 2 sizes, so is great if you have a smaller area to work with
and need a smaller brush. They are also a bit softer than the MAC one.

There are really only a few brushes you need for the face- it really depends on what
all you wear. But these 4 are the ones I use daily…

This brush is used for stippling foundation onto the skin for a more airbrushed finish.
The bristles need to be stiff in order to hold up to the foundation and not streak.

This brush is used for applying darker powder under the cheekbones to create a
contoured effect- it makes the cheekbones stand out and your face look slimmer. This
brush isn’t absolutely necessary unless you want to contour your cheekbones, but I
recommend having if you are a makeup artist…

Now these 2 brushes are VERY different, but they work the same way.
If you are just starting to contour though, you may want the angled brush as it’s a little
easier to work with. If you do find an angled brush, make sure the bristles are stiff as
you need enough powder to actually contour your cheeks- don’t use the fluffy blush
brush as it will apply colour all over the place. Just my helpful tip for the day

This brush is used for applying powder blush to the cheeks. It needs to be angled so
the blush is easier to blend, and it needs to be soft so it doesn’t pick up too much

These brushes are VERY comparable- I honestly cannot tell much difference between
the two. They’re both soft and both apply blush beautifully!

This brush can be used for many things- light application of foundation, applying a
small amount of blush to the cheeks, or for highlighting the top of the cheekbones.
 My favourite use is for highlighting as the bristles are soft and pick up little colour,
and it is small enough to not cover the whole face with shimmer. This isn’t an
absolute necessary brush for your kit, but definitely nice to have.

These brushes are VERY comparable- I honestly cannot tell much difference between
the two. Just like the blush brushes, they’re both soft and both apply shimmer

      o   1

                         Foundation brush

          Inspect the texture of the brush hairs. Synthetics, which are glossy and
          on the stiffer side, are made for applying liquid, cream and other
          formulations that may get runny. Natural hairs, which are softer and
          fluffier, are meant for powder products.

      o   2

                         Eyeshadow brush and eyeshadow blending brush

          Consider the size and shape of the brush. Smaller ones are designed for
          precise application on a concentrated area, while larger ones are
          designed to cover a larger region. This explains the difference in size
          between a foundation and a concealer brush, as well as among the
          various eyeshadow brushes on the market.

      o   3

                        Eyeliner brush for definition and eyeshadow brush
          for laying down color

          Take a look at the width of the brush head. Is it flat or pointy? Slender
          pointed heads are for creating definition and even for drawing on lines.
          Flatter or wider rounder heads are made to spread colour on.

      o   4

                         Fluffy blush brush and angled blush brush
    Enhance the same area with a different shaped brush. When you
    purchase a brush, the label more than likely lets you know what it is
    for. Don't be puzzled if, for example, you see several kinds of brushes
    designated for blush. These are simply meant to be used in different
    ways depending on the effect you are going for. You don't have to buy
    them all. You could use just a fluffy blush brush to add a pop of color
    to the apples of your cheeks, or you could define your cheekbones with
    the angled cut of a bronzing blush brush.

o   5

                   Kabuki brush

    Polish off your look with the largest fluffy brushes you see. These are
    for dusting on powder to set your makeup before you step out for the
    day. That smaller handled brush with the extra fluffy hairs is also for
    use all over your face. It's called a Kabuki brush, and is often sold and
    marketed as a companion to mineral foundation makeup. The shorter
    handle supposedly gives you more precision when buffing the product
    into your skin for a flawless finish.

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