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Know Your Brushes: A Must Know Lesson To Slay The Makeup Game

Know Your Brushes: A Must Know Lesson To Slay The Makeup Game

Okay - let’s be real. There are so many incredible looking makeup brush kits available, but does anyone really know how to use them? Having multiple brushes can be overwhelming when you’re a total beginner with incorporating makeup brushes into your daily routine. The beauty bloggers on YouTube rarely explain in-depth why they are using the brush they are using. This situation can leave you with questions and no answers. So, here is a comprehensive guide to makeup brushes and what purpose you’re using them for. We’ve paired each makeup brush or brush kit with a fun product you can use the brush with, to achieve maximum makeup results to boost your beauty routine to the ultimate! 

Foundation Brush

Mac 190 Foundation Brush  $35

Mac 190 Foundation Brush $35

Use this set….

It Glam Brush Set  $125

It Glam Brush Set $125

Use with this….

ESTÉE LAUDERDouble Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation  $42

ESTÉE LAUDERDouble Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation $42

A foundation brush is an incredible tool to apply your favorite foundation. The choice to use a foundation brush because this tool allows you to buff the product onto your face to create a natural look. Using your fingers can leave fingerprints, sponges can leave blotchy spots. The best choice is to use a foundation brush in a circular motion to create a seamless finish you’ll love. 

Try using the foundation brush in the IT brushes for Ulta ‘Your Glam Must-Haves 5 Piece Set + Exclusive Clutch’ with Estée Lauder ‘Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation.’ 

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Powder Brush

PRO Featherweight Complexion Brush #90  $34

PRO Featherweight Complexion Brush #90 $34

Use this set…

Use with this…

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder  $45

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder $45

A powder brush is great for those who love to use a setting powder of mineral spray to finish of their makeup look. These brushes are fluffy and large. To apply, you are going to want to apply a sweeping, light motion all over the face until you feel like your coverage is where you want it to be. Add powder to brush as needed. 

Try using the IT Brushes for Ulta ‘Your Superheroes Full-Size Travel Brush Set’ with Charlotte Tilbury ‘Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder.’ 

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Contour Brush

Morphe MB35 - Angled Contour  $8

Morphe MB35 - Angled Contour $8

Use with this….

KAT VON D   Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette  $49

KAT VON D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette $49

A contour brush is a must when contouring your makeup. Contouring brushes are angled so that they can hit the middle of your cheekbones efficiently to distribute your contouring lines in the correct places.  This brush is your best friend when you are trying to achieve a Kardashian-esque look. 

Try the BH Cosmetics ‘Royal Affair 10 Piece Metalized Brush Set’ with Kat Von D ‘Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette’ to get your contour on! 

Brow Bone Highlight Brush

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill The Eye Master Collection  $42

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill The Eye Master Collection $42

Use with…

CIATÉ LONDON   Mermaid Glow  $32

CIATÉ LONDON Mermaid Glow $32

Details matter. A good brow highlight is how to achieve makeup guru status in your city. This is why you are going to want to have a good brow bone highlight brush on hand at all times. This brush allows for precise application just under the brow bone at the arch of the brow. With this tool, you’re going to have perfect eyebrows for all your Insta followers to admire.

Check out the brow bone highlighter brush in Morphe ‘Morphe x Jaclyn Hill The Eye Master Collection’ with Ciaté London ‘Mermaid Glow.’ 

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Flat Buffer Brush

Heavenly Face Makeup Brush  $27

Heavenly Face Makeup Brush $27

Use this set….

MORPHE Complexion Goals Brush Collection  $25

MORPHE Complexion Goals Brush Collection $25

Use with this….

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS   Blush Trio  $30

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Blush Trio $30

If blush is part of your daily makeup routine, then picking up a buffer brush is going to be a fabulous one to add to your makeup brush collection. After applying concealer, foundation and powder, buff on some blush of your choice to help finish off your makeup look. This brush can also be used in contouring. You would want to apply foundation to the high points of your cheek and forehead swiping towards your nose. 

Check out the flat buffer brush in the Morphe ‘Complexion Goals Brush Collection’ with Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Blush Trio.’ 

Concealer Brush

elf concealer brush  $1

elf concealer brush $1

Use these….

Ecotools Airbrush Complexion Kit  $14

Ecotools Airbrush Complexion Kit $14

Use with this….

MAC Pro Longer Concealer  $24

MAC Pro Longer Concealer $24

A concealer brush is crucial on days you have a breakout or want to cover up dark circles from a busy work week.  All you have to do is dab on concealer on spots where you are having a breakout or dark circles. If you are using this brush to cover up dark circles, then be sure to begin by using an eye cream, as this area is delicate, so go lightly. 

Try the concealer brush in Eco Tools ‘Airbrush Complexion Kit’ with MAC ‘Longwear Concealer’ to cover up those pesky blemishes! 

Kabuki Brush

elf kabuki face brush  $5

elf kabuki face brush $5

Use this….

Real Techniques 306 Kabuki Brush  $16.99

Real Techniques 306 Kabuki Brush $16.99

Use with this…

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk Anti-aging powder  $24

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk Anti-aging powder $24

Kabuki brush is fun to say and even better to use. Kabuki brushes are best for applying a finishing powder. These brushes are thick and cover a vast area, so they are not so great for contouring. Think of this brush as an all-over brush for powders that will cover your face in no time. This brush allows for a even application of makeup and natural looking coverage.

Try the Real Techniques ‘306 Kabuki Brush’ with IT Cosmetics ‘Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder.’ 

Smudged Brush

Morphs M508 Smudger Brush  $4

Morphs M508 Smudger Brush $4

Use these….

Make a night of IT brush set  $48

Make a night of IT brush set $48

Use with this…

Sephora Pro Smokey Jewels Palette  $68

Sephora Pro Smokey Jewels Palette $68

When it comes to getting your smokey eye down, look no further than a smudger brush to get it right. This brush is best used to smudging your eyeshadow to create intense color and a smokey effect. 

Check out the smudger brush in IT Brushes for ULTA ‘Make a Night of It!” with Sephora Collection ‘Sephora PRO Smokey Jewels Palette.’ 

Fan Brush

Rainforest of the sea highlighting fan brush  $30

Rainforest of the sea highlighting fan brush $30

Use this…

Japonesque Highlighter Fan Brush  $8.99

Japonesque Highlighter Fan Brush $8.99

Use with this…

Diamond bomb by Fenty  $38

Diamond bomb by Fenty $38

A fan brush is a multi-purpose tool. One use is to use it as a highlighter to create the perfect highlighting effect without getting too heavy handed with the highlighter. The second is to help sweep away any eyeshadow that may have fallen under your eye during application. 

Try the Japonsque ‘Highlighter Fan Brush’ with FENTY Beauty by Rihanna ‘Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil’


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