Whether you’re a total makeup junkie or if you’re just now getting into the beauty world for the first time, to truly beat your face, you need the right tools.
Of course, that means reading reviews, watching makeup tutorials, and even asking local makeup artists their preferences when it comes to brands, shades, and lip kits. But the most important makeup tools of all aren’t the actual products you use.
Instead, it’s the makeup brushes you use to apply them.
Making an investment in the right essential makeup brushes can seriously upgrade your application skills, and help you to avoid a patchy or caked-on look.
In other words? They’re a smart investment, especially because they often allow you to use less product.
Keep on reading our makeup brushes guide to learn which brushes you absolutely need to buy.
Choosing High-Quality Basic Makeup Brushes
Before we get into the essential makeup brushes that beauty enthusiasts of every level have to own?
Let’s first discuss how to find quality brushes. We know that you’re always looking for a great deal, but making a larger investment in your makeup brushes upfront will save you in the long run.
Plus, it will prevent you from running back to your fave makeup store every month, and buying even more makeup just because you’re there.
While these brushes might be great for commercial use, that’s not the kind of texture you want on your face! To ensure the brush is soft enough, gently rub it against your inner arm before you buy. Check out the texture, and see if it feels soft as opposed to scratchy.
Finally, make sure the brush didn’t leave any fibers behind. Those tiny black and brown hairs are a pain to pull off your face, and you’ll risk ruining your makeup.
The Essential Makeup Brushes
Now that you know how to pick the best types of makeup brushes, let’s get into the essentials.
No kit is complete without these fluffy additions. Brushes are a much better alternative to applying with your hands, because you don’t want to risk transferring the millions of bacteria on your hands to your face.
Just make sure that you wash your brushes, at minimum, once a week. This will keep them germ-free, and can even extend their lifespan.
1. A Foundation Brush
This small, flat brush for liquid foundation looks almost like a paintbrush — and for good reason.
It will help you to get an even coat of your foundation, and allows you to create buildable coverage for areas that might need more makeup than others.
To use it, put a small amount of your liquid foundation on the back of your hand, and use the same grip that you would for a pencil. Pick up a small amount of foundation, and start applying foundation all the way up to your hairline.
We know that you’re likely curious about the Beautyblender, a spongey foundation tool that’s certainly a cult item in the makeup world. And while your foundation tool is matter of personal preference, the truth is that a traditional brush doesn’t require you to use as much makeup as a sponge.
2. A Powder Brush
You’ve worked hard to apply your foundation, your concealer, and even your bronzer and highlighter.
Now, it’s time to lock it all into place for the day using a powder brush. Apply tinted or translucent powder by sweeping the brush over the product in a circular motion.
Tap off the excess, and apply in large, circular motions across your face and neck.
3. A Blush Brush
Blush helps you to look more awake, and gives your face dimension and definition.
However, you don’t want it to look like a giant streak across your face. A blush brush helps you to get the perfect application every time.
Also, if you’re a fan of highlighter, you can use your blush brush to add a little golden shimmer to your upper cheekbones and the area above your lip.
It will give your skin a serious glow!
4. An Eyeshadow Blending Brush
This brush is a must-have if you want to prevent your eyeshadow from looking streaky and choppy.
The goal with proper eyeshadow application is to have one shade seamlessly transition into another. After you finish applying the colors of your choice (pro tip: medium on the lid, dark in the crease, and light on the browbone) grab your blending brush.
Using windshield wiper motions, slowly blend the shades into each other.
5. An Eyebrow Comb
It’s no secret that eyebrows are all the rage in the beauty world. So, it goes without saying that you have to add an eyebrow comb to your basic makeup brushes.
Brush your brows upward, using a little clear brow gel for especially unruly brows. This will help you to make your arches more pronounced, and will make it much easier to apply color.
Add These Different Makeup Brushes to Your Kit
We hope you’ve enjoyed — and learned from — our list of the top five most essential makeup brushes.
Remember to do your research online before making an investment, and whenever possible, buy them in person.
There are all kinds of super-cute and themed makeup brush kits out there, as well.
In addition to helping you to feel a little more festive every time you put your face on, investing in a brush kit will also help you to save money.
Looking for more ways to save on the products you use every day? Ready to score some serious deals on your favorite makeup? Want to learn how to get glowing skin?
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