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How many brushes do i actually need for makeup? A guide for beginners.

May 25, 2019

How many brushes do i actually need for makeup? A guide for beginners.

When it comes to makeup, having the right tools is half the battle. Everyone has passionately-held beliefs about which brushes are best; the mere question of “natural or synthetic?” is enough to get makeup lovers arguing passionately for hours.

But the truth is that unless you’re a professional, you don’t have to drop hundreds on dozens of brushes to get the end results you desire in a makeup look. For a killer makeup kit, you really only need a small number of good quality, multi-use brushes – eight, to be exact.

I’ve got the short and sweet list of the 8 essential makeup brushes you need in your collection, and what to use them for:


Fluffy Powder Brush:

Powder makeup brush

Fluffy powder brushes, depending on how fluffy they are, can be very versatile. Use it to setting the foundation with a translucent powder, bronzing the face, and blending out blush, highlighter, and contour if you accidentally put too much product on the face.

Highlighting Brush:

Some prefer fan brushes for highlighting, but I find that smaller, rounder highlighting brushes give you more control over where you place the highlighter on your face. 

Foundation Brush:

Foundation Brush

Flat top and angled brushes are good for applying foundation because they work well for buffing out many different foundation formulas onto the face.

Even if you’re in a committed relationship with a beauty sponge, it’s important to have brushes specifically for liquid foundations for days when you want more coverage (brushes won’t soak up foundation as sponges do) and are short on time (brushes are typically quicker than sponges at applying foundation to the whole face).

Contour Brush:

Contour Brush

Everyone has a specific type of brush that they use for contouring their face. I suggest using smaller angled face brushes (like the one pictured above) because they are the perfect size for adding contour to my cheeks and forehead.

Even though I don’t contour every day, I like having a dependable brush that contours flawlessly for instances when I wanna bump up the glam.


Blending Brush:

Blending eye makeup brush
To avoid harsh lines and give a more seamless transition between eyeshadow shades, the blending brush is going to be your best friend. Docolor blending brush that works well for both lightly dusting on eyeshadow and blurring the edges of your eyeshadow. And you can’t beat the price!

Pencil Brush:

Pencil eye makeup brush
Pencil brushes are mostly used for both smudging eyeliner and precisely applying eyeshadow to the undereye area. These brushes are especially essential for anyone who loves smoky eye looks.

Angled Brush:

Angled eye makeup brush
Use this type of nifty brush for multiple things. First and foremost, these brushes are amazing at applying both brow powders and pomades in an easy and precise way. The second major use for angled brushes is for applying eyeliner. The shape of this type of brush makes applying gel liners a breeze, and can even be used to create eyeliner looks using eyeshadow powders.

Crease Brush:

Crease eye makeup brush

Crease brushes are denser (and typically smaller) than blending brushes, therefore they are better for accurately applying a greater amount of pigment to your crease and eyelid.

These brushes, while made to be used exclusively on your crease, can also be used for the entire eyelid in a pinch. This makes them a more versatile eyeshadow brush than some of the others on this list.

Article by: Robin Rang

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