Let’s start with a little disclaimer: Y’all do you when it comes to makeup. You can use any product, any color, and any brush anywhere and anyhow you want to. Makeup has no rules. So the following small list can be taken as tips rather than a strict guide and is merely here to tell you, which brush works best for what and with what type of product.
It can definitely be overwhelming when first introduced to the myriad of different types of makeup brushes. So many shapes, lengths, handles, colors, and make. And also more and more ingenious gadgets are being added to the big family of makeup tools: sponges, electronic brushes, and pulsating power puffs.
So if you find yourself being confused, overwhelmed, or just want some basic guidance on the “Who Is Who” in the world of makeup brushes, keep reading…
Short vs. Long Bristles
Let’s start with the basics, shall we!?
If you want a precise and concentrated color application, go with shorter bristles. Because of the lack of length, you’ll have more control over the bristles and therefore over the deposit of product. This is ideal for defining the crease, applying a vibrant color on the lid, or blending out stubborn, harsh edges.
Longer, fluffier bristles, on the other hand, are ideal for a softer product application or to blend out a color. This is perfect for when you want to tone down an intense color, if you’re just looking for a wash of color, or if you want a low, feather-like coverage from a product.
Think of it as dipping long hair into a pot of paint and then whipping it onto a canvas. The result will be feather-like lines rather than a dense color deposit.
Natural vs. Synthetic Bristles
Note: If you are interested in buying natural bristled makeup brushes please make sure that no animals were harmed in the making of the makeup brushes.
If you decide to go with natural hair on your makeup brushes, prepare for a soft and well-blended look. They are perfect for powder products and distribute color evenly and gradually. They are, however, less suitable for cream or liquid products. Like the hair on our head, natural bristles tend to soak up moisture and you will end up wasting cream and liquid products.
Synthetic bristles makeup brushes, however, work super well with cream and liquid products. They don’t soak it up and distribute it evenly. Also, synthetic bristles came a very long way and are now comparable to natural hair regarding softness, even distribution, as well as longevity.
Let’s dive into some more specific examples of makeup brushes and their uses:
Short Angled Brush
Use it to define your eyebrows with a powder or a cream product, for a precise and easy eyeliner application, defining your crease or even a cut crease look, defining your lip line with lipstick, and even spot concealing.
Medium Sized Blush Brush
You can basically complete your whole face with a medium-sized blush brush: blush (duh), highlight, contour, and powder.
Small Tapered Dome Brush
Apply and blend out crease colors, harsh edges, and strong colors, feather-in spot concealing and hide under eye circles and bags naturally with concealer and brightener, and highlight more precisely.
Basic Eyeshadow Brush
A basic eyeshadow brush is more versatile than its name suggest. Use it, besides eyeshadow, for applying concealer, highlight, and cream blush that will be blended out later.
Get our fan favorite Anjou 16-Piece Brush Set here. It features all these MVPs as well as many others.
And find out here what brush or tool is best for applying your foundation.
Of course, it is nice and kind of luxurious to have a dragzillion different brushes for different purposes. But really, you don’t need 56 brushes to do your face. Every makeup lover has their own favorite multi-use brush, which one is yours? Leave us a comment on Facebook or directly here on our blog. We love to hear from you!