Just like a photographer needs great lenses or a mechanic wants the best wrenches, to apply your makeup like a pro, you will need the right tools. I’m talking about brushes, of course.
If you are still applying your eyeshadow with the foam applicators that came in your compact, you’ll want to go ahead and order an entry level set of brushes like this set from e.l.f. Even with lower quality bristles, you’ll see a drastic improvement in how your makeup looks.
Once you’ve got a basic set of brushes, you can upgrade your set one by one with higher quality versions. Brushes from M.A.C or Bobbi Brown are good choices for upgrades.
When buying brushes, remember this rule of thumb: natural bristles are best for applying dry products while synthetic bristles are ideal for wet products. There are numerous brushes out there that you can add to your collection, but these are the 10 types that are must buys.
Angled Eyeshadow Brush
This brush is used for applying eyeshadow to hard to reach places like the corners of your eyelid and the crease. You can also use it to shape and smudge your color.
This fluffy brush is used for applying a light coat of powder so it doesn’t cake unevenly on your skin.
This brush can be used to apply blush or bronzer to contour your face. It usually resembles a powder blush, but it’s much smaller.
If you are using a foam applicator, you’ll be amazed at how much better your eye makeup looks when you start applying it with a brush.
These have much shorter, stiffer bristles than most brushes. It helps eliminate feathering at the edge of your lips and allows you to trace a perfect outline.
You can get these in a straight or angled form. The bristles resemble a lip brush. You can use them with gel or liquid eyeliner.
If you have an uneven complexion or acne prone skin, you won’t even recognize yourself after using a stipple brush to apply foundation. It gives you smooth, even coverage that will make you feel like a supermodel.
Body heat from your fingers can melt your concealer, but using one of these brushes will give you complete, concentrated coverage.
This brush is used for blending for a flawless finish. It can feather the edges of your makeup to prevent harsh lines.
The dense collection of bristles in these brushes make them perfect for creating a smooth airbrushed finish. You can use them with foundation or powder or both.