If you’re anything like us, when faced with the array of makeup brushes on offer in your local beauty store, you panic, grab a powder brush and do the rest of your makeup with your fingers. But while using your hands to apply makeup might be easier, your hands can actually be covered in bacteria that might be causing untold damage to your skin.
For a truly fresh and professionally-finished complexion, the only way is grab those brushes and get practising. Luckily for you, we’ve written this rundown of the top makeup brushes to help you understand how to use them properly.
- Lip liner brush. The thinnest brush of the bunch, this little gem is invaluable when it comes to creating the perfect lip. Liner is important for stopping lipstick from bleeding around the edges and this brush will help you to apply it in a smooth line. Top tip: Since it’s designed for lips, the brush is also thin enough and soft to use with gel eyeliner (just make sure you wash it between uses!)
- Lip brush. Specially designed for quick and easy lip colour, this brush features a flat shape for smooth application and a tapered edge for getting that perfect cupid’s bow. Using a brush also means you can build up your lip colour to your own ideal intensity rather than applying it directly from the tube.
- Eyebrow shader. Another tapered wonder, this brush will help you get perfectly defined brows. It’s softer than applying a brow pencil directly to your eyebrows, meaning you’ll be left with a more natural finish.
- Socket brush. A must-have for smoky eyeshadow fans, this brush is specially designed for adding definition to your eye sockets (check out this awesome sixties makeup tutorial for a great example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NLKu39HryI).
- Blender brush. Although specifically designed to blend different eyeshadow shades together, this nifty brush can actually be used wherever you need to smooth out pigmentation. Concealer, blusher, bronzer; you name it, this brush can blend it.
- Eyeshadow brush. Soft enough to use on delicate peepers, this brush is a must-have for fans of dramatic eyes. The soft bristles ensure shadow goes on smoothly and evenly while the smaller size is ideal for precision application.
- Mascara brush. Have you ever wanted to separate out your lashes but found yourself applying more and more mascara by accident? Enter the mascara brush, perfect for fanning out eyelashes without being too heavy on colour.
- Blusher brush. While creme blushes can be applied with fingers, powder blushes need a soft round blush if you want to achieve naturally rosy cheeks.
- Contour brush. One for the Kardashian fans out there, a good contouring brush is essential for achieving that defined, perfect-bone-structure look. Remember, you can’t just reuse your blusher brush for contouring; this brush has a specially tapered edge for definition.
- Powder brush. The biggest and puffiest of the lot, the powder brush is made for quick and easy all-over application – crucial for that finishing touch that will make your makeup last all day.