Those who love makeup will know that there is a brush for every style and need. On the other hand, there is also many women who would like to learn how to use makeup in a more efficient way but are stuck when it comes to picking the right products and accessories.
We are talking about makeup brushes, these mysterious tools that makeup artists use to contour, blend and complete the looks and which only a few people understand how to use.
Before getting into blending and contouring, it would be good to know the different types of brushes and their uses so that next time you will walk into a makeup store you won’t feel as alienated as the last time you did it.
Starting from a “fan brush”, which is used to dust powder highlighter on your cheekbones, to the “powder brush”, the one most commonly used to apply blush on your cheeks.
These are two of the most known and used brushes as they don’t require any specific techniques to be used. You get powder makeup on your brusher and gently dust it on your skin, in a linear motion when it comes to highlighter and a circular motion for your blush.
On the other hand, when it comes to doing a more precise job, you might want to use smaller brushes, such as the “concealer brush”, perfect to focus on small areas, the “flat eyeshadow brush”, to distribute makeup on your eyelids or the “eyeshadow blending brush”, to blend your makeup and create such looks as the smokey eyes.
We then move onto more specific brushes, from the “angled eyeliner brush”, perfect to apply the eyeliner and create a nice “cat eye” look, to the contouring brushes, more in vogue at the moment.
When it comes to contouring, some professional makeup artists suggest that sponges work better than brushes, however, depending on your preferences, you can choose the tool you want to use for your look.
As you can see from the image above, contouring brushes come in all shapes and angles, perfect to follow the natural geometry of the face and create depth using lines and shadows.
As to the sizes, just like the classic brushes, they differ from smaller brushes, used for precision touches, to bigger brushes, used to complete the looks.
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