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You have probably seen many makeup artists and professional push a series of makeup brushes that they use to create a flawless look. Chances are that you are not a professional makeup artist but would like to make the best of your makeup skills and apply products in the best way to get the desired look and results.

Many Sizes and Shapes

The truth is that figuring out which brush to use can be tricky and quite confusing for the average user.

Know Your Brushes

So you have been following this makeup artist on YouTube, and she is posting great tutorials that you would love to follow, but you have no idea of what brushes you should use for the different parts of your face and the different products you should use to achieve the look.

Knowing the different brushes and what they are used for can make applying your makeup applying a lot easier even if you are not a makeup artist.


Natural or Syntactic Bristles

Depending on what you are using the brush for, a natural bristle brush is best for powder products while a synthetic bristle brush will work better with cream or liquid products.

For the Face

Foundation Brushes

There’s no mystery here. This brush is what you will use to apply foundation, which is the base of your makeup.

Beauty Blender

While not exactly a brush, this spongy applicator is used to apply foundation for a more even and sheer look.

Powder Brushes

There are two types of brushes that can be used for powder: a Kabuki brush or a traditional powder brush. The difference between the two brushes is basically the density of the bristles.

A kabuki brush usually has thicker-packed bristles than a traditional powder brush, which makes the kabuki great for buffing powder makeup into the skin. With a powder brush, the bristles are packed lightly, providing you with lighter coverage and application.

Blush Brushes

Soft, fluffy angled brushes are great for applying blush, bronzer, and highlighter. Use a blush brush to apply the makeup to your cheekbones. You can also use it to apply contour powder. It also provides you with a soft airbrushed effect when you use it as a foundation brush.

For the Eyes

Concealer Brushes

This rounded-edge brush is typically used around the nose and eyes. It is also what you would use to conceal blemishes.

Eye Shadow Brush

These brushes are used to apply eyeshadow. You can get a medium size eyeshadow brush or a thicker one.

If you have this makeup-applying thing already figured it out, you are probably okay using the bigger brush, which delivers an intense shot as color because it can easily pick up the eyeshadow to apply to the lids. If you are more of an amateur, then the medium size is the brush for you. It picks up a smaller amount of eyeshadow, making it easier to control the amount of shadow that goes onto your lid.

Smudge Brushes

Looking to create a smoky eye look? This brush is your best friend.

Liner Brushes

An angled liner brush is what you need if you want to line your lashes with either cream or gel liner.

Detail Brushes

Lash and Brow Comb/Brush

This handy tool helps you to comb and de-clump your eyelashes and eyebrows. This combo brush is the right tool to tame unruly eyebrows and shape them before and after trimming them. The comb allows you to remove excess from the eyebrows and the brush is great for removing extra mascara from the lashes.

Fan Brush

I like to call this brush the cleaner upper because you can use it to clean up unwanted fallen powder. You can also use it to apply highlighter on your temples and cheekbones.

The Pro Brush Collection by Eddie Funkhouser

A complete set of makeup brushes such as the Pro Brush Collection by Eddie Funkhouser, which includes 17 high-quality brushes, is what you need to achieve the holiday look to are going for this holiday season. It would also make an amazing holiday gift for pretty much any woman on your list.

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