A Beginner’s Guide to Makeup Brushes

Have you ever looked at makeup brushes and thought, “Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, the one who knows how to use everything?”

Okay, you might not know how to use EVERY single makeup brush, but by the end of this article you will know how to use the essential brushes to slowly and surely perfect your makeup look!
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Aritaum - Cream Shadow & Concealer BrushDEAR DAHLIA - Blooming Brush #173 Lip & ConcealerEtude House - My Beauty Tool Brush 110 Dual ConcealerPONY EFFECT Magnetic Brush Pro #105 Concealer & Lip Brush

The concealer brush goes a long way and can transform your skin into looking flawless and blemish-free!

With densely packed bristles, a concealer brush is usually designed with a paintbrush shape with flat, long, slightly-tapered bristles. Its small shape allows for easy application on blemishes especially in hard-to-reach areas. Thanks to its dense bristles, the formula is packed on, giving you high coverage.



romand - Easy Cover Foundation Brushinnisfree - Beauty Tool My Foundation Brush (Glow)BANILA CO - Matte Finish Foundation Brush

There are numerous foundation brush shapes but the main feature of a foundation brush is its wide and densely packed bristles that make it easy to evenly apply foundation. The brushes designed with tapered edges are easy to use as they apply foundation with a full coverage that is also easy to control.

A flat-top brush design requires a little bit more practice but is definitely worth it! It’s highly versatile and creates an even and full coverage when used correctly. A mix of stippling and buffing motions creates a smooth and air-brushed effect.



Aritaum - Nudnud All-Over Powder BrushEtude House - My Beauty Tool Brush My 140 PowderMEMEBOX - PONY EFFECT Magnetic Brush Pro #101 Powder Brush

Powder brushes come in many different sizes but they’re identifiable by their round shape and slightly fanned out silhouette. There are many uses for a powder brush but as its name implies, it’s best used for applying loose or pressed powder formulas like blush, bronzers and finishing powders.

This is a basic must-have brush for creating a flawless makeup look. The fluffy brush easily applies powder with a smooth and natural-looking finish! Simply brush it over your desired powder formula, tap to get rid of excess powder, then apply.

There are many kinds of powder brushes tailored for specific formulas. For highlighter and blush, the brushes are designed with a more tapered end for a controlled application but still finish with soft and blurred edges.


Etude House - Wonder Fun Park Color Eyeshadow BrushMEMEBOX - PONY EFFECT Magnetic Brush Pro #205 Blending Eyeshadow BrushHolika Holika - Magic Tool Large Eyeshadow Brushinnisfree - Beauty Tool Mini Eyeshadow Brush (Styling)

The eyes are the windows to your soul so it’s incredibly important to highlight them – and you can do that with eye shadow brushes! Different kinds of eye makeup call for different kinds of eye shadow brushes, but for beginners, there are two designs that you should get familiar with first.

Seek out eye shadow brushes with a round shape and longer bristles. These are best for blending in eye shadow around the edges and the creases of the eyes. Eye shadow brushes that are designed with flatter shapes and shorter bristles are the easiest to use. This eye shadow brush packs in eye shadow formulas onto lids, and is easier to control without a lot fuss or mess.



KARADIUM - Professional Make Up Gel Eyeliner BrushAesthetica Cosmetics - Brush Series: Angled Eyeliner BrushTHE FACE SHOP - Eyeliner Brush

Designed with short, small and dense bristles, these brushes are perfect for accentuating your eyes. Although it’s called the eyeliner brush, it can also be used for eye shadow. Use the flatter and tapered brushes for applying eye shadow close to the lash line for a clean and subtle accent. It can also be used to smudge pencil eyeliners for a low-key smoky makeup.

Although eyeliner brushes are not recommended for beginners when creating defined and sharp graphic eyeliners, they’re great for creating bar liners and tight-lining when used with gel formulas.

If you don’t already have these brushes, there are plenty of makeup brush sets available at YesStyle with more than all the essential brushes you’ll need as a beginner.

Now that you’ve learned how to use the essential brushes, go out into the world and create the most Insta-worthy looks!

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