You could own the prettiest eye shadows in the world and a foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone, but if you don’t have the right tools to apply your makeup, you’re not going to get very far. No matter how amazing your products are, it all comes down to application. And it turns out there are quite a few different makeup brushes and makeup blenders out there that can help you bring your favorite makeup looks to life, not to mention make application a whole lot easier. Here, our comprehensive makeup brush and makeup blender guide will help you sort out what’s what. You’re about to become a makeup brush and makeup blender pro!
MAKEUP TOOL #1: FOUNDATION BLENDER
Why apply your foundation with your fingers when a makeup blender can help you be so much more precise—not to mention hygienic? Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, which has a pointed tip and a rounded bottom for easy application. Apply a small amount of foundation or BB cream using the blender’s pointed tip, then bounce the rounded bottom all over your face to blend and build coverage.
MAKEUP TOOL #2: POWDER BRUSH
Finishing off a full face with a makeup setting spray or powder can help set your look. When using powder specifically, apply it with a fluffy powder brush—and use a light hand! If you’re branching out into more complicated beauty trends, you can also use a powder brush to dust off your face after giving makeup baking a try.
MAKEUP TOOL #3: FLAT CONCEALER BRUSH
MAKEUP TOOL #4: KABUKI BRUSH
Due to its dense design, the short, stubby kabuki brush can be used to apply foundation and face powder for a seamless effect.
MAKEUP TOOL #5: ANGLED BRUSH
Available in an array of different sizes, angled brushes are best for contouring. Whether you choose a brush with soft, fluffy bristles for a light contour or more densely-packed bristles for a slightly more prominent application, you’ll be able to create perfectly chiseled-looking cheekbones.
MAKEUP TOOL #6: BLUSH BRUSH
This brush looks like a more compact, mini powder brush. The bristles tend to be densely-packed in order to help you apply cheek color with precision. All you have to do is smile and apply the blush of your choice to the apples of your cheeks in short, outward strokes.
MAKEUP TOOL #7: FAN BRUSH
Never understood how to use highlighter without resembling a disco ball? Get your hands on a fan brush, which has soft, flat, fanned-out bristles that allow you to sweep on just enough shimmer.
MAKEUP TOOL #8: ALL-OVER EYE SHADOW BRUSH
Used for almost every eye shadow application, this brush is most well-known for allowing you to dust on an all-over color. You can find all-over eye shadow brushes in multiple sizes, but the smaller you go, the more precise you can get with your application. A small enough all-over brush can even be used for targeted smudging around your lash line.
MAKEUP TOOL #9: ANGLED CREASE BRUSH
To create a defined eye crease, pick up an angled crease brush. The angled bristles can help you sweep eye shadow effortlessly into your crease to add depth to your look. These little multi-taskers are also ideal for swiping shadow on beneath the arch of your brow.
MAKEUP TOOL #10: SMALL BLENDING BRUSH
Small blending brushes are perfect for applying cream eye shadows thanks to their densely-packed bristles.
MAKEUP TOOL #11: FLUFFY BLENDING BRUSH
If you want to use multiple eye shadow shades, with each one fading flawlessly into the next, a fluffy blending brush should be in your arsenal. The loosely-packed bristles can help you seamlessly blend your eye shadow, putting an end to any harsh lines.
MAKEUP TOOL #12: PRECISION LIP BRUSH
For a super-precise lipstick application, don’t apply color straight from the tube—use a precision lip brush. The plush, tapered bristles are extremely helpful when it comes to coloring inside the lines, plus they’ll help to soften the edges of your lips for a more natural look.
Next, learn all about a makeup tool that isn’t a brush or a blender. Here’s How to Use an Eyelash Curler.