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We’ll be the first ones to admit that when it comes to makeup, there’s a lot to know. Aside from stocking your makeup bag with the best products and keeping up with the latest makeup trends, whether or not you master how to apply your makeup can make or break your look! And when it comes to flawlessly applying your favorite products, it’s all about using the right tools. One tool in particular you should probably know about? The stippling brush! This makeup brush is an essential in our books, and we’re here to tell you how to use it.
If your makeup brush collection doesn’t already include a stippling brush, you’re probably wondering what one is. It’s actually pretty straightforward, a stippling brush is a type of makeup brush that’s used to stipple makeup onto your skin (don’t worry, we’ll explain the stippling process more later).
This type of brush has a blunt, flat edge and features two layers of bristles. The top layer picks up the makeup product you’re going to apply. The bottom layer is denser than the top and helps to push product onto your skin rather than having your brush absorb the formula. Often, the two layers will be different colors, with the most popular option being to have a white top layer and a black bottom layer.
You may have heard this term in relation to artwork, and the same technique can be applied to makeup. Stippling involves using a series of many small dots to create a bigger picture. With art, you can create almost anything using only dots.
When you stipple your makeup, you apply products in small dots that are so close together they blend for a flawless finish. With a stippling brush, the top layer of bristles creates those dots for you. The end result is an airbrushed appearance with full coverage, making this technique ideal for people who have blemishes and imperfections they want to hide—or anyone who wants a flawless complexion!
Now, which types of products can you apply with a stippling brush? Are stippling brushes good for foundation? Yes! This type of brush is not only great for foundation, but also can work wonders to apply blush, bronzer, and highlighter. Almost any product with a liquid or cream formula that you want to blend seamlessly will be a match.
Ready to put a stippling brush to use? Here’s how to do it.
First things first, you’ll want to reach for a stippling brush—you can’t follow this tutorial without one. Stippling brushes come in various sizes, so be sure to choose one that suits your needs. A bigger brush will work for foundation, while a smaller one may be better for applying highlighter.
As we mentioned, products with cream or liquid formulas apply best with a stippling brush. Apply a small amount of product onto the brush. Not sure which product to use? Here are a few you can try:
To stipple foundation…use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight.
To stipple blush…use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks.
To stipple bronzer…use the L’Oréal Paris Summer Belle Makeup Beach Bae Face & Body Liquid Luminizer.
To stipple highlighter…use the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops.
Once you’ve picked your product and applied a small amount to your stippling brush, you’re ready to apply! Start in one area, like your cheek, and lightly tap the product onto your skin in small dots. From there, there are actually two methods you can use.
The true way to stipple your makeup involves continuously pressing the brush against your skin and creating more dots until you can’t see the individual spots; they’ve formed one seamless base. This can take a bit of time, but leaves you with a really flawless look!
Alternatively, you can use your brush to help blend, using a technique that’s more comparable to how you would use any other foundation or blending brush. After dotting on the product, blend it with small circular motions.
With either method, you can stipple in one spot, like on your cheeks if you’re applying blush or bronzer, or all over for even coverage.
Now that you have the hang of using a stippling brush, you’re ready to roll! Repeat as needed, pouring more product onto your brush and stippling it onto your skin as you go.
Want even more coverage? Consider it handled! As long as you use makeup products that have a buildable formula, you can increase the coverage by repeating the stippling process on areas that could use a little extra concealing. Hello, flawless face!
By now, you probably know the importance of keeping your beauty tools and makeup brushes clean. Per the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), dirty makeup brushes can irritate your skin and cause an infection. For stippling brushes, we recommend spot cleaning them with a hand towel and a bit of brush cleanser after each use, then doing a deeper clean once a week or so. To make sure you clean your brushes the right way—yes, there’s a right and wrong way—read our article, How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Blenders.
Now that you know what a stippling brush is and how to use one, perhaps you’d like to learn about another popular type of brush. Head on over to our article, How to Use a Fan Makeup Brush, for your next lesson.
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