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Makeup Brushes 101 || Learn The Difference Once & For All!

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Admit it! How many makeup brush sets have you invested in, only to find yourself using a couple of brushes while the rest sit idly by awaiting the day you take pity on them and put them to some use. Yes we hear you, you do not have to be a professional makeup artist to invest in a slew of makeup brushes. But once you acquaint yourself with the types of brushes that you actually need, your life would become so much easier and your makeup so much prettier. Read below to meet the makeup brushes that you need in your life right now!

 

1 || Foundation Brush

A foundation brush is used to ensure a streak-free application of liquid or cream foundation. Apply the liquid foundation directly to the brush and apply in a circular motion starting from the middle of your face going outwards towards your hairline. Blend to prevent any harsh makeup lines around the edges of your face.

 

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YSL Y-Brush

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2 || Bronzer Brush

Apply bronzers and powders using a big soft brush to help you evenly distribute the product across the face or even the body. You can also use such a brush to soften the harsh lines left by makeup by swirling the brush around the face. And remember; do not apply the bronzer all over the face; instead just concentrate on the tops of your forehead, temples, below cheek bones and underneath your jaw bone.

 

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Bare Minerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush

 

3 || Beauty Blender

The beauty blender has to be damp to work effectively; not only will it help blend the makeup seamlessly but wetting it will prevent it from absorbing the foundation. Squeeze it under water a few times, the sponge will absorb some water and expand in size a little. Dab it on a towel to remove excess water. The wider side of the sponge is used on the face, while the tip is used to get access to tight areas as in around the nose.

 

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4 || Angled Blush Brush

The slanting bristles on this brush help it hug your cheekbones which translates into a perfect application. This brush can also be used to apply contouring powder below your cheekbones.

 

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Sephora Collection Classic Must Have Angled Blush Brush #50

 

5 || Contouring Brush

If you’re a contouring addict and the above brush doesn’t satisfy your needs, look for a brush with densely packed bristles that can help you create precise definition.

 

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EcoTools The Wonder Color Finish Brush

 

6 || Highlighter Brush

You need a brush that has fluffy yet firm bristles to deposit color and blend the highlighter where you need it. A highlighter brush like the one below can also be used for contouring just make sure you use separate ones or that you clean it well before using for highlighting.

 

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Sigma Beauty F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush

 

7 || All-Purpose Cheek Brush

The below brush is a sleek, balanced brush with soft bristles that make it perfect for anything from blush, to highlighting and contouring.

 

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Surratt Artistique Highlight Brush

 

8 || Concealer Brush

To apply concealer you will need a small synthetic brush to use on the specific areas that need extra coverage. A concealer brush is better for concealing spots and blemishes than using your fingers as it trains the product to stay put.

 

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Conceal Full Cover Correcting Brush

 

9 || All-Over Eye Shadow Brush

An all-over eye shadow brush has to be short and slightly tapered to evenly deposit the eye shadow across the lids.

 

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Galaxy 2-Way Eyeshadow Brush

 

10 || Blending Eye Shadow Brush 

The slightly more rounded eye shadow brush is used to blend different shades of eye shadow especially in the crease of the eye or to blend different shades together. You may like to know that this brush can also be used to blend highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bones and cupid’s bow.

 

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Bobbi Brown Eye Contour Brush

 

11 || Fan Brush

This brush is used to clean up any leftover residue or fallen products. It can also be used to apply a light dusting of highlighter on the cheekbones, temples, and cupid’s bow. This brush can also be used to de-clump lashes after mascara, or to hide eyelash glue with gel liner.

 

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It Cosmetics Airbrush Radiance Fan Brush #116