Face Brushes Guide
I know what you think
All of these makeup brushes are too confusing!
Sure, there are plenty of makeup brushes out there, with different shapes and sizes and uses, but let me ask you something: Do you know how to sweep, buff and pat? Pretty easy, right?
Well, with quality makeup brushes if you know the use of each brush, applying makeup can be just as easy.
Mastering the techniques will come with time if you keep practicing, but applying makeup is easier than ever, so a fear of making mistakes and the confusing shapes of the brushes produced by the makeup industry shouldn’t hold you back.
Fears are just obstacles you haven’t conquered yet girls! We’re all artists in some way from the inside.
All you need to do is tackle those fears and let loose the inner makeup artist!
Ok, let’s get started with our face brushes guide:
There are two Major Types of Makeup Brushes:
SYNTHETIC AND NATURAL
But what’s the difference between SYNTHETIC brushes and NATURAL brushes?
- They’re made up of manmade bristles, usually from nylon, taklon or polyester fibers. Most of them are made of Taklon which is an extruded fiber designed to mimic hair shape.”
- They don’t have a cuticle, which makes them great to use with liquid orcream products, such as foundation, concealer and gel eyeliner because there’s no absorption of product.
- they are great for angled, sharply cut brushes.
- Easy to wash and maintain without worrying about shedding.
- You can use synthetic brushes for powder products also but you cannot use natural hair brushes for cream and liquid products.
- They’re typically made out of various animal hair, often sable, squirrel, fox, horse or goat
- They have cuticles, which have great pick-up and blending properties. Cuticles help absorb powders and blend them seamlessly across the face, creating a natural
- Usually are more expensive than synthetic brushes because sourcing good natural fibers is expensive. Also the way they are manufactured requires a lot of labor.
- Some people are allergic to the animal hair that natural brushes are made from. Synthetic brushes are better suited for those people.
Any foundation brush that you use should be synthetic. The reason for that is that a synthetic brush is meant to deposit product onto your skin and not hold on to a lot of it.
Natural hair brushes absorb some of the product. It’s good for powder products but when it comes to liquids and creams you want your brush to pick up the product and let go of some of the product effortlessly, and natural brushes will not let go of the product so you’re better off using synthetic for liquids and creams .
Some practical uses for the brushes you use for your face:
- Apply liquid foundation
- Apply Concealer
- Blend Cream products
Flat Foundation Brush:
- Apply liquid foundation
- Apply and Blend concealer
Flat Top Brush:
- Apply and Blend liquid and cream foundation
- Apply full coverage powder
Angled Foundation Brush:
- Apply liquid foundation
- Apply cream foundation
- Blend cream products
- Apply Powder foundation
- Apply setting powder
- Apply other powder products like blush and bronzer
Round Buffing Brush:
- Apply Powder Foundation
- Apply Setting Powder
- Apply & Blend Foundation
- Apply & Blend Concealer
- Apply & Blend Blush and Contour
- Apply Liquid or Cream Foundation
- Apply Blush or Highlighter (powder and cream)
- Blend Foundation and Concealer
- Blend Blush
*Gives a sheer finish and airbrushed effect
Angled Blush Brush
- Apply Blush, Bronzer, Contour and Highlight
*The angle Gives a more controlled application
- Apply & Blend Blush
- Apply & Blend Bronzer
- Apply & Blend Highlighter and Contour
- Apply setting powder
Tapered Foundation Brush
- Apply & Blend Liquid and cream foundations
*Gives a streak free finish
Rounded Foundation Brush:
- Apply & Blend liquid, cream and powder foundation
Flat Concealer Brush
- Apply Concealer Under-eye
Precision Concealer Brush
- Apply on little blemishes and imperfections
- Apply around lips to clean up the lines after a bold lip color
- Apply cream highlighter on brow bone
Contour, Bronzer and Highlighter Brushes are also a part of our Face Brushes Guide. So what kind of brushes do you really need with them?
Contouring / Bronzing
What’s the difference between CONTOURING and BRONZING?
Did you think that contours and bronzers are the same? All too often, the two are mixed together and thought of as the same thing.
While it’s true that both add depth to a look, they are, in fact, quite different.
Contouring is about defining the structure of a face to create an illusion of the shadows so as to hide some features while enhancing others. With contouring you are sculpting your face with precise application, flawless blending in order to achieve a slimmer nose , killer cheekbones or a flawless facial shape.
Creating shadows on the face requires only completely matte contours so that they look like natural shadows in the end. When you contour you focus on the areas of your face where you want to draw attention AWAY from. Usually they are the hollows of your cheeks to enhance your cheekbones, the sides of your nose to slim it, or your temples to narrow the forehead.
Shadows are also cool-toned, so you need a contour with grey or beige undertones. Anything orange or golden will simply muddy the look and won’t resemble a natural shadow.
Bronzing is about enhancing a tan on areas of your face where the sun usually hits like the bridge of the nose, cheekbones and temples. A Bronzer is used to create a sun-kissed glow. The key difference is with the bronzer you don’t mask your face features. It will just add warmth and glow to your skin, because usually they are shimmery products. Bronzing is a good technique to make your face look radiant and healthy.
Bronzers are usually warm-toned than contours, which is why you shouldn’t use one as contour. A matte bronzer may look like a good contour shade, but it will actually warm your skin and not create the cool-toned shadows that a contour creates.
So what should your bronzer be? Matte or Shimmery?
It depends on what you want to achieve for your look. If you want a natural finish with slightly defined features, opt for a matte bronzer. If you want a sun-kissed radiant finish, you should definitely use a shimmer bronzer.
Some recommended brushes for using the Cream Contour are: Sigma F57 Emphasize Contour Brush for thick contour lines, Sigma F77 Chisel and Trim Brush for thin contour lines.
For Powder Contour use Sigma F04 Extreme Contour Brush.
The trick for applying contour is to use a light wrist and keep your hand low on the handle. Lightly put it where you want and you’ll get the most natural line
For Bronzer you can use Sigma F40. It’s a soft angle contour for bronzer or powder contour. Because it’s angled you can control what you do with it. You can use the thin tip of one side to lay down the bronzer and blend it out with the other thicker side.
You’ll typically see two kinds of brushes used for highlighters nowadays.
Usually a fan brush or a tapered synthetic brush.
Be mindful of where you apply your highlighter. Remember, shimmery products enhance texture so if your skin is oily and your pores are open, you don’t want to draw attention to them with the highlighter. Use a good blurring primer to minimize and blur your pores so your skin will look smooth and even. If your skin is normal or dry and you don’t have texture on it, you can use your highlighter right away.
- Apply highlighter, ideal for light shimmer application
- Sweep away excess powder or eyeshadow fallout
- Apply to achieve soft contour or blush
Small Tapered Brush
- Use with highlighter over the cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of the nose and inner corner of the eye.
- Bake with translucent powder under the eye, hollows of the cheeks, chin and forehead
- Set with powder under the eye.
Use with foundation to achieve a light finish
We can all agree that makeup sponges are a game changer. The beauty blender or real technique sponge is a such a universal product. It’s a must have in your beauty items. If you don’t have it get one now girl! It will change your life!
- Apply foundation, cream blush, cream contour, BB cream, CC cream, tinted moisturizer for a seamless effect
*Use it damp to give you a streak free blending and a dewy finish.
*Use it dry to buff away excess blush or foundation lines
Gives more coverage when used dry, because it’s not diluted with your foundation
No matter what foundation or concealer brush you’re using, try to use a makeup sponge after because even though you may not have any streaks after using the brush, the sponge will absorb any excess of the product that could have been left on your skin.
Stippling is the way to use a beauty blender. Gently use patting motions to blend it in onto your skin with your product. This way you’ll get an airbrushed look and your skin will look amazing.
There are endless different makeup brushes on the market and to tell you the truth YOU DON’T NEED THEM ALL! Only six brushes are essential for your face and eyes. Those brushes should be a foundation/ concealer brush, powder brush, contour brush, an angle brush, a crease brush, and a blending brush. Having those brushes in your kit will help you use them as multipurpose tools for applying everything you need to apply from your cosmetics. If you have them there’s not a look you cannot create.
Now after reading this face brushes guide, which tip did you think was the most helpful? Let me know in the comments!