What Makeup Brushes Do You Really Need?

by Corinne Shoemaker

With so many makeup brushes out there to choose from, figuring out which ones you actually need can be quite a daunting task. Here’s the truth: unless you are in the business of makeup, there are only about eight brushes that you should absolutely have. They are as follows…


  1. Powder Brush

Find a large powder brush which will force you to be delicate with your application and prevent you from overdoing it. The softer the brush, the better.


  1. Concealer Brush

Having a concealer brush can really come in handy when you are working with smaller parts of your face, like your eyelids and under-eye areas – wherever you need to get it just right. Opt for a flat concealer brush which will allow you to lift and blend products with ease.


  1. Blush Brush

Having the right blush brush will allow you to apply just the right amount of product so you don’t end up looking like, say, Pikachu (though Pikachu is extremely adorable). Look for one with a width that matches up with the apple of your cheek and has loose bristles.


  1. Highlighter Brush

Having the right highlighter brush is critical if you like strobing. Find a medium-sized brush with firm bristles and an edge that is only slightly rounded.


  1. Brow Brush

This will probably be one of the most important brushes in your collection. We all mess up our eyebrows on occasion, and when that happens, having an eyebrow brush can be a real life-saver. Find one that has extremely firm bristles and a fine angle.


  1. Eyeshadow Brush (Small)

You need a few eyeshadow brushes. Having a super tiny brush is crucial when it comes to smaller spaces, like the corners of your eyes. The only brush right for the job is one that is very firm and has soft bristles as well as a rounded tip.


  1. Eyeshadow Brush (Medium)

When it comes to your eyelids and brow bone, you’ll need one that’s a bit bigger than #6. Opt for a brush that has about the same width as your middle finger’s nail. It should be fluffier than the other brush and it should have a flat edge.


  1. Eyeshadow Brush (Tapered)

When it comes to blending, nothing is more important than having the right brush, which could mean the difference between a smeared look and one that truly appears natural. You want a brush that has loosely-packed bristles and, of course, a tip that is tapered.

Bonus Tip: Be sure to wash your brushes on a regular basis (about once a week) to keep them from getting caked with makeup and dirt. If they do, they will become less effective and might even cause breakouts. Thankfully, it’s a very easy process – check out our article to learn more.

Do you have a makeup brush you can’t live without? Let us know what it is in the comments. If you found this article helpful, please share it!


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