Easy Guide to Makeup Brushes for the Face

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We all remember those little foam makeup brushes that came inside of our favorite drugstore compacts right?

Makeup brushes have come a long way since then. There are so many different types, styles, qualities, and purposes for each brush out there. The foam ones just don’t do it anymore for me;)

It was really difficult starting out to determine what brushes you needed for what, if you needed all the different types of brushes, were real hair or synthetic better, did you need the expensive ones…? The list goes on.

After using many different types of brushes and buying from various brands, I decided to compile this list of brushes and include what they are used for and which ones you really need depending on what type of makeup wearer you are.

Makeup Brushes for the Face

(Foundation, blush, concealer, powder, bronzer, highlight, etc…)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5397″ img_size=”800×1200″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are so many types, shapes, and styles of makeup brushes out there, that it’s hard to figure out what you need. Although you may think a lot of these look similar, I promise you they all do very different things in different ways. Some may not be good for certain products, but work flawlessly for something else. It’s all about knowing what you need the brush for and what look you are trying to achieve from it.

You can click on the bold links in each section to be taken to the brush retailer. These are NOT affiliate links:)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3680″ img_size=”600×550″][vc_column_text]Flat top Kabuki brushes, like this F80 from Sigma, are amazing for buffing out liquid foundation. They give an airbrushed look to the skin, not picking up too much product as you buff in your foundation so that you aren’t wasting any.

Tapered Kabuki brushes, like the F86 from Sigma, are excellent for patting our/blending in your under eye concealer or for setting it with powder. I now use a Beauty Blender for this, but these tapered brushes work just as well. It’s just about your preference.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3681″ img_size=”500×400″][vc_column_text]Angled brushes like the (larger) MB35 from Morphe, or the (smaller) angled contour brush from Makeup Geek are the perfect tools for shading the contours of your face. i.e. Any area that you want to appear smaller or give more dimension like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose.

If you want a more precise or exact contour, you will want a flat, densely packed brush for chiseling out those areas. Some great ones are this Chiseled Cheek brush from Makeup Geek, the NARS ITA Brush, or the Morphe MB30. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3683″ img_size=”600×500″][vc_column_text]Fluffy, round but somewhat dense brushes, like the MB34 from Morphe, are perfect for blush and bronzer. This particular brush is tapered and it gives the perfect application of the blush to the cheeks since the sides are a little bit more flat.

Duo Fiber brushes like the MB4 from Morphe, are excellent for blurring any harsh lines, blending the lines of your blush and bronzer together, or lightly applying a powder on top of liquid. Although some brushes state “foundation brush” or another title, you may find that they actually work much better in another way.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3682″ img_size=”500×400″][vc_column_text]Round and dense brushes like this face buffer brush from Makeup Geek, are perfect for buffing in powder foundation, for stippling on a heavy application of blush, or for buffing out a bronzer.

Large and fluffy, but still full, brushes like this large Kabuki brush are excellent for applying an all-over face powder or a setting powder to your T-Zone.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3692″ img_size=”400×550″][vc_column_text]

Fan brushes are perfect for applying highlight. They easily get just enough product so that you can apply it to the high point of your face (cheekbones, nose, cupids bow) without having a huge, streak of glow across your face.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Next week, I will be sharing a similar guide, but for brushes designed to be used on the eyes. Look forward to hearing your comments!

What is your favorite brand of makeup brushes?

*Cheers to flawless makeup applications*

joanna at motherhood and merlot[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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