Me and my BFF are constantly sharing beauty gossip, purchases, ideas, and dilemmas with one another. I may do makeup as a profession but she loves all things beauty just as much as I do. Which made me really upset when she texted me the other day saying that she just realized she has been using the wrong makeup brushes! All this time she thought she had the best brush set and in fact she didn’t. Of course, right away I felt awful. How could I have let my BFF use the wrong brushes all this time?
I know this may sound silly at first read but if you’re a true makeup junkie you should know that synthetic brushes are very different than natural hair brushes. ( Woops, My bestie has mostly synthetic brushes )
Synthetic Brushes should only be used for: Base, Liquid foundation, Creams, Concealer, or cream eye shadow placement.
Natural Brushes should only be used for: Eyeshadows, Face Powders, Blush, Bronzer, Blending, Blending or Blending.
“I knew my eyeshadow was going on wrong!” is usually the first thing someone says when I explain the difference.
I know your instinct is to hoard as many as you can because you see most makeup artists have 50+ in their belts but that’s because most of the time we are doing more than one client within a short amount of time. Make sense?
If you’re only buying brushes to do your own makeup then you only need 8 makeup brushes! And to help you understand what brushes you need I’ve created a Basic Brush Bible!
I choose these brushes above based on brush type NOT based on the brand. I very strongly state that brush quality is determined by brush type and feel and not by brand. Although some brands are better than others, just because a brush costs $30 absolutely does not mean it’s the best brush in the world. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest.. Lets move on! 🙂
1. Powder Brush: This brush should be a natural hair brush. It’s meant to brush pressed or loose face powder across that gorgeous face of yours!
2. Bronzer / Blush Brush: This brush should be a natural hair brush. It will come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but I prefer an angled brush. It’s small enough to deposit blush on the apples of your cheeks and slanted enough to apply bronzer perfectly at your contour areas.
3. Concealer Brush: This brush should be a synthetic brush. Synthetic brushes apply creams and liquids the best out of any other brush. So using this brush will help apply the perfect amount of concealer to hide those dark circles under your eyes!
4. Highlighter Brush: This brush should be a natural hair brush. The fan brush is the #1 brush I see my clients pull out of their cosmetic bag and it’s always unused. This brush was created for highlighting! It’s super soft and lightweight and will give you the best application!
5. Eyeshadow brush: This brush should be a natural hair brush. An eyeshadow brush will also come in all shapes and sizes but I find the best is a medium sized flat brush. It should cover most of your lid with one stroke and because it’s flat it will deposit the most color.
6. Blending Brush: This brush should be a natural hair brush. Repeat after me; “All blending brushes should be natural hair brushes!” You want the most perfect blend of eyeshadow? Use a natural hair blending brush. They too come in all shapes and sizes but I prefer a dome shape. It will fit perfectly in your crease!
7. Eyeliner brush: This brush should be a synthetic brush. I’ve used both natural hair and synthetic angled brushes and I noticed when I used a natural brush, over time the brush hairs went wild. Synthetic will always remain smooth and tight producing the sharpest line.. Ever.
8. Lip Brush: This brush should be a synthetic brush. Just like the eyeliner brush you will find this brush in both natural and synthetic. I prefer synthetic for the same reason. After a while the hairs start to fray making it hard to create a perfect pout. Which is what you want when you’re applying a cherry red lip!
Of course there’s many more brushes out there in many more shapes, colors, and sizes but these are the basics. Once you get the use of these down you can start incorporating other brushes into your makeup routine!
Hope this cleared a thing or two up 😉