Makeup brushes explained: What each one is used for

Here’s my ongoing dilemma. I don’t clean my makeup brushes often enough. I can blame my 14 month old son, but I also didn’t do it regularly before he was born.

I know it’s bad. When my brushes are clean, my makeup looks so much better!

A couple of weeks ago I was considering whether I should get rid of all my makeup brushes and buy new ones rather than clean them. Ridiculous I know. Then I received a set of makeup brushes from DB Cosmetics. How’s that for timing!

It’s their new Melodrama set. Ten brushes with pretty pink handles and clearly marked so you know what each one is for. 

Having 10 brushes might seem a bit excessive but they each have a unique purpose.

Here is a description of each brush and how to use it. You decide if you need them all. The whole set costs just $29.95.

Foundation/buffing brush 

It’s densely packed and most ideal for powder foundations. This brush will soak up liquid foundations, wasting a lot of it. I’d use your fingers or a beauty blender/sponge instead. If you do use it for liquids, blend from the centre of the face outwards for the most flawless finish and don’t forget along your hairline and your neck.

Powder brush

This allows for the light application of powders to set your makeup, keeping it in place all day and removing any shine. It can be used with a pressed or loose powder but if you go the loose option, tap off the excess.

Angled contour brush

The shape of this brush helps you follow the contours of your face, particularly under the cheekbones, to add different dimensions to your face. Other places you can contour are along the jawline and hairline.

Tapered powder brush

This one is for blush. When you’re about to apply it to your cheeks, smile and where a circle forms just under the eyes (the apple of your cheeks) is where you apply it, not across your whole cheek.

Illuminating fan brush

This brush sweeps highlighter across the high points of your face, seamlessly, creating a glowing look. I think it’s a bit easier to use a powder highlighter with this brush because you won’t get a nicely blended look with a cream or liquid as the brush isn’t dense enough, rather soft and light. With creams or liquids, I’d use your finger to softly blend it into the skin or go with a beauty blender or sponge.

Eyeshadow brush

This one is pretty self explanatory. Rub the brush back and forward along the eyelid for an even and blended sweep of colour. You can dampen the brush for an extra pigmented look.

Deluxe crease brush

When you want a more intense look, bring this brush in. Add some colour along the crease of the eyelid to create contrast. You often need a blending brush if you’re after a more seamless look.

Eyeshadow blending brush

It’s soft and fluffy allowing you to blend without dislodging the eyeshadow. It’s ideal when trying to create a smoky look.

Liner brush

This gives you extreme precision when applying eyeliner. It follows the curve of your lash line and whether you’re using a powder, cream or gel liner, it’ll work by adding impact. I often use eyeshadow as a liner, for a softer, more smudged look.

Brow spoolie and angled brush

The mascara looking wand brushes your brow hairs into place. The angled brush on the other end is shaped to help you create natural strokes when filling in your brows. Use the spoolie again to brush the product through for an even look.

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