‘How many makeup brushes do I need?’

This is the question that every beginner will ask, I’m sure. Because I was once in your place. I did not know how many different types of makeup brushes are out there and which one do I actually need to buy. I literally had no idea.

So to help you out, I’ve listed 12 essential makeup brushes that you need to own as a beginner.

Foundation Brush

There are so many choices to choose when it comes to foundation brush. While some people prefers a stippling brush to apply foundation, I always prefer using a buffing brush instead. It’s so easy to use as you can just buff your foundation into the skin to get a full coverage with a beautiful finish. The one that I’ve been using for months is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. However, a lot of people are raving about Morphe’s M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush amd Sigma’s F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush as well. So I guess you can try either one and see which one you prefer better.

Powder/Blush Brush

Well, of course it’s an essential since you need it to set your makeup with powder. I always use a fluffy powder brush to apply my translucent powder to finish my look. However, this kind of brush can also be used to apply blush as well, so I’d suggest you to get a blush brush such as Real Techniques Blush Brush. So, it doubles as a powder/blush brush.

Angled Face Brush

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This brush can be used to apply blusher, contour and bronzer. I personally prefer using this type of makeup brush to only apply my blush. Its shape is just perfect for you to apply blush on your cheeks without being overboard. Of course, it works perfectly for contouring and bronzing as well. It’s a matter of preference, that’s all. My suggestion for you to try would be Sigma’s F40 Large Angled Contour Brush.

Makeup Sponge

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This one is not quite a brush, I know, BUT makeup sponge is so flexible that you can use it for applying different types of makeup. While sponges are usually used to apply foundation, you can always use it for other purposes as well. Taking Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as an example, you can blend your under-eye concealer using the pointy end of the sponge, bake your cheek contour using the flat side as well as using it to apply other cream products such as cream blusher. It is also known to give a natural finish to your makeup application. So if you’re on a budget, I’d suggest you to give makeup sponge such as Beauty Blender a try considering that it’s flexible.

Fan Brush

This brush’s function is solely to highlight your face and give it a glow. I can’t live without highlighters, so this one is a must for me. However, if you’re not used to using highlighters yet, then you can definitely skip this. But if you want to give it a try, then I suggest you to buy Real Techniques Fan Brush. It applies your highlighter beautifully!


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Smudging your lower eyes can be done easily if you have this brush. It helps you to stay close to your lower lashline without creating a mess. If you don’t want to spend money on a smudger, then I suggest you to give EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Set a try. This set has two double ended brushes, so basically you can get 4 eye brushes (including smudger) with an affordable price! So I totally recommend this set to a beginner!

Eyeshadow Blending Brush

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If you want only ONE eyeshadow brush, then this would be it. Blending the eyeshadows is the secret to a flawless eye look even if you’re only using one or two colors. You can get affordable brushes from ELF and Morphe. The two affordable blending brush that I have in possession right now is Morphe’s MB23 Round Blender (Kathleen Light’s suggested this!) and Sigma’s E40 Tapered Blending Brush. If you want to invest a little more money on a blending brush, then you might want to try M.A.C 224 brush.

All Over Lid Brush

I personally think that every lid brush does the same thing to your eyes, so there is no need for you to spend a lot of money on this one. You can just buy a cheap brush such as the one from ELF (Eye Shadow Brush) which will only cost you $1. Here’s a tip, just spray some water or M.A.C Fix+ on the brush before dipping into the shadows if you want your shadows to appear more vibrant!

Types of Makeup Brushes | 8 Must Have Makeup Brushes for Beginners! was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by Husna