MP! Style Guide: What are the different types of makeup brushes?

Gone are the days where everyone would just apply makeup with their hands; there’s a brush for everything now. With so many out there on the market, it can be confusing to identify the purpose of each and every one of them and how to use it—but don’t fear, we’re here to help. There’s a reason they all come in different shapes and sizes!britney

Natural bristles

These brushes are best with powder products as they are soft and have great pick-up and blending properties.

Synthetic bristles

These brushes are best with liquid or cream products as the hairs are not as porous as natural bristles, so they don’t soak up too much makeup and get clumpy.

Foundation brushfoundation

Using a foundation brush with a flat round tip, to sweep liquid foundation outwards from the centre of your face, results in a seamless streak-free finish.

Beauty blenderbeautyblender

Dampen with water and apply foundation for a smooth, sheer even coverage.

Kabuki brushkabuki

Kabuki brushes are great for distributing loose powder over larger areas, such as sweeping bronzer along your temple, cheekbone and jawline.

Contour brushcontour

The contour brush has a slightly angled end which makes it fit perfectly in the hollows of your cheeks.

Concealer brushconcealer

A concealer brush will fit perfectly under the eye area due to its rounded tip which is perfect for reaching nooks around your eyes and nose.

Stippling brushstippling

This flat-topped brush can be used to apply almost any base, with densely packed hairs creating an airbrushed finish.

Fan brushfan

Shaped like a fan, this multi-use tool is perfect for sweeping away excess product or blending harsh lines.

Angled eyeliner brusheyeliner

This brush can be dipped in gel, cream or shadow and is great for perfecting that on-fleek winged eyeliner.

Feeling more confident in your brush knowledge now? Run to the store and level up your makeup game!

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