A great set of brushes is a beauty artist’s arsenal of mass seduction. And there is a universe of these tools out there that are pretty wonderful but how do you tell the essential from the unnecessary? We’ve picked out the 10 must-haves every girl should have by their vanity table with quick tips on how you to use them.
Distinctive feature: Tightly packed bristles with a tapered tip for fluid application.
Primary use: To smoothen out liquid or cream foundation for streak-free application.
Alternate use: For patting on when using under-eye concealer.
Distinctive feature: It’s egg like shape.
Primary use: Soak up in warm water and squeeze all the water out. Then dab on a towel and apply product to smoothen out the foundation on your face. You can use the tip to reach the creases around the nose.
Alternate uses: Blend out harsh make up lines, apply cream blush or remove excess product.
Distinctive feature: Short, dense animal-hair bristles.
Primary use: You can use this big brush to softly apply bronzers and powders and evenly distribute it around your face.
Alternate use: Buff out harsh lines on your face by swirling the brush.
Angled Powder Brush
Distinctive feature: The angle of the thick bundled brush allows you to concentrate on other areas of your face, making it multipurpose.
Primary use: Ideal for setting powder foundation to parts of your face that are more prone to oil.
Alternate use: Sculpting cheeks and facial contours.
Distinctive feature: Fine gentle fibres with a rounded head makes it perfect for giving a pop of colour.
Primary use: To highlight the apple of your cheeks with your favourite blush.
Alternate use: You can also use this brush to apply powdered highlighter to your cheekbones.
Distinctive feature: The soft bristles which could either be synthetic or real hair has a wider base and a pointed tip to reach smaller areas of the face.
Primary use: Use a small synthetic brush to pinpoint specific areas that need extra coverage.
Alternate use: Clean up messy lipstick or brow edges.
Eye Shadow Brush
Distinctive feature: Large, flat, short and brimming bristles gives excellent coverage to cover the surface area of the eyelids.
Primary use: Use an eye shadow brush to evenly apply powder and cream shadows.
Alternate use: Dab on eye shadow under the lower lash for a smokier eye look.
Distinctive feature: The light and fluffy bristles allow the colours to be spread out and mixed in well.
Primary use: To diffuse and blend eye shadow in the crease of your eye.
Alternate use: Blend highlighter on your cheekbones and brow bones.
Distinctive feature: The fine, long and fan-like bristles that can create a soft, velvety effect.
Primary use: Use this to clean up fallen product of gently apply powders.
Alternate use: De-clump eyelashes.
2-In-1 Foundation Brush
Distinctive feature: Tapered natural bristles makes this brush suitable for any foundation formula.
Primary use: Use this brush for a smooth application of your cream or fluid foundation. The tapered bristles gently follow the contours of your face.
Alternate use: Use it to apply powder on areas that you feel may need more coverage. You can also use it to blend in your contour!