Makeup Brushes For Beginners

May 8, 2017

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Hey all! When I first got into wearing makeup, brushes were a very daunting thing. There are so many different types and shapes, many telling you they are for the same thing. So here I am, breaking it down and explaining each one you’ll need, to stop anyone feeling as confused as I was back in the day.

  1. Brow Groomer / Spoolie

It is a common thing to wake up in the morning and find your eyebrow hairs going in any fricking direction they feel, which is an absolute nightmare. Brow groomers help that problem by combing the hairs so they look uniform and normal. Spoolie’s can also be used on brows, or to get rid of excess mascara clumps and to separate lashes.

Morphe Spoolie brushes

2.  Liner Brush

Liner brushes are so versatile it is unreal. They can be used to apply brow pomade, eyeliner and concealer under freshly filled in brows. Liner brushes come in so many sizes, some for big wings, others for small “no eyeliner eyeliner” looks. It is vital to use the right liner brush for the right purpose , as the last thing you want is to be filling in a wing with a tiny bent liner brush.

morphe liner brushes

3. Fan Brush

This is one of the prettiest brushes, and the reason I bought this particular Morphe Brush set. Fan brushes are primarily used for applying highlighter and getting rid of fallout from eye shadow without ruining any base makeup. Also, a lesser known tip is that fan brushes can be great for applying face masks without applying too much product.

morphe fan brush

4. Smudge Brush

As you can see, you can never have enough smudge brushes. These are for, as the name suggests, blending eye shadow colours together to avoid harsh lines. They are great for applying eye shadow too as they pick up the most pigment, creating intense looks.

morphe smudge brush

5. Blush Brush

A blush brush, is for… well applying blush of course. The shape of the brush makes it super easy to pick up the right amount of product, (no neon pink accident happening here) to apply directly to the apples of the cheek. Blush brushes can pick up both powder and cream blush.

morphe blush brush

6. Powder Brush

These brushes apply powder to set your base makeup so it does not move for the rest of the day. For me personally, I prefer smaller powder brushes, and harder bristles, as I find they pick up more product, creating a heavier coverage look. The size, and feel, of the brush you use depends on the type of look you want to achieve.

morphe powder brushes

7. Flat Foundation Brush

For applying foundation, you can either use a brush, beauty blender or your hands. For me personally, I find a beauty blender the best method but it honestly depends on the type of foundation. Some, when used with a brush can create the most coverage, others can make the overall look very streaky. Flat foundation brushes can apply sheer powders and blushes too.

foundation brush

8. Crease Brush

This brush is used for applying eye shadow into the crease, the skin on your eyelid which folds over when the eyes are open. This produces a seamless, well-blended eyes shadow look on each eye.

morphe crease brush

9. Contour Brush

Due to the shape of it , a contour brush makes it easy to apply bronzer and contour in hollow gaps on the face, and to extenuate bones. Contour brushes vary in shape, but essentially allow you to do the same thing. These brushes can also apply highlighter to make the face pop (in a good way of course).

contour brushes

10. Concealer Brush

These brushes tend to have sharper, tighter packed bristles to ensure the product can be blended in all nooks and crannies (around the nose, under the eyes). This Real Techniques brush is my all time favourite, it always does a great job.

concealer brush

11. Buffing brush

This is primarily used to apply liquid or mouse foundations. To avoid harsh contour or foundation lines, a buffing brush can also be used to really blend the product into the skin. I absolutely love this brush, as the tightly packed bristles means smoother blending and a flawless finished look.

buffing brush

  • Reply
    May 11, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I really wish I had this guide when I first started using makeup. The ones I got back then are so useless I cannot believe I ever applied anything with them!

    I’m sure this post will be great for a lot of people!

    Ioanna |

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      Sophia Patel
      May 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Me too, I literally started out with the real techniques starter kit and had no idea how to use them! Thank you for reading 🙂 x

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    May 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    This is a great breakdown – I wish I had something similar when I was first learning my way around makeup brushes and how to use them properly! I splurged big time and got myself a full MAC roll up but had NO idea what to do with any of them lol

    Britt |

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      Sophia Patel
      May 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you! Oh no, at least you know how to use them now!

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    xo • natasha
    July 30, 2017 at 12:42 am

    There are just so many brushes out there! TFS with us the basics. I personally love the flat ELF contouring brush – I believe I bought it from Wal-Mart.

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      Sophia Patel
      July 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Yes there is! I have never tried the ELF brushes but really want to try them out, thanks for reading!

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