May 26, 2011

Make-up Brush Overview - Face Brushes

It's taken me awhile to put together my arsenal of make-up brushes and figure out what brushes work best, so I figured I'd do a few posts breaking down different brushes and what I use them for. Starting with face brushes:

Large Powder Brush
A large, fluffy brush is good for applying loose powder and, like I've mentioned before, is great for bronzer.

Blush Brush
The right sized blush brush can do double duty for blush and powder. You can try to use it for bronzer too, but a bigger brush will be better if you need to apply with a very light hand.

Stippling Brush
A duo fiber stippling brush can be used to apply cream blush or to blend in foundation.

Foundation Brush
Some people use their fingers to apply and blend their foundation, or you can use a traditional foundation brush. I love using a brush, plus it's less messy.

Concealer Brush
A small synthetic brush is made for concealer, but I also like fluffy brushes as I've mentioned before. I'll go into that in the next post.

If you're just starting out buying brushes, it can be overwhelming (and expensive). Start with cheaper brands like Sonia Kashuk or EcoTools to see which ones you actually use the most. Some you won't need to invest in, and some you'll find the cheaper versions work perfectly fine.

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17 comments:

this free bird said...

I really need you to peel over and give me a makeup tutorial and then go shopping with me to select some stuff. I'm getting better at brushes, but this brought some good clarification. Go girl!

xo,
C

janettaylor said...

I need new brushes.

Torrie said...

Thanks for this... I always appreciate your make-up advice.

Megan said...

I use many of the same brushes you do :-) i think its a great idea for new users to buy cheap and see what they use before spending alot of money!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I have a lot of these brushes. The concealer brush is pretty helpful on a Monday after a tiring weekend!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Courtney Erin said...

I really want to upgrade my brushes to a nice, new (and matching) set sometime soon - love the MAC ones.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Lee Oliveira said...

I don't know which one I should buy??!! hahhahaha
lee x

Couture Carrie said...

I always buy my brushes at Target :)

xoxox,
CC

Bonnie said...

I love brushes. They work so much better than those stupid sponge things that are provided with some makeup. Ugh. I hate those.

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Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I have so many brushes from Sephora and Sonia Kashuk- I actually like Sonia's better.

bravegrrl said...

the right brushes definitely do wonders when applying makeup... can't wait to see the next post :)

Savvy Gal said...

It took me a while too. I am a big believer of foundation brush. : )

la petite coquine said...

I love your brush layout-I'm one of those girls that uses my fingers for everything!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Another fabulous beauty post :) xoxo

Josie said...

Thank goodness, Katie. I'm a disaster when it comes to brushes. I have a Dior blush brush that I use for powder and blush, and I LOVE it... Otherwise, though, it's Sonia Kashuk all the way.
xo Josie
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Closet Fashionista said...

Yea...I need to start getting some brushes...I have 1 but I could use some more I suppose
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Shea said...

This is great, because I'm totally overwhelmed by all the brushes out there! I buy Sonia Kashuk right now, but I'd like to invest in nicer ones in the future.