5 Types of Makeup Brushes Every Girl Needs

by Anjelina Tongco

You are naturally beautiful, there’s no doubt about that. But, there’s no denying that adding the slightest bit of makeup can boost your confidence either. Makeup is meant to enhance the beauty that you already have and, if you’re like most women who like to look good and feel great about themselves doing it, you’ll need at least a basic set of makeup and tools to apply it with. 

Today, let’s talk about makeup brushes. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, that you can choose from in the market but if you’re a beginner and you’re looking for just the basic ones to start your makeup journey with, these are the ones you can’t be without. 

  1. Flat foundation brush - a flat foundation brush gives you a wider coverage as well as streak-free application of your base. Despite its name, you can also use it to apply your primer and your concealer, though you might have to maneuver the brush a little bit while learning how to work your way to a flawless base. If you have the budget for it, you can buy a big one and a small one to use on different areas of your face. The big one is mainly used on the forehead, the cheeks, and the neck while the small foundation brush is used to reach every nook and cranny for a more even look. 
  2. Blush brush - a blush brush is either rounded at the tip or tapered to one side. This kind of brush is perfect for applying brush and for doing subtle contours with bronzer and highlighter as well. While you can apply blush with your fingers or a puff, using a blush brush is simply better, especially if you want evenly diffused pigments and a more natural look. 
  3. Powder brush - a powder brush is a big, fluffy brush that’s mainly used for setting powder which is usually the last step before setting your whole look with a spray. A powder brush can also be used to create softer looks with bronzer and highlighter. It’s fluffy so it picks up just the right amount of pigment for that kind of look. 
  4. Blending brush - you might have noticed that we did not include an eye shadow brush in this list. That’s because picking up eye shadow pigment and spreading it on your lids is easy. What’s fun and exciting is learning how to blend it all so you don’t end up looking like a six-year-old left free to run around a beauty store and, for that, you need a blending brush. A blending brush has longer bristles than most small makeup brushes. It’s fluffy so it can diffuse colors and make them blend seamlessly. 
  5. Brow brush - a brow brush is often stiff and tapered to create sharp strokes that mimic natural brow hairs. These often come free with eyebrow products, but the good ones can cost you a bit of money if you’re not getting them with a makeup brush set. If you’re feeling extra, go for the ones with a spoolie at the end to use on your lashes or your brows, too! 

These are just the most basic makeup brushes you need when you start building your kit. These core pieces are enough to get you looking decent and glam, but not overly so. Of course, you’re going to need a good range of makeup products as well so make sure to visit Salonbar and get your fill!