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Makeup Brush Types and Uses

FOUNDATION BRUSH
This brush is typically used to apply any foundation all over the face. The flat bristles provide effortless application and create a smooth and flawless canvas, while the ends of the brush allow you to apply the product to those hard to reach areas like around the corners of the nose, and around the eyes and hairline. There are two types tapered and rounded. Tapered is best for blending liquid and cream foundations while rounded contain densely packed bristles that blend as they brush and impart a smoother, more natural appearance.

APPLICATION TIP: It is important to note when applying foundation with this type of brush that you don’t drag the product along your face as this often creates a streaky look. Instead you should use a foundation brush with gentle tapping or stippling motions to create a more natural and even finish, or if you’re using a tapered foundation brush, use downward strokes for seamless application. And be sure to check your makeup in natural sunlight for any streaks or lines.

STIPPLING BRUSH
Also known as the duo-fibre brush, this brush is commonly used for liquid foundation. The flat, feathery head evenly distributes the product and provides a gorgeous airbrushed effect. It can be used to apply blush, blend, clean up excess powder and highlight the cheekbones. This brush is also commonly used for cream blush and bronzer.
APPLICATION TIP: Gradually build up the product using gentle stippling motions all over the skin to create the most natural and flawless finish.

CONCEALER BRUSH
Concealer brushes are essentially just a smaller version of a flat foundation brush. They are usually used to apply concealer to any pesky blemishes to cover redness or can be used under the eyes to mask the appearance of dark circles. Concealer brushes can also be used to apply eyeshadow to the centre of the eyelid.
APPLICATION TIP: When concealing, use a light hand when initially applying the product, then feather the product out at the edges to create a seamless look without disturbing the foundation or moving around the concealer.

BLUSH BRUSH
Blush brushes are typically full, fluffy and round, making it easy to pick up any powder based product. They distribute any cheek colour flawlessly and can evenly cover large areas of the face. This type of brush can be used for powder, bronzer and highlighter also.
APPLICATION TIP: Always start with a minimal amount of powder, tapping off the excess to avoid too much colour being applied at once.

CONTOUR BRUSH
The slanted bristles in a contour brush allow you to achieve dimension and definition with your facial features, as the bristles mimic the angle of your cheek bones, enabling you to really sculpt and chisel the hollows of your cheeks with your bronzer or blush. This brush can also be used to bronze up the forehead and temples to create an overall sunkissed look.
APPLICATION TIP: Locate the hollows of your cheeks by lining the brush from the corner of your mouth up to the ear. You can then slowly apply product in a straight line, then go back and haze out the edges with the bristles to create flawless results.

EYE SHADOW BRUSH
This is an essential brush for creating any eye look. The small, tapered, fluffy brush is best used to pack on colour all over the lid to give a wash of colour to the entire eye and create depth and definition. It can also be used to apply concealer or highlighter to the top of cheekbones!
APPLICATION TIP: For a more intense colour payoff from your shadows, try wetting the brush before applying eyeshadow to help the eye shadow show up much more vibrant and opaque.

EYEBROW BRUSH
This firm, dense, angled brush helps you create precise lines when filling in your eyebrows with a gel, powder or wax. This type of brush can also be used for eyeliner.
APPLICATION TIP: Start with light feathery strokes to avoid making the brows too dark or harsh-looking. Opt for a more natural appearance with light, feathery strokes in the direction of hair growth.

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