The Ultimate guide to Make up Brushes – Different Types And Their Uses

different types of brushes for makeup

Makeup is an art. No kidding! Every stroke and every colour choice you make is a definite act towards getting the final image. In this case, the canvas is you and that is why you need to be even more careful! And like any other other art form, knowing the tools of your trade is foremost thing you need to know. In this case, the tools of your trade would happen to the different types of makeup brushes.

Ask yourself this. Are you using the right tools and techniques to apply them?  A key factor in obtaining that professionally done look is the brushes that you use during your makeup routine depending on the results you require.

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types of brushes for makeup

This article will give you in detail the different makeup brushes you need to use and the top makeup brushes in terms of brands available in India.

Types Of Makeup Brushes:

Type 1: Concealer Brush

If you are applying a stick concealer, then you are good with your finger tips or a makeup sponge but if you are using a cream based concealer then its best to use a concealer brush. It will help you cover and conceal the targeted spots and blemishes perfectly.

concealer brush how to use

  • MAC 195: this is the best concealer brush ever!

mac 195 concealer brush

  • Faces 2 in 1 foundation and concealer brush is also quite good for beginners and doesn’t pinch a hole in the pocket.

Type 2: Blush Brush

Blusher needs to be applied very lightly with gentle strokes on to cheek hollows or on to the cheeks apples with gentle circular touch. You just cannot go wrong on selection of this brush, except for when you are applying a stick or cream blusher. For a stick blusher, you can apply with finger tips. For a cream blusher you need to use a separate concealer brush or a separate contour brush. Do not use sponge for this!

Below mentioned are the best makeup brushes can find.

mac 116 mac 129

  • MAC  116 and MAC 129

mca 168

  • MAC Large Angled Contour Brush 168

Type 3: Contour /Bronzer Brush

The name says it all. This brush can be used for using a darker colour of blush and also for bronzers on to the contour of cheek, on sides of chin and sides of forehead and also along the sides of bone line of nose for an extremely chiselled look. However if you are using a cream blush for cheek apples and wish to use a contouring brush for that, then keep separate contouring brushes for different colours of blush and also a separate one for bronzer application.

mac 109

  • If you like using rounded tipped brush for contouring then try MAC 109

mca 168 1

  • You can also choose an angled tip brush like MAC 168

Inglot 3P

  • Inglot 3P Angled Brush is also good

Type 4: Small and Big Powder Brushes

For that professional touch of satin smooth finish, you need to apply compact powder with a brush. You can choose from big or small variants of brushes. The small ones help you to apply powder in and around your eye area while the bigger ones help you apply powder on to your cheeks, chin, and forehead and along the top of your nose bone.

mac 134 150

  • MAC 134 Powder Brush and MAC 150powder Brush –These are the best big brushes.

mac 224

  • MAC 224 Powder Brush is a good one for a small brush.

Type 5: Smudge Brush

This is an essential makeup brush when you want a naturally smudge effect for your shadows under the lower rim or eyeliners. You can also use this for smudging lip liners for a natural edged look, especially when you are using bold and bright colours for a lipstick.

mac 219

  • MAC 219

Inglot 80hp

  • Inglot 80HP

Type 6: Stiff Eye Shadow Brush

If you love eye shadows then this is a must have brush for a professionally done look. It takes in a lot of colour and is able to apply this colour on to the lid of eyes in such a way that the shadow stays longer.

If you like working with small a brush then try the two mentioned below:

mac 213 and 239

  • MAC 213 and MAC 239

Inglot 28PO

However if you want a larger tipped brush, go for MAC 227.

mac 227

Type 7: Round Tipped Smooth Shadow Blending Brush

This is an essential brush for any girl who wears even a little of eye shadow. It helps to blend the shadow on to the lid professionally. It also helps one or more than one colour to fade into one another. It’s great for pulling of a Smokey eye makeup.

mac 217

  • MAC 217

Inglot 4SS 6SS

  • Inglot 4SS and Inglot 6SS

Type 8: Lip Brush

Professional and backstage makeup artists always apply lipsticks with a lip brush. You can moisten the brush a bit and then take in colour from the lipstick with the brush and apply evenly on to the lips. It helps you for a longer lasting smooth application and your lipstick is not wasted either. Tw benefits of one!

mac 316

  • MAC 316

Inglot 12S

  • Inglot 12S

PV 24

  • Vega Makeup Regular Reversible Lip Liner PV-24 and Vega Makeup Professional Lip Liner PB-04

Some More Types Of Makeup Brushes:

If you are new to makeup, you should definitely know even the below list of brushes: 

9. Lash Groomer Brush:

It is used to brush the lashes to get a precise and flawless look.

lash groomer brush for makeup

10. Fan Brush:

Used to apply blush to the cheekbones.

fan brush for makeup

11. Eyeshadow Brush:

This sponge tip brush is used to apply an eye shadow.

eye shadow brush for makeup 12. Mascara Brush:

Apply mascara to get the perfect curled up eyelashes.

mascara brush for makeup 13. Angled Brush:

This brush fills gaps in the eyebrows.

angled brush for makeup1

14. Foundation Brush (Liquid):

For a flawless finish, this brush helps in applying liquid foundation evenly.

foundation brush for makeup

15. Blending Brush:

For blending eye shadows on the crease of your eyelids.

blending brush for makeup

16. Eyeliner Brush:

You can apply eyeliner the way you want, this brush gives you the thinnest as well as the thickest line possible.

eyeliner brush for makeup

Tip: Wash your brushes preferably after every 2-4 applications if you use regularly or after every use if you are rare with your brushes. Use a baby shampoo for cleaning your brushes. Dry them completely before using again. Do not sun dry your brushes!

[ Read: Take Care Of Makeup Brushes ]

There, that’s all you need to walk with that perfect look that you craved for!

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