The Most Popular Makeup Brushes and How to Use Them

Whether you're a makeup newbie or an old pro, it’s important to build an arsenal of the most commonly used brushes. Here are all the must-haves for every cosmetics lover.

Overwhelmed by the crazy array of makeup brushes? Here’s everything you need to know about the most useful brushes.


The most popular makeup brushes and how to use them


Makeup Brush Type: Fan Brush


Versatile fan brushes are great for applying blush or highlighter. You can also use a fan brush to blend makeup and swipe away excess powder build-up.

We love the Sigma F90 Fan Brush. Made with high-tech SigmaTech Fibres, Sigma brushes have the best traits of synthetic and natural makeup brushes.


Makeup Brush Type: Powder Brush


Easily the most popular brush type, a powder brush is perfect for applying any type of powder. From bronzer to mineral makeup application, this is a daily must-have.

We love the Youngblood Super Powder Brush. This ultra-soft brush will quickly become your fave beauty tool.


Makeup Brush Type: Kabuki Brush


Want to save time applying loose powder? You need a kabuki brush. Thanks to its wide, rounded bristles, this makeup brush gives you flawless coverage.

We love the BECCA Boudoir Skin Retractable Kabuki Brush. This stylist must-have leaves your skin looking naturally beautiful.


Makeup Brush Type: Angled Face Brush


Trying to master contouring? You need an angled face brush. Perfect for getting contour under your cheekbones and into other precise spots, this brush makes sculpting your face so much easier.

We love the Bobbi Brown Angled Face Brush. This is what celebs use to get that amazing chiselled look.


Makeup Brush Type: Concealer Brush


A concealer brush is a real game-changer. For truly convincing coverage, you need a firm, tapered brush.

We love the ASAP Pure Concealer Brush. You won’t believe what a difference it makes!


Makeup Brush Type: Eye Blending Brush


Want professional looking eye makeup? You need to master blending, and good blending brushes will make it infinitely easier.

We love the Inika Vegan Blending Brush, a versatile, invaluable tool.


The most popular makeup brushes and how to use them


Makeup Brush Type: Angled Eye Brush


For a striking look, ditch the pencil and upgrade to gel liner. For effortless application, you need an angled eye brush.

We love the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush for a flawless finish.


Makeup Brush Type: Smudge Brush


Smoky eyes? They're a piece of cake with a soft smudge brush.

We love the BECCA #37 Eye Smudge Brush. Just a few quick swipes give you a perfectly smudged look.


Makeup Brush Type: Eye Shadow Brush


Got a new eye shadow? Toss the weird little sponge on a stick that came with it. Upgrade to an eye shadow brush for even, easy application.

We love the Youngblood Deluxe Eyeshadow Brush for perfect coverage.


Makeup Brush Type: Brow Brush


Forget about unnatural-looking eyeliner pencils. For believable coverage, you need to use a brow powder and apply it with a brow brush for foolproof coverage.

We love the Estée Lauder Brow Now Double Brow Brush. This awesome double-sided brow tool gives you an angled brush on one side to fill and define your eyebrows. The spoolie brush on the other side smooths over any crazy hairs.


Makeup Brush Type: Lip Brush


For even layering and a defined finish, apply your lipstick with a brush rather than directly from the tube.

We love the Estée Lauder Lip Brush for easy application.

 

The most popular makeup brushes and how to use them