A Complete Guide To Makeup Brushes + IMBB Recommendations

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Hi everyone!

‘Invest in makeup brushes’ is probably an advice, we always keep getting from the pros of the beauty world. Why you ask? Because the right beauty tools, add to the differentiation between an amateur makeup and a professional finish. So, take time to understand your needs and find yourself the handy set!


Natural fibres or synthetic ones?

Natural brushes are made of sable or pony fibres. Hence these are good to work with powder products like eyeshadows, blush, bronzers. While synthetic fibres absorb much less product than natural ones and hence are apt for use with creamy products.

The basic brushes:

• Foundation brush:


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This is flat shaped with long, tightly packed bristles and a tapered tip, designed to let you apply and flawlessly blend foundation. Dip the brush into the formula and apply in a circular motion. Start on the cheeks and blend back towards your hairline.

We recommend Real Techniques, Vega and Colorbar.

• Concealer brush:


These are good to cover blemishes and tricky spots like under-eye areas. Go for flat, firm, tapered square head brushes for under-eye detailing and a tapered round end brush for blemishes. Dot the product on the skin and blend with short precise strokes.

We recommend Kent TWMU7 Concealer brush

• Kabuki brush:


This one is apt for applying bronzers and powders. It can be used to blend the product evenly and to eliminate any harsh lines.

We recommend Natio, Ecotools, Bourjois, Sigma Sigmax brushes and Nars Yachiyo Brush.

• Powder brush:


A powder brush is used to dust loose powder to set the makeup reduce shine. They have soft, round, large bristles. Choose a powder brush over a puff for a more natural finish.

We recommend Colorbar First Impressions Powder Brush and Nars Powder Brush.

• Eyebrow brush:


These have angled tips to help shape and direct your hairs to the desired shape. Use them to apply powder, cream or wax to your brows. These brushes can also be used to contour!

We recommend Kent TWMU1 Angled Eyebrow Brush, Sigma E75 Angled Brow Brush.

• Eyeshadow brush:


Less stiff than eyebrow brushes, these have square heads to evenly apply powder and cream shadows to lids. For sweeping on eye shadow, use a flat-topped, oval-shaped brush for all over colour and a smaller, softer brush for blending in eye shadow. Use the smaller brush to deposit colour.

We recommend E.l.f. Professional Eye Shadow Brush, Sephora Collection Double-Ended Every Day Eye Brush, NARS Eye Shader Brush, Laura Mercier All over Eye Colour Brush, Sephora Pro Shadow Brush #14.

• Eyeliner brush:

eyeliner brush

This small, sharp tipped brush is ideal for creating a precise, even line with gel, liquid and powder eyeliners and for applying eyeshadow to the lash line. You can also use it to smudge out kohl for a smoky effect.

We recommend Vega Eyeliner Brush, e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush

• Lash and brow comb/brush:


This duo is just perfect to comb, tame and de-clamp your lashes and brows.

We recommend Real Techniques Lash and Brow Groomer.

• Blush brush:


This trusty brush can be used to add colour or definition to cheeks. It has soft, longer bristles that can apply and blend colour, define and contour cheeks. A good blush brush has a full, large head with a slightly tapered head for even distribution of pigments.

We recommend Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Sigma Beauty F10 Blush Brush.

• Lip brush:


Most people don’t need lip brushes but if you don’t have a very steady hand, buy an angular lip brush. These are slightly cut at the tip and make filling in and blending lipstick over lip liner very easy. It’s especially useful to create the triangular rosebud on the upper lip.

We recommend Real techniques Retractable Lip brush, Tom Ford lip brush.

• Fan brush:


A fan brush is used to dust blush, bronzer softly on the cheeks. It can also be used to apply highlighter on the high points of your face. This is not a must have brush.

We recommend Sigma F35 Tapered Highligher Brush, MAC 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush.

Storage and care:

It is very important to care for your brushes. Clean them often, otherwise they can be home to dirt and bacteria, which would further lead you to get breakouts. Never share your brushes. And also store your brushes properly.

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