A Guide to Makeup Brushes: Which Ones to Choose & How to Use Them

By Maranda (@muaranda)

Let's be honest: If you're not a MUA or makeup guru, makeup brushes can be overwhelming.

When you’re inside Sephora and you’re staring at all of those beautifully and quite expensive brushes, you might ask yourself "why are there so many different types?" Well luckily I am here to help with my quick guide to makeup brushes. Makeup brushes are my life. They can either make or break your makeup look, and they are extremely essential to having a flawless finish. This quick reference guide will give you the confidence you need when choosing your brushes.

There are three types of bristles that you will find on makeup brushes

  • Synthetic

  • Duo Fibre

  • Natural


Synthetic brushes are typically made up of man-made bristles and they are good for picking up liquids, creams and powders.

Duo fibre is a blend of both natural and synthetic hairs. These brushes are good for creams, oils, and powder. The blend makes it very easy to apply any kind of product on and it leaves more of an airbrushed finish.

Flat Topped Kabuki - This brush is perfect if you want a fuller coverage

Beauty blender - will press the foundation into your skin and will keep the product in place.

Natural bristles are made out of animal hairs. These types of brushes are what you want to use when using powders. Using a cream product with a natural haired brush won’t get you very far and it will risk the condition of your brush, it will cause the bristles to fall out and nobody wants that.

Large Powder Brushes are good for setting the foundation. It leaves your makeup looking as natural as possible. When using these brushes you want to press the product into your skin as opposed to swiping it on.

Tapered Brushes are synthetic and are good for getting into the hard to reach places, specifically underneath the eyes. The brush isn’t fluffy so it won’t spread the product. Tapered brushes will give a natural finish.

Fan brushes are best at placing your highlighter, if you’re using a cream highlighter or blush, you want to use a fan brush that is duo fibre.


Now let's move onto the eyes.


Fluffy brushes are good for blending and placing your transition shades.

Crease brushes are denser than the fluffy ones and you use these to place your shadows. 

Detail brushes creates more intensity and will get into the hard to reach areas.

Flat brushes will apply shadows to the lid and will make it more intense

Hopefully after reading this you will have a better insight on the different types of brushes and the uses for each.

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