8 Makeup Brushes you actually need

Do you know the difference between a primer and a concealer? If you said yes, then that was too easy! The real question is do you know the difference between a Dome Brush and a Crease Brush? Stumped you yet?

The world of makeup brushes can be slightly confusing not to mention expensive, that’s why we’ve put together our list of eight brushes that you actually need rather than all the ones you think you need.

We couldn’t think of anyone else more qualified to let us in on her brush secrets than our jane iredale National Educator, Martina Williams.

1. Foundation Brush

Have you ever applied foundation only to discover that it’s not blended properly around your nose, chin, pores and fine lines? There’s a simple fix for this and it requires nothing more than a Foundation Brush! You need the firmness of the Foundation Brush to press product into your skin.

This is also my favourite brush to apply any type of primer. Primers contain ingredients such as silica and add texture to the skin so it’s important to ensure makeup is blended correctly with a Foundation Brush rather than a stippling brush and blending brush.

Additionally, the Foundation Brush is perfect for applying cream blushes. First, use a patting motion to apply colour before turning over the brush to the clean side and continue to pat the product until all the colour is easily distributed.  I like to start my application of liquid or cream based foundation using a traditional synthetic Foundation Brush.

2. Blending Brush

This brush does exactly what the name implies – it blends and it blends well! With a blend of natural and optic fibres, this brush is great for cream/ wet or powder based products such as primer, foundations, or cream blushes.

If you have applied your powder foundation and it’s feeling somewhat heavy, you can spritz the Blending Brush with Hydration Spray and buff your foundation to sheer out the coverage and blend away any build-up of product.

3. Deluxe Shader Brush

Getting the eyes right is often the most difficult step as it requires more precision and care than foundation. This firm flat natural fibered brush is great for applying an eye shadow base colour, or a simple single colour wash, the firmness allows colour to be evenly deposited and distributed without leaving any fall out, using a pressing motion as opposed to a sweeping motion will also help avoid fallout.

4. Crease Brush

This is the absolute master of all brushes. I have a nice little collection of these and tend to use two to three of these during any one makeup application.

This brush is a soft tapered natural fibered brush that fits into the natural contour of the eye and is the ultimate blending brush – it takes all the hard work out of blending. The sponge tip applicator or firm brush is only going to deposit colour, so you need a soft tapered brush for blending.

Traditionally used for powder based products you can also try using it with wet or cream products such as concealer. This is the perfect brush to blend and feather the edges of concealer under the eyes or around hard to reach areas such as the nose or mouth.

You can also use it to pick up loose or pressed powder and set cream based products such as concealer. Using a sponge or a firm flat brush to set concealer can result in a build-up of product that can look heavy and can accentuate fine lines.

I also use the Crease Brush to contour parts of the face such as the sides of the nose, because the fibres are soft and tapered you can gradually build and blend colour so you’re left with a subtle natural look. 

5. Mini-Dome Brush

It might be small, but the Mini-Dome’s soft fibres are great for depositing and blending products like eye liner and eye shadow for a diffused and smoky look.

This brush is also ideal to use when creating a cut crease because the Mini-Dome Brush will blend the socket line to look blended, but still precise and accurate.

6. Bent Liner Brush

This is ideal for gel or liquid liners as the fibres are firm and tapered and its tip is pointed so you can create the perfect eye liner. The brush is bent which makes application easy as the brush hugs the contour of the eye.

I also use this brush to blend lip liner when I need a precise and accurate lip line, especially when I’m doing a bold or bright lip.

7. Angle Liner/Brow Brush

Sometimes it can be a little tricky to accurately apply liquid liner to the lower lash line however by using the Angled Liner/Brow Brush you can simply press product into the roots of the lash rather than trying to apply a precise line along the lashes.

You can also use this brush and your complexion colour in powder, concealer or foundation to clean up any messy edges from around the mouth after applying lipstick.

8. Dome Brush

Last but not least, this medium sized ultra-soft dense powder brush is perfect for applying blush to the apples of your cheeks. You can also use it to highlight the high planes of the face with a highlighting powder such as Moonglow Bronzer – just swirl the brush around in little circular motions.

I also love to use this brush to complete my application of Glow Time BB Cream, traditionally a powder brush; I use it to blend away any streaks that can sometimes be left from synthetic fibres. You can also use it for contouring and for applying Bronzer powders; the soft fibres pick up just the right amount of product leaving a seamless finish on the skin.

Check out our range of brushes here.

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