DeMystifying Makeup Brushes

Makeup application does not have to be a complicated process that can only be mastered by the makeup artists. Anyone can use makeup brushes to get a flawless makeup application every time. This article will explore the types of bristles, brush selection, what brushes to start with, how to use the brushes, and how to take care of the brushes. Finally a brief mention is made of some of the more common brands.

Two Types of Bristles

There are two types of makeup brushes; those that have natural bristles and those with synthetic. The natural bristles are made from animal hair that might come from badger, pony, goat, squirrel, or sable. The synthetic brushes are made often of taklon or nylon. The advantage of the natural bristles is they hold powder much better than synthetic brushes. The advantage of the synthetic brushes are they are easier to clean and they hold onto creams much better.

Selecting the Perfect Brush

When choosing your makeup brushes, try them out in the store. Rub the brush against your skin. It should feel smooth, not rough or scratchy. Run the brush against your hand and see if any bristles fall out. If so, don’t get that brush. Don’t think that just a few will fall out and then stop. If some bristles fall out now, they most likely will continue to do so the life of the brush. The brush handle needs to feel comfortable in your hand. Try holding it in various positions and see how it feels to work with it. It needs to feel balanced. See if the handle feels too slippery or too rough. Some brushes come with bamboo handles which are very nice and inexpensive.

You do not have to spend a lot of money for a good makeup brush unless you are going into the makeup profession. Some nicer brushes start at $5-20 per brush and go up from there. If you are new at this, start with a set of brushes costing $15-25 total. Get experienced with using the brushes and then upgrade to better brushes as your budget allows. I know of some $10 brushes that do just as well as a $25 brush so don’t think price is the determining factor for a quality brush.

The Essential 7 Brushes makeup brushes manufacturer

There are so many different types of makeup brushes available you can get overwhelmed with choices. If you are just starting out, these are the absolute minimum brushes I recommend to start with. Of course, you can become a brush junkie and start adding to your makeup brush collection as your budget allows.


  • Foundation brush – If using a liquid or cream foundation, then a synthetic bristle brush works best for applying the foundation. The brush is a cleaner way of applying the liquid or cream because your fingers contain oil which can cause the liquid or cream foundation to clump. Using a brush is less stressful on the skin. Apply a small amount of foundation to the brush and touch lightly to several areas on the face (cheeks, chin, nose, forehead) and then begin blending the color all over the face. An alternative method of application, is to apply a small amount to the back of your hand between the base of the thumb and the base of the first finger. Then use your brush to dip into the foundation and apply to face and neck. Blend the foundation with a makeup sponge if needed, paying particular attention to the jaw. Make sure you don’t have a “line” along the jaw.
  • Concealer brush – This can be a synthetic bristle brush because the concealers are usually liquid or cream. Apply a small amount of product to the brush and lightly paint under the eye area OR you can put a small amount on your pinkie finger and lightly tap under your eyes. Then use the concealer brush to even the pigment and blend. You can carry the concealer to the inner corner of the eye and to the outer edge of the eye. Just be sure to blend so the line doesn’t show. Some people prefer to put concealer on first and foundation later. You can decide what works best for you. Also if money is tight, then this brush can be dropped from the essentials list. The fingers work just fine for applying concealer.

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