Today, we are looking at the new series of Makeup Explained! The topic is Makeup, and I will explain, exactly what these are and what to use them to.

Makeup can be a jungle to wrap your head around.
In this series we are looking closely at the different types of makeup products.

Today our focus is all on Makeup Brushes

We will look at what it is & what it does

What types exist

Do you need it & when should you use it

As always, you can also watch this series on my YouTube Channel


Overall, makeup brushes are tools you use to apply makeup.

They come in a variety of types, that each have their purpose in aiding you when putting on makeup.


  • Foundation brush
    A foundation brush comes in a few looks by now, but overall have the same purpose. It can be either fluffy, or have harder more compact bristles, but nonetheless is made to make your foundation go on smoother
  • Concealer brush
    This type is usually shaped like a paintbrush, but a bit denser and has firm bristles. It is used for applying concealer.
  • Stippling brush
    This type of brush usually has a light and soft feel to it, which gives a gentle, light and natural finish. It can be used both with powders but also cream and liquid products.
  • Powder brush
    A fairly big brush with thick and soft bristles, that is meant to help put on loose powder products.
  • Blush brush
    Very similar to a powder brush, though a bit smaller. Used to apply brush.
  • Bronzer brush
    Looks almost similar to a blush brush, though not as round. Used to apply bronzer.
  • Contour brush
    This brush is bigger than a eyeshadow brush, but smaller than a powder brush. It is usually more packed but has soft bristles and a precise tip; either angled or straight. It helps make the contour look flawless and go on easier.
  • Highlight brush
    Similar to a bronzer brush, though just a bit smaller and less round, so that it can more precisely apply highlighter.
  • Kabuki brush
    These often do not have a real handle, and the bristles looks very much like the ones on the powder brush, though the bristles are more compact. They can be used for all type of powders.
  • Fan brush
    Shaped like a fan and great at brushing away small mistakes- like spilled eyeshadow, because it is both soft and gentle. Therefore it can also be good at diffusing colour if you accidentally put on too much. It is great at applying bronzer and highlighter.
  • Eye brow brush
    This brush is often just called a brow brush. It is It also has dense and firm bristles. It is used to fill in brows and make them look more defined.
  • Eyeshadow brush
    A flat and very common brush, that is used to make sure all eyeshadow goes of smoothly. It has dense and firm bristles while being a bit thicker than the other small brushes.
  • Eyeshadow blending brush
    Often just referred to as a blending brush, this type is a small brush with a rounded tip, where the tip is bigger than the rest of the brush. It is great for blending out eyeshadow, when you don’t want any harsh lines.
  • Eyeshadow crease brush
    This one is another type of blending brush, but this one has an angle. It is also great for blending out eyeshadow, but is a bit more precise.
  • Angled eyeshadow brush
    Looks like a normal eyeshadow brush, though this has an angle. It is good at adding more precise colour.
  • Pencil brush
    Quite small bristles and shaped like a pencil tip. This brush is made to be used the places you would normally use a pencil liner, to give a softer look.
  • Eyeliner brush
    A small brush which can be either flat, flat with an angle, or pointy. It is used to precisely put on eyeliner to create a defined look.
  • Brow brush
    This one has a spoolie in one end and a normal brush in the other. The brush is usually small, compact, hard and angled. It is used for putting on eyebrow product, styling and taming the brows.
  • Lip liner brush
    A pointy, small and very precise brush, that helps line your lips.
  • Lip brush
    Another small brush with small bristles. It is used to ensure the applied lipstick goes on inside the lines.
  • Spoolie brush
    Looks similar to a mascara wand, and is used either to brush your lashes through after you put on mascara to ensure there is no clumping; or for taming your brows.
  • Beauty blender
    A sponge that can come in many forms, but are usually egg shaped with a rounded end and a precise tip. It can be used for applying both wet and dry products, usually foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter and concealer.
  • Silicone blender
    Usually flat and either teardrop-shaped or oval. This type of blender does not absorb product, so you can be sure your products does not go to waste. It is used to apply foundation and blend products.
  • Lash Curler
    This does not count as a brush, but I find it fits here nicely anyways. This product curls your lashes, making them longer and more curled.


Makeup brushes are far from need to have, but some of them are definitely nice to have.

With many types of makeup you buy, you usually get a type of applicator with it, so you don’t have to go out and buy brushes. It is also possible to just apply makeup with your fingers.

Though both your fingers and the included applicator you get from some makeup can be just fine, if you truly love makeup and enjoy using lots of time putting it on – makeup brushes can make your life much easier.

Since there are no rules to makeup, you do not need to use one type of brush for one thing, if it works better for you as something else. Therefore, you could do well with just a few of these brushes, and then using them as you like.
A few nice ones I like to have and use are the Beauty Blender, Powder Brush, Eyeshadow brush and Blending Brush (I am also a fan of the fan brush).

Concerning when you should use it- well when you apply makeup. The names on the brushes pretty much explains itself and since there are no rules to makeup – do whatever you want!

If there is some type of makeup you would like explained, tell me in the comments and we will get to it.

I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time!


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