The ultimate guide to face make-up brushes

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The ultimate guide to face make-up brushes

The world of make-up can be pretty puzzling, especially when it comes to choosing the right make-up brushes.

"There are hundreds of beauty products available to you nowadays, which can be very confusing to some"

What's the difference between a powder brush and a blush brush? And why do we need a fan brush in our life? Thankfully, online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade has all the make-up answers we need. 

Joanne Dodds from the company says: “There are hundreds of beauty products available to you nowadays, which can be very confusing to some. And not only are there different products, but tools to go with them. So, we’ve decided to rack up an ultimate guide to make-up brushes, which includes detailed descriptions of all the brushes available to you, and what products you need them for. This should hopefully make make-up application a little easier to understand.” 

Powder brush

A powder brush is the biggest of the face brushes. It will usually be packed with long, fluffy bristles which are made to dispense loose powder evenly across the face. For setting make-up, it’s best to tap the brush over the face rather than sweeping it. You can also use powder brushes to apply bronzer.

Blush brush

A blush brush is usually dome shaped and will be smaller than a powder brush, with super soft bristles. The fluffy texture of the brush will allow it to pack pigment onto the cheeks, whilst making it easy to blend it out. The best way to apply blush is to swirl the brush around the blusher and use the same swirling notion on the cheeks.

Foundation brush

There are a few different types of foundation brushes, but the most common one is the flat foundation brush. This is thin and flat in shape, but has a rounded tip. It’s is best for applying liquid foundations over the face for a nice, blended finish.

Contour brush

Contour brushes are similar to blush brushes, except they are slightly thinner and the tip is usually angled. The angled tip makes it easier to apply powder and contour into the hollows of the cheekbones, under the jawline, around the hairline and around the edge of the nose.

Kabuki brush

Kabuki brushes are large and soft, with a flat top and densely packed bristles. They are great for applying powder make-up onto the face using circular motions. This will give you a lovely flawless finish.

Fan brush

These brushes look just like a fan, and contain long bristles. They are used for applying a gorgeous highlight to the cheekbones and to also clean up powder mistakes. To use, you simply dust over the face in a back and forth motion. 

Concealer brush

Concealer brushes are firm and flat, with a tapered top. They have small bristles which allow you to precisely apply make-up in areas of your face that are sometimes quite hard to reach.

Stippling brush 

These brushes are perfect for applying foundation or cream products to achieve a blended finish. They contain densely packed, duo-fibre bristles (which is why they are always black with a white tip). To use a stippling brush correctly, simply dot your liquid foundation around your face, before blending it in using circular motions.

Make sure you stock up on all the make-up brushes you need at Asda or pop into your local store