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Your ultimate guide to makeup brushes: The difference between foundation, stippling, and eyeshadow for all types of cosmetics

Your ultimate guide to makeup brushes: The difference between foundation, stippling, and eyeshadow for all types of cosmetics

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Text: Emily Heng


Image: Instagram | @realtechniques

It's unlikely that we beauty buffs will ever mistake our highlighter for eyeshadow, but we'll admit that identifying the right brush for the right occasion can sometimes give us pause. Thanks to the individualisation of brushes and functions, even the most well-versed individuals can be bamboozled by the type and technique to utilise. Is it any surprise that newcomers tend to stick to using their fingers? To this, we say no more. Below, your ultimate guide to the tools of the trade — and to a more precise, seamless, and flawless application than before. Fingers crossed.

Your ultimate guide to makeup brushes: The difference between foundation, stippling, and eyeshadow for all types of cosmetics (фото 1)

Foundation brush

The perfect companion to a liquid foundation isn't a full-coverage concealer, if you can believe it. Instead, it's the dense, fluffy foundation brush. Available in full, round, and even dome shapes, they are designed to provide the just-right amount of pressure to grant a smooth, even application. To use, make sure to blend outward in careful, uniform strokes to prevent harsh makeup lines.


Concealer brush

Its compact size and fine-tipped point allows for the targeting of small, specific areas such as under your eyes or along the brow bone. Instead of using blending motions, though, carefully pat the product in to conceal all manner of spots, dark eye circles, and the like efficiently.


Powder brush

The hallmark of any good powder brush: long, dense, and super soft bristles that pick up a good amount for diffused distribution. Sweep the brush across your face lightly to set your makeup and eradicate shine along your T-zone.


Blush brush

Don't mistake this for your powder brush, folks. This one is built a little smaller, denser, and features more of a dome shape which allows users to apply more concentrated colour to your moneymaker. Swirl the product lightly onto cheeks for an even and natural flush.


Contour brush

An angled, narrow brush is what you need to make those cheekbones pop. Think dense, packed bristles that pick up — and retain — powders well so you won't have to worry about fallout. In terms of application, loosely sweep the brush in a '3' pattern. Begin at the forehead, cut across cheekbones, then move back out and down to your jawline.


Fan brush

To highlight, opt for a brush with lightweight, spread-out bristles that allows for the most delicate of application. Get a subtle, shimmery sheen by dusting your favourite formulation down your cheekbone, on the tip of your nose, and even by your brow bone.


Kabuki brush

In the simplest terms, this bad boy is your all-in-oner with a flat top and ultra soft bristles that work to blend out a variety of formulations. No matter if it's powder, bronzer, or liquid, you can rest easy knowing that even, natural-looking coverage is in your fingertips.


Eyeshadow blending brush

An essential in many a makeup maven's bag, this blending brush comes with a tapered shape and voluminous bristles to so users will be able to easily diffuse harsh lines with broad, sweeping motions. Note that they come in various sizes to cater to all eye lid sizes.

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