Makeup brushes you need and how to use them

Our guide to the essential brushes you need to have in your kit.

Flat foundation brush
This brush is usually dense, with bristles pinched flat, like a paintbrush. The brush has a soft, rounded end, and can be used to apply wet and cream complexion products, like concealer and foundation, for a natural finish. To apply foundation, start in your T-zone, and blend outward. Use smooth and even strokes to blend and avoid harsh makeup lines.

Flat top foundation brush
A large, round dense brush, it has a big flat top with all the bristles having the same length. The brush can be used to apply different makeup of different textures, including powders, creams, liquids, and gels. Flat-topped brushes typically provide the fullest coverage, minimising streaks, and blending in products easily into the skin. They are therefore popularly used for applying liquid foundations. Dot foundation on your skin, and starting from the centre of your face buff in the product with circular motions. Avoiding dragging the brush on your skin so as to avoid any lines.
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Kabuki brush
A versatile brush, it is large and fluffy, with a rounded top, making it useful for applying makeup to larger areas of the face. For example, foundation, blush, or any kind of powder or cream makeup. For creamy products, dot the product on your face and then use the brush to gently buff the product in. When using a powder, dip the brush in the product, shake off the excess and then apply. As the brushes are large, you’re likely to pick up more product than you need, so remember to get rid of the excess and use a light hand when applying makeup.
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Powder brush
This is a fluffy, densely packed brush used to lightly set makeup in place with a dusting of powder. Use the dome-shaped brush to pick up a light layer of the setting powder, tap off any excess powder, and dust it under your eyes and over your T-zone. You can then lightly dust whatever is left on the brush over the rest of your face. This will help minimise any shininess and under-eye creases. The brush can also be used to blend powder foundations for a diffused application.
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Blush brush
This brush does just what its name suggests; it gives a natural blush of colour to the cheeks. A blush brush has a dome shape, with long, fluffy bristles that diffuse powder pigments evenly and make for easier blending. Fluffier brushes pickup less product, so a fluffly blush brush is ideal as you want a more natural flush rather than a blob of colour. Dab the brush in the blush, tap off any excess, and swish across your cheeks, sweeping a little above towards your temples.

Lip brush
If you’re a fan of a neat, precise lip, then a lip brush is a must for you. It’s great for applying a bold shade or softening a lip liner. The brush can have a soft tapered edge or a square-angled tip, both of which allow you to get into the thin inner corners of the mouth for a precise, perfect finish. A lip brush with shorter bristles will provide more control and accuracy, when compared to one with longer bristles.
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