The Only 9 Makeup Brushes You Will Ever Need For Your Makeup Kit

Hello beauties! Today we are going to be talking about makeup brushes you need.

If you’ve been doing any kind of research or if you’ve been watching youtube tutorials you know that there is an abundance of makeup brushes in the universe.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: most of those brushes you really don’t need.

I’m not saying they aren’t useful or that they can’t be helpful, I’m saying are aren’t necessary.

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As a beginner with makeup, it can be really overwhelming trying to figure out what you really need to spend your money on and what you don’t so I’m going to tell you the 12 makeup brushes you need in your makeup kit.

Keep in mind this is based on my personal experience and it’s fine if you disagree with me.

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So with that being said, let’s go ahead and dive right into the post.

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The only 9 makeup brushes you will ever need for your makeup kit

Makeup brushes you need

Makeup Brushes: Powder Brush

Regardless of the type of makeup you want to do you are going to need a powder brush.

You can use it to set your foundation if you are using a liquid foundation or if you’re using a powder foundation you can use it to apply it.

Powder brushes are usually the biggest ones in a set but they can vary in size.

You can also use your powder brush for blush and bronzer. There are specific brushes for those two but if you want to save money and only get the essentials that you can use your powder brush for any powder product you plan on using.

You want to make sure that you’re using the right brush for the product you’re using.

If you are using a pressed powder then it would probably be better and easier to use a powder brush to apply it.

But if you decide to use a loose powder then it might be easier if you use a sponge to apply it instead because the powder won’t go flying everywhere, it will just stick to the sponge.

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Makeup Brushes: Blush Brush

Yes, there is a specific brush to use for applying blush to your cheeks.

A blush brush is usually much smaller than a powder brush so you have more control over the product and where it goes.

The bristles are also a bit more tightly packed than they are for powder brushes.

While powder brushes work great for application and blending powder, blush brushes work great for concentrated application of color.

You don’t have to use a blush brush if you don’t want to but I do recommend having one.

You can also apply blush using a sponge or your finger if you want to do that instead.

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Makeup Brushes: Contour Brush

Now, I know you might be thinking, what’s the difference between a blush brush and a contour brush? Do I really need them both?

The answer is yes. Because contour brushes are special.

You use this brush to apply your bronzer for contouring or blending out your contour if you are using a cream product.

The difference between a blush brush and a contour brush is that a contour brush is angled. The shape of the brush makes it easier for you to get into the hollows of your cheeks for contouring.

Keep in mind that this is only if you are apply powder contour.

If you use cream contour or you use your concealer to contour then it would probably be better for you to use a sponge to blend out your contour.

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Makeup Brushes: Kabuki brush

Remember when I said the contour brush is special? While the kabuki brush is even more special.

If I had to pick only one makeup brush to use for the rest of my life then I would definitely choose this one.

You can pretty much do anything with this brush, aside from eyeshadow and brows of course.

This is the all-purpose brush you need.

It can be used for applying powder or liquid, it’s great for blending out products and applying bronzer and blush.

If you want to save money on brushes then this is definitely one you’ll want to have.

Keep in mind that kabuki brush come in different sizes so you want to make sure you pay attention to the size you’re buying because that will determine what you primarily use it for.

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Makeup Brushes: Foundation brush

So this one is a little weird.

I do recommend that you have a foundation brush because they are really good for applying the foundation, however, I recommend using a different brush for blending it out.

There are also different types of foundation brushes on the market. Some work well for blending, some don’t. Some you only use for application and others are all purpose.

Make sure you take note of what the brush can be used for when you buy it.

Another option is a stippling brush.

These are foundation brushes too but you use them in a stippling motion rather than just dragging the brush across your face to apply the product.

Another option is the beauty blender.

I know this isn’t a brush but many people prefer using a beauty blender or a sponge over a brush.

You want to make sure that you’re keeping your skin type in mind when you are trying to decide if you want to use a foundation brush to apply your makeup or if you want to use your fingers or a sponge.

Generally, if you have dry skin it’s better for you to use your fingers to apply your foundation because using a brush or a sponge could dry out your skin and make your makeup look bad.

On the other hand if you have oily skin you would probably want to use a brush or a sponge so it could help soak up some of the oil on your face.

If you have oily skin and you use your fingers to apply your makeup then you could be adding extra oil to your skin that you really don’t need or want.

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Makeup Brushes: Fan brush

These are the coolest little brushes.

When I first saw it I really had no idea what to do with it but now it’s one of my favorites.

Fan brushes can be used for two things.

The first is to apply highlight to your cheekbones. This brush gives a really concentrated application of highlight so be careful not to go overboard.

Another way to use fan brushes is dusting off any fallout from your eyeshadow that gets on your face after you’ve already done your makeup

This can be really useful if you do your eyeshadow last.

Fan brushes also come in different sizes and some have more bristles than other, some also might be fluffier. Personally, I prefer a fluffy fan brush because I think it just distributes the product more evenly.

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Makeup Brushes: Concealer brush

Concealer brushes are used to apply and blend out your concealer, surprise right?

You might be thinking I don’t need a brush to apply or blend my concealer and you’re right technically you can use your fingers.

However, if you want to do a specific makeup look, like a cut crease, for example, you’re going to need a brush to apply it and blend it out.

Or if you want to get really specific with your application it’s best to use a brush so you can get into all the nooks and crannies.

You can also use a brush if you’re using you concealer to highlight and contour your face which will give you a more precise application and will make blending it out a little bit easier.

Makeup Brushes: Fluffy brush

If you are interested in using eyeshadow at all then I recommend you get a fluffy brush.

This is the brush I use to apply most if not all of my eyeshadow. It’s great for applying and blending out your shadows.

Honestly, this is the only eyeshadow brushes that I use because it makes my eyeshadow blend so nicely and makes them look really soft and beautiful.

There are other shadow brushes but this post is only about the necessities and the truth is you can create some beautiful looks with a good fluffy brush.

Because there are so many eyeshadow brushes that are used for so many different things when you’re applying eyeshadow I recommend that you just start off with a few fluffy brushes.

These will  give you a nice wash of color and will allow you to create just about any look you want without being too harsh your taking to long because you only have a few brushes to switch between.

Makeup Brushes: Spoolie

If you have eyebrows then you are going to need a spoolie.

It’s basically a glorified eyebrow brush but much longer.

You can use this brush to comb out your brows before you fill them in or you can use it to blend out whatever product you use for them.

The eyebrows are probably one of the most important parts of your makeup look so I definitely recommend you have a tool specifically for them.

I like to use my spoolie to comb out my brows before I apply product to them but I also use my spoolie when I trim my eyebrows.

I just comb them upwards and take my scissors and cut the really long hairs.

There are so many makeup brushes on the market but as a beginner, you really don’t need them all. As you get better and you start to expand then you can start to utilize other brushes.

But for the time being, I recommend you start with the basics and work your way up.

That way you don’t overwhelm yourself.

Plus, the fewer brushes you have the fewer brushes you have to wash.

Well, beauties that’s all for this post!

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