Beginner Makeup Brush Guide (The Brushes You Need)

This beginner makeup brush guide covers different types of makeup brushes, how to use them, and affordable must-have makeup brushes for both makeup beginners and pros!

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Beginner Makeup Brush Guide (The Brushes You Need)

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’m excited to share that I’ve been working behind the scenes on several new series that I’ll be revealing over the next few weeks. First up, today I’m sharing the Ultimate Beginner Makeup Brush Guide where I’m talking all about how to use makeup brushes and the best makeup brushes around.

Announcing A New Beauty Series

As a beauty blogger and makeup lover I get asked so many beauty questions on a regular basis, so today’s post is the mark of a new beauty series: Ask Cara. Each month I’ll be featuring a new popular topic that you (the reader) gets to pick!

First up in the series is one of the most asked about beauty topic around – makeup brushes! I get asked all the time “Which makeup brushes do I REALLY need?” , “What makeup brushes are used for what?”, and most frequently “Which makeup brushes do you recommend?” so without further adieu, I’ve created a super helpful makeup brushes guide that helps address how to use makeup brushes, must have makeup brushes and their names, and more!Check out my beginner makeup brush guide with a beginner's guide to makeup brushes, different types of makeup brushes and how to use them. Plus see which makeup brushes you really need and the best affordable drugstore makeup brushes for eyeshadow, foundation, contouring, and more! #makeupbrushes #makeupbrushguide #beginnermakeuptips

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Ultimate Makeup Brush Guide + How to Use Them

When I first started out using makeup, like most beginners I had absolutely zero clue what makeup brushes I actually needed to have in my collection or what makeup brushes are used for what. To be honest, for the longest time I didn’t even own makeup brushes and I only used the little applicators that came in eyeshadow palettes. (I know, I know I’m cringing too)

But eventually I realized that the key difference between okay looking makeup and great looking makeup stemmed down to one thing- makeup brushes. Seriously if you were to look at my beginning eyeshadow looks vs some of my most recent ones, you would be able to clearly notice what a difference the application makes and how makeup brushes play a huge part in that. (Well that and blending, but that’s a whole other topic for another day πŸ˜‰ )

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Different Types of Makeup Brushes

In this makeup brushes guide we’re going to be talking about the different types of makeup brushes and their uses, must have makeup brushes for beginners and pros, and what makeup brushes are used for what. First let’s dive into the makeup brush types including makeup brushes for the face and eyeshadow brushes.

Makeup Brush Guide For The Face

Foundation Brush

Use It For: Applying liquid or cream foundation to the face, for seamless coverage. Great for building up coverage on the skin and works well with all skin types.

My Favorite Foundation Makeup Brushes:

Blush/Powder Brush

Use It For: Applying powder, bronzer, or blush to the face. One of the best face brushes to have in your collection, because it works for so many things.

My Favorite Blush/Powder Makeup Brushes:

Contour Brush

Use It For: Contouring the cheekbone, brow bone, and nose. The curved shape helps further define and sculpt the face.

My Favorite Contour Makeup Brushes:

Fan Brush

Use It For: Applying highlighter to the cheekbones, nose, and brow bone. Can also be used for dusting off excess powder.

My Favorite Fan Brushes:

Makeup Sponge

Use It For: Applying foundation and concealer to the face. Works well in blending out foundation for an air-brushed look and works amazing if you have a dry skin type.

My Favorite Makeup Sponges:

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Makeup Brush Guide For the Eyes

All Over Shadow Brush

Use It For: Applying a base shade of eyeshadow all over the lid. Works well for basic eyeshadow looks.

My Favorite Shadow Brushes:

Flat Eyeshadow Brush

Use It For: Applying shimmer/glitter eyeshadow colors in flat areas on the lid. Must be patted on to avoid fall-out.

My Favorite Flat Eyeshadow Brushes:

Crease Brush

Use It For: Layering on eyeshadow colors in the crease and blending out eyeshadow for multi-dimensional looks.

My Favorite Crease Eyeshadow Brushes:

Blending Brush

Use It For: Blending out eyeshadow looks to avoid harsh lines and spottiness. One of the best eyeshadow brushes to have in your collection.

My Favorite Blending Eyeshadow Brushes:

Angled Brow/Liner Brush

Use It For: Applying shadow or cream eyeliner to the lid or filling in the eyebrow area. I recommend owning two for each purpose.

My Favorite Angled Brow/Liner Brushes:
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Which Makeup Brushes Do I Really Need?

To be honest, the number of makeup brushes needed in your collection differs for everyone and ultimately depends on the type of makeup looks you wear and what you’re looking to achieve. To make it easy, I’ve included a helpful makeup brush buying guide below that will help you determine which makeup brush types will work best for you, depending on your makeup skill level. I’ve also included my favorite affordable options for face/foundation brushes, makeup sponges, eyeshadow brushes, lip brushes, and more!

The Beginner Makeup Brush Guide

This is you if…

You don’t wear a ton of makeup on a regular basis and your go-to look is a little bit of foundation, blush, mascara, and some lip balm. To be honest, you’re probably one who’s all about the “no-makeup” makeup look, so why not invest in a few key makeup brushes to help you achieve a flawless, gorgeous finish?

Although you might be a fan of using your fingers to apply makeup, using makeup brushes will give you a more even finish and can even help speed up your makeup routine. πŸ™‚

Recommended Brushes:

“The Player” Makeup Brush Guide

This is you if…

You LOVE playing around with makeup and you wear a mix of everyday looks, evening looks, and full on glam. Although you currently have a few makeup brushes in your collection, you’re probably only using a couple of them for multiple things because you don’t know what else you should buy.

Investing in a few key face + eyeshadow makeup brushes will make all the difference in the way your makeup looks and will help you blend everything better.

Recommended Brushes:

The Professional Makeup Brush Guide

This is you if…

You have been using/wearing makeup for years and your friends probably come to you for makeup advice on a constant basis. You live for finding the best makeup products around and you’re constantly watching youtube videos for inspiration for your next fun eye makeup look.

Although you currently own several makeup brushes, you’re probably in need of an upgrade. It’s time to trade in some of the cheaper brushes for some better quality ones that will help you look like the makeup rockstar you are!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s post on The Ultimate Makeup Brush Guide and I hope you found it helpful! What are you favorite makeup brushes in your collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

 

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42 Comments

  1. Nanshy wrote:

    Thanks Cara, for this wonderful post. Looking Forward to view more…

    Posted 6.4.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Posted 6.8.18 Reply
  2. Kim wrote:

    I love the e.l.f. and wet n’ wild brushes for the cheaper end brushes but I definitely need to upgrade some of my other “no name” brushes to nicer ones. I’ve wanted to try the sonia kashuk ones as I’ve heard they are good so this guide was definitely useful! Great post lady, hope you have a wonderful week ahead! XO -Kim

    Posted 2.11.18 Reply
  3. Sierra wrote:

    Such a great detailed post, Cara! I love using my sponge for my foundation but I also need to get better at practicing with a foundation brush. Sierra~Beautifully Candid

    Posted 2.6.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      The key to applying foundation with a makeup brush is applying it in circular motions for blending it out well. I always start in the center of my face and work outwards too. I tend to use my sponge more frequently but depending on the type of foundation, it sometimes applies easier with a brush. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  4. Alix Maza wrote:

    I need to get some new makeup brushes ASAP! Thanks for this.

    Posted 2.6.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re so welcome. Hope this is helpful to you!

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  5. Kate wrote:

    Amazing round up! I love that you included so many E.L.F. brushes which are surprisingly some of my favs too. And I love my fan brush for highlighter, it’s the perfect finishing touch <3
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 2.6.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They’re so good! You can’t beat the price or quality.

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  6. Beth wrote:

    What an incredibly useful guide to makeup brushes!! I love this post for its content and photos and will definitely be bookmarking it. Thanks for making it so informative and easy to read!

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-You Beth! So glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  7. Jenny wrote:

    This was super helpful! I love makeup but still get confused about brushes from time to time.

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      So glad you found it helpful! With so many brushes out there I can see why it is confusing to beginners.

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  8. Emelia wrote:

    Cara- what a FUN series! I love this idea. I don’t have any Morphe brushes and may need to pick up one based on your recommendations! I’m going to think of a question to submit now. Great post girl!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks so much! I truly love morphe brushes- they’re so fluffy, soft, and they work amazing at blending out eyeshadow. Gotta thank my girl Jaclyn Hill for recommending them years ago. πŸ˜‰

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  9. Erica @ Coming Up Roses wrote:

    This is SUUUUUCH a good, comprehensive guide – SO so helpful! Now to go through my brush collection…

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks girl! I need to clean mine this weekend haha

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  10. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side wrote:

    What a great post, I could have used this 2 years ago friend! haha. πŸ™‚ This is awesome, going to share on my blog for Friday Favorites πŸ™‚

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Awesome, thank-you! And haha sorry I wasn’t yet blogging then. πŸ˜‰

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  11. Rachel R Ritlop wrote:

    this is SO helpful cara!! I’m definitely a beginner and own 2 brushes haha a flat one to squish my concealer and a fluffy one to put on powdery stuff haha

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha love it! Glad you find it helpful to you! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  12. Christina wrote:

    I love playing with makeup and trying new brushes! My favorites have got to be the Real Techniques brushes. They are amazing and at a great price!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Agreed! They’re a great affordable option!

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  13. Kristen Jones wrote:

    I’m excited for the new series! I also LOVE a lot of these same brushes. Anything by It Cosmetics has always been a win for me–their brushes are SO soft. I love the Real Techniques sponges, too!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I agree! They do feel so soft on the skin! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  14. Tanya Dufour wrote:

    This was such an in depth post! Being a makeup enthusiast I have every brush under the sun! I personally feel like you can never have too many brushes as they break , fall apart, and get rough overtime. Morphe, Luxie, Ecotools, and Sigma are some of my favorites!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
  15. Shelby @Fitasamamabear wrote:

    Confession.. I think I’ve had my makeup brushes for like seven years.. so time to invest in new ones! Thanks for all the tips!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It happens to us all. We don’t even realize how long we hold onto products sometimes, but it’s good to invest in new ones every so often. πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  16. Nadine wrote:

    Real Techniques makes a few of my favorite brushes too! I love their beauty blender, so much more affordable than the $20 one with the same finishing results. I have an IT eye shadow brush that is another favorite of mine. And I really like Sigma brushes too.

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Couldn’t agree more! I mean the regular beauty blender is fine but honestly I don’t see it being any better than the RT one.

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  17. Karly wrote:

    This is the best guide to makeup brushes! Thanks for the reminder that I need to get a fan brush. πŸ™‚ I also need to upgrade a couple of my Sigma blending brushes, so I’ll have to check out Morphe!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! I love my morphe brushes- been using them for years as recommended by Jaclyn Hill πŸ™‚ lol Plus they have them at Ulta now so they’re a lot easier to buy!

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  18. Lindsay Latimer wrote:

    I love how you have mostly budget-friendly options on here. I have had a blush brush from elf that I’ve used every day for years! They’re great quality!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Honestly they work just as well if not better than some of the higher end options. I’m a huge fan of elf too!

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  19. Helen wrote:

    Yay! So excited for your new series. Thank you for this awesome guide! I am such a novice when it comes to make up so this is super helpful!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Helen! I could talk about makeup all day long so I’m excited to hear what topics everyone is interested in. πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  20. Andrea Nine wrote:

    I’m so excited about your Ask Cara series, I submitted a question!! Always need help with brushes so this was awesome! Have a great day!

    Posted 2.5.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Awesome- thank you so much! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.8.18 Reply