In the makeup world, you reach adulthood only when you have collected a full collection of makeup applicators and know how to correctly use them. But for those of you who are still makeup newbies and are wondering if you need brushes at all, you’re not alone. With so many makeup brushes, memorising which brush does what (and which ones you actually need) can be quite the task. Believe us, we understand!

To save you the dilemma, this fool-proof guide will help you find which brush is ideal for the application of which makeup product. These are the brushes that are a must have in your vanity kit...

Flat foundation brush
 

Flat foundation brush

A flat foundation brush is going to be the most classic applicator in your collection. Its primary function is to ensure a smooth and streak-free application of your foundation on to the skin. This brush is ideal for seamlessly blending cream or liquid foundation and prevents it from looking cakey.

Kabuki brush
 

Kabuki brush

Kabuki brushes are extremely versatile and are used to apply powder makeup to the larger areas of your face. It has a flat top and ultra-soft, voluminous bristles, making it an ideal choice for applying and blending powder foundations, powder blush or a bronzer even.

Contour brush
 

Contour brush

A contour brush usually has an angled top with soft, dense bristles. A good contour brush is usually dense, but also super flexible as you do not want your face to have stripes. The angle brush fits nicely under your cheekbones to help you achieve the look you desire with ease. This type of a contour brush works really well both cream and powder contouring makeup.

Blush Brush
 

Blush Brush

The defining characteristic of a blush brush is that it is smaller than a powder brush, comes in a dome shape and features long, super-soft bristles. The difference is that this brush allows for a more concentrated application that a normal powder brush yet provides enough scope to blend and build the colour.

Eyeshadow blending brush
 

Eyeshadow blending brush

If you feel like your eyeshadow doesn’t look perfect and seamless enough, it is because you are not using the blending brush. The long, fluffy bristles of this tool create magic when used on the eyelids to blend eye shadow. It helps get rid of harsh lines by blending, buffing, and diffusing the applied colour