8 Must-Have Makeup Brushes For Beginners

Written by Nida SayyedMay 13, 2024
8 must-have makeup brushes for beginners

Getting into makeup is like entering a candy store. Endless possibilities and overwhelming options. Sure, your makeup products play an important role in the final look, but, the application is just as important. Your makeup tools can make or break your look. So, we are listing down eight important makeup brushes every makeup newbie needs to own. Check ‘em out…


01. Foundation paddle brush

Angled eyeliner brush

A paddle brush is a standard foundation brush. It’s a dense brush that is flat in the shape of a paddle. Most makeup artists prefer this brush for base makeup application as this provides maximum coverage. However, if you’re a beginner, you might have a hard time with this brush. Paddle brushes tend to leave streaks if used incorrectly. The key is to gently pat the base makeup in the skin after the products have been spread around evenly. This brush works well with creams and liquids.


02. Kabuki brush

Angled eyeliner brush

A kabuki brush is a dense buffing brush with a flat top. It’s generally used to blend liquid or cream foundations. Similar to a paddle brush, kabuki brushes provide great coverage. Since the bristles are so tightly packed together, the brush doesn’t absorb much product and spreads your makeup seamlessly. All you have to do is dot your foundation on your face and blend it out with small, circular motions. This brush works excellently with creams, liquids and powders.


Powder brush

Angled eyeliner brush

Powder brushes are big, fluffy brushes to apply powders. The bristles of powder brushes are loosely packed so it doesn’t add too much product in one spot. They’re usually quite big and fluffy and that makes powder application very quick. These do not work with creams and liquids. Cream and liquid blushes can be applied using kabuki brushes.


04. Blush brush

Angled eyeliner brush

A blush brush is a smaller version of a powder brush. Hence, similar to a powder brush, a blush brush is fluffy and performs in a similar manner. The size of a blush brush makes it ideal to place blush right on the apples of the cheeks to rosy em up!


05. Flat eyeshadow brush

Angled eyeliner brush

A flat eyeshadow brush is a micro version of a paddle brush. It’s flat and moderately dense. This is used to press eyeshadow pigment onto the eyelids. This brush can be used for cream, liquid or powder eyeshadows.


06. Fluffy, blending brush

Angled eyeliner brush

A blending brush is a fluffy brush that is vital for any eye look. It helps diffuse those harsh lines and merge colours. These come in various sizes for different uses. Tiny blending brushes are great for defining the crease of the eye, bigger blending brushes can be used to soften sharp lines by blending out the edges, and angled blending brushes can be used for deepening the outer V of the eyes.


07. Shader brush

Angled eyeliner brush

A shader brush or smudge brush is a short, dense brush that is used to add smoke to any look. These are usually used to smudge eyeliner and blend eyeshadow on the bottom lash line. These can also be used to swipe eyeshadow across the eyelids.


08. Angled eyeliner brush

Angled eyeliner brush

An angled eyeliner brush is a flat, angled brush that can be for eyeliner or to fill in the brows. This brush is thin and great to draw on wings as the angle acts as a guide to extend your eyeliner. Angled brushes that are thinner are great for filling in the brows as you can create thin, hair-like strokes with them.

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