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8 Must-Have Makeup Brushes for Beginners

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When you first start digging into the makeup world, you use whatever beauty brands give you. All of us have applied eyeshadows with the little foam-padded brushes. Nothing was professional-looking about those. Then, if you’ve tried to figure out what to do with the 20+ makeup brushes in any beauty guide, most likely, you’ve been left with a headache.

However, we all have to start at some point. The first time I got my beginners’ brush kit, I knew I was officially initiating myself in the world of makeup. I still have a lot of brushes to try, but these beginner brushes are still the backbone of my makeup bag.

1. Powder Brush

They often have long and fluffy, soft bristles designed to help distribute the loose powder. Make sure you tap the excess product before you use this brush to prevent your makeup from looking cakey. Use with sweeping motions across your face.

2. Blush Brush

A bit smaller than the powder brush, the blush brush often features a dome shape with super-soft bristles. They allow for a more concentrated application of makeup. Use with tapping motions across your cheekbones.

3. Contour Brush

They’re easy to spot because of their characteristic angled and soft appearance. They have denser bristles, designed to help you apply a concentrated amount of bronzer. Test the brush by placing it under your cheekbone. It should fit nicely.

4. Foundation Brush

There are many types of foundation brushes. You can get a domed, angled, or fluffy one. However, a flat brush is the most classic option. Use it to apply liquid or cream foundation using sweeping motions across your face.

5. Fan Brush

The fan brush is a double-duty makeup must-have. Use it to apply highlighter or to clean excess eyeshadow or makeup mistakes. They have ultra-light bristles, shaped like a fan to allow a delicate application of the product. Use with sweeping motions down your cheekbone and the tip of your nose.

6. Flat Eye Shadow Brush

You can get a million and one eye shadow brushes – most likely. You’ll always use two. The flat eye shadow brush is medium-sized, a bit fluffy, and helps to apply eye shadow across the lid and to blend in different shades. Use it with tapping motions across the eyelid.

7. Eye Shadow Crease Brush

The other eye shadow brush you need is the crease one. A bit smaller than your flat brush, this style has a more pointed tip. Use it to apply and blend products along the crease of your eye. They are a must-have if you want to get the perfect smoky eye look.

8. Eyebrow Spoolie

Last but not least, you must have an eyebrow spoolie. Even if you’re not a fan of eyebrow pencils or gels, you can still use the spoolie for grooming your brows. Use it to shape your eyebrows and blend color products.

See? No need to carry around a suitcase filled with makeup brushes. You can easily keep these brushes in your makeup bag for natural-looking makeup look all day long.

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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