The world of beauty isn’t always easy to navigate; particularly if you’re new to makeup and have no clue what makeup brushes you should be investing in. Which one’s best for foundation or bronzer? Can I just use flat makeup brushes for everything?

And the most commonly asked question of all, which ones do I really need? Don’t fret. Find the answers to these burning questions below.

The Eyeshadow Blending Brush

This is ideal for applying eyeshadow to the eye crease and blending it in. It will soften sharp edges and is great for putting just a touch of eyeshadow on busy days, without going overboard.

The Concealer Brush

Synthetic brushes are best for applying concealer because they can apply the product to even the smallest crannies and nooks around your nose and eyes. You can also consider a double-sided version, with a flat, finer side and a fluffy side.

This is so you can work on larger surfaces and focus on concealing small blemishes with the finer and shorter end.

The Blush Brush

Your blush brush should have lightweight and silky soft bristles so you can get that airbrushed, yet all-natural cheek flush. Opt for a more angular head if you’re looking to define your cheekbone and use blush for draping – contouring with blush.

The Contour Brush

Go with a medium-sized fluffy brush for applying powder contour so you can control how much powder you’re depositing. This can also be used for applying your illuminating powders.

The Stipling Brush

If you’re looking for that airbrushed look, apply your foundation using a stipling brush. Its blunt, dense and heavy bristles will efficiently buff the foundation, warm it up, and provide flawless coverage.

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The Powder Brush

For a perfectly bronzed face, opt for a huge fluffy makeup brush. Apply bronzer only on your cheeks, forehead, and your nose for that sun-kissed glow.

The Smudge Brush

This brush is very crucial if you want to master that perfect smokey eye. To use, apply your eyeliner carefully at the root of your eyelashes and use the smudge brush to smoke out the line.

The Domed Eyeshadow Brush

This will enable you to apply your eyeshadow with better precision. Instead of creating a color wash or blending eyeshadow, a domed eyeshadow brush is ideal for depositing stronger pigment on the bottom and top eyelids.

This is perfect for applying a shimmery eyeshadow in your eyes’ inner corners for that wide-awake look.

The Eyebrow Brush

When looking for an eyebrow brush, go with one that has two ends: one end with a spoolie for combing your eyebrows in place and the other end with an angled brush for filling in your eyebrows with a gel or powder.

Makeup brushes come in a wide array of materials, sizes, density, lengths, and bristle shapes. The trick is to know which ones to use to create the exact makeup look you’re going for. Now that you know all the right tools, which one is for which and which ones you should invest in, getting that perfect makeup look will be so much easier.