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Common Makeup Brush Types

Most brushes have multiple uses. They are interchangeable and should be used to best suit your beauty needs. Below is a list of common usage.


Typical Brush Usage

  • Foundation Brush (Flat) - Use with liquid, cream, or concealer
  • Liquid Foundation Brush - Curve around tight lines, precise placement
  • Stippling Brush - Build foundation coverage, or blush
  • Powder Brush (Wide) - Powder foundation, setting powder, highlighter
  • Powder Brush (Narrow) - Reach smaller, more specific areas with powder
  • Fan Brush - Used for highlighter, light contour, to clean fallout (loose particles)
  • Eyebrow comb/brush combo - Comb, shape, and blend brows
  • Eyelash Brush - Separate lashes before applying mascara
  • Precision Shader - Pack eyeshadow color, full eyelid coverage
  • Concealer Brush - Precise concealer application
  • Blending Brush - Blend eyeshadows, create soft crease, blend outer corner
  • Highlighting Brush - Highlight cheekbones, Cupid's bow, and bridge of nose
  • Pencil Brush - Lips or eyes; inner corner shadow, under eye, fill lips
  • Angled Eyebrow Brush - Use with gel or creams to define and shape brows