My girlfriend recently had me do her makeup for her engagement photos. Naturally I asked her to bring over her own makeup so I could see what brands she preferred and what colors she tended to gravitate toward. While looking through her makeup bag I noticed one major flaw, she didn’t own a single makeup brush!

As a women who swears by makeup brushes to apply makeup I was shocked, and I wondered how she has gone her entire life without them. I ended up giving her some of my brushes I don’t use anymore, but I could tell she really didn’t know how to use any of them. I figured she is probably not the only one. To make it as simple as possible, I picked my top brushes that I couldn’t live without. I’ll describe the brush and try to explain their use in the most simple way possible.

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Check out my top 7 brushes below!

1. Stippling brush – (Duel fiber brush)

Description: Best used to apply liquid foundation. Leaves a light airbrushed finish for an everyday makeup look.

Technique: Dip the ends of the fibers into your liquid foundation, dab the product on both cheeks, your forehead and your chin. Then use slight circular motions to blend it all into your skin.

Shop this brush here ($3) >>

2. Large blending face brush

Description: Use this brush for blending concealer. This brush has a great shape and soft bristles that really help to blend everything in naturally, providing that airbrushed finish we all want.

Technique: After applying your concealer, use this brush to blend by pressing the brush into your skin an then use slight circular upward motions.

Shop this brush here ($10) >>

3. Angled brush – Contouring


Description: Use this brush is used in conjunction with your contour powder (non-shimmery bronzer) to contour your cheekbones.

Technique: Make your best fish face, dip your brush into your bronzer and run the brush along the lower edge of your cheekbone.

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4. Blush brush – Blush or powder


Description: Used for applying a powder brush, can also be used to apply a loose finishing powder.

Technique: Dip the tip of the brush into your desired blush color and dab a light amount on the apples of your cheeks. Smile and blend the color upwards toward your hairline.

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Shop this brush here ($8) >>

5. Eyeshadow blending brush –

Description: Used for blending eyeshadow perfectly into your crease. If you ever wondered how anyone achieves that perfectly blended eyeshadow look it’s because of this blending brush.

Technique: Dip your brush into your eyeshadow and starting in the outer corner of your crease and start blending upward. Start with a lighter color and gradually add-on the darker color on top to get a smoky effect.

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6. Large fluffy eyeshadow brush –

Description: Used for applying base eyeshadow. This brush is an essential brush that can be used to apply color all over the eye, as well as blend.

Technique: Dip your brush into your eyeshadow and starting on your lid blending upward toward your brow using slight circular motions.

Shop this brush here ($14) >>

7. Smudge eyeshadow brush –

Description: Used for smudging eyeshadow/eyeliner. Until recently I barely used this brush but lately I’ve been a huge fan of it!

Technique: I like to use this brush to apply eyeshadow under my eyes. I don’t like how a heavy under eyeliner looks so I smudge a medium color with this brush underneath my eyes.

Shop this brush here ($3.50) >>

***Extra – Daily Brush Cleaner- 

A great way to get many uses out of your brushes is to buy a cleaner to use between colors or products.

Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay



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