Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Beauty Basics

Step-by-step: essential makeup brushes Add to ...

Powder brush:

Good for quick, light applications as well as for applying bronzer or blush application. Look for soft bristles and fibres.



Eyeshadow brush:

Keep at least one short bristled shadow brush for applying to all areas of the eye, such as the brow bone, lid and crease.



Angled shadow brush:

This brush should have a 45 degree angle and contain compact bristles. Can be used for filling in brows as well as laying eyeliner to both the top and bottom lash line.

More related to this story



Blush brush:

The bristles should be loose and fluffy, but on a much smaller scale than the powder brush, for greater control .



Lip brush:

There are varying opinions to using lip brushes, however they will help to reduce lip product waste as well as control where to apply lipstick. Try using a slightly bigger brush, like a small eye shadow brush, as opposed to a tapered, thinner lip brush, to cover more surface area and blend easier .



Eyebrow shaping brush:

Not only used for grooming brows into place, most of these brushes are double sided. The other side is for combing out lashes after mascara application, to reduce clumps.



 

In the know

Most popular videos »

Highlights

More from The Globe and Mail

Most popular