With so many types of make-up brushes, it can be daunting knowing which brush you should use and when to use it. Good quality brushes can be expensive, so if you don’t know your contour brush from your smudge brush, follow my simple guide and recommendations. Make-up brushes are essential to perfecting your make-up look and a key factor in obtaining that professionally done look is the brushes that you use during your make-up routine.

Foundation Brush: A must have brush. Foundation brushes are designed to achieve a smooth, flawless finish to your foundation. There are two main types: tapered and rounded.

Tapered Foundation Brush: Have flexible bristles and gently tapered edges which make this brush perfect for applying and blending liquid and cream foundation.

 The Essence Powder brush €3.49 works perfectly as a flat tapered foundation brush if you are on a budget. 


Rounded Foundation Brush: Most make-up artists opt for the rounded foundation brush. The round dome shape allow the bristles to blend as they brush. The result is streak free, flawless finish for any foundation. One of my favourite foundation brushes has to the F20 from Blank Canvas €13.99.

bc f20

Powder Brush: Powder brushes contain loosely packed bristles which results in one big fluffy brush with a rounded shape. Use it for loose or pressed powders. Just tap off the excess before using in sweeping motions to brush it across the face.

MAC 134 €43

crown 2

 Blusher Brush: Blusher brushes are more compact than powder brushes. They are used to apply cheek colour. Find the apples of your cheek, and use short strokes to dust powder outward towards the hairline. Made with fine, gentle fibres with a rounded tip which is perfect for gliding a pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks.
nima blusher

NIMA Blusher brush €16.50

Concealer /Camouflage Brush: A soft bristled flat brush with a wider base and pointed tip. Use to apply concealer under the eyes, to spots and to camouflage problem areas such as broken capillaries and areas of discolouration.

MAC 195 in House of Fraser €25

mac 195 

Contour Brush: A slanted and round brush, the contour mimics the angles of your cheek bones. Ideal for highlighting and shading with bronzer or illuminating powder.

AYU €12.50

AYUFan brush: This is probably my least used brush in my set. I use it to brush away excess product or to redistribute powder without disturbing the rest of my make-up.

fam brush

Some of my favourite brushes are from NIMA, MAC and Crown brushes. All available to buy online.