Whether you're here because you don't have all the brushes you need yet or maybe you have too many that you're looking to make some space in your makeup kit, read on to learn about these basic tools and how exactly you're supposed to use them.

Kabuki Brush

This small and wide brush is designed for mineral makeup application. Use it with loose powder and apply on your skin using circular motions for that flawless finish.

Fan Brush

Yes, it's the one that looks like a mini-walis. You can use this brush to sweep away fall-out from eyeshadow application, or to highlight your cheekbones.

Angled Face Brush

Use this brush to contour your face. It makes applying bronzer onto the hollows of your cheeks a breeze! You may also use it to apply blush.

Stippling Brush

Cop that airbrushed finish without actually having to go to a pro by using a stipple brush to apply cream and liquid makeup. "Stipple" or "dot" the product onto your face then blend, blend, blend with feather-light strokes.

Powder Brush

A powder brush is round and fluffy, usually made of natural animal hair to better pick up talc. (Remember, brushes made of natural hair work best with powder products, while synthetic-haired brushes work best with creams and liquids.) Use this to sweep on powder to lock in your foundation.

Foundation Brush

A foundation brush is normally made of synthetic hair to better pick up liquid and cream foundations. Use this brush to evenly apply your liquid or cream foundation all over your face. A smaller foundation brush is also perfect for spot-concealing and for covering up your eyebags.

Blending Brush

You’ll only really need two eye brushes in your life: a flat shading brush and a good blending brush. This brush is fluffier than most eyeshadow brushes and should perfectly fit the crease of your lids. You may also use it to contour your nose.

Spoolie Brush

A spoolie brush will serve you two purposes: groom your brows and declump your mascara. Use it to keep your brows in place before filling them in with your pencil or brow powder. Afterwards, run the spoolie across your brows to make them look more natural and to remove harsh lines. As for declumping mascara, simply run the brush through your newly mascara-ed lashes et voila, no more clumps.

Flat Shadow Brush

Use this brush to apply your base color eyeshadow all over your lid. You can also use it to apply your highlight color on your brow bone.


Brow Brush

An angled-brow brush is small with stiff bristles. The angle of the brush makes filling in your brows way easier. Dip it into your favorite eyeshadow or eyebrow powder and lightly fill in your brows until you get your desired look.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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