Makeup brushes: How to Assemble Your Kit - Raphael Oliver
Makeup brushes: How to Assemble Your Kit - Raphael Oliver

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Makeup brushes: How to Assemble Your Kit | The Definitive Guide

Which brushes are most important to assemble your brush kit? Do you need to have 100 brushes to create a professional makeup? Discover all information in this article.

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Find out which brushes are really necessary for a professional result.

Who doesn’t want a doll’s skin, a perfect outline and unmarked smoky? The secret of the professional makeup result is mainly due to the choice of brushes, which are the artist’s ¨tools¨.

Faced with so many types and models, it is normal to ask yourself: what is each of the makeup brushes for?

There are countless, so we list the 10 wildcard models that will give you thousands of options.

When it comes to assembling or improving your makeup brush kit, start investing in these main models, they are the basis for your kit and for the ultimate success of your makeup.

Are you in doubt of how to assemble a complete kit of brushes? Check out the list we have prepared, with it you will have everything you need for incredible makeup.

Eye brushes

Invest in smudging brushes. The ideal is to have a small, medium and large one. With this combo, you will be able to do countless makeups.

To smudge the concave, natural bristle brushes behave very well, avoiding markings.

Smudging is a relatively difficult process, which requires training and precision. So, really invest in quality brushes, as they facilitate the application of shadows and you will certainly not regret it.

Eyeshadow brushes, three fundamental sizes.
Eyeshadow brushes, three fundamental sizes.

Outline brush – curved

Only those who make up know how difficult it is to build a perfect and symmetrical design. At that time, the brush needs to be your ally.

Invest in the thinnest brush you can find, and give preference to the curved model, which facilitates the visibility of the line while you apply the eyeliner.

Brush to outline the eyes.
Brush to outline the eyes.

Eyebrow brush

Both for more marked eyebrows and for those who want a more wild look with the most messy hair, this brush is perfect.

The chamfered part allows to apply the product with great precision and the brush aligns the wires with ease.

And speaking of ease, the fact that this model is 2 in 1 speeds up a lot when applying makeup and that makes a total difference. This model is indispensable in your makeup brush kit.

Brush for eyebrows.
Brush for eyebrows.

Brushes for skin

There are several types of makeup brushes for the skin, and each offers a finish.

You basically need to have these two types: the kabuki and the duo fiber. One for greater coverage and the other for a lighter texture, respectively.

Kabuki brush

It is a firm model with a lot of bristles. The kabuki model provides greater coverage of the skin and is perfect for the plastering effect as it concentrates more product on the skin.

Its shape prevents the skin from having those brush streaks, but for this it is important that it is always clean.

Kabuki brush for applying the foundation.
Kabuki brush for applying the foundation.

Duo Fiber Brush

This model has 2 types of bristles of 2 different sizes, which can be described as long and malleable, very different from kabuki.

Due to the shape and texture of its bristles, the duo fiber model offers a lighter coverage and allows you to polish the skin while the base is applied.

So that it does not “scratch” the skin during the application of the foundation, it is important to redouble the attention when cleaning, as well as the Kabuki. Overloaded product bristles starch and form scratches when applying, making the desired finish very difficult.

The duo fiber brush can be used to apply sunscreen, moisturizers and BB cream. But avoid using the same for all functions simultaneously. The ideal is to have more than one. In the case of brushes for skin, the ideal is to have one for each product or at least keep the base one separate from the other products.

Duo Fiber brush, ideal for applying lotions and foundation.
Duo Fiber brush, ideal for applying lotions and foundation.

Concealer Brush

The traditional cat tongue never disappoints. It allows you to deposit the concealer, camouflaging it perfectly. What’s more, its shape allows you to accurately reach small regions such as the skin near your eyes.

And you will also use it to define the eyebrow, cut out cut creases and apply shadows.

Multifunctional brushes are indispensable in your set of makeup brushes.

Concealer brush.
Concealer brush.

Angle Contour Brush

The angled brush fits perfectly on the cheekbones, preventing the contour from spreading, fixing exactly where you want it.

With it, you can contour the entire face like forehead, cheeks, nose and jaw.

This model can also be used for blush and highlighter. But it is also important to have one for each product due to the color difference of the products, avoiding staining the makeup.

Angled blush brush.
Angled blush brush.

Powder Brush

Big and cuddly. So your dust brush has to be.

Even when using a sponge to deposit the powder on the skin, it is essential because it allows to finish, remove excess and seal the skin.

Large, soft powder brush.
Large, soft powder brush.

Highlighter brush

The more rounded model has a better effect than the ¨vassourinha¨ model, which has already been used a lot, as it sweeps the product a lot. The rounded one has a perfect size and makes the illuminator stay where it should be allowing polishing during application.

The illuminator is spread very well and the skin texture is also more beautiful.

Soft brush with natural bristles for illuminator application.
Soft brush with natural bristles for illuminator application.

It’s great to know that you don’t need a thousand brushes for a good professional result, isn’t it? The secret is to have the main quality brushes and use their various functions.

Natural or synthetic bristles? What are the best brushes?

Both are good and have different indications.
Natural bristles are indicated for powdered products, as they are natural, they tend to absorb liquid and creamy products, making it difficult to spread the products.
Synthetic bristles behave better for liquid and creamy products.

What is the best brush to apply blush?

The rounded and fluffy ones, preferably of natural bristles so that the blush is not marked or stained.

What is the best brush to apply eyeshadow?

For application, the most suitable is the soft cat tongue model and natural bristles.

What is the fan brush for?

It works like a broom that removes excess product from the skin, usually in powder form.

How often should I clean the brushes?

In professional makeup, the brushes need to be cleaned and sanitized at every visit.
In other makeup every 15 days, depending on the frequency with which they are used.

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