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  • Writer's pictureJacqueline Parker

Must Have Makeup Brushes & Tools - 9 Everyday Essentials

9 Must Have Makeup Brushes for Personal Use

Whether you're wanting to achieve a flawless complexion or perfecting an intricate eye look, the right makeup brushes and tools are essential for every makeup lover's arsenal. Here’s a roundup of the most essential brushes and tools for personal use:

A Fluffy Powder Makeup Brush
  1. Large Fluffy Powder Brush: A fluffy natural hair powder brush is perfect for setting your makeup with loose or pressed powder. Its soft bristles evenly distribute powder for a seamless finish, helping to fill imperfections and control shine throughout the day.

  2. Foundation Brush: Achieve a smooth and even application of liquid/cream foundation with a synthetic foundation brush. This brush helps blend product seamlessly into the skin for a natural-looking base.

  3. Blush/Bronzer Brush: Add a pop of colour to your cheeks with a natural fibre blush brush. Its dome-shaped design allows for precise application, helping you achieve a flattering flush of color.

  4. Concealer Brush: Say goodbye to dark circles and blemishes with a synthetic concealer brush. This small, tapered brush is perfect for applying and blending concealer with precision, ensuring seamless coverage.

  5. Small Angled Brush for Eyeliner and Detailing: Create precise eyeliner looks and add intricate details to your eye makeup with a small angled brush. Its shape makes it ideal for achieving winged liner or defining the brows with precision.

Blending eyeshadow brush
A dome shaped bullet brush for blending eyeshadow

6. Larger and Smaller Flat Round Brushes for Eyeshadow: Flat round natural bristle brushes come in various sizes to cater to your eyeshadow needs. The larger brush is great for applying eyeshadow to the lid, while the smaller brush is perfect for detailed work.

7. Blending Brush or Bullet Brush: A small, soft and fluffy natural fibre brush is perfect for blending your eyeshadow colours to achieve a natural transition. Similarly, a domed bullet brush also works effectively to blend and move eyeshadow to where it's needed.

8. Brow and Lash Comb Combination: Keep your brows and lashes in check with a dual-ended brow and lash comb. Use the bristle side to brush through brows and the comb side to separate lashes or remove clumps of mascara for a polished look.

9. Eyelash Curler: Open up your eyes and make your lashes appear longer and fuller with an eyelash curler.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Brushes:

Proper maintenance of your makeup brushes is essential for prolonging their lifespan and preventing bacteria buildup. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your brushes:

  • Regular Cleaning: Wash your brushes with a gentle brush cleanser, mild shampoo or anti-bacterial hand wash in lukewarm water at least once a week to remove makeup residue, oil, and bacteria.

  • Gentle Drying: After washing and rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water from the bristles and reshape them before laying them flat on a hand towel to dry. Avoid drying brushes upright as water can seep into the ferrule (the part that connects the handle and the bristles) and loosen the bristles.

  • Avoid Soaking: Avoid soaking your brushes in water as this can weaken the glue that holds the bristles together.

  • Store Properly: Store your brushes upright in a brush holder or cup to allow them to air dry completely and prevent bacteria buildup. Once perfectly dry, you may like to keep them in a brush roll or leave in your brush holder/cup.

Synthetic Foundation Brush
Makeup Brushes in Jar

By investing in these essential makeup brushes and tools and maintaining them properly, you can elevate your makeup game and achieve flawless looks every time. Happy glamming!


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