In fact, if we used the same brush for our entire faces, the end result would be simply chaotic. That is exactly the reason why we have so much to choose from nowadays. However, it can be difficult to know how to actually use makeup brushes with so many variations on offer. With new application techniques emerging all of the time, the days of the staple foundation and powder brush have evolved dramatically. So let's go back to basics. Nowadays, brushes are designed to be used for the area of the face rather than the technique. For example, a contour brush is not just for contour. The eyeshadow blender can be used for concealer application and to apply highlighter in a targeted way. They are your tools to use however you see fit.
HOW TO USE A FOUNDATION BRUSH
Starting with the base, here's our method of how to use the foundation brush, specifically, a stippling brush.
Stippling brushes are perfect for two things: applying primer to the face and buffing cream and liquid makeup products into the skin for a flawless finish. Although referred to as a foundation brush, this also includes bronzer, blusher and highlighter.
1.TO USE A FOUNDATION BRUSH, APPLY A PEA-SIZED AMOUNT OF FOUNDATION TO THE BACK OF THE HAND FIRST.
2.DIP THE BRUSH INTO THE PRODUCT AND BUFF IT ONTO YOUR FACE USING BIG CIRCULAR MOTIONS TO PUSH THE PRODUCT AROUND THE FACE STARTING AT THE CENTER.
3.WORKING OUTWARD TOWARDS THE EDGE OF THE FACE, MAKING SURE YOU BLEND THE JAWLINE INTO THE NECK.
4.MAKE SURE TO GO OVER ANY CREVICES SUCH AS THE EYELIDS AND THE INNER CORNERS OF THE NOSE TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS BLENDED IN.
HOW TO USE A CONCEALER BRUSH
After you've applied your base, it's time to use the concealer brush. There are two main reasons why we may use concealer. Firstly, to color-correct dark circles or uneven skin tones and secondly, to target blemishes.
If you're wondering how to use a concealer brush for color-correcting purposes, opt for a Round Concealer Brush. The ultra-soft bristles allow you to blend any product seamlessly over foundation and brighten any dark patches. To use the round concealer brush under the eyes, make circular motions to airbrush the product out. Reach the brush from the inner and outer corners but don't go too close to the lash line! This can make the eye appear smaller. You can also bring the concealer down under the eyes in a triangle shape to really open the face up.
To cover blemishes, bounce the brush using a stippling motion and then blend with fingers.
To use a concealer brush to target blemishes, a Flat Concealer Brush will provide a precise application of concealer over the small target areas. The rounded tip allows you to press the product into the skin for full coverage. This is perfect for targeting any small areas of redness.
HOW TO USE CONTOUR BRUSH
These days the contour brush comes in lots of different shapes and sizes. However, an Angled Contouring Brush is a one-size-fits-all option. The slanted shape of the bristles will hug your cheekbones, jawbone and neckline allowing you to create a natural-looking shadow. When using contour brush, there's no real need to worry about harsh lines being left behind. The ultra-soft bristles merge the bronzer into the skin seamlessly.
After swirling the tool into your bronzer and tapping off the excess, your contour brush is ready for use. Starting at the temple area, simply blend backwards and forwards into the hairline. Gently following down to the cheekbones, glide the brush back and forth to deepen where your face naturally contours.
This brush can also be used to liven your cheeks up with some blush!
HOW TO USE A EYESHADOW BRUSH
Although you might get away with using a finger for light, neutral colors, if you're attempting a bold, smokey look such as the matte black eye, you'll need to use an eyeshadow brush. Two, in fact. Firstly, a smudge brush and secondly, a blender brush.
Use a smudge eyeshadow brush to smoke out eyeliner and quickly hide any hiccups in your liner or eyeshadow application. The smudge brush makes eyeshadow application simple. Just get the product on and correct any imperfections by smudging and blending. To use this eyeshadow brush, simply use backwards and forwards quick motions to blend the shade.
The blender brush can be used both to apply a secondary color to the lid and to blend everything into place. The ultra-soft bristles pick-up the perfect amount of product to diffuse color on your lids seamlessly. After you have finished the process, go over all the colors with this brush to achieve a seamless effect.
Once you understand how to use makeup brushes, you soon realize that from contour to eyeshadow, each one serves their own purpose.