How to use makeup brushes to get a perfect look?

Choosing and using the right makeup brushes for the task at hand really does matter. It starts with an even canvas, so to speak, which cannot be created without the right tools.

While it’s fun to think about creating a smoky eye or wearing a pop of bright pink blush, nothing looks good if the underlying complexion doesn’t.

The right makeup brushes are essential in achieving a flawless complexion. Follow these steps on how to use makeup brushes.

An even complexion is most often created with concealer and foundation. If you apply your concealer with your fingertips, you’re going to apply it to a much larger area than you actually need. This is why it’s so important to apply a concealer with an appropriate concealer brush. It will place the concealer exactly where you want it.

After applying the concealer, the next step is to apply the foundation. Again, it’s important to use a makeup brush to apply foundation, instead of with the fingertips. You will use much less product and get a more even, streak-free finish.

If you choose to apply face powder after applying foundation, you should do so with a big, fluffy brush. This will ensure even distribution. You can use the brush to make sure you’re not using too much powder, by dusting away the excess.

This is the perfect time to apply blush. Using the appropriate brush (one that’s a bit smaller than your powder brush) will allow you to follow the natural contours of your face. It’s really almost impossible to apply powder blush without using a brush.

Now for the eyes… use a pair of tweezers to remove any stray hairs. Next, dip a stiff, angled brush into an eye shadow and apply it to the tops of the brows. This will define the brows and fill in any sparse areas. Next, use a large eye shadow brush to apply a highlighter color from the lash line to the brow line.

If you use a gel formula eyeliner, you’ll need an eyeliner brush for its application. Use a smaller eye shadow brush if you wish to apply a darker color on the eyelid. Coat the bottom and upper lashes with mascara.

Finally, use a lip brush to apply lip color. Using a lip brush will ensure a precise, even finish. I understand that makeup brushes may not be quite as exciting as a bright red lipstick, but they are crucial to achieving a polished appearance.

Now you know how to use makeup brushes this will help you speed up your morning beauty routine or anytime you want you to put on makeup. Most importantly keep your makeup brushes clean and well-organized and they will serve you well, and remember to never share your makeup brushes

Makeup Brushes For You
I use the little dauber that comes with eye shadow, but it always falls apart before I use up all the eye shadow. What should I do?

Sarah: Toss the dauber. It isn’t worth your time and effort. Invest in some good make-up brushes. I usually try to save you money by recommending something cheap, but here is an exception. Buy the best brushes that you can.

Buy fewer and better brushes. Some people say to shop at an art supply. Some of my art brushes cost more than my make up brushes. Art brushes are made for watercolor, acrylics, or oils. Make-up brushes are for makeup.


Your make-up artist at your beauty salon or day spa will help you shop. She will let you try various brushes so you find the ones that feel right in your hand and on your face. This is one time that I do NOT recommend the discount, ninety-nine cent, or drug stores.

The first brush that you must have is an eye shadow brush sometimes called a fluff brush (but don’t confuse it with a rouge, blush, or powder brush which may have the word fluff in it.) I recommend two with either different colored handles or bristles.

You need one for light shadow and one for dark. But you can get by with just one. When applying different colored shadows, apply the lightest color first, and then go to the darker one.

Then clean your brush. I like one brush for applying light base all over the lid and white on the sides of my nose in the eye socket to make my eyes seem farther apart and one thin line of white just under my eyebrows to make my eyes look wide awake.

Then I use the other brush to apply the darker color on the lid, on the puffy skin between the lid and eyebrow, then even darker in the crease.

Next, you need either or both a fine line soft eyeliner brush and/or a small stiff angled eyebrow brush. Use them for eye lining, putting the dark line in the crease, creating brows and “Gilding the Lily” (that will be in a future column).

To save on too many containers of shadow, you can use the same color shadow for eye lining and for the crease. Wet your brush so you pick up a more intense color. You can also use brown eye shadow for eyebrow color using the stiff angled brush.

If you like a lip brush buy one that is soft but firm with short bristles in a flat shape. You can use the stiff angled brow brush in a pinch. A lip brush is such an elegant classic. Many people have forsaken it in favor of a lip-liner pencil.

If you are over 50, use a cream blush and skip this part. If you use powdered rouge or blush, use a blush brush. If you have a choice of large or small, take the small one. It is easier to do contouring with a small one. Your blush will go on more precisely plus the brush can be used for cheek and double chin contouring.

Practice this with brown eye shadow. Contouring takes lots of practice. Try a fluff blush brush and an angled blush brush. Buy the one that you feel most comfortable with.

With mineral, make-up try several brushes. Some people like a squatty Kabuki brush for “scrubbing” in the color. Others prefer a long-handled powder fluff brush to poof on the powder. You have the same choices with powder, so experiment at the make-up counter before you buy.

Your make-up artist will have a plethora of other brushes. Play with them. You probably don’t need them all. Ask if you need a sable or natural brush for what you are applying or if a synthetic brush is better. Often synthetic brushes are superior for applying lipstick, corrective or concealer under make-up or other creams.

Synthetic wedge sponges are essential and inexpensive. I like fingers for applying make-up foundation, but others swear by sponges. Sponges can apply blush, shading, and cream eye shadow. Play and be creative. Make-up is fun and you are the artist. Don’t believe me? YOU are the one wielding the brush.