The different types of makeup brushes

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To achieve the perfect look, you need a selection of makeup tools including brushes, tweezers, eyelash curlers and applicators. However, entering a beauty store to choose a makeup brush can be confusing, with a vast array of different types and sizes to choose from and, more often than not, just row upon row of brushes with little explanation of what they are used for or how they differ from one to the next. Brushes are essential for your face, eyes, forehead and brows to achieve the perfect tone, blending and eye shadow, but without knowing which brush is best suited to each task, it’s difficult to know what to choose.

So, if you want to know the difference between a concealer brush and a smudge brush, simply read on to gain a better understanding of the different makeup brushes available and how they should be used:


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Powder brush


A staple brush that every makeup collection shouldn’t be without, the powder brush, with its soft, wide bristles, is used to apply all types of powder foundation to the face. It is effective for applying foundation as it achieves a near-perfect uniform finish that, even in harsh light, conceals minor imperfections. With a powder brush, a high definition finish is easily achievable.


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Eye blending brush


Smaller than a powder brush and with an angled or moulded head, an eye blending brush is used to blend powder foundation with eye shadow seamlessly along the crease of the eyelids. The eye blending brush is also particularly suited for blending several shades while softening lines and edges, to achieve a finish that is entirely natural and flawless.


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Lip brush


Lip brushes are usually extremely small with a fine head and are used to apply lipstick with precision. With firm and flat bristles, the lip brush can also be used to apply eye liner smoothly and accurately.
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Concealer brush


Some skin imperfections, such as dark circles around the eyes, age spots or blemishes, require an application of concealer in order to hide them more effectively than is possible simply with powder foundation. Because concealer may have to be applied in concentrated areas, a concealer brush is ideal for this purpose. With its narrow, firm brush that is tapered, you can work the concealer on just the right areas that it is required.


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Flat top brush


If you have prominent cheekbones, a flat top brush is ideal for helping to contour your cheeks by applying colour beneath your cheekbones. They can generally be used with powder foundation, blushers and liquid makeup in order to achieve a perfect, airbrushed look.
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Smudge brush


If you desire the sensual, smoky eye effect, a smudge brush’s short, soft bristles will allow you to smudge pencil liner on your lower eyelash line or to add eye shadow in a concentrated area.
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Brow brush


Useful for your eyelashes and your eyebrows, a brow brush performs two functions. Firstly, it can smooth down your brows to achieve a uniform appearance while it also can be used to remove clumps or twists from your eyelashes, giving them a straighter, fuller look.

Armed with the knowledge about the different types of makeup brushes and their uses, you can invest in the equipment you need to complete your cosmetics accessories, to help to give your appearance the professional, celebrity appearance you desire. 
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