Makeup brushes and their uses. PART ONE – FACE BRUSHES


As we all know, market is full of different kind of makeup brushes for different kind of purposes, but of course you don’t need all of them to create a good makeup on yourself or others. When I’m in a rush I would need only 2 till 5 brushes to create a very simple everyday look. In this post (Part 1) I will go through makeup brushes for your face and then in Part 2 and Part 3 I will cover makeup brushes for your eyes and tools/accessories. I will mention those brushes that I am using or heard a lot of good reviews. So let’s jump right into the Part 1 🙂

To make it more clear, I will insert some pictures for particular brushes so you could see the difference (Pictures will be taken from Sigma and Real Techniques webpage).


  • Foundation. For foundation there are several options – whether you want a very light coverage or full coverage and also it depends what type of foundation you are using.

For light coverage you can use a Stippling Brush (in pic. Sigma F50)

Sgima F50 Flat Topped Stippling Brush

Stippling Brush picks up less product than very dense brushes, providing you a light coverage. I would suggest to use this brush only with liquid foundations.

For medium to full coverage – Flat or Round Kabuki brushes (in pic. Sigma F80 and F82)

Sigma F80 Flat Foundation BrushSigma F82 Round Kabuki

These are my absolute favorite type of brushes for foundation, cause I am mostly going for medium to full coverage and flawless finish. Flat Kabuki brush will do the best with liquid foundation, using padding motions. Round kabuki brush will suit the best for mineral foundation, cause it needs to be buffed into the skin and with this brush you can get the most perfect finish. Though, I use the Round Kabuki brush also with cream and liquid foundation and it works amazingly. Just try different options and see what’s the best for you. There is also a Flat Foundation Brush (e.g. Sigma F60) which is probably the best for foundations that are wax based (also for cream and liquid), but it is not my favorite. But there is such an option too 😉

  • Concealer. Concealer brushes has synthetic and pretty dense bristles, to be able to pick up the product and blend it into the skin. Mostly concealer brush features a thin, tapered, flat brush head and it works perfectly with cream or liquid products (e.g. Sigma F75)

Sigma F75 Concealer Brush

  • Powder. There are two powder brushes that I use on everyday basis – Large Powder brush and Setting Brush. The large Powder Brush is a full and dense brush used for applying loose or pressed powder onto the face to set makeup and take away shine (e.g. Real Techniques Powder Brush). Setting brush is smaller, tapered and not as dense. I mainly use it for setting the under-eye concealer, but it also works good for highlighting (e.g. Real Techniques Setting Brush). In the pictures it seams like they are in the same size, but it’s not 😀

Real Techniques Powder Brush  Real Techniques Setting Brush

  • Blush and Bronzer. There are several types of blush brushes, but the main thing you need to look at – soft bristles. It will help you to pick up less product and blend evenly all over the cheeks. One good brush that I would suggest is Angled Blush Brush (e.g. Sigma F40). The angle allows the brush to fit perfectly onto the shape and contours of the face. Another type of blush brush is big rounded fluffy brush (e.g. Real Techniques Blush Brush), which could be used not only for blush application, but for bronzer too.

Sigma F40 Angled Blush Brush   Real Techniques Blush Brush

For bronzer I would simply suggest some kind of big brush with soft bristles, to make the bronzing process much faster. I personally use Blush Brush  by Real Techniques and it works very good.

  • Contour. For contouring there are several options – whether you want a very defined contour or more natural and blended, as well as whether you are using cream or powder products. For powder contour products I would suggest Real Techniques Contour brush (1st pic. Comes in a Core Collection Bundle). It is between soft and dense brush, picking up quite a lot of product, but easy to work with. You can also use the above mentioned Sigma F40 Blush brush, but there is also another one from Sigma – F05 Small Contour Brush (2nd pic.). It is almost the same size as Real Techniques, but in my opinion, a little bit softer. For cream contour you will need something more dense to be able to spread the product evenly. There are two suggestions – Real Techniques Sculpting Brush (3rd pic.) and Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush (4th pic.). These brushes will fit perfectly onto the shape and contours of the face.

Real Techniques Contour BrushSigma F05 Small Contour BrushReal Techniques Sculpting BrushSigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

  • Highlighter. There are not that many options for highlighting and I don’t even suggest to have many brushes for that reason. I personally like two following brushes: Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter (1st pic.) and previously mentioned Real Techniques Setting Brush (2nd pic.) Both of them are very soft and in the right size to highlight on the top of you cheekbones and in the C shape towards the browbone + if you want an extra dimension to your face than also on the cupid’s bow, tip of your noses and chin.

Sigma F35 Tapered HighlighterReal Techniques Setting Brush

I think I have covered everything I wanted for the PART 1. As I mentioned in the beginning – I am not saying that you should need all of these brushes. I just mainly wanted to show and tell the difference between the brushes that are available in the market and also my thoughts, cause I have tried different brushes and not all of them works good.

If you have anything to add or any questions, please write them down below and I will revert to you 😉

Hope you have a wonderful day and see you in my next post! 😉



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