Your Ultimate Makeup Brush Guide: The Ones You Need and How to Use Them

Amanda Montell

In the beauty universe, you know you've reached peak adulthood once you've amassed a full collection of makeup brushes and know how to use each one correctly. But not all of us have a personal makeup brush guide to help us get there, so if you're still applying powder eye shadow with your fingers, we get it. With so many makeup brush shapes and sizes on the market, it's hard to know where to start. Who has the time to sit down and memorise which brush does what (and which ones you actually need)?

That said, it is quite useful to have multiple makeup brushes in your arsenal. After all, according to Kristine Cruz, senior makeup artist at Antonio Prieto Salon, using the wrong brush can throw off your whole look. "Makeup brushes are specifically made to target certain areas of the face," she says. So if you choose one that's too big or the wrong shape it won't place the product where you want it or apply it in a natural way. It's truly amazing how much better your makeup can look just by using the right brushes. 

Now there are so many incredibly useful sorts of makeup brushes out there, but not every last one is necessary to your collection. This foolproof makeup brush guide covers just the need-to-know basics. Keep scrolling to learn which brushes are worth having in your collection and how to use them!

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