Have you ever walked into a makeup store, looked at all the brush options and wanted to run away? Why are there so many? Which ones do I actually need? Which brush does what? It’s intense! Let’s break the options down so that shopping for makeup brushes is not such a daunting experience.

My favourite brushes are from The Body Shop because I know they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Foundation brush

This type of brush is usually large, flat and oval and is specifically used to apply and blend foundation onto the skin.

Powder brush

This is usually the largest brush and has long, fluffy, and soft bristles which are used to distribute powder evenly over your face.

Blush/ Bronzer brush

This brush is slightly smaller than a powder brush and is used to apply blush or bronzer. These brushes usually have long, fluffy bristles and a dome shape to evenly distribute your blush or bronzer pigments.

Eye shadow brush

This brush is usually fine, oval and flat-tipped and is used to evenly apply your base shades of eye shadow.

Eyeshadow Blending brush

This brush is usually oval in shape and has different length bristles for a perfectly blended eye area. This brush is essential for blending a smokey eye.

Eyeliner brush

This brush is quite thin with a fine point. This type of brush is specifically used to apply liquid or gel eyeliner.

Eyebrow brush

This is used to fill in your brows with pigment. It is usually a slanted brush with short bristles.

Lip brush

This brush is usually super soft with short bristles and is used to apply lipstick.

Concealer brush

This brush is usually super soft with short bristles and is used to apply concealer to your blemish areas and dark circles.

Contour brush

This brush is specifically used for contouring. This brush usually has soft, firm bristles used to apply your contouring medium and blend it evenly once applied.

Eyeshadow crease brush

This brush is the perfect size and shape to give you softly defined eyes.

Beauty Blender sponge

This sponge almost looks like an egg in shape and is specifically used to blend foundation to perfection, reducing lines and streaking.

Highlighter brush

This brush is usually light and fluffy and is used to apply and blend highlighter on your cheekbones, forehead, nose, cupids bow and chin.

There are so many different types of makeup brushes, and if you’re a makeup artist you probably have hundreds. For me, these are the most important for everyday makeup.