Makeup Brushes – Part I

In every job, every trade it is imperative that you have the right tools. When working in the makeup industry (or even just for fun) there are many tools you need to use but brushes and quality makeup are without a doubt the most important.

This article will cover the basics of makeup brushes, the tasks they perform and the effects you can achieve with them.

There are a wide range of brushes. From shape, size, texture, synthetic, non synthetic, etc. Subtle differences in brushes can create dramatically different outcomes.

In Part I of this article we will cover Eye Makeup Brushes that every artist must have.

The brushes are all MAC as these are the best quality brushes that I have found. I’m sure there are comparable brands and when found we will update the post.

  • 242 Shader Brush is perfect for applying cream eye shadow base or primer from the eyelashes up to the brow bone.
  • 249 Large Shader Brush is then used to apply desired shadows to eyelids.
  • 208 Angled Brow Brush is great for adding darker color to the corner of the eyelid and create a strong line to define the crease. This makeup brush is also good for enhancing and shaping eyebrows.
  • Using the 213 Fluff Brush blend the crease color created by the 208 Angled Brow Brush up and out towards temples.
  • 219 Pencil Brush is used to apply a lighter eye shadow to the inner corners of the eye blending outward toward the eyelid.
  • 239 Shader Brush highlights the brow bone just below the eyebrow and lightly blending the highlight color with the crease color.
  • 217 Blending Brush smooths out any lines created by two contrasting colors such as the brow highlight and the crease. The key to natural looking makeup and realistic contours is to blend blend blend.
  • Use the 209 Eyeliner Brush to create either dramatic, subtle or precise lines using a cream or gel eyeliner.
  • 210 Precice Eye Liner Brush is perfect for getting the little gaps between the eyelashes where the 209 Eyeliner Brush can’t reach. Especially important when wearing false eyelashes.