The 8 Must Have Make-up Brushes

A brush for blush, a brush for foundation, a highlighter brush – there are brushes for everything and the choice is not easy! Which ones are best, softest and which ones look the part? This Beautyreport is here to save the day and today I want to introduce you to my 8 Must Have Make-Up Brushes.

When it comes to deciding on a new brush, it always comes down to personal preference which is why I am going into detail about what I have learned as a beauty blogger. Read on for more tips and tricks!

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The 8 Must Have Make-Up Brushes

If you apply your make-up with a brush, a sponge or your own fingers is the first decision you need to make. The easiest and cheapest way to go is, of course, to apply your daily make-up with your fingers. This works great when it comes to foundation, concealer and creamy products in general but when it comes to your eyebrows and eyeshadows, you will need a brush.

Brush designs these days are a total eye-catcher and many of the current beauty brands do not disappoint when it comes to excellent brush releases. Due to hygienic reasons, I switched my make-up application process to brushes only! Which 8 Must Have Make-Up Brushes are in daily use for me? Well, that’s what I am going to tell you right now!

The 4 Kinds of Foundation and Concealer Brushes

If you made the decision to apply foundation with a brush, you need to choose which brush it’s going to be: the classic flat foundation brush or a flat top brush, a kabuki or buffing brush? Many decide based on the texture of the foundation. So usually you would use the flat foundation brushes for liquid products, while the flat top, kabuki and buffing brush would be used for powder foundations.

Personally, I don’t like to follow those rules! I like to grab the soft buffing brush for applying my liquid foundation. Gasp, I know! Just play around with what works for you, for your skin and of course what gives you the end result you’re looking for!


The smaller versions of buffing and flat foundation brush are great for concealers too. My personal tip for the thick textured ones, like the Liquid Camouflage Concealer from CATRICE, is to use a smaller lose-bound powder brush! It’s velvety soft and feels nice when applied on the delicate under-eye-area. Another bonus: my concealer won’t crawl into the creases anymore! Win win!


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The 101 on Brushes for Eyeshadow, Eyebrows and Eyeliner

I am very specific when it comes to my eye make-up. Needless to say, that my beauty stash is fully equipped with various brushes for the eye area. Still, there are three make-up brushes, I couldn’t live without when it comes to my daily routine:


With only these three little helpers, you can go from minimal to full on festive eye make-up! If you prefer to apply your eyeliner with a brush, than that’s of course another brush you would need but generally speaking this trio is all you really need. Speaking of eyeliner: for a softer look I like to use eyeshadow for eyeliner lately which I apply with an eyebrow brush close to the eyelashes. For a liquid texture, I prefer an eyeliner pen instead of a brush.


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Blush, Highlighter and Bronzing Brush: One fits all?

The classic blush brush is a lose-bound brush, that’s soft and slanted. It’s not solely great for blush application but also works like a charm for bronzer. As always there are a few different kinds to choose from: big and fluffy, small and precise, a pointy top, thick and flat or a wider fan brush.

There truly is one for every situation and every kind of beauty lover! For beginners and frequent travellers, I would suggest an allrounder, that works for really everything. I prefer a flat, not too tightly bound brush, which when squeezed slightly works great for highlighter too. For blush and bronzing powder, I use the whole brush base like I normally would.


Three possible areas to use one brush for! Of course, application is easier when you have a second brush to help you out. I like a pointy topped one for highlights on my cheekbones, above the lip and the top of my nose.

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Lip brush – a must-have?

Do I really have to have a lip brush? I am still a newbie myself and can’t quite conquer the art of using lipstick. Usually I am known for using lipgloss instead paired with a lipliner. When it comes to dark and bold lipstick colours, a lip brush could be of good use though! Precision is everything in this case and the lip brush needs to be firm and delicate at once.


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The 101 on Make-Up Brushes

In conclusion, a great make-up equipment has to include these 8 different make-up brushes:

  1. A classic flat foundation brush, flat top, kabuki or buffing brush. The choice is yours!
  2. Small lose-bound powder brush for concealer
  3. Flat, not too firm blush brush
  4. Soft, pointy topped blush brush for highlights
  5. Blending brush
  6. Flat eyeshadow brush
  7. Slanted eyebrow brush
  8. Lip brush

Which one of those make-up brushes is your all-time favourite? Which are your 8 must have make-up brushes?



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Verena-Annabella Raffl gründete ihren Fashion Blog Anfang 2013. Der Outfit und Style Blog konnte sich in kurzer Zeit in der Blogosphäre etablieren und zählt zu den erfolgreichsten Blogs im deutschsprachigen Raum.

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