Beauty and Grooming

7 Makeup Brushes That Will Transform Your Beauty Routine

If your beauty routine is feeling a little stagnant, it may be time to overhaul your makeup bag. However, we’re not suggesting you clear out your products – we’re advocating a change of makeup brushes, instead…

Most likely, you’re used to using the same beauty tools every day; after all, once you find something you like, you’re probably going to stick to it. However, this creature-of-habit mentality may begin to hinder the application and finish of your makeup: tired or outdated brushes can give less than satisfactory results.

We take a look at eight makeup brushes that will transform your beauty routine, with tips and tricks on how to get the most from them. Some you may not have heard of, and some you may already own, but not know how to use – don’t panic, we’re here to help!

  1. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
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    Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

    Admittedly not a makeup brush, every woman should have a beauty blending sponge in their cosmetic kit.

    Why is it so special?

    Makeup artists often note that achieving a flawless face of foundation is down to your application technique, not necessarily the foundation itself. Enter the blending sponge: a revolutionary way of perfecting your base, with minimal effort, thanks to the shape and texture of the tool.

    How do I use it?

    You can use a beauty blending sponge wet or dry, but a damp sponge may give a dewier, more even finish. Saturate the sponge before squeezing out any excess water, then coat in your desired foundation. Daub the product into your skin with light, fluid motions, making sure to go right up to your hairline.

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  2. Inika Vegan Kabuki Brush
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    Inika Vegan Kabuki Brush

    With dense bristles and a flat head, a kabuki brush is an absolute must for even product distribution.

    Why is it so special?

    If you struggle to set your makeup, a kabuki brush is for you. With super-soft bristles which are especially delicate on the skin, kabuki brushes ideal powder application. With no excess powder being dumped onto the skin, your makeup looks more natural and lasts longer!

    How do I use it?

    Dip the bristles into your desired powder, and give the handle a sharp tap against a hard surface to get rid of any excess product. With a light hand, dust the powder in circular motions over damp foundation – make sure you’ve covered the nose and down the neck, too.

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  3. Sigma F90 Fan Brush
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    Sigma F90 Fan Brush

    You probably don’t have one of these brushes, but it’ll become a lifesaver!

    Why is it so special?

    Possibly one of the most practical tools in your makeup bag, a fan brush is great for applying setting powder – but also correcting beauty blunders. If you’ve dropped excess shadow, blush or bronzer on your face, a fan brush is the perfect way to remove it – without smudging the rest of your look.

    How do I use it?

    Gently swipe the fan brush under your eyes to remove any spillages – brush away from your nose in a quick, sweeping motion, to ensure the powder moves off your face in one go.

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  4. Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush
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    Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush

    If you’re not confident with contouring, Real Techniques are here to help with their selection of contour brushes…

    Why is it so special?

    Designed specifically for adding shadows and definition to the face, this brush features a weighted handle and short, dense bristles for precise application and control.

    How do I use it?

    Sweep your contour brush across a dark powder, and carefully glide down the cheekbones, sides of the nose, forehead and chin. Start light at first, as you can always increase the depth of colour, and be sure to keep your contouring even and as natural-looking as possible.

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  5. Sigma P82 Precision Round Brush
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    Sigma P82 Precision Round Brush

    Predominantly designed for use with eyeshadow, a precision brush is a must-have for those small beauty details.

    Why is it so special?

    A small round brush is one of the most versatile tools you’ll keep in your kit. Use it to create statement eyeshadow looks (think smudging eyeliner along the waterline, or applying light colours to the corner of the eyes), but also for any precise detailing of concealer, foundation or powder products.

    How do I use it?

    However you like! Remember, if you’re using your precision brush for multiple areas, be sure to clean thoroughly between uses.

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  6. Japonesque Pro Crease Blending Brush
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    Japonesque Pro Crease Blending Brush

    Create natural, makeup-artist-quality looks with the help of a crease blending brush.

    Why is it so special?

    Do you ever feel like your eyeshadow looks blocky? This is the brush for you. With soft, fluffy bristles, a crease blending brush buffs out eyeshadow so it blends beautifully into the brow bone – ensuring a professional ombre effect every time.

    How do I use it?

    Buff out the darker colours with small circular motions – make sure to keep your actions controlled, to avoid spreading shadow across your face. Blend up into the brow bone until you’ve got the desired blended look.

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  7. Sigma E75 Angled Brow Brush
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    Sigma E75 Angled Brow Brush

    For eyebrows even Cara Delevingne would be envious of, you need an angled brow brush in your collection.

    Why is it so special?

    If you’re using a flat or tapered brush to apply your brow products, it’s time to stop – angled brushes are the best tools for sharp, defined eyebrows.

    How do I use it?

    Gather a small amount of brow pomade, gel or powder onto the bristles, and wipe away any excess before application. Gently outline the brows first; then, in short, brush-like strokes, fill in your brows carefully, following the direction of hair growth.

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Lily Shepherd

Lily Shepherd

Fashion & Style Editor

Collector of rose-gold homeware, scented candles and quirky photograph frames, I’m a Southern girl living in Manchester passionate about fashion, beauty and interiors. When I’m not writing about beautiful things, I can be found fashion blogging, or exploring my new Northern home.


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