Whether you are starting your career as a makeup artist or just love to apply makeup there are certain tools you need to complete a variety of makeup looks. I’ve always believed that the two things that make or break a look are your primers and your brushes.
There are so many makeup brushes out on the market these days, so how do you choose which ones you should have in your kit? I’ve broken down the types of brushes you should have and what each one is used for, so hopefully this eliminates all those useless brushes sitting in your makeup drawer and saves you some money!
The Must Have for Eye’s
There are 4 main brushes you will need to cover the basics with your eyes
Motives Eye Blender Brush:
This brush is used to pack on color to the lid. It needs to be flat so you can pat on the eye shadow over your eye primer, and it needs to be stiff so it picks up plenty of color.
Motives Oval Eye Blender Brush
This brush is used for creating the perfect smoky eye, for feathering in darker eye shadows, and for applying more color to the crease. This is my all-time favorite eye brush!
Motives Crease Brush
This brush is just like the stiff dome brush but much softer- it creates a much softer blended look. It is used for blending shadow under the brow, applying a softer amount of color in the crease, and even for applying powder under the eyes to prevent that creasing throughout the day.
Motives Angled Liner Brush
This brush is used for smudging eye shadow under the lower lash line, for smudging eyeliner, or for creating a much defined crease. The smaller tip allows for more precise lines.
The Must Have for Overall Face
There are really only a few brushes you need for the face- it really depends on what all you wear. But these 4 are the ones I use daily…
Motives Kabuki Brush
This brush is used for stippling foundation onto the skin for a more airbrushed finish. The bristles need to be stiff in order to hold up to the foundation and not streak.
Motives Powder Brush
This brush is used for applying darker powder under the cheekbones to create a contoured effect- it makes the cheekbones stand out and your face look slimmer.
Motives Cheek Contour Brush
This brush is used for applying powder blush to the cheeks. It needs to be angled so the blush is easier to blend, and it needs to be soft so it doesn’t pick up too much color.
Motives Flat Top Mineral Brush
This brush can be used for many things- light application of foundation, applying a small amount of blush to the cheeks, or for highlighting the top of the cheekbones. My favorite use is for highlighting as the bristles are soft and pick up little color, and it is small enough to not cover the whole face with shimmer. This isn’t an absolute necessary brush for your kit, but definitely nice to have.
What are you favorite must have brushes? Tell us!