Basics of Brushes!


As a makeup artist I work with different clients and models, sometimes multiple people in one day, I need a good, complete set of brushes to work efficiently.People ask me all the time why I have different types of makeup brushes in my kit,the answer is simple because I need them. I understand how confusing it is for a beginner because how do you find a use for each and every one of these brushes, right?

To make it less confusing, I’ve listed down some of the basic types of makeup brushes any makeup beginner should own.The right tools change your makeup application every time. It makes it more efficient to put a product on your face, it creates a better finish, and it affects even the way you pick up and deposit the product.

So let’s get started….

Foundation Brush

A foundation brush helps you create a flawless base for your makeup.  There are two kinds of foundation makeup brushes on this list the first one is the flat foundation brush:


Personally, I like putting a liquid foundation with this type of flat brush and blending it with a sponge to take away any streaks.


Another kind of foundation brush is this type of flat foundation stippling/buffer brush, you can apply a liquid, cream, or even powder using this type of foundation brush. I also like using this after I apply foundation with the flat brush to lightly blend the product on my skin.

How to use it: Squeeze your foundation onto the top of your hand. Dip the brush in, and then buff it into the skin using circular motions. Start from the center of your face and work toward your hairline.

Powder Brush


 A soft, round, large natural brush. One of the most important types of makeup brushes to have in your makeup kit is an all around powder brush. 

How to use it: Dip your brush in powder and tap off excess. Then, using a sweeping motion, brush lightly over skin following the natural contours of the face.

Blush Brush


When choosing a blush brush, take note of the “give” of the bristles, it should not be too firm that it will deposit the product in more concentration therefore giving you a pop of color on the cheeks, but it should be able to bend slightly and be a bit fluffier to create a diffused blusher application.

How to use it: Use it to sweep blush onto the apples of your cheeks, moving upwards toward your ear.

Eyeshadow Brush


A small, stiff, flat brush. This is the brush you need to apply all-over eye shadow color as it will give your lids a smooth finish and more intense pigment than a fluffier brush would.
How to use it: Sweep shadow over the lids from the inside of the eye, outwards.

Blending Brush


A flower-shaped, soft natural brush.The beauty of having a proper blending brush is that you can blend away harsh lines or products together efficiently, brushes that are not made for blending will take forever to blend eyeshadow pigments. Also, it’s advisable that the bristles are made of natural hair not synthetic.

How to use it: Dip the tip of the brush into your eye shadow using a circular motion and then tap off the excess product then, starting at the outer edge of your eye, use the tip of the brush to blend the shadow into your crease using a windshield wiper motion. This will contour your eye.

Crease Brush


A crease brush is a smaller tipped eye brush that deposits pigments on the crease area. It can get a little harder to apply a concentrated amount of product in the crease because of the narrow area that it is in.

Angled Eyeliner Brush

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Angled liner brushes are types of makeup brushes that have flatter and finer contact points. It can pick up cream or liquid products easier. I like using the angled liner brush to create a perfect wing and to fill up the line on the upper lash, also to highlight the eyebrow using a concealer with it. It gives me better control of the product as well because of its angled edge.

Eyebrow Spoolie


An important tool to have when grooming your eyebrows is a spoolie. I like combing the eyebrow hairs down and filling in from above the brow line and brushing the hair up after to create a natural-looking filled in brows.

Lip  brush


A small, flat, round-tipped brush.

It’s the best-shaped brush for a defined lip and will make a precise lip color application easy.

How to use it: Line your lips, then cover the brush with lipstick. Start at the center of your lips and blend out to the edges. Use the tip of the brush to define the edges of your lips and seamlessly blend the lipstick and liner together.


When choosing what to get between the different types of makeup brushes, price does not always mean performance, there are definitely makeup brushes out there that perform similarly if not better compared to luxury brands, always test and take note of how it feels on your skin.

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Now that you’ve purchased your perfect set of brushes, it’s time to learn how to protect your investment by keeping them germ- and bacteria-free. Do this by cleaning, sanitizing and properly drying them regularly. Here’s how:

Use a brush cleaner once a week .Spray it onto a tissue and sweep the brush back and forth to remove the makeup.

For a deeper clean, wash your brushes with shampoo. Add a drop of shampoo to a cup half full of warm water. Swirl the brushes around and then thoroughly rinse, Let them dry flat on a towel. “If they dry upright, the water will drain into the metal casing and break down the glue causing bristle loss

Local stores to purchase Makeup brushes

Makeup addictionKE Store:

Beauty bar kenya :

Sugar punch Kenya:

Pauline cosmetics:





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