Makeup Brush Guide

Do you find the topic of makeup brushes confusing? Are you baffled by the vast array of different types?
Fear no more! I have put together a list of must have brushes and their uses as well as some that are multi use for the time saver!

Now, I am all for a good buy and I know no one likes to be ripped off, but….. when it comes to your makeup brushes, I definitely suggest investing, the saying “buy cheap, buy twice” rings very true in this situation. That’s not to say I don’t have a few gems in my arsenal that I adore, but cheaper brushes, in my experience just don’t stand the test of time or regular washing. I still have many of my MAC and SMASHBOX brushes which have lasted me 5-10 years.

Below are the brushes that will see you through a whole makeup look.


The foundation brush
The traditional foundation brush is a flat head synthetic brush best for laying down full coverage liquid foundation
There are many other options and my recommendation is a duo fibre stippling style brush because this type of brush is more domed and has both natural and synthetic hair, it evenly buffs any type of foundation, beautifully in to the skin for a flawless finish.

The powder brush
The mistake often made with this staple brush, is that it needs to be very big, however a nice medium size domed, soft haired brush will see you through both your powder and bronzer application.

Powder Blusher
Think of this brush as a smaller version of your powder brush, soft natural hair, slightly domed and perfect to kiss your cheeks for the perfect flush.


For your peepers, it is ideal to have 3-4 brushes at hand for ultimate results
The depositor – a dense brush to apply optimum product
The blender – to diffuse harsh lines and spread colour evenly
The detailer – small tight haired brush to add finer detail to your look

Liner – the best brush for liner for me is fine pointed, however a lot of people prefer a small angled brush to help with placement.

Tip, the denser the hair, the heavier the application and vice versa
There are many more options for precise technique and application but for the everyday routine, the above will see you through any look.

General rule (I don’t follow this unless I know the product might ruin the brush)
Natural hair – powders
Synthetic – liquid

My top brush brands are:
Real Techniques

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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