7 basic make-up brushes you need to have

basic make-up brushes

Make-up brushes don’t come with instruction manuals, even though they should. Unless you are a trained make-up artist or have watched hours of online tutorials, figuring out what to buy and how it’s used can be overwhelming.

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Here is a detailed guide on basic make-up brushes you need to have, and what they are for:

1. Foundation Brush: Perfect for liquid foundation, it has a tapered edge to help reach all corners.

AVON Foundation Brush, R149.95

2. Angled Liner Brush: The angled shape helps give a precise application of the brow powder or gel. This is not only great for brow filling, but to line you lash line, too.

Clicks Angled Eyeliner Brush, R50.95

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3. Stippling Brush: This brush blends your foundation evenly. Use circular motions to evenly spread your foundation so it doesn’t cake up.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush, R210

4. Highlighting Brush: Use large fan brush to dust even layers of powder, highlighter or bronzer.

Real Techniques Brush Crush Fan Brush, R260

5. Powder Brush: When it comes to powder brushes, the fluffier the better. They disperse powder over your face to set the make-up properly.

Ecotools Full Powder Brush, R179


6. Blending Brush: Blend, buff and diffuse eyeshadow with a blending brush that has long fluffy bristles.

The Body Shop Eyeshadow Blender Brush, R112

7. Blush Brush: The shape makes it easy to apply blush. The rounded tip reaches into the cheekbones effortless.

Sorbet Fresh-faced Raring to go get Cheeky Angled Blush Brush, R120


Tips on how to wash your brushes

Brushes pick up all the dirt and grime from your face. So, if you don’t wash them it means you are depositing that back onto your face. Baby shampoo or micellar water make great cleansers if you don’t have a proper soap for brushes.

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Follow these easy steps when washing your brushes:

  • Rinse under water.
  • Gently massage in the soap, and rinse again.
  • Squeeze the water out by gently pressing the bristles with your fingers.
  • Let it air-dry by laying it on a towel overnight.