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20 Types of Makeup Brushes and How to Use Them

By Victoria Benitez

Get everyday glam with a brush set to match! Whether you’re truly obsessed, an aspiring makeup artist, or just getting started, this is your all-in-one guide to makeup brushes. Pick and choose your must-haves, or collect them all. Let’s elevate your makeup game with these 26 makeup brushes. Mix and match them for endless looks!

Putty Primer Brush and Applicator

Just when you thought your Putty Primer experience couldn’t get better, we made a dedicated primer makeup brush and applicator. This dual-ended makeup tool features a convenient spatula and a soft buffing brush for a flawless, hands-free blend and even finish.

Foundation Brush

A foundation brush that holds us down on the daily. Its unique tapered design allows for precise application and doubles for effortless contouring. Crafted with synthetic, cruelty-free bristles to blend face products for a poreless complexion.

Angled Foundation Brush

Made with precision in mind, this angled shape foundation brush covers hard-to-reach areas for a sculpted and contoured finish every time.

Triangular Buffing Foundation Brush

Adding a flat-top buffing brush to your arsenal is essential for a flawless finish. With its three corners and edges, this cosmetic buffing brush can sculpt and define the face to create a contoured effect.

Concealer and Foundation Complexion Duo Brush

Because two is better than one. This dual-purpose concealer and foundation brush is one of our most coveted makeup tools. It combines effortless blending with precise application—an absolute game-changer.

Flawless Concealer Brush

If you want to cater more to your under eye needs, this rounded-designed makeup brush is for you. The Flawless concealer brush ensures maximum impact for your under eyes by offering customizable coverage.

Domed Stippling Brush

Airbrushed finish makeup starts here! Whether you use liquid, cream, or powder makeup, the dual-layered bristles in this stippling brush effortlessly pick up the product and seamlessly apply makeup, leaving a flawless blend with every try.

Ultimate Blending Brush

This award-winning blending brush is the key to achieving the techniques of a Pro MUA. Its large brush makes it easy to use and buff the product into the skin. Simply buff your liquid or cream formulas into the skin in circular motions for seamless, even coverage.

Complexion Brush

Turn off the filters and embrace your skin with a complexion brush that delivers an even natural finish. Its soft, oversized brush effortlessly picks up powders, blushes, and bronzers. This brush is a staple for those “no makeup” makeup days.

Pointed Powder Brush

Soft glam never looked this good! Highlight, define, and contour with this tapered powder brush to help you achieve an airy, light application.

Cream and Powder Face Brush

This duo needs no introduction. Do more with this dual-ended cream and powder face brush and confidently put your best face forward with its air-brushed finish. Perfect for applying both cream and powder makeup.

Liquid Blush Brush

If you love our Camo Liquid Brush, you’ll also love and need this liquid blush brush. Its angled brush head seamlessly picks up liquid and cream blushes and blends them into the skin for a natural, flushed look.

Putty Blush Brush

Master your putty routine with this must-have brush. Whether you’re a Putty Bronzer or Putty Blush lover, this putty blush brush can seamlessly apply putty or cream formulas for a blended look.

Angled Blush Brush

You made me blush! When using cream, liquid, powder blushes, bronzers, or highlighters, pick up this angled blush brush when you want to accentuate your facial features. It has soft but dense synthetic bristles and a slated-shaped brush to sculpt and define precisely.

Putty Bronzer Brush

Keep your skin bronzed any time of year. Pair our iconic Putty Bronzer with this bronzer brush it was made for. Carefully hug facial contours with this angled brush that features semi-stiff bristles for precise and smooth application.

Angled Bronzing Brush

Blush, bronze, and powder the skin with this three-in-one brush that does it all. Leave your skin looking defined and contoured with a multi-purpose angled bronzing brush – just blend it out when in doubt!

Contouring Brush

Contouring and bronzing never go out of style. Now, meet your soon-to-be staple, the contouring brush. Want Pro MUA results? Add this brush to your beauty routine; its densely packed bristles deliver the results.

Dual-Ended Nose Contour Brush

And just like that, transform your nose! This dual-ended nose contour brush features a firm, angled end for precise lines to contour and a soft, fluffy opposite end to buff and blend.

Fan Brush

From setting powders to highlighters, this handy, uniquely shaped fan brush helps you keep a light hand when applying pigmented makeup. Lightly dust on wet to dry powders for a buildable, flawless finish.

If you need more reason to refresh your makeup brush collection, now is the time! For foundation, blush, bronzers, eyeshadow, and more—you name it—we’ve got a brush for it. These makeup brushes are waiting to be added to your rotation!

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