10 Unique Makeup Brushes and How to Use Them
Some of the more unusual cosmetic brushes out there may seem a little intimidating at first, but once you know how to use them, you’ll be able to take your makeup game to the next level. Here are 10 unique makeup brushes to add to your beauty arsenal.
Brush 34 - An Angled Kabuki Brush
For flawless contouring and an airbrushed finish, an angled kabuki makeup brush is a must. Brush 34 works with both liquid and powdered formulas - simply dip into the product of your choice, tap off any excess, and then sweep onto your face.
Use the perfectly-angled edge to buff to perfection - don’t be afraid to apply a little extra pressure, as these super-soft bristles are packed in densely enough to prevent them from splaying.
Studio Pro Brush 12 - A Bent Liner Brush
If you’re looking for precision when it comes to your eye makeup, then the Studio Pro Brush 12 is what you need. Whether you want to create a classic cat-eye or something more elaborately graphic, straight lines are a breeze with this uniquely-shaped eye brush.
For ultimate control and stability, hold the brush at its base, just like a pencil. Use small and light strokes to build up color until you’re confident enough to attempt longer swipes. Try combining with some of the other tools from the Smokey Eye Essential makeup brush collection for a layered, professional result.
Brush V10 - A Duo Brow Brush
Messy brows can ruin even the most impeccable of looks, but the Brush V10 will help to ensure that never happens. This duo eyebrow brush features both an angled brush and a spooley, making it the only brush you need for eyebrow perfection.
Use the spooley end to comb through your brows, and then use the brush to add definition and fill in any sparse areas. The versatile shape of this brush also makes it great for winged eyeliner application, while the spooley can be used to de-clump mascara-laden lashes.
Studio Pro Total Coverage Powder Brush - A Dome-Shaped Kabuki Brush
Wondering why the Studio Pro Total Coverage Powder Brush has such a short and chubby handle?
It enables the brush to fit snugly into the palm of your hand, giving you amazing precision. Simply dip the tips of the bristles into the liquid, cream, or powdered formula of your choice before swirling the brush across your face and buffing the color in.
Brush V12 - A Flat Top Buffer Brush
The flat top that you’ll find on Brush V12 is perfect for applying foundation and blush, especially sheerer formulas. Whether you’re using a liquid or a powder, this brush will soon become your go-to for buffing.
Use a quick but gentle dabbing motion to dip your buffer brush into the product of your choice, before starting at the center of your face and working your way outwards.
Studio Pro Brush 5 - A Pointed Crease Brush
The inner corner of the eye can be a hard-to-reach area, but the Studio Pro Brush 5 effortlessly takes care of that. Use this pointed eye brush to both apply and blend color in creases and corners - it’s absolutely perfect for a dramatic smokey eye.
Unlike many other eye makeup brushes, these tri-blend synthetic bristles will work well with eyeliner pencils too - simply apply your eyeliner as usual, and then use the pointed tip of the brush to buff the color out.
Brush V8 - An Angled Lip Brush
Lip brushes are often underestimated, but once you’ve used the Brush V8 a couple of times, you’ll see why it’s a must-have. You’ll be able to achieve a precise, smudge-proof application with elegant curves that are feather-resistant.
Either dip the brush into a pot or tube of lipstick, or apply the product onto a makeup tray before starting at the center of your lips and blending outwards. Make the most of the brush’s angles to define the corners and bow of your lips.
Brush V16 - A Smudger Brush
Brush V16 is such a versatile eyeshadow blending brush. Its short and dense bristles allow for seamless smudging and blending, making it perfect for intense pops of color.
Try using your smudge brush to apply a heavily-pigmented shadow to your lash line and then blending outwards. This technique works well with eyeliner pencils too.
Studio Pro Brush 11 - A Flat Eyeliner Brush
The flat shape of the Studio Pro Brush 11 enables you to place your eye makeup pigment in exactly the right place. It can also be used to line the eyes, with its sharp edge able to take pigment right up to both the upper and lower lash lines.
Always begin at the outer edge of your lash line - press the brush in and apply some pressure to the bristles before lifting and moving along, slowly making your way to the inner corner of your eye.
Brush V7 - A Concealer Brush
Correct to perfection with the Brush V7, a versatile tapered concealer brush. Whether you’re dealing with dark circles, blemishes, or redness, or simply want to brighten up the inner corners of your eyes, this brush will soon become a favorite.
It’s also a very easy one to use - dip the bristles into your concealer and then pat onto your skin. Once you’ve covered your targeted area, gently blend out the edges.
Everyone has their own go-to makeup brushes, but mixing things up a little is always a good way to elevate your skills. Whether you’re looking for a seamless finish on your foundation, or slick precision in your eye makeup, these professional makeup brushes won’t let you down.