Makeup Brushes 101

There are so many different kinds of makeup brushes it can be hard to know what to do with all of them, especially when just dipping your toes in the world of makeup. I’ve had lots of requests to do this post so I thought I would break it down to basics with makeup brushes 101, and talk about the essential brushes you should pack in your makeup bag. These are my suggestions for the minimum brushes you would need for a full polished look, although there are some ways to cut corners which I talk about in the video.

I’m thinking of making this a 2 part series, so if you like this post and would like to learn more about what to do with an expanded amount of makeup brushes please leave me a comment below.

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Makeup Brush Essentials

Foundation Brush

You have at least 3 options for a foundation applicator: foundation brush, blending sponge, or silicone applicator. I personally prefer and recommend a dense flat top foundation brush because you get to keep a lot more of the product when compared to a blending sponge that absorbs some of that expensive foundation.

Blush Brush

You also have 3 options when shopping for a blush brush. I recommend a fan brush for beginners, and a dense angled flat brush for those who want to play a bit more. You can also use a more traditional fluffy tapered brush.

Multi Purpose Brush

A lightly dense smaller tapered brush will save you from buying several brushes. You can use it for contour, highlight, or even concealer.

Powder Brush

A big fluffy brush is great for setting powder and blending your face products.

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Shadow Brush

A basic medium density small tapered brush can be used for many of your eye shadow needs. You can pack shadow on your lid, brush it along your brow bone, or even apply powder to your crease.

Blending Brush

A blending brush is a must for eye shadow application. After applying your eye shadow you should always blend it out with a nice fluffy blending brush.

Spooly Brush

A spooly brush is great for getting your brows in place, but you don’t need to buy a brush! Next time you’re finished with your mascara and want to throw it out, remove the wand, wash it out, and bam, you’ve got a new spooly brush to tame those brows!

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Makeup brush 101 - Learn the basic makeup brush essentials you should have in your makeup bag to complete a full makeup look.

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There ya have it, your makeup brushes 101 crash course about your makeup brush essentials. If you’d like to learn more about a broader range of brushes please let me know in the comments below!

xo Jannine

Makeup brush 101 - Learn the basic makeup brush essentials you should have in your makeup bag to complete a full makeup look.

Makeup brush 101 - Learn the basic makeup brush essentials you should have in your makeup bag to complete a full makeup look.

By |2017-11-04T14:44:30+00:00August 12th, 2017|Beauty, Beauty Tips, Collaboration, Stylish|28 Comments


  1. Nancy August 14, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Such a helpful post! I really need to buy myself some new makeup brushes!

    • Jannine August 14, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Thanks Nancy. I hope you now have some great tips for your makeup brush shopping!
      xo Jannine

  2. Linda August 14, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    This was such a helpful post! I typically do my makeup with whatever brush because I don’t know the difference, haha. Hopefully now, I’ll use all the right brushes!


    • Jannine August 14, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

      I totally feel ya Linda! I’m happy to help, good luck! <3
      xo Jannine

  3. Krissy @thoughtfullyunraveled August 14, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I feel so lost when it comes to makeup brushes. There are so many!! This was super helpful in suggesting which ones are needed.

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you found it helpful <3
      xo Jannine

  4. Tabitha Faith August 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    This is a great post! So many people are confused by the amount of brushes out there so this is awesome!

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Tabitha!
      xo Jannine

  5. Amye Marie August 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    This made makeup seem so simple! Which is great! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Amye <3
      xo Jannine

  6. mandyarraiz August 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips. It’s always so overwhelming!! Cant wait for your next article :o)

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Thanks Mandy, I’m so glad you found it helpful!
      xo Jannine

  7. Liz August 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I’m way bad with makeup brushes, I use the same brush for multiple things lol

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Sometimes you just need to make things work 🙂 I hope you found it helpful.
      xo Jannine

  8. fashncurious2 August 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Very helpful post!Thank you!

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

      xo Jannine

  9. Samantha August 14, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Samantha!
      xo Jannine

  10. Courtney Bentley August 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    love this informative post! thanks so much.

    Courtney Bentley ||

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Courtney, I’m glad you loved it 🙂
      xo Jannine

  11. laura mitbrodt August 15, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    My makeup brushes are so nasty, I need new ones! thanks for the tips

    • Jannine August 16, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

      New makeup brushes can be fun to play with 🙂
      xo Jannine

  12. shannon silver August 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Fantastic post!! I always get so lost with makeup brushes! I just got a blending brush and it is a GAME CHANGER! Will def add the Spooly one on the list too – such a fun name! xx Shannon ||

    • Jannine August 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      Blending brushes are like the holy grail!!! No makeup look will ever be the same!!
      xo Jannine

  13. Molly August 21, 2017 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Great post. Thank you for sharing!
    Molly |

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