A Beginner’s Guide to Makeup Brushes

Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are essential tools in makeup. What is makeup without makeup brushes? A disaster. So, I made this comprehensive guide to makeup brushes to those who are unfamiliar with them. I hope this will help you in finding the perfect set of brushes for you.

If you have no idea where to start with makeup, please check out Maricari Janah  Beginner’s Guide to Makeup for a step by step introduction!

There are two types of makeup brushes,synthetic and animal/natural hair. The main difference between the two is the maintenance and use. Basically, animal/natural hairbrushes are more high maintenance because they are real hair. You need to condition them if you want them to last longer. As for use, animal hair is better used for powder application because the fiber of natural hair grips on to the product better. Synthetic brushes are not as high maintenance and are better used for cream and liquid formulas.


Foundation brushes

These brushes are used to apply your foundation, whether it’s liquid, cream, powder, or mineral.

Elf-Foundation Brush

  • Classic foundation brush - Advantage: Quick application of foundation including crease and corners of the face; Disadvantage: Streaking is common
  • F55-Sigma-Stippling brush
    • Stippling brush - Advantage: It has an air brush finish; Disadvantage: It’s tedious and time consuming
    • Buffing Brush
      • Flat top brush/Buffing brush – Advantage: They are very easy to use and easily blends the product in a short period of time; Disadvantage: It won’t be able to have precise application on creases and nooks on the face.
      Concealer Brush
    • concealer brush for beginners
    • This makeup brush is used to apply concealer. Since most concealers come in liquid or cream form, concealer brushes have synthetic hair.

      Powder brush/All-over face brush

      powder brush for makeup beginners

      This makeup brush is used to apply setting powder on your face. You can also use this to blend everything on your face. This kind of brush is big, fluffy, and thick.

      Kabuki brush

      ELF kabuki brush

      Kabuki brushes are said to be all-around brushes. They are widely used because they are so handy and they are small enough to carry around. It’s used for applying setting powder, touch ups, and maybe even blush.

      Fan Brush

      fan brush for beginners

      Fan brushes can be used to apply blush, setting powder, or brush off  fall outs. It’s a versatile face brush that is easy to use and very handy.

      Eyeshadow brush

      eye makeup brushes

      These kind of makeup brushes come in different sizes. It’s basically used to apply eye shadow all over the lids. The bigger sized ones can be used to contour the nose.

      Smudge brush

      smudge brush for the eyes

      The smudge brush can come in a sponge tip form or like the picture above. It’s used to smudge out kohl eye liner or even eye shadow.

      Blending brush

      Sigma blending brush

      blending brush set

      Just like the eye shadow brush, the blending brush also comes in different sizes, depending on what purpose you’re going to use it and the size of your lids. For those that have wide-spaced lids, bigger blending brushes like the ones from ELF or even bigger, from Sigma, are very effective, while the dome-shaped ones like the photo above are best for defining the crease a bit more. Small blending brushes are preferable for mono lids or those that do not have much lid space and for defining the outer v of the eyes to give an illusion of depth.

      That’s how important makeup brushes are. If you want to achieve a certain eye makeup look, you will need specific eye makeup brushes with their specific functions. Comment below if you want me to make a separate post on eye makeup brushes.

      Liner brush


      flat eye liner brush

      real techniques liner brush

      angled liner brush

      From the name itself, these makeup brushes are used to apply liquid or gel eyeliner. You can also use them to apply powder as your liner. The angled liner brush is also commonly used for the brows.



      A spooly brush can be used to groom and comb the eyebrows as well as the eyelashes.

      Brush & comb

      This combo brush must be familiar to you because it’s always part of a basic makeup brush set, whether it’s a complete one or just the really basic ones. This is used to groom the eyebrows. The brush is used to blend out the eyebrow pencil when filling in the brows.

      Those are the common makeup brushes I know and I hope that this has been helpful to you. If you have any questions about this post, feel free to comment below or email me. Don’t forget to check out my fan page where I give additional tips on choosing your very own makeup brushes.

      Remember that if you are slowly getting into makeup, makeup brushes are one of the main things you need to invest on. Don’t settle for low quality ones that will only make your life miserable and your face a complete mess. Find the right makeup brushes for you!

Business Requirements for a Wardrobe Stylist

If you have a passion for fashion or the desire to help people look their best, you can have a career as a wardrobe stylist. A wardrobe stylist mixes and matches clothing to come up with the best looks for clients. Whether you style a celebrity for the red carpet, a politician for his political campaign or a businesswoman for an office setting, you should meet certain business requirements for this line of work.



You do not need a college education to begin a career as a wardrobe stylist. However, gaining some formal education in the field of fashion puts you ahead of your competition. You can pursue a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree. You may find that having a bachelor’s degree makes you more marketable to companies and independent clients. If you decide to pursue higher education before entering the workforce, consider a major of fashion merchandising, fashion designing, art or visual merchandising or fashion styling. As a part of your education, consider doing an internship as a wardrobe stylist to gain experience.


Obtaining Clients

Many wardrobe stylists do not work the traditional 9-to-5 job with a steady paycheck. Their clients pay them. Therefore, to make enough money to cover bills, a wardrobe stylist may need to find his own clients. A good way to go about doing this is to network. Let people know that you style wardrobes and welcome new clients. If you do good work, your existing clients can provide referrals. You will need good marketing and sales skills to persuade new clients to give you a chance to style them. Compose a portfolio of some of your style work to present to potential clients.

Management Skills

Because many wardrobe stylists run their own small businesses, a wardrobe stylist needs management skills. Even if you employ assistants, you still need to manage all your business’s activities. Sometimes you will be at the beck and call of your clients, so you need to manage your time efficiently to take care of all of your clients’ needs. You also need money management skills. You may have to make purchases for your clients and bill them. You also need to bill your clients for your time and ensure that you get paid. If you have poor money management skills, your business may lose money.

Sense of Style

Above all, a wardrobe stylist should have a good sense of style. You gain and retain jobs based on your sense of style. If people see your clients as poorly styled, you will not be getting many referrals. You may even find yourself in receipt of a pink slip from your existing base of clients. Style changes from year to year, so stay on top of the trends. Read fashion magazines. Attend fashion shows and watch television shows focused on fashion.