The first post in this series, Makeup Brush 101, was so well liked, and many of you requested a second part, so I decided to give you even more information on how to use makeup brushes. I am only covering new information in this post, so if you would like information on foundation, blush, face powder, eyeshadow, blending, and multipurpose brushes head on over to the first post in the series, Makeup Brush 101.

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All of the brushes I use are MOTD Cosmetics brushes. I use them because they are great quality, totally vegan, hypoallergenic, and super cute with their rose gold details and cheeky names. If you’d like to shop any of the brushes follow the links and make sure to check out the coupon code at the end of the post.

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Face Makeup Brushes

Concealer Brush

When shopping for a concealer brush look for something nice and full, and slightly tapered like the Conceal Your Secret brush. These brushes work great at applying concealer and blending concealer or foundation in all of your nooks and crannies like around the eye and nose.

Contour Brush

There are 2 main options for a contour brush. Many people gravitate towards a slim flat brush, but I like to use a smaller, round sculpting brush like the Supermodel Sculpt brush. I prefer the sculpting brush because it gives more precision to contour. When contouring you generally want to concentrate on the hollows of your cheeks, your hairline, and jawline. If you want to learn more about contouring specifically check out my How to Contour post.

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Eye Makeup Brushes

Shadow Packing Brush

The basic eyeshadow brush I talked about in the previous post works great along the brow bone, and for basic looks, but I always reach for my Pigment Packer brush when I want more pigment and control. With this flatter, more packed brush you’re able to have more control and really pack on eyeshadow. If I’m using a lighter shadow that I really want to pop I’ll often wet this brush for a look that really lets the pigment shine. You can see how I do this in my Girls Night Out Makeup Look Tutorial.

Crease Brush

A blending brush like the one from the first part of the series gets the job done, but I prefer more control and like to use a combo of Eye Catching Crease and Blending Bestie. When you’re looking for a crease brush you want something that looks like a fluffy blending brush, but much more tightly packed. This allows you to have more precision when applying makeup to your crease and lower brow bone. Once you have the right pigment using the crease brush, you blend it out with a blending brush.

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Smudge Brush

A smudge brush is great for applying eyeshadow to your lower lash line and smudging out your eyeliner. I like using the No Fudge Just Smudge brush which basically looks like a mini Pigment Packer.

Inner Corner Highlight Brush

I like using a small packed brush like Pencil Me In for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes, and any other super precise applications. The small packed brush lets you get into super small spaces without getting powder everywhere you don’t want it. It also works great for around the lash lines.

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Eyeliner Brush

When shopping for an eyeliner brush look for something very thin and angled like the Straight to the Point brush. For more tips on applying eyeliner check out my 7 Tips to Get Your Eyeliner on Fleek post.

Brow Brush

For brows, you want a very flat brush that can replicate hairs when you do small short strokes. I like to use Just Browsing whenever I am using brow gel for a precise look.

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There ya have it, the more in depth look at how to use makeup brushes. I love helping you out in the beauty realm. If you have any other things you’d like to learn about applying makeup please let me know in the comments below and I’ll try to make a post for you!

xo Jannine

Learn how to use makeup brushes and what to look for when shopping for makeup brushes.