Understanding Your Make-Up Brushes

Not sure which tools are right for the job?

The founder of Lulu and Lipstick, Fleur Madden, de-codes 12 make-up brushes you need in your cosmetics case - and how to use them!

Foundation Brush

A quality foundation brush should work seamlessly with your liquid foundation to blend and create a silky, flawless finish. Start off in the T-zone with short stroke motions, sweeping outward toward your hairline.

Concealer Brush

Blemishes and dark circles be gone! To hide imperfections, use this brush to seamlessly blend concealer into the skin. The flat bristles with a slight pointed tip help with precise application and blending of all concealers and can also be used to clean up lines when doing a bold lip. 

Powder Brush

Instead of long brush strokes, gently dust the bristles of a powder brush across your face in a soft tapping motion to evenly distribute powder on the face. This will help create a less concentrated colour and a natural finish.

Stippling Brush

The short, round, and flat-topped bristles on a stippling brush make it perfect for applying high-coverage foundation, to dust on finishing powder or blush, or even for the application of a cream blush or highlighters. Use this brush in a bouncy, dabbing motion for a soft, airbrushed effect.

Blush Brush

Tapered for shading and highlighting, an angled blush brush is perfect for achieving a soft, healthy glow. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks in gentle circle motions and finish with a swift glide of the brush along the cheekbone for definition. 

Oval Eye Shadow Brush

The paddle-like shape of an oval eye shadow brush makes it ideal for applying product, like a base colour, to the eyelid. Use the large flat surface of the brush, not the tip, to lightly smooth eye shadow from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eyelid.

Crease Eye Shadow Brush

This brush can be used for highlighting the socket line of the eyes, as well as highlighting the crease of the eyes to add more depth. The fine densely packed fibres make this brush ideal for controlled eye shadow application like shading or blending of colour or creamy products.

Angled Liner Brush

Use an angled liner brush for cream or gel liners and shadows. Hold the brush at an angle so the bristles are flush with the lash line and drag from the inside corner, along the lash line to the outer corner.

Flat Liner Brush

A flat liner brush has the ability for more coverage and can apply colour in a single stroke for instant definition. Use this brush to apply liquid, cream or powder liners.

Lip Brush

The small, flat, firm fibres and a tapered tip of a lip brush help to define the lips at the bow and corners and to blend out lip liners for a softer look. But, you don’t have to limit the brush just for lips! It can also be used with concealer to hide small imperfections and redness.

Pointed Liner Brush

Use a pointed liner brush for applying gel liner in short even stokes along the lash line or when highlighting the inner corner of the eyes. The liner brush works best with liquid formulas, creams and gels.

Shading Brush

The round-tipped and firm brush fibres on a shading brush help to create intensity and build up colour on the eyelids. The flat-tipped bristles make it perfect for applying emollient-based products to the eye and aid in the expert application and blending of eye shadow.

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