I’ve been receiving a lot of requests related to eye makeup brushes and I decided to do this post on the Basics of eye makeup brushes to answer all those queries.
Today I’ll be talking about the basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them- with the help of a photo tutorial.
Types of eye makeup brushes
1. Eye shadow applicator brush
This is the most basic brush required to apply eye shadow. Generally these brushes are quite dense so that the bristles can pick up color efficiently and transfer it to the lid without fall out.
I am using The Body Shop mineral eye shadow application brush to apply MAC eye shadow ‘Romp’ here.
The correct way to apply eye shadow using this brush is to pat eye shadow and not sweep or brush it over the lid. Sweeping or brushing motion with a brush loaded with pigment causes fall out and the eye shadow doesn’t apply evenly on the lid. After patting the color on the lids, when there is almost no eye shadow left on the brush, one can use a light sweeping motion to make sure the color has applied uniformly.
Generally these brushes have a flat profile which is useful in applying eye shadow in the crease by holding the brush perpendicular to the eyes as shown below. I am using the same brush to apply MAC eye shadow ‘Twinks’ here.
MAC 239 is one of the best eye shadow applicator brushes.
2. Blending brush
This brush is very important for smokey eyes or if you want to apply more than one eye shadow on your eyes. Typically, these are fluffy brushes that soften and blend eye shadows to create a seamless uniform look. The color packing properties of this brush are quite poor which is good otherwise it will pick up color from the lids on its bristles while blending.
I am using MAC 222 brush for blending here.
After applying eye shadow in the crease, the blending brush is used to soften this color. Move the brush is light to and fro motion in semi-circular movements following the shape of the eye socket. To blend in the outer corner, very small circular movements can also be used. The pressure applied for blending should be very less otherwise the brush will wipe out the eye shadow instead of blending them together.
This brush can also be used to apply highlighter on brow bone since that is one shade that we do not want to apply densely (unless one is doing a special look with loads of highlighter). It picks up a little product at a time and applies it in a diffused way, which is what exactly the way we want to apply highlighter on brow bone generally.
Faces eye makeup brush is one awesome budget-friendly brush that is neither too dense not too fluffy and can be used to apply as well as blend eye shadows as well. Definitely recommend it to those looking for a simple, pocket friendly eye makeup brush.
MAC 217 brush also performs both the functions- application and blending really well!
3. Pencil/Smudging brush
Pencil brushes are one which have a pointed tip and a densely packed bristle structure. They are used for – applying eye shadow in small regions like inner corner or lining lower lash line/upper lash line using eye shadow. They are also used for smudging kohl/liner.
MAC 219 is one of the best pencil brushes available.
I use The Body Shop line softener brush. This brush has a sponge tip instead of bristles but it works just as well.
I am now using this to apply the plummy brown eye shadow (MAC ‘Twinks’ – the one I used in the crease) on my lower lash line.
Next, I will use the same brush (After cleaning it with a tissue) to apply the highlighter(brow bone) shade from Maybelline chai latte quad, on the inner corner and tear duct of my eye.
These 3 brushes are the basic eye makeup brushes that can take care of almost all your eye makeup needs. There is one other brush that you will need in case you are using gel eye liner- a liner or an angular brush
4. Liner/angular brush
For applying gel liners, you need a liner or an angular brush. I use an angular brush for applying gel liners which is shown below.
This is an unbranded brush that I picked up when I was new to makeup. It was very cheap (Around Rs 30-35) but works perfectly!
I am using the angular brush shown above to apply MAC Fluidline ‘Siahi’ on my upper lash line and waterline.
Coastal Scents and Inglot make great eye liner brushes with a bent tip for easier application. The brush that comes with Maybelline drama gel liner is also good and is used by many people for other gel liners as well J
This is more of less finishes my eye makeup but there is another brush I want to show you which is not an essential but can be useful some times. It is a pointed crease brush I picked up from Coastal Scents. It appears almost like a slightly larger version of a pencil brush but it is not as dense as a pencil brush. It is quite useful for applying eye shadows in the crease and the lower lash line.
Using this brush, I am now going to darken the crease contour shade and lower lash line by applying the darkest shade from Maybelline Chai latte quad.
Blend the shade in the crease with the same blending brush used above- MAC 222.
As the last step, apply a coat of your favourite mascara and you’re done!
There are many more brushes out there- not generally available in the Indian market but you may have seen them on websites or in high end brand collections. While they are not essential brushes, they do make the job easier sometimes especially for more complex looks.
Hope you all found the post useful 🙂 You can ask any queries you might have related to eye makeup brushes and how to use them in the comments section below.
What eye makeup brushes do you use?