Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Hi everyone!

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

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Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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.

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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!

 

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

Photo tutorial : Basic types of eye makeup brushes and how to use them

 

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?  

 

57 Comments

  1. shruthi
    September 9, 2011 / 11:39 am

    wow ankita, what a detailed explanation! loved ur post a lot 🙂
    Can u tell me how to wash or clean the brushes (especially large brushes like stippling brushes)

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:20 pm

      Thanks Shruthi 🙂 Just wash the brushes with baby shampoo for cleaning them, I use Johnson’s baby shampoo or top-to-toe wash for cleaning all my brushes.

      • shruthi
        September 9, 2011 / 9:31 pm

        thanks.. will try baby shampoo… 🙂

        • Corallista
          Author
          September 9, 2011 / 11:33 pm

          You’re welcome 🙂

  2. September 9, 2011 / 11:41 am

    waz a vivd explanation! pretty helpful

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:21 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Glad you found it useful.

  3. September 9, 2011 / 12:03 pm

    Very helpful post Ankita and definitely explained in detail! Thank you for sorting out brush quesries 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:21 pm

      Thanks Sukanya 🙂 🙂

  4. September 9, 2011 / 12:06 pm

    Very useful indeed! I wonder if you’d consider doing this for other brush types as for a newbie like me it can get pretty confusing.

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:22 pm

      Thanks EA 🙂 You mean face brush types?

  5. Dhanu
    September 9, 2011 / 12:53 pm

    Nice Post Ankita!!! very informative and i will bookmark them!!!

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks Dhanu 🙂

  6. dimpi
    September 9, 2011 / 1:07 pm

    Thanx ankita for these so very useful & important tips…..Ankita…i have a query….I am very new to eye makeup….so am starting right from scratch…..what are the basic products i should buy? and also where will i get these brushes in mumbai…i don’t want to buy really expensive ones…as i am just starting….

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:26 pm

      I’ll do a post on basic eye makeup products some time soon Dimpi 🙂 You can find Faces brush at Pantaloons outlets which have makeup counters or Beauty Centre (Khar/ Kandivli/ Ghatkopar/ Crawford Market). The Body Shop also has many stores across Mumbai. Where do you stay Dimpi? Maybe I can direct you to the nearest outlets.

      • dimpi
        September 9, 2011 / 8:06 pm

        Hey ankita….thanx for the reply…i stay in bhiwandi…but i go to mumbai very often….i think beauty centre will be convenient….for me….but are the products out there genuine???i have heard most of them are fakes….and will be waiting for your post…. 🙂

        • Corallista
          Author
          September 9, 2011 / 11:36 pm

          Ohh no, the regular drugstore brands are all genuine. I mostly shop from there only. They do have some fake MAC etc but those counters are separate. You can find NYX, Bourjois, Colorbar, Faces, Revlon, Maybelline, Lakme, Chambor, Streetwear- pretty much everything there.

          • dimpi
            September 9, 2011 / 11:51 pm

            okies ankita….thanx…..but one of my friend had purchased revlon products from there….n wasn’t really happy with the quality….but its fine…i can try it out….n thanks so much for the suggestions…plz do the post on basic makeup requirements soon….. 🙂 can’t wait to shop…. 😀 😀 😀

  7. September 9, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    Very nicely and descriptive post Anikita 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks Eesha 🙂

  8. nids
    September 9, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    very detailed n awesum review/post ankita… wht e/s shade u used on the lid ?? its very pretty

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:27 pm

      Its ‘Romp’ by MAC Nids. I’ve mentioned it in the post 😛

  9. Madhujyotsna
    September 9, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Hey Ankita, THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH.

    This was the post I always needed. You remember, in my first comment here on this blog I asked you about the different kinds of brushes required for eye makeup. So nice of you that you replied me immediately after receiving my query. and today I got a complete presentation on the subject. Thank you so much.

    Could you please do a post on Mineral makeup and its usage. Please it would be very heplfull for people like us who are new to makeup and don’t know much about it. Love

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:28 pm

      Hi Madhyjyotsana, Glad you liked it and found it useful 🙂
      I’ve replied to your mineral makeup query earlier in another post. I haven’t used enough of mineral products yet to be able to do a post on it, maybe some time later. If you have any specific query, you can ask me here.

  10. September 9, 2011 / 3:34 pm

    Really good post on brushes and eye make up!! Just what I needed.

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks Kejal 🙂

  11. Taps
    September 9, 2011 / 6:16 pm

    very very useful post, i always have problems in applying shadow at the crease, thnx for detailed post! the body shop pencil brush seems like vega smudger! i think i will try using that! its looking amazing! another question mac siahi on your looking more towards greener side, i thought its bluish!

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks Taps 🙂 Siahi is a a very warm blue with green undertones, maybe cos the green eyes, its appearing a little greener.

  12. September 9, 2011 / 6:25 pm

    so informative ankita..really helpful 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks Ansh 🙂

  13. ShaiLi
    September 9, 2011 / 6:40 pm

    wow 🙂
    i am a complete beginner
    saving the page
    i ll start with faces brushes 🙂 🙂
    like many of subscribers here, i too was about to ask you of eye make up brushes
    please post something regarding face makeup brushes too
    i am eyeing tbs

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 10, 2011 / 2:20 pm

      I’ll definitely do a post on face makeup brushes too 🙂

  14. September 9, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    a very detailed post ankita! appreciate your patience on doing this one! very helpful for me as m completely new to makeup 🙂
    pls do a post on essential brushes reqd for face too espcially good foundation brushes..thank you

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 11:36 pm

      Thanks Parita 🙂 I’ll do a post on face makeup brushes too sometime.

  15. Keerthi
    September 9, 2011 / 8:24 pm

    Great post Ankita! 🙂
    Thanks for mentioning that blending needs minimal pressure, I always overblend n dont realize what I did to get that muddy lid! :))

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 11:34 pm

      Thanks Keerthi 🙂 Its one mistake I used to make a lot when I was new to eye makeup!

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks Shreya 🙂

  16. September 9, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    awesom post ankita…i ll defntly bookmark this 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 9, 2011 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks Nupur 🙂 I’m happy you liked it! Now you try more eye makeup looks and send me the pics 😛

      • September 9, 2011 / 11:54 pm

        hihihi..yeah yeah..sure…me try more n mail u soon 🙂

        • Corallista
          Author
          September 10, 2011 / 2:23 pm

          🙂 🙂

  17. Vid
    September 9, 2011 / 11:34 pm

    a very informative post ankita… very helpful for me :))

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 10, 2011 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks Vid 🙂

  18. Sophia
    September 9, 2011 / 11:41 pm

    Hey Ankita…such an awesome post…im sure many newbies would find this very informative……i mostly use the applicator brush & liner brush but blending one i skip often-i just use my finger(too lazy:-))..n the angular brush can b used to fill in ur brows too with e/s……

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 10, 2011 / 2:21 pm

      Thanks Sophia 🙂 I don’t know how I forgot abt filling brows using the angular brush..will update the post!

  19. shubhra
    September 10, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    Very informative and a nice post . U hv very explicitly detailed out the steps -perhaps i’ll convert this into a diagram of an eye with brush no written on each part where it has to be used . I may be having all the brushes but I end up using only one or two of them . This article has revised my basics . Also eye makeup requires lot of practice to be proficient and find the right tailor made solution for each face ,complexion etc.

    Keep up the good work – nice post- v useful.

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 10, 2011 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Glad you find it useful!

  20. September 10, 2011 / 4:10 pm

    nice one Ankita 🙂 bookmarked already 😀

    • Corallista
      Author
      September 11, 2011 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks Rekha! 🙂

  21. Shai
    September 12, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    This was very very useful. No one couldve explained it any clearer! I know why I lose all my shadow now when I attempt to blend…it’s the wrong kind of brush! Look forward to your next one.

  22. roopa
    December 16, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    Hey Ankita,

    ur detailed post was very helpful and detailed and perfect for beginners like me and for budget buyers as well. I am planning to buy kabuki foundation brushes. Can you pls do a post explaining the usage and the difference between the stippling and the flat top foundation brushes too.

  23. May 23, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    Hi…! Everything looks amazing. Really good shades….. Thanks a lot will definitely try that! 🙂

  24. duskyfreak
    September 12, 2012 / 10:27 am

    i use mac 187,219,208,239,224, a beautiful bourjois kabuki and a few vega brushes. btw heres something intrstng i read in Cindy Crawford’s book on makeup. she says that the best makeup brushes are available at art stores. interesting i say.

  25. Manali
    February 5, 2014 / 6:13 am

    Lovely detailed post

  26. araceli.gonzalez57
    June 27, 2014 / 10:24 am

    I really liked how you explained everything, I always used them differently :p
    But now I know thanks ankita

  27. Joo
    August 29, 2014 / 10:52 am

    I use fluffy brush

  28. Caroline
    February 14, 2016 / 2:36 am

    Thank you! Several years afterwards and this post is still helping out 🙂 I was just starting to figure out what’s what in the few brushes I’ve picked over the years, thanks for making everything clear!

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