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Knowing your makeup tools and their effects is just as important as your technique and skill. In fact, they’re all kind of a package deal. You can’t really improve your technique and fine tune your skills without thorough knowledge of the makeup tools that you are using.
First things first, it’s always a good idea to invest into quality makeup tools like brushes and sponges. Buying a better quality item will cost less in the long run due to its durability and ability. A poorly crafted brush will shed bristles easily and/or not function properly and thereby wasting time and energy. If you can’t afford to purchase a set of brushes all at once, begin with just one brush and add on when you can. Choose the brush that you are likely to use the most as your starter brush and buy the others in order of use.
In addition to owning quality makeup brushes you should also invest in a really good sponge or two. You can find makeup sponges in a variety of shapes and sizes so you’ll have to shop around for what suits you. A good sponge will last longer than a poor one and are usually easier to clean. Additionally, the quality of makeup application is vastly superior to those purchased in large packs. Know Your Makeup Brushes
Once you have your brush(s) you will want to practice using them to understand their capabilities.
Powder Brush – This brush is the one that will likely get the most use. You can use it to apply powder foundation, blush, to blend and to buff.
Fluffy Angled Brush: These are used to apply blush with precision. It gives accurate application of powder blush to the cheeks or bronzer. You can also use this brush for contouring.
Kabuki Brush – The Kabuki brush has a very short handle knob with wide bristles. The bristles range from very rounded to very flat, depending on the brand or type of product you use with it. This brush is mainly used to apply and buff mineral foundation powder. However, it can also be used for finishing powder, blush, bronzer, contouring or to gently blend makeup.
Fan Brush – This brush actually has multiple uses and can be used to apply blush, to blend foundation, to remove excess powder or pigment and to highlight the cheekbones.
Brow Brush – This brush is small and angled to achieve an even application on your brows. It allows for continuity and smoother application than a brush that is cut flat across the top.
Lip Brush – These brushes are normally very small and are used for precision lining and a more even application of lipstick or lipgloss. It also helps to blend lip liner into the lipstick or to blend colors.
Eyeshadow Brush – These brushes are usually medium sized with a slightly rounded top. They are good for applying and blending eyeshadow, but can also be used for application of concealer to a large area.
Concealer Brush – These brushes are narrow and tapered at the end to allow concentrated application to a small area.
Brow Brush and Lash Comb – One side of this combo tool is perfect for taming your brows and sculpting them into shape. The other side has a small fine toothed comb that removes clumps from your eyelashes.
Eyeliner Brush – This brush is super small, round and sometimes has long bristles depending on the brand you choose. Use the eyeliner brush to apply gel or liquid eyeliner. You can also use it to smudge pencil liner for a smoky look.
Blending Sponge – Blending sponges are the perfect tools for applying liquid foundation smoothly and evenly. There are many different shapes to choose from, but the most popular seems to be acorn shaped because it can get into smaller areas.

When people think of Makeup Artists they usually focus on their skills, experience, training and creative ability but fail to realize the importance of makeup tools.

A makeup artist can have the best training, unparalleled experience and the creativity of Da Vinci, however to realize their true talent they need the right makeup tools for the job. Developing a character goes beyond the vision of the artist because no matter how detailed the plan is it can’t become a reality unless the proper makeup tools are used.


A good way to understand what you will or may need to complete a project is to look at past examples from makeup artists whose work you admire. Find out all that you can and inquire about the products that were used in its creation. To learn what works best for various effects, research different types of products, makeup and applicators from multiple sources. Connect with others and read user reviews on them to help you decide what is best for your needs. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for samples of items that you are interested in because many companies will be glad to help you out.

If you really want to know how a pigment, cream, latex or brush will work then you must try it out for yourself. Try out various ways to apply the product by applying it lightly, then heavily. Note the difference in texture, opacity and reflection. Also experiment with different brushes, sponges or other applicator to realize the effects it can create. You can also try blending products together to create something new altogether!

Be careful of duplicating someone else’s makeup kit because each makeup artist is unique. Some are heavy-handed, some are light-handed, and some favor the right side while others favor the left. These subtle differences can make one person’s dream tool someone else’s nightmare. It’s good to get advice from others and you may discover a wonderful pigment, brush collection or face primer, but beware of copying another’s kit. Choose your tools and design your makeup artist kit carefully to reflect what is best suited for your individuality.