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We've Been Using Our Makeup Brushes Wrong This Whole Time

Updated March 29, 2018 9.7k views14 items

Be honest: are you using makeup brushes the way you’re supposed to? When it comes to everyday makeup, it’s natural to want to consolidate your makeup bag and use one big brush to tackle everything - powder, blush, bronzer, and even shadow. But there are tons of different kinds of makeup brushes for a reason.

Even if you do switch things up and run through a lineup of brushes every time you apply your makeup, chances are you're doing it wrong - or at least not using your brushes to their fullest potential. This makeup brush guide breaks down exactly when and how to use different brushes the right way, so you never have to wonder, Is this how I'm supposed to use this one? again.

You may want to take notes - this makeup brush how-to is about to blow your beauty-loving mind.

  • Fan Brush

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    When it comes to applying highlighter, there's no brush like a fan brush. The light bristles and thin design help to deposit the perfect amount of subtle shimmer to the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose. Bonus: You can use a clean fan brush to fan away shadow fallout, too. EcoTools Deluxe Fan Brush does it all.

  • Angled Blush Brush

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    If you prefer a pressed or loose powder blush, then you definitely need an angled blush brush in your collection. The angled bristles pick up powder and deposit them precisely - but softly - on the apples of the cheeks for a natural-looking flush. Sephora's Angled Blush Brush is a great option.

  • Concealer Brush

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    The rounded edge of a concealer brush is key for blending product into the corners of your eyes and into the lash line. After applying a few dabs of concealer under your eyes, use this brush in a patting motion to blend concealer over your under eye circles or blemishes. Marc Jacobs's The Conceal Brush will be your new go-to!

  • Eyeshadow Brush

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    Don't just use any brush to blend your eyeshadow - use a brush specifically designed to deposit color without losing pigment or causing fallout. That would be an eyeshadow brush, like Maybelline's Expert Tools Eyeshadow Brush. For the most intense shadow look, dip this brush in shadow and apply to your lids in a windshield wiper-like motion.