What Makeup brushes do I need?

The other day I was asked ''Olivia, what sort of foundation brush should I use?'' - this made me wonder. For the everyday girl, the task of selecting specific makeup brushes may seem daunting. I would recommend that when shopping around for brushes it is advisable to consider cost, quality, brush type (real/synthetic), uses and versatility.

The photo above is a picture of the 12 piece brush set which I use on my clients - This set it great as it is cost effective, but also versatile.

Here in order of the image are the names of the brushes and their uses.

Powder Brush This sculpted brush head with natural bristles, allows for more precise placement. Great rounded top for "all over" application of loose or pressed powder.

Duo Brush (Stipple Brush) This brush is known to add the finish of an "airbrush look" when using liquid foundation, not the best brush for creme foundations. The great natural bristles of this brush help with the application of blush, and may also be used as a highlight brush.

Large Angled Contour Brush This angled shaped brush works best when used for applying blushes. The brush also works great when applying cheek contour.

Foundation Brush (Paddle Brush) The synthetic bristles on this brush are non-absorbing to help keep your foundation on your face and not on the brush! Tapered Oval head gently helps to blend the foundation into place. Works well with any Liquid/creme products.

Tapered Blending Brush This brush has a rounded and tapered top and a perfect size for applying and blending an all over shadow. This should be used to apply lighter colours such as brow highlight and transition colours.

Large Shader Brush This flat shaped brush is ideal for applying eye shadow primer, creme formulas and for packing colour such as shimmers directly onto the lids. Could also be used for concealers in precise areas. Natural bristles.

Medium Angled Shading Brush This angled shape, yet flat with natural bristles brush, is best used underneath the eyebrow and inner corners of the eyes. Also great use for blending shadows outwards and placing medium colours into the crease.

Eye Shading Brush This brush has a soft rounded top to helps apply loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal for packing on a lot of pigment and keeping an intense color. Use when applying medium or light shadows. Natural bristles.

Concealer Brush This Rounded flat shaped, thin precision tip brush with synthetic bristles allows flawless application of cream or liquid concealers underneath the eye or in hard to reach areas, like the inner eye or lash-line.

Pencil Brush This brush is name of natural bristles and is perfect for smudging out eye liner Great for applying color in the crease and outer corner of the eye. Great to use this brush when applying dark colours, to avoid putting on too much.

Eyeliner Brush This extra fine brush with natural bristles helps give a precise line when applying liner.

Small Angled Brush This stiff natural bristled brush is angled to help create the perfect eye brow when filling in. This is an essential brush when applying gel or creme eyeliner.

As I was completing my Makeup Artistry Course, I was always given this advice when applying eye shadows to the eyes:

The lighter the colour, the bigger the brush (i.e tapered blending, Medium Angled)

The darker the colour, the smaller the brush (i.e Pencil brush)

This allows you to have more control during application, and helps avoid packing on too much colour accidentally.

Have fun choosing your brushes! xx