Unless you're a trained makeup artist or have watched more than a few YouTube beauty tutorials in your spare time, makeup brushes can be a bit tricky to decode. Not only do they come in a wide range of sizes, but also different bristle shapes, lengths, and density. And it doesn't stop there! Oftentimes brands don't name their brushes by how and where they were intended to be used, but rather with seemingly arbitrary numbers that only add to the confusion. Of course, who cares what brush is used as long as you reach your desired effect. But if you need a little direction and help sorting out your set，read on.
1. Foundation Brush
Use it to smooth liquid or cream foundation for streak-free application. Start in the middle of your face and blend the product outward to prevent harsh makeup lines around the edge of your face.
Alternate use: Pat on under-eye concealer.
2. Beauty Blender
The trick to using one of these most effectively is to squeeze it a few times under water first. After the sponge has absorbed a bit a water and expanded slightly in size, roll off the excess on a towel. This wetting process will not only prevent your sponge from soaking up all of your foundation (because it's already full of water) but will also help blend your makeup as smoothly as possible. Use the sponge’s broad sides to apply the product on your face. Use the tip to reach creases around the nose and to pinpoint small areas.
3. Kabuki Brush
This big brush is perfect for softly applying bronzers and powders, and for evenly distributing product across your face or body.
Alternate use: Buff out harsh lines by swirling the brush around your face.
4. Powder Brush
The long, fluffy bristles evenly diffuse loose powders.
Alternate use: Sweep blush from the apples of your cheeks along your cheekbones.