My Top 10 Essential Makeup Brushes

Hi beautiful!

Choosing your brushes can prove a challenge!! There are many, many brushes to choose from…what purpose do half of them serve and what ones do you actually need?!  

Below, I have listed the types of brushes you should have and how to use them. Hopefully this saves you some time, confusion and money!

This brush is used for applying darker powder under the cheekbones to create a contoured effect- it makes the cheekbones stand out and your face look slimmer.  This brush can be used for many things- applying a small amount of blush to the cheeks, or for highlighting the top of the cheekbones.  I mainly use this brush to highlight my cheekbones.

This brush is used for applying powder blush to the cheeks.  It needs to be angled so the blush is easier to blend, and it needs to be soft so it doesn’t pick up too much color.

This brush is used for smudging eyeshadow under the lower lashline, for smudging eyeliner, or for creating a very defined crease.  The smaller tip allows for more precise lines.

This brush is used for creating the perfect smoky eye, for blending in darker eyeshadows, and for applying more color to the crease.


This brush is just like the stiff dome brush but much softer- it creates a much softer blended look.   It is used for blending shadow under the brow, applying a softer amount of color in the crease, and even for applying powder under the eyes to prevent that creasing throughout the day.


This brush is used for applying darker colors to the outer corner (outer V) of the eyes.  It also works really well for smudging liner under the lashline.

It applies powder perfectly to the brows. This brush is also great for lining the eyes with an eyeshadow or gel liner. 

This tiny brush is great for applying gel liner on the upper lash line…the small head creates a neat thin line, perfect for winged liner. I know this brush isn’t angled but once I brush it across my gel liner it becomes angled anyway. 

I use this brush to apply my primer or an eyeshadow all over the lids and up to the brow bone.. It is good for people with a lot of lid space as the bigger brush head means the colour can be applied to more area faster. 

This brush is used to pack on eyeshadows or pigments to the lid.  It needs to be flat so you can pat on the eyeshadow,  and it needs to be stiff so it picks up plenty of colour. The thicker bristles helps to prevent fall out too as the colour will be packed in…when using pigments, before applying, be sure to tap the brush in the lid to remove excess colour, this will help stop fall out.

And there you have it, my top 10 brushes that every makeup lover should own.

I do hope that this post helps you to fill in the missing gaps in your brush collection or gives you an idea of what brushes to buy when you want to start your collection. If you have any further questions please do contact me! 🙂

Sending hugs and kisses your way.

Chloe xx 

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  • Reply
    Belinda Radalj
    February 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Flat stiff brush and fluff dome are my favourites! Great post Chloe, very helpful 🙂

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    February 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I use my flat stiff brush, soft and stiff dome brushes all the time too 😀

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    Suzanne Martin
    March 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for this! I now know what nearly every brush in my new Makeup brush set is! (Gift from Hubby .. he’s a keeper!!)

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      March 8, 2012 at 12:16 am

      haha no worries Suzanne 🙂 I am so glad that this post was helpful for you. Yay for having such an awesome husband lucky you hehe. If you need help “identifying” the other brushes in your set let me know!
      Love Chloe xx

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    March 8, 2012 at 12:15 am

    No worries! I am so glad that you find my blog helpful 😀 I checked out your blog and am now following it, yay.
    Love Chloe

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    Jess Matacz
    March 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Awesome, thanks! I just watched your youtube videos and was wondering which brand of brushes you use – some of them are so expensive and it is hard to get decent brushes in Perth without paying an arm and a leg for them 🙁

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    Jess Matacz
    March 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the lightning fast response Chloe! I’m actually after a decent stippling brush and one for gel liner. MAC ones are expensive and unfortunately we don’t have Sephora etc in AUS 🙁

    PS random comment but has anyone ever told you that you look a lot like the actress Mia Kirshner? Both with short & long hair.

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