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It’s a Friday night and you want to look extra glam for your girl’s night out. You’ve picked out the perfect, elegant dress and finally finished curling your hair. As you open your sister’s makeup bag, though, you’re instantly confused. How many brushes do you really need? And what are these different brushes even used for?

Whether you’re a makeup rookie or just trying to take your beauty game to the next level, ENTITY is here to help. With some help from this simple guide, you’ll know which brush to use when and where to create a glamorous look that will blow everyone away!

1 POWDER BRUSH

Powder Brushes are soft, full and rounded. They are used to easily and evenly apply powder to your face. Theses brushes can pick up a lot of powder, so before going in to apply, make sure to tap off the excess before going in for the glam.

2 FOUNDATION BRUSH

Perhaps the most paint-like brush of all the makeup brushes is the foundation brush. As the name implies, this brush is used to apply liquid foundation to the face. The bristles are tightly packed together to create a smooth and flawless application to the face and to get your complexion looking extra even and smooth.

3 FAN BRUSH

You can recognize these brushes instantly because they look like a fan. The bristles are usually held in a thin, fan line and are perfect for sweeping a light dusting of powder on the cheekbones for a delicate but glamorous look.

4 ANGLE BRUSH (FOR CHEEKS)

This brush is used for contouring and applying bronzer or blush. You can identify them by the sharp angle, which is meant to fit naturally into the hollow of a cheekbone and the curve of the face.

5 BLUSH BRUSH

These flat and rounded brushes are similar to those of a foundation brush. Used for applying and blending concealer, the blush brush is perfect for those small, delicate areas.

6 SHADOW BRUSH

These small dense oval brushes are meant for packing shadow onto the eyelid.

7 BLENDING BRUSHES

As their name suggests, these brushes are used for blending shadows.  They are used to diffuse the opacity of a shadow or blend two colors together if you want to get creative.

8 CONTOUR/CREASE BRUSH

This brush is a lot like the blending brush above but it is more sharply tapered. It can fit neatly into the eye crease to blend in eyeshadows.

9 ANGLE BRUSH ( FOR EYES)

An angle brush is a small tightly packed brush with the bristles set in at an angle.  These brushes can be used to apply eyeliner or fill in brows.

10 LIP BRUSH

Like the foundation brush, this brush looks like a tiny paintbrush.  It is a thin, flat, tapered brush used to apply either liquid lipstick or regular lipstick in clean crisp lines.

At first glance, the wide variety of makeup brushes available can be daunting. How do you know what to use where, when and how? By following these simple guidelines, however, you’re on your way to becoming a makeup pro!

Edited by Casey Cromwell

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