The Makeup Brush Breakdown: Which Types Should You Use?

There are a TON of makeup brushes out there with different shapes, sizes, and densities… but, which brushes do you use… and for what?? I want to break down three properties of makeup brushes today, that will hopefully make it easier to decide which brushes are right for you.

1. Brush Density- The density of a makeup brush is basically how tightly packed together the bristles of the brush are. In the picture below, the brush on the left is less dense than the brush on the right.

Normally, the denser the brush is, the more concentrated the pigmentation will be when you apply a makeup product.

The less dense brush was used on the left, and the more dense brush on the right. You can see that the pigment on the right is more concentrated, where the pigment on the left is more diffused.

Because of the way that these densities apply product, I generally use the first brush in the eye crease to diffuse my eyeshadow, and give a blended look. I use the second brush to swipe color onto my lower lash line, because I want to pack the product on to get more color payoff there.

So, paying attention to the density of the makeup brushes that you choose, will help you control how much pigmentation you add to your look.

2. Fiber Length- The length of the individual bristles, “hairs,” or fibers of a makeup brush play a big role in product application as well.

Both brushes above are densely packed brushes, but the one with the longer fibers gives less pigmentation and is generally better for blending. The brush with shorter fibers is better for building up color, and can be used only to slightly blend product.

The second brush swatch is blended, but not quite as seamlessly as the swatch with the long-fibered brush. The second swatch is also more concentrated in color.

So, like understanding brush density, understanding the fiber length of a brush helps you to determine which brushes will be best for blending, and which ones will be best for packing.

3. Brush Shape- The shape of a makeup brush also affects which brushes are best for blending and which ones are best for packing. The brushes below are very different shapes, and, do very different things.

The fluffy brush with the softer, rounded edges is going to create a softer, blended look. The flat brush with the sharp (side) edges will be better for packing and swiping shadow.

The application of the same eyeshadow with these two different brushes is night and day!

Note: Did you notice that the round shaped brush also has long fibers, and is not densely packed? And the flat brush has shorter bristles, and is very densely packed?

Try to guess how each of these brushes would apply makeup🤓

Understanding these three parts of a makeup brush really gives you a good feel for how the brush will apply product. Then, depending on how you want to apply the product, you can choose the right brush type for you! I hope this has been helpful for those of you who struggled to understand makeup brushes for a little while like I did. 😘💖

I had SO MUCH FUN with this post. I wanted to include all of this in my “Budget Brush Set From BHCosmetics” video, but it just wouldn’t fit! By the way, if you are looking to expand your brush collection, but don’t want to spend a ton of money, the Pretty in Pink set from BHCosmetics is a great option! I’ll drop that video below!🤗

Today’s verse:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

-Psalms 51:10

With Love, Leigh-Ann💖

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