Makeup brushes are a lot like fancy cutlery – there are a lot of them but you may only know what one or two are actually for. And unfortunately with makeup brushes you can’t just start with the smallest one and work your way in.

There are so many brushes and so many uses that it can be quite daunting and hard to know where to start. But once you learn it’s definitely worth it, so let’s begin with a list of the most common makeup brushes and their uses.


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.





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