What Brush to Use for – Eyeshadow

what brush to use for eyeshadow

In todays post we are going to talk about the best brushes to use for eyeshadow application. I guess you could call them the essential eyeshadow brushes. Having a variety of eyeshadow brushes is important for a clean well blended eye look.

I have looked for hours to find the best eyeshadow brushes or an eyeshadow brush guide. There isnt enough information on one of the most important tools for applying makeup! I was suprised at how few sites and even books describe what kind of eyeshadows brushes you need. I hope that this guide helps you with everything you need to know about eyeshadow brushes.

Flat Eyeshadow Brush

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flat Shadow Brush

This brush is the staple to anyone who applies makeup. These brushes are used for all over colour. Its a fluffy wide brush, normally no bigger than your eyelid.

I have one or two of these types of brushes, just for an all over appllication of eyeshadow.  The broad tip allows for easy pick up of product and makes it easier to sweep a single colour over the lid. Can also be used to add highlight in the upper brow.

Blending Brush

e.l.f Fluffy Crease Brush

This guy right here is your bread and butter eyeshadow brush. I would definitely make sure to have one of these in my brush collection. This brush is nice and fluffy, usually with a tapered end.

I like to have several of these in my collection just because to have a seamless eye look blending the shadow is super important. When I do more colourful looks and ensuring I dont get a muddy look I will use a clean blending brush to connect the colours closely.

Eyeliner Brush

e.l.f Eyeliner Brush

e.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Precise Eyeliner Brush

This are the worlds tiniest brushes and they are great for lining your eyes if you use a gel liner or for adding detail to your looks.

I have a few of these brushes, I dont use them often because I dont use gel liners that often. I use eyeliner brushes for more detail work in my eyeshadow looks. These are great for adding a liner if you are doing a cut crease type of look.

Smudger Brush

e.l.f. Cosmetics Small Smudge Brush

These brushes come in many forms. They can be tapered like the blending brush, or they can be a smaller version of the firm shadow brush.

These brushes are great for smudging eyeshadow on your lower lid or for creating a smokey eye look when used in your eye crease area. These are a lot like the blending brush where you’re gonna want to really stretch our your wrist and blend back and forth to create a seamless blend and smudge.

Angled Liner Brush

e.l.f. Cosmetics Small Angled Brush

This is a larger version of the eyeliner brush but its great for adding shadow to your eyebrows or for adding a thick eyeliner.

I use these mostly for adding powder to my eyebrows as they are great at imitating eyebrow hairs and are small enough to work the small area in your eyebrows. They can be used if you want to do a more dramatic wing as well as they tend to cover a lot more ground than the eyeliner brush.

Firm Shadow Brush

e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyeshadow “C” Brush

These brushes are great for packing on colour. They are a stiffer brush, great for packing on pigment or adding glitter to your looks.

I use this kind of brush to pack on glitter or adding pigment to my eye looks. The stiffer brush acts like your finger which makes it easier to pick up colour.

And thats it!

This is another small post about the various eyeshadow brushes and their uses. The most important lessomn to learn here is that blending is going to be on of your major friends. Youre gonna want to go on road trips with our blending brushes. You want colours to also be best friends.