How to Use Makeup Brushes

Whether your beauty routine is simple and to the point or involves numerous steps, we’ve got makeup brushes for every look—and they’re vegan, too.

When applying makeup, using your fingers may seem like the easier, cost-efficient route, but germs and bacteria can spread onto the skin and you might not get the most even or well-blended coverage. Makeup brushes are a great way to ensure that makeup is perfectly blended while avoiding bacteria (that can result from directly touching your face). Not to mention, brushes help apply makeup faster and more effectively.

Pro Tip: Just don’t forget to clean your brushes on a regular basis—you can either use a mild shampoo or dish soap. Once the bristles wear out and don’t work as effectively, it’s time to replace the brush.

Brushes are a great way to apply foundation and concealer to get the coverage you want, whether it’s sheer, medium or full. Use a blending brush like fmg Complexion Blending Brush, which features a dense, large rounding buffing brush to help blend your foundation.

Simply swipe liquid or powder foundation on your face and buff or stipple to blend. This versatile, double-sided brush also doubles as a concealer brush. Using the small side of the brush, tap your concealer on the desired coverage area.

Achieving the perfect flush is all in the brush. You want to make sure your blush is perfectly blended and noticeable, but not cakey or clown-like. Using the oval side of the fmg Blush & Contour Brush, apply blush slightly above the cheekbones.

You can also use the tip of this brush to apply highlighter to the high points of the face. For more ways to blush, check out our collection of blush and bronzer.

For contour makeup, use the angled end of the brush and apply your makeup along the temples, cheekbones, and jawline to sculpt the face. We love creating a beautifully contoured look with the Magix Wand Foundation Stick, which comes in 9 shades, so you can use a few different ones to build your contour before you blend.

A versatile brush like fmg Precision Eye Brush is great for perfecting those eyeliner looks. Use the small angled brush end to apply eyeliner that comes in a pod, like a gel eyeliner or liquid eyeliner. We love to use this brush with fmg Glimmer Longwear Gel Eyeliner. You can also use it brush to transform your favorite eyeshadow into an eyeliner. Simply dip, line and draw a wing. The pencil brush end can be used to highlight the inner corners of the eye and under the brow bone, plus it’s great for smudging.

Building an eyeshadow look can be tricky—you want to make sure your application looks even and if you’re layering shades, they appear perfectly blended. The fmg Eyeshadow Blending Brush is here to make this task easier. It features a domed crease brush on one end and a flattened, all-over eyeshadow brush on the other.

Use the domed brush end with a palette like fmg Cashmere Eyeshadow Palette, applying eyeshadow into the crease of the eye or to buff and blend eyeshadow in circular motions. When applying a singular eyeshadow shade, like fmg Glimmer Longwear Gel Eyeshadow, press eyeshadow onto the eyelid with the flattened brush end. For more eye-enhancing shadows, discover our full eyeshadow collection.

SEAL MAKEUP WITH A SETTING BRUSH Once your makeup’s ready, get set with a setting brush like the fmg Kabuki Brush

Simply swirl the brush in your setting powder—we love using fmg Match Set Finishing Powder to set makeup while controlling shine—then blend all over face till even.

What brushes do you want to try?

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