Essential Makeup Brushes for Beginners


This is a guest post by Suhanna De Silva. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.

We see tons of brushes all over Instagram, online stores, and in the brush belts of professional MUAs.

It can be both intimidating and confusing for those who are just starting out.

Today I am here to help out all my lovely beginners by providing essential brushes that you can start out with and later build on as you continue your makeup journey!


(In order from top to bottom as shown in the photo)

Large all over powder brush

A large powder brush is great for setting the face as it deposits the right amount of product without creating any cakiness, as well as being able to cover more surface area.

This brush can also be used to moderately layer powders.

Stippling brush

A stippling brush creates a flawless airbrushed complexion and is great for creating fuller coverage without having to layer too much product.

Angled blush brush

Everyone needs a blush brush and one that is angled will be your best choice.

The angled shape of the bristles allows the brush to be used for contour and highlight as well as standard blush application.

Small flat concealer

The size and shape of this brush is perfect for spot concealing, working on the under eye area, applying an eyeshadow base/primer and cleaning up around the brows/lips. 

Be sure to grab one with synthetic bristles as they will best most effective with cream formulas.

Flat shader brush

Similar in shape and size to the flat concealer brush, a flat shader brush is essential for packing on a variety of eyeshadows onto the lid regardless of formula. 

Whether they be cream shadows, powders, pigments or glitter, a flat shader will get the job done.

Blender brush

Blending brushes are EVERYTHING. 

If you plan on having multiples of the same style of brush, go with the blender. Define your crease, blend out harsh lines, create a beautiful smokey eye, this brush does it all.

Pencil brush

Small and well, pencil shaped. This is great for creating definition on the outer v as well as smoking out the lower lash line and highlighting the tear ducts.

Smudger brush

Another brush that works great on the lower lash line but can also be used to create a smokey liner on the upper lash line. This works well with pencil liner applied to the waterline as well.

Angled brush

Definitely was not going to leave this little guy out. Being a makeup artist, I have found that using an angled brush to apply liner on clients is the easiest.

Use this with eyeshadow for a softer look or a gel liner for a sharp cat eye, the results will always be phenomenal.

Have fun getting your makeup game on!!