Makeup Brush School: 10 brushes every girl should own & how to use them

brush2Shopping for makeup brushes can be a daunting and (gulp) terrifying task if you don't know what you're looking for amongst the endless assortment of options. Seriously, what do all of those different angles and bristles even do?

Luckily, after extensive research and testing, we've narrowed it down to 10 essential brush tools every girl should own. And just because we're extra nice, we've also given you handy instructions on how to use them plus a few added pro tips to pep up your makeup look and elevate your beauty game.

Just don't forget to gently and regularly clean your bristles - quality brushes should last a lifetime.

So stock up, get practising and remember to blend away pretties!

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Which makeup brush do you swear by? Tell us in the comments below!


  • anniehbay says:

    Looks like a need a new blender blush !

  • tinaliu says:

    this is really amazing guide. thankyou <3

  • Dana says:

    This is a really good guide and I like how you guys recommend brushes from different brands. :) I love my Benefit foundation brush and my Urban Decay eyeshadow brush.

  • brookemopolitan says:

    I have every single one of these brushes. I feel like a proper girl 😀

  • DDGD - Kristina Ioannou says:

    Thanks Larissa – you are a true blue office beauty guru! <3 xxx

  • wendyleigh says:

    Always wondered what to do with my fan brush, I never use it!

  • Peta says:

    Those pics are amazing. I need to print them and put them in my make-up cabinet for future reference! I use some of these brushes, not all. I still apply my foundation with my fingers, it just feels so much more natural to me (I am mainly using a foaming mousse foundation at the moment though, so I have to use fingers).

    • DDGD - Kristina Ioannou says:

      Aren’t they awesome?! Larissa compiled them from scratch – what a Photoshop whizz! x

  • rls says:

    oh wow, so glad someone finally made this, and with a nice price range of example brushes! xo

  • makeupmaven says:

    How cute are the Vani-T brushes!!!

  • thecatwhosawstars says:

    What a fabulous resource! I will definitely use this. The one brush I have that I swear by is my Inika Kabuki brush – perfect for powder foundation, setting powder and blush.

  • ana says:

    love this, thankyou!

  • Fashionista8P says:

    great tips, i love the eco tools range!

  • meedee says:

    Im wanting to purchase a selection of makeup brushes for my Miss 21 for Christmas so this guide is perfect timing for me.

  • beccabear says:

    This is a great brush guide, I’ve only recently started to wear make up more regularly but I’m loving the blending brushes :)

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