How to Decide What Makeup Brushes to Buy – Tips & Tricks

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Decide What Makeup Brushes to Buy

Share your best tips and tricks for deciding what makeup brushes to buy!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to decide what makeup brushes were worth buying.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Buy cheaper brushes in various sizes that seem like they might work.  They may, in fact, work quite nicely, but you may also discover that you like one shape over another or one texture better than the other.
  2. Buy brushes that are multi-taskers when possible, especially when you’re building your brush collection.  Multi-taskers will serve you better in the long run, and later on, you’ll figure out what you like it best for and what task you need another brush for instead.
  3. Try to think about the shape of your features, what kind of makeup application you do most, and whether you feel heavy or light-handed.  Longer handles are great for someone who is heavy-handed, because it encourages a lighter application.  On the other hand, if you need to get up close to the mirror to apply, shorter handles would be better for you.  If you have a lot of eye space, you might need larger brushes, while those with smaller eye space will find detail-oriented brushes better than standard brushes.  If you’re always scared over-applying your blush, opt for a fluffy, less densely-packed brush (like a stippling one).