If you would like to learn or improve how to apply shadows on your eyes but:
- You only have the applicators that come in the shadows that are small and difficult to handle.
- You are already more advanced in the makeup subject and the brushes that you have, are not enough to achieve more dramatic looks that require more elaboration.
Maybe it is time to invest in a much more complete set of shadow brushes.
However, before spending your money, it is important that you know which are the types of shadow brushes that exist and above all, you need to know what is the function that each one fulfills.
The first thing I would like to clarify is that the best eye shadow brushes are those that you can use in the area of your eyes without fear of mistreating yourself, that they feel soft and of good quality, and that their hair does not itch you.
Also, you should be able to maneuver them easily, they should not be very heavy, or very light either, since you need to have some counterweight to make it easy for you to use them.
Additionally, I would like you to know that you do not have to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in shadow brushes, do not forget that having the highest price does not necessarily mean that they have the best quality, in fact, brands such as Morphy or Sigma, handle brushes of excellent quality at very competitive prices.
But now, let’s see what types of shadow brushes there are, and what each one is for:
Blending brushes tend to be characterized by having long bristles and not being too dense. The main use that is given to this type of brush, as its name indicates, is to blend, this means that with this brush you will achieve that no one could see where a shadow begins and where it ends, in this way you will be able to blur any pronounced line and your makeup will look smoother.
Precise blending brush
Slightly smaller or more precise blending brushes are different from the above only because of their small size. With this type of brush, you will be able to deposit color smoothly, but precisely in the eye socket, and later, with the same brush, you will be able to blur the shadows. These brushes are also perfect for blending the shadows on the lower eyelid.
Angled blending brush
You can recognize angled blending brushes because they are fluffy and not very dense but the tip is angled. This type of brush is perfect to apply the color with which you want to give depth to the outer corner of the eye, they have the perfect shape to create that triangle of darker shadow that, especially if you are a beginner, it is difficult to form. However, it is not a necessary brush, but I consider it important that you know it.
The pencil-shaped brushes are pointed at the end and allow you to apply color more precisely. These types of brushes are perfect for depositing color in the eye socket, which can then be blurred with a blending brush and it can also be used to apply color to the lower eyelid.
These brushes are recognized because they are thin and have a rounded shape, you can find them with short or long hair, I recommend the ones with long hair. You can also find different sizes, I consider that you must choose the one that best suits your eyelid, if you have large eyes, it will be easier for you to have a larger brush, but if your eyes are rather small, you should use a small one. They are ideal for depositing shiny or satin shadows on the mobile lid, additionally, if you are riskier they can be used to make the famous cut creases with your concealer or your eyeshadow primer.
This brush is thin, short-haired, and ends with a very precise tip. As its name indicates, this brush can be used to apply eyeliner, however, it is not essential since eyeliners generally have built-in brushes except those that come in gel format.
The eyebrow brushes are thin and angled at the end, they allow you to apply the eyebrow pomade and if you have the right one you will even be able to create the illusion of small hairs, which will make your eyebrow look much more natural. I decided to put this brush here because I consider that this type of brush also works to apply eyeliner and make the eye cat liner easier. Also, if you like more natural and less dramatic styles, you can use it to make an eyeliner with shadows, which makes your eyes look more expressive by creating the illusion of fuller lashes.
… And Then, Which Eyeshadow Brushes Should I Buy?
The amount and types of brushes you should buy will depend on your needs and what you want to achieve:
If you are someone who likes more natural, less elaborate, and quick looks, you will only need one or two blending brushes and a shader brush to apply satin shadows on your mobile lid.
On the contrary, if you want to experiment with more risky and elaborated looks, you will most likely have to invest in all the eye brushes that I mention, and additionally, you will need several of each type.
There is no doubt that there are many types of brushes that you can use to apply shadows to your eyes and each one of them has a recommended function. However, do not forget that you can use the makeup brushes for what seems best for you and for what suits you the best, that is, if the blending brush works better for you to apply satin colors on the mobile lid, you can use it for that.
The brushes do not come with a guide that you must follow to the letter, as you learn to use them, you will find which ones you like the most and the ones that best suit your needs.
And if at first, you have no idea how to use them, nothing happens, do not forget that practice makes perfect, just try to incorporate them little by little into your makeup routine and you will see how you will start to handle them better and better.