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FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Eye Brushes 101 + Uses

Happy Friday y'all! Squeezing in this FMF blog post before I go to a meeting. The question is from Fatima:

Hi Ms. Martha! 
Can you write about the different kinds of eye brushes and how to use them? Thank you very much! 

Hi Fatima!

Thanks for this wonderful question. There are TONS of eyeshadow brushes out there and it will take me the whole day to write about them so I'll just write about the main eyeshadow brushes that people use; besides, the other brushes are just slight improvements of these and they just differ in size and length.

Eyeshadow Brush

The main brush that you'll see in a majority of makeup brush sets. This brush is for depositing color on the lids; doesn't have a lot of use other than that so I suggest choose a brush set that does not feature a lot of this.

Tapered Blending Brush

If you're going to ask me, if you can only own one eyeshadow brush, this is it. It can do everything: deposit, blend, shade, shape, and create color gradation on your lids.

Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush

Just a regular eyeshadow brush, but can do even more tasks: this can be used dry and wet, and it won't lose its shape; can be used on cream shadow too.

Angled Shading Brush

For creating fake creases on crease-less eyes.

Bullet Brush

A precise eyeshadow brush for creating color effects/gradation; it is also used to create sharp lines on the lids.

Flat Brush

For applying eye liner on monolids and even tightlining.

Eyebrow Brush

For shaping and sculpting the brows.

Eyeliner Brush

For applying gel liner; most advanced makeup enthusiasts and artists prefer this, the bent eyeliner brush, more than the straight one because its shape aids in creating more precise lines.


For grooming and spreading product on the brows, and combing and separating lashes.

Concealer Brush

For applying concealer on the under eyes and spot concealing.

Did I miss anything? Let me know! Hope you learned from this post. :)

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19 Lovely Thoughts

  1. I used the flat brush in my eyebrows to shape the straight korean eyebrows.

    1. Awesome! That Korean style eyebrows is becoming a thing now; might as well try it! :D

  2. Spoolie lang ang alam ko dito, haha! These brushes can be really confusing and blending colors seamlessly can be really frustrating. Thanks for this kind of post that enlightens girls like me who had just came out of the dark caves. I hope one day, you can make a video showing how you do your make up. Have a lovely day,Ms. Martha!

  3. Gonna buy the tapered blending brush as you said it can do everything. Thank you for this.

    1. Yup, it's the most versatile and useful eyeshadow brush for me! You're welcome. :)

  4. I really dunno how to apply eye makeup. Boohooo. :( But I really wanna learn how. I've been wanting to ask this question to, or better yet can you describe all brush types? Hihi I just wanna invest on a set, I think that's my goal for 2016! Hahaha

  5. Proud to say that I know all of these (napaghahalata na puro tutorials lang sa yt yung mga pinapanuod ko. HAHA) But sad to say... konti lang ang meron ako. HAHAHAHA.

    1. LOL. If you have to choose between these, I'd suggest the following: blender brush, angled brow, and spoolie. :D

  6. Oh, wow! I didn't realize there are so many eyeshadow brushes out there! Thank you, this is very informative. I think I need to get a tapered blending brush I only have the regular one. I also have an angled shading brush, but I haven't really found a use for it until reading your post. Before this I just use it like a regular eyeshadow brush. Uh-mazing!

  7. Tapered Brush -- i did not know anything about this one.. if this can multitask then I should have one =) any brands you can recommend ms m (aside po sa MAC brush?)

    1. Suesh and Artnet's tapered blending brushes are great; Charm has one too. :)

  8. This is very helpful. I hope to own one of that tapered blending brush, all in one product will be awesome for me.^̮^
    *sorry for the late comment, got so busy po.I just wanna share ma'am, I graduated last Saturday as cum laude(^_^)*

    1. No worries.


  9. Oh wow! Thanks for this! This is a great review for me! I've collected so many eyeshadow brushes that I'm not using so now I forgot what they're uses are. Hehe

  10. As of now I have 2 tapered blending brush, one big and one small, and I'm contented with it, because it really can do everything! Just want to add that flat brushes are big help when it comes to applying eyeshadow on the lower lashline. It's more precise!

    1. Right on! I own about 6 tapered blending brushes; two large ones, two medium ones, and two small ones. They're the bomb! As for flat brushes, I don't really use that hehe, but yeah, I could see how useful they are when applying eyeshadow on lower lash lines, like what you said. :)

  11. OMG... im using my brush on a wrong way hahaha. Thank you for this.


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