a guide to knowing your brushes.

I was recently contacted by Jenny who I worked with previously (check out the post here) and she asked me if I would be interested in collaborating on another blogpost to which I agreed, of course. After previously writing up some top tips for long locks – which we have both been following – Jenny asked if I would mind featuring another blogpost, this time featuring a House of Fraser MakeUp Brushes Guide!

Picking the right makeup brush can seem like a daunting task, with so many different sizes and styles available it can be hard to know where to start. Therefore, we have come up with a little beginners guide to makeup brushes to give you a rundown of what they are and how they can be used to your full advantage!


Liquid Foundation Brushes

Foundation brushes can come in different shapes and sizes depending on the finish you would like, their bristles are generally soft and dense to help apply liquid foundations evenly. One main design is the buffing brush (left), this helps to build layers using a buffing technique for those who are going for a heavier finish or perhaps applying makeup for a night out. On the other hand, the flat brush (right), helps to sweep on foundation giving a finish that is perfect for day time! I would say that brushing downwards is the best technique as we all have fine hairs on our face and brushing upwards would make these visible and create an uneven finish.

Mineral Foundation Brush

A mineral foundation brush is much softer with flexible bristles. This gives lighter coverage for a natural look that helps to brighten your skin without overloading it.

Contouring Brush

Highlighting and contouring particular features on your face has recently taken the beauty world by storm. A contouring brush is slanted with rounded corners helps to mound to the shape of certain areas of your face including cheeks, nose and temples. The lights and soft bristles work well with liquid, powdered or gel makeup. Contouring is so amazing for transforming your face and creating cheek bones. I have only recently started doing this and now can’t imagine life without the beauty of contouring!

Blusher Brush

This is a flexible rounded brush is perfect for sweeping over the apples of your cheeks to add instant colour. The soft and densely packed bristles help to build up a colour without becoming too overpowering. Also, blush brushes come in different sizes to help suit the shape of your face.

Powder Brush

Powder brushes are large, soft and full of bristles to help distribute power over your face evenly. You use this brush to sweep the powder over your face and set your foundation giving you the appearance of flawless, velvet soft skin! You can use these brushes over foundation or just after prepping your skin with a primer.

Fan Brush

Perhaps one of the most versatile brushes, the fan brush, is a distinctive brush that can be used to apply loose powder, bronzer or contour. The bristles are spread wide to ensure that powder is applied with an even finish.


Eyeshadow Brushes

Eyeshadow Brushes

Eye shadow bruses can come in different designes shaped for different tasks. Three that we have homed in on are the blending brush, the small eyeshaddow brush and the flat angle eyeshadow brush.

The blending brush (top) helps to blend colours together and highlight the areas such as the brow bone or corner of your eye, perfect for creating the ultimate smokey eye.

The small eye shadow brush (middle) helps to apply a colour over your eye without dragging the skin or irritating the eye, the small shape also helps to build up colour in particular areas that can then be blended.

The longer haired flat brush (bottom) is perfect for giving an even finish over the eye socket. The densely packed bristles are perfect for giving a full, vibrant colour.

Brow Brushes

We are all loving the Cara Delevigne style eyebrows at the mintue, so the best way to help define and create full eyebrows is using a slanted eyebrow brush (left). The design helps to control the application and fill in any sparse areas. The way to tame large eyebrows and ensure there isnโ€™t a hair out of place is by using a spiral eyebrow brush. Pictured right, it has stiff bristles to help create a distinct shape!

Eyeliner Brushes

If you are an eyeliner fanatic then there are even a range of eyeliner brushes to help suit your style! The fine tipped brush (top) helps to create a small and precise line and is perfect for a smooth gel liner. Whilst the small, flat angled brush helps you to build up the colour for a striking, distinctive impression!


Last but by no means least; the lip brush is specially designed for precise and steady application. The small bristles are firm in order to help outline your lip and build up a heavy application, both of which ensure that your lips look beautiful!

For more information about buying your perfect brush take a look at the House of Fraser’s Make-Up Brush Buying Guide here. I hope this guide has helped you as we all know when it comes to the flawless face you need the perfect tools to help you!



  1. Cate EC
    January 27, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    I swear I'm so useless at this, I use all my brushes for the wrong things! Oh well! Haha xxx The perks of being a hipster – Victoriaโ€™s Secrets Giveaway!

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 10:59 am

      I used to as well but this guide has helped a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  2. Em Sheldon
    January 28, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Really good guide! Loveeee brushes but I do kind of use them for what I feel they're best at!love Em xwww.emtalks.co.ukhttp://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3934124/emtalks

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 10:59 am

      Yeah I find that sometimes a brush you have works better for something else ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. Olufunmi Afolabi
    January 29, 2014 / 11:09 am

    Hi Hi I nominated you for Liebster Award on my blog HERE

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 11:00 am

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  4. Ugomma Ukam
    January 29, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    Educative!!!I Love your Blog design:)The Beautiful Eagle's Blog

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 11:00 am

      Aw thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 11:00 am

      Me too! Storing them is also a nightmare! xx

  5. Chloe Ridout
    February 3, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    Lovely post!I use a fan brush ALL the time but only ever to sweep away fall out! If i'm applying a heavy eyeshadow I dust a heavy layer of powder under the eyes and when I'm done I sweep all the excess off, fall out and all!chloeridout.blogspot.co.ukxx

  6. Makaela Suitcase
    February 9, 2014 / 5:48 am

    This was so helpful especially since I get them confused all the time. I'm just really starting to get into makeup haha now if I could figure out how to eye makeup for hooded eyes…I'd be set (:~Makaela at http://www.makaelassuitcase.blogspot.com

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