The curved brushes that’ll change your makeup application
The new generation of brushes aren’t just here to look cool
By Carli Alman
Beauty Crew Editor / July 07 2017
We all have an idea in our heads of what makeup brushes look like. Powder and kabuki brushes are typically dome-like; foundation brushes are usually flat; and eyeshadow brushes don’t often veer too far away from the standard small shape that fits perfectly into the crease of your eye.
But it’s time to throw everything you think you know about makeup brush shapes out the window and embrace a new generation of brushes that are designed to help you achieve a flawless application every time.
Lest you think these quirky waves and curves exist purely because it looks cool, read on to find out how each of these new brushes can up your makeup game tenfold
Sephora Collection PRO Contour No 82
While the Sephora Collection PRO Contour No 82 doesn’t quite look like the traditional kabuki you’ve come to know and love, the wavy design certainly serves a purpose, especially when it comes to bronzing and highlighting. Designed to hug the contours of the face, the soft bristles will deposit the perfect amount of powder for a sculpted finish.
Elizabeth Arden Dual End Contour Foundation Brush
The dual-ended design of the Elizabeth Arden Dual End Contour Foundation Brush is an asset in itself, but it’s the heart shape of the larger side that’s going to improve your foundation application. The unique shape of the makeup brush helps you blend foundation in those hard-to-blend areas. Think: around the nose, around your eyes, and along your jawline.
Rae Morris Jishaku #6.5: Angle Eye Blender
There are eyeshadow blending brushes, and then there’s Rae Morris’ Jishaku Angle Eye Blender brush. Made from goat hair and shaped almost like a semi-circle if you look at it from the top, this makeup brush has been specifically designed to expertly blend eyeshadow into your socket area and up into the brow bone. It’s a great tool for those larger eye shapes, hooded lids, and prominent brow bones when you’re trying to hide and lift the eye.
e.l.f. Sculpting Face Brush
Killer cheekbones are closer than you think with a brush like e.l.f. Sculpting Face Brush in your kit. The density of the bristles paired with the curved shape allow for a seamless contour application. And the bristles work with powders, creams and liquids, so pick your contouring poison and get to it.
Shiseido Instroke Eyeliner Brush
It’s the curve in the handle of the Shiseido Instroke Eyeliner Brush that eyeliner lovers are going to froth over. While the bristles have been designed to fit perfectly onto the waterline, the handle ensures your fingers and hand don’t get in the way so you can achieve a seamless stroke.
Available in August.
Estée Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush
While the Estée Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush looks like it’ll be perfect for contouring (and it is), it really shines as a foundation brush. Designed with direction from top makeup artists around the globe, the short and dense brushes are ergonomically shaped to intuitively follow the natural contours of your face. You’re essentially only a few strokes away from a flawless foundation application.
MAC 141 Synthetic Face Fan Brush
The combination of a flared, fan shape and densely packed bristles allows for excellent, even coverage using a variety of mediums. The MAC 141 Synthetic Face Fan Brush will work excellently for foundation application, but you’ll find it’ll work a treat to apply any kind of powder, cream or liquid, too.
Zoeva 113 Fluid Arc
A curved contour brush with a difference. The Zoeva 113 Fluid Arc makeup brush features a nifty little dip at the tip of the bristles (almost like a shallow bowl) to hold your product for an even application. The flexibility of the bristles and the curves will help the brush adjust to any face shape and feature.
By Terry Soft Oval Expert Brush
We’ve been seeing an influx of oval-shaped foundation brushes, and for good reason. The soft bristles of By Terry Soft Oval Expert Brush paired with its density will make blending your foundation a breeze, leaving a seamless, flawless and natural finish. The long handle of the design will also help give you maximum control.
Not sure what brushes to keep in your kit? Read our makeup brush 101 to find out what you should stock up on.
What are your go-to brushes? Please share with us in the comments below/
Image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.