4 Makeup Brushes You Need & How To Use Them

If you take one look inside my makeup bag you'll see at least three concealers, two bronzers, five lipsticks, and more eyeliners than I'd like to admit. Yet when it comes down to the makeup brush department, you'll find a total of two — and one isn't even real a brush (it's a blender). I've always just leaned on my fingers to do the job instead. To try something new, I asked a pro all the hard-hitting brush questions out there. Mainly, which brushes should I invest in and what's the best way to use them?

We teamed up with Sephora Collection for Episode 3 of the The Beauty Lab, "The Brush Up" because your fingers will only get you so far. This week, we'll show you which brushes are the easiest to use, and how they'll take your look to the next level. Check out our favorite picks below and see what we learned.

The Beauty Lab is an Instagram Stories series presented by Bustle & Sephora Collection, available only on @Bustle. Each Friday, Irma Elezovic, Bustle's branded beauty editor, will join Helen Phillips, the National Artist for Sephora Collection, to demystify the latest beauty trends.

Here's What We Tried:

We tested a foundation brush, Pro Flawless Airbrush #56, a blush brush, Pro Angled Blush Brush #49, a concealer brush, Pro Concealer Brush #71, and an eyeshadow brush, Pro Shadow Brush #14.

Here's What We Learned:

1. Purchase A Multitasking Foundation Brush

If you have more than one foundation in your makeup bag, then the Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 will make your life a lot easier. It works with powders and liquids, and it's perfect for building coverage without leaving behind any streaks.

2. A Good Eyeshadow Brush Can Be Used In Multiple Ways

Again, if you're on a budget, invest in an eyeshadow brush that has more than one use. The shape of the Pro Shadow Brush #14 allows you to blend color all over the lid, as well as in the crease and outer corner of the eyelid.

3. Apply Blush To The Cheek In The Shape Of A Figure 8

I've always been told to apply blush on the apples of my cheeks using circular motions. But if you sweep it on across your cheekbones in the shape of a figure 8 with a blush brush, you can create an illusion of carved cheeks and still get that natural-looking flush.

Photos: Lauren Perlstein; Hair & Makeup: Ashleigh Ciucci

This post is sponsored by Sephora Collection.