Brushes 101 – Eye Brushes

Posted By on July 23, 2017 in All Things Makeup | 0 comments

Brushes 101 – Eye Brushes

Today we are going to be talking all about eye brushes! If you missed out on my first post all about face brushes, check that out here!

There are all sorts of different types of brushes and they can all be used for lots of different things. They can change performance from shape to shape or from density to softness. There’s a brush for every need and there are multiples for each one.

So, let’s dive in to all the different types of brushes!

Lid Brushes

Dense Flat brush

There are many flat brushes. The dense flat brush is best to pack color onto the lid. The density of the brush will help apply the shadows true pigmentation and will also help with blending, creating a very pigmented but blended look.

Fluffy Flat brush

This brush can be used to apply highlights to the brow bone, blend out lid shadows, or lightly apply shadows. Since the brush isn’t as dense and has more give, it will apply products in more of a sheer fashion. This brush can apply and blend out shadows simultaneously giving a naturally blended effect to any look.

Oval Flat brush

This is a truly flat brush. Unlike the others it doesn’t have any fluff or density to it, it is flat and thin and it is very easy to work with. It applies shadows in a medium-full pigmentation, not as pigmented as the dense flat brush, but with more intensity than the fluffy flat brush. It cannot blend out shadows as well as the others, due to its flat and thin shape it tends to smear more than a blend. You will find all sizes of the oval flat brush, ranging from very small to large and some can be slightly angled.

Sponge Tip brush

The Sponge Tip brush is best used to apply wet or creamy products. It can apply dry shadows blotchy and not very well blended, altogether leading to a sloppy look. But with a cream eyeshadow it will blend out smooth over the skin. I use the brush to apply primer to my lid, I find it applies the product better than my fingers do. Distributing it evenly and into the skin.

Smudging Brush

Smudging brushes look like very small oval flat top brushes. They can be used to apply shadows to smaller areas like the brow bone or the inner corner, or can also be used to blend or smudge out any shadows creating a faded effect. The size of the brush gives you a lot of control.

Crease Brushes

Round Crease brush

I find this is the best brush to apply color into the crease. The brush shape gives you control, you can apply shades with intensity or you can use a light hand and apply a more sheer layer. It’s small enough to add details into the crease while blending out shadows as well.

Fluffy Crease brush

This brush comes in all sizes, it can be used to apply heavier amounts of shadow or blend out existing product. Since the shape of this brush is larger, applying shadows it won’t be as precise. I find this brush is good to use for smokey eyes when applying excess amount of shadows and wanting them to fade and blend well together.

Blending Crease brush

Blending brushes are typically longer bristled. Some are dense, some are more fluffy. They differ in shape, some have a rounded top, others have a tapered top, and sometimes they are more flat. All of these minor details will attribute to the performance of the brush.

The more dense brushes will blend anything out. This brush can also be used to apply crease shades, blending them into the skin to give a natural effect to any look.

The more fluffy and soft brushes will lightly blend out shadows, creating more of a fade effect. It applies crease shadows layer by layer, it is easy to build up darker shades with this brush and continue to keep it looking fresh and not too much.

Rounded tops will blend out shadows creating a fade, while flat tops will create more of a concentrated look. Tapered tops tend apply shadows in a heavier manner, the blending ability of this brush is more of  a mix between the rounded and flat tops- It blends shadows out like a rounded brush would do, while still giving you the concentrated effect.

Flat Top brush

The flat top brush can be used for the crease or on the lower lash line to give depth to any look. The more dense flat top brushes will apply product with more pigment, while less dense flat top brushes are great to go in for sharp details or to blend out any sharp lines.

Eyeliner Brushes

Pointed Eyeliner brush

This is the most common eyeliner brush out there, I believe. It can be found with liquid, gel and cream eyeliners. It is the easiest brush to create a wing and is small enough to do fine detail. I find it’s shape easiest to work with in general, but especially when it comes the point of a wing or the very inner corner of the eyes. Those are my problem areas and since this brush has such a pointed tip, it’s easy to make the lines as sharp.

Long Eyeliner brush

I love reaching for this brush when I’ve created the shape of my eyeliner with a more detailed brush, but now I need to go in and fill in the gaps. It’s larger tip doesn’t allow me to go in for details. I find that this best works with liquid eyeliners, I find gels can become messier to work with when it comes to this brush.

Angled Eyeliner brush

There are different types of this brush. The more dense and thick version is similar to the long eyeliner brush in the sense that it doesn’t allow too much detail but is great to fill in any gaps.

The slimmer and less dense version of the brush will allow you to create more detail and precise lines. I find this brush best works when it comes to gel eyeliners. I find liquid eyeliners can becomes too messy with this brush.

Tapered Eyeliner brush

With this brush shape you can create most any look. It’s tapered tip can help achieve wings and any small detail work, while the body of the brush is larger than others allowing it to fill in gaps very easily. It’s a brush I love using with liquids and gels. It makes creating the perfect wing effortless.

Eyebrow Brushes

Angled Eyebrow brush

This brush is best used to shape and fill in eyebrows. I wilk take this brush and a brow pomade to create the shape I want my brows to have. This brush also gives me the ability to create any shape I want, bold, sharp edges or natural curves- I can do it all with this brush.

Flat Top Eyebrow/Eyeliner brush

The Flat Top brush is very slim and compact. This brush will give you a bold and strong structure to your brows. It can mimic natural hair strokes with it’s shape and size and a good cream product.

This brush can also be used for eyeliner to create wings or fill in gaps!

Spoolie brush

This brush is meant to help keep your eyebrows tamed. You can brush them into place to make sure the natural shape is the best it can be. It can also be used for other things, like giving your bare lashes a volume, or, to de-clump your lashes when they’re coated with too much mascara, etc.

Eyebrow Grooming brush

This brush sat in my collection for the longest time with me not having any clue what to use it for. Over time I’ve learned a few techniques with it and it is actually pretty similar to the Spoolie brush. You can use the comb side to comb through your lashes and separate mascara that has clung together or you can use the brush end to brush through your brows and make sure everything is blending together to look uniformed.


Let me know if this post helped you learn anything about all the different types of eye brushes there are! Next post on Brushes 101 is going to be all about care-taking for your brushes so make sure you keep an open eye out for that one!

Until next time,

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