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Our Ultimate Makeup Brush Guide

September 15, 2021
Spectrum's Makeup Brush Guide

Create flawless looks with our complete brush guide!




Makeup brushes are essential to achieving that flawless, airbrushed look, but with so many brush shapes available, it can be hard to know what each brush is designed to do and which ones will help you create the look you want. So, we’ve made finding the right brush for you as easy as A,B,C, with our ultimate brush guide!

Our brushes are numbered to show how each bristle shape can be used:
A for Application
B for Blending
C for Contouring.

But of course, all of our brushes are multi-purpose, so you can use them in whatever way suits you! Select a brush category below to jump straight in:

- FACE MAKEUP BRUSHES
Concealer
Contour
Highlighter
Foundation
Powder

- EYE MAKEUP BRUSHES
Blending
Detail
Eyebrow


FACE MAKEUP BRUSHES



Concealer




A18 - Oval Concealer Makeup Brush

The flat shape and rounded flexible bristles will effortlessly apply cream and liquid products onto the skin to conceal dark circles, redness and breakouts. For best results use the tip of the brush for precise application before blending the product in light strokes for a smooth and streak-free finish.

A18 Oval Concealer Makeup Brush



A29 - Mini Luxe Paddle Makeup Brush

This multi-taking brush is perfect for flawless concealer or adding the finishing touch to your makeup. Use the feather-soft bristles of the mini paddle brush to lightly tap concealer to the under eye area before blending to an airbrush finish with the fluffy tapered tip.

A29 Mini Luxe Paddle Makeup Brush


Contour



B05 - Precise Buffer Makeup Brush

The compact brush head will effortlessly glide over the contours of the face and harder to reach areas like around the nose. For best result lightly stipple your chosen cream and liquid products onto the desired areas of the face before buffing outwards in small circular motions.

B05 Precise Buffer Makeup Brush



C07 - Multi Complexion Makeup Brush

The smooth oval tip and flat paddle shape will seamlessly apply and blend products with a diffused airbrush effect. For best results apply your contour using the tip of the brush before lightly buffing the product with the body of the brush to blend out any harsh lines and achieve natural-looking definition.

C07 Multi Complexion Makeup Brush


Highlighter



A10 - Small Fan Makeup Brush

For best results lightly work the flat bristles back and forth across the cheekbone, brow bone and cupids bow for a diffused and natural glow. This multi-taking brush can also be used to sweep away any product fallout from under the eyes.

A10 Small Fan Makeup Brush



B08 - Magic Wand Makeup Brush

The flame shaped tip allows for precise application whilst the slightly crimped bristles will pick up the perfect amount of powder for an even application and a diffused soft-focus finish. For a natural glow lightly dust highlighter onto the cheekbones, or for a more intense highlight sweep the product back and forth and layer for impact.

B08 Magic Wand Makeup Brush


Foundation



A02 - Angled Foundation Makeup Brush

The densely-packed slanted bristles of the angled foundation brush will flawlessly buff and blend a variety of foundations onto the skin for an airbrushed finish. For best results, starting from the centre of the face buff foundation in small circular motions before using the angled head in light stroking motions to distribute the product across the rest of the face for a seamless finish.

A02 Angled Foundation Makeup Brush



A03 - Oval Foundation Makeup Brush

The flat shape and flexible bristles of the oval foundation brush allow for easy
application, layering and blending of liquid and cream foundations. Precisely apply product to the contours of the face in light strokes for a smooth and streak-free finish. This multi-purpose brush can also be used to apply primer or skincare to prepare the skin for the perfect base.

A03 Oval Foundation Makeup Brush



B01 - Flat Top Buffer Makeup Brush

Lightly dab foundation onto the desired areas of the face with the flat top bristles, before blending outwards in small circular motions for an airbrushed finish. For heavier coverage and real staying power, lightly bounce the brush onto the face, pressing the foundation into the skin.

B01 Flat Top Buffer Makeup Brush



B02 - Domed Buffer Makeup Brush

The rounded synthetic bristles will effortlessly glide over the contours of the face, evenly distributing liquid, cream and powder products. Lightly dab foundation onto the desired areas of the face before blending outwards in small circular motions with light pressure to diffuse any harsh lines and achieve a professional finish.

B02 Domed Buffer Makeup Brush



D04 - Dewy Foundation Makeup Brush

Our duo fibre face brush has two different lengths of synthetic taklon fibres. The shorter bristles create a stable base while the longer hairs swirl and blend liquid or powder products effortlessly. Use the flat side of the bush to apply liquid, cream and powder products before lightly buffing with the tip of the brush for a streak-free, diffused finish.

D04 Dewy Foundation Makeup Brush


Powder



A01 - Domed Powder Makeup Brush

The luxuriously soft bristles of the loose powder brush are designed to evenly
disperse loose or pressed powders onto the skin for a flawless finish. For best results lightly sweep the product onto the skin for a natural finish or to set the look gently pat product onto the skin.

A01 Powder Makeup Brush



A04 - Tapered Finishing Makeup Brush

The tapered shape of this medium sized finishing brush allows for precise application of powder products to the skin. For best results lightly sweep bronzer, highlighter or setting powder onto the face for the perfect finishing touch.

A04 Tapered Finishing Makeup Brush



A05 - Precision Blush Makeup Brush

The expertly designed shape of the angled cheek brush will effortlessly hug the
contours of your cheek for precise application of contour powder or coloured blush. Use the soft rounded bristles to sweep the perfect amount of product onto the cheekbones before lightly buffing in small circular motions for a professionally
blended finish.

A05 Precision Blush Makeup Brush



EYE MAKEUP BRUSHES



Blending



MA06 - Large Fluffy Shader Makeup Brush

Use the wide flat shape of the brush for application of powder or cream shadows to the entire lid. The large fluffy head gives a really soft blended finish, perfect for an every day eye look or use to build and blend colour for more intense finish.

MA06 Large Fluffy Shader Makeup Brush



B06 - Tall Tapered Blender Makeup Brush

The super soft bristles gently fan out at the tip to create a softly domed shape that fits perfectly into the crease of the eye. Starting from the outer corner of your lid; blend pressed or loose pigments back and forth in a windscreen wiper motion for seamless blends across the entire lid, into the crease and up to the brow bone.

B06 Tall Tapered Blender Makeup Brush



MB07 - Luxe Crease Blender Makeup Brush

Add definition to your eye makeup with the super soft synthetic bristles that taper at the tip and effortlessly glides across the lid and into the crease of the eye. Start with the tip of the brush in the hollow of the outer crease and work the brush in light, short back-and-forth strokes.

MB07 Luxe Crease Blender Makeup Brush



B10 - Mini Blender Makeup Brush

The silky soft fanned bristles of the mini tapered blender will effortless blend shadows and pigments across the entire lid. The compact brush head provides precision and control when creating intricate eye looks, whilst the tall fluffy bristles will seamlessly blend out any harsh lines without patchiness or muddiness.

B10 Mini Blender Makeup Brush


Detail



A07 - Colour Applicator Makeup Brush

The flat paddle shape is perfect for packing pigments onto the eyelid, whilst the fluffy synthetic bristles can be used to diffuse the colour for a softer and smokier finish.

A07 Colour Applicator Makeup Brush



A09 - Angled Eyeliner Makeup Brush

This little cutie is our thinnest brush. The pointed tip is designed for application of gel, cream or liquid eyeliner in an easy fluid movement, and allows for extra control right up to the lash line. Best for those who like a fine line.

A09 Angled Eyeliner Makeup Brush



A12 - Fluffy Pencil Makeup Brush

The fluffy tapered tip of the pencil brush will effortlessly blend shadow in the crease of the eye and along the lash line. Use the defined brush head to highlight the inner corners, add depth of colour to the crease and effortlessly emphasise the eyes.

A12 Fluffy Pencil Makeup Brush



A13 - Short Smudger Makeup Brush

This beautiful brush is the perfect tool for applying powder or cream eye shadow around the lash line, to get a soft & smudgy effect. The short bristles are feathered, so you can build the colour to be as intense as you like.

A13 Short Smudger Makeup Brush



A16 - Precision Crease Makeup Brush

The flat rounded bristles of the precision crease brush fit perfectly into the eye socket. Use for precise application of concealer and primer to the eyelid for the ultimate cut-crease. The firm synthetic bristles are also ideal for packing on glitter pigments or applying and blending lipstick and gloss. 

A16 Precision Crease Makeup Brush



A28 - Flat Fluffy Shader Makeup Brush

Load the flat side of the brush with product before lightly pressing onto the eyelid. To soften the look use the fluffy tip of the brush to blend and diffuse the pigment. The small brush head is perfect for adding depth of colour to the crease and lower lash line.

A28 Flat Fluffy Shader Makeup Brush


Eyebrow



A17 - Precision Angled Brow Brush

Expertly define, shape and fill your brows with the firm and precise bristles of the angled brow brush. Use a small amount of product on the flat edge of the brush and apply in light hair stokes for a natural looking finish.

A17 Precision Angled Brow Brush



A24 - Double Ended Brow Styler Brush

Shape, fill and groom your brows to perfection with the double-ended brow styler. Use the firm angled brush head for precise application of powder, gel or cream products in hair-like strokes to the brows, before softening and blending the products with the comb for a natural finish.

A24 Double Ended Brow Styler Brush



It's also so important to regularly clean your brushes, to maximise makeup application, prolong the life of your brushes and avoid any product and bacteria build-up, which can cause skin irritation and breakouts. We're here to help with our brush cleaning towel, brush soaps and a guide on how to clean your brushes.

Don't forget to tag us in your looks on Instagram darlings and why not check out our full range of single makeup brushes and makeup brush sets x



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A18 - Oval Concealer
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A29 - Mini Paddle
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B05 - Precise Buffer
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3 reviews
C07 - Multi Complexion Brush
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A10 - Small Fan
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39 reviews
B08 - Magic Wand
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A02 - Angled Foundation
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A03 - Oval Foundation
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B01 - Buffing Foundation
£9.99 GBP

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38 reviews
B02 - Domed Foundation
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11 reviews
D04 - Dewy Foundation
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A01 - Domed Powder
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A04 - Tapered Finisher
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A05 - Angled Cheek
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MA06 - Large Fluffy Shader
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B06 - Tall Tapered Blender
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36 reviews
MB07 - Tall Crease Blender
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6 reviews
B10 - Mini Tapered Blender
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A07 - Colour Applicator
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23 reviews
A09 - Fine Eye Liner
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