Makeup brushes. There are a billion kinds…do you need them all? Nope.
Sparkle & Mine put this great visual together (click through for the article). It’s a very complete visual guide BUT I disagree somewhat.
I’m a big believer in multi-use tools in every aspect of life (why not reduce your cost, industrial waste, and crowdedness of your tool area). What brushes do you need?
Do you use liquid cosmetics?
Foundation Brush: If you’re using liquid foundation, a foundation brush is essential. This keeps your fingers and sponges away from your face (to lower chance of bacterial infection/zits).
Concealer Brush: I recommend a concealer brush or the edge of a foundation brush (with a light & patient hand) for liquid concealer. Liquid blush can be applied with the (clean) fingertip or a concealer brush. Liquid eyeshadow can be applied with the (clean) fingertip or a concealer brush.
Straight-Edge Eyeshadow Brush: (pictured below) For using eyeshadow as a liner, this is essential. It can be used wet, or dry.
Do you use powder cosmetics?
Kabuki Brush: If you’re using powder foundation, a kabuki brush is excellent for even coverage.
Powder Brush (or Fan Brush): If you use powder bronzer, setting powder, and/or blush, you can use a powder brush or fan brush. You can also use the side/edge of it for contouring shades.
Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush: You can use a fluffy eye shadow brush to apply powder highlighter, as well as large-swath eyeshadows (like a brow bone highlighter shade, or an all-over-eyelid shadow).
Dome Eyeshadow Brush: For powder eyeshadows, you can use a dome eyeshadow brush to apply any kind of eyeshadow look. You can also use this brush to apply contouring powder, and slimmer lines of powder highlighter.
Straight-Edge Eyeshadow Brush: (pictured below) For using eyeshadow as a liner, this is essential. It can be used dry, or wet.