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Essential Makeup Brushes Every Beginner Needs

Essential Makeup Brushes

Maybe you’ve watched beauty influencers apply products on YouTube. Maybe you always love the way your best friend’s makeup looks. What you may not realize is that it’s not always about the products these individuals are using. Sometimes, it’s all about the quality and style of their cosmetic brushes. As you start your own makeup journey, having the best tools for the job can make all the difference. Don’t worry, though! That doesn’t mean you have to pay a fortune to build up your brush collection.

There are many different materials and shapes to makeup brushes that will affect your end result. It can all be a little daunting for beginners, so here’s a breakdown of the essential makeup brushes and what you need to know to get the best effects.

Brush Materials

There are two major types of makeup brush bristles - synthetic and natural. Synthetic bristles are more affordable and shed less when you wash them. Natural bristles are usually made from soft animal hair and may even cause allergies with some users.

At Billion Dollar Brows, we’ve designed our own line of essential brushes to include bristles that are infused with charcoal. These brushes are completely cruelty-free, vegan, and offer the softness or firmness needed for different application purposes. The addition of charcoal infusion gives them an antimicrobial effect that helps keep your skin and pores clean and looking flawless.

Eyebrow Brush

An  eyebrow brush will quickly become one of your most essential makeup brushes! It combines a firm, angled brush head with a spoolie on the other end. Use the brush end with powders, pomades, and more to fill out your brows and create a more defined look. Use the spoolie to blend and soften the product, while combing your hair in a natural direction.


Billion Dollar Brows eyebrow brush

Billion Dollar Brows Eyebrow Brush ($16)

Billion Dollar Brows smudge brush

Smudge Brush ($16)

Smudge Brush

Our smudge brush is made with a straight edge and synthetic bristles that are just pliable enough to soften the harsh lines of eyeliner and eyeshadow. The shape lets you easily reach the corners of your eyes. Use this brush with powders and creamy products, like when you want to use a highlighter and concealer to add contrast to your brows. It’s a versatile tool that’s essential to your makeup brush collection.

Concealer Brush

This brush is small, flat, and includes a rounded edge. It’s perfect for use with liquid concealers and lets you apply products to the smaller areas of your face, like above and below the eyes. You can also use the concealer brush to zero in on problem areas you’d rather cover up. As a part of your beginner set of essential makeup brushes, this tool allows you to deposit the perfect amount of concealer and smooth it out for a natural look.

Billion Dollar Brows concealer brush

Billion Dollar Brows Concealer Brush ($14)

Billion Dollar Brows foundation brush

Billion Dollar Brows Foundation Brush ($18)

Foundation Brush

The Billion Dollar Brows Foundation Brush is larger than the concealer brush and features a flat and rounded edge to help you apply liquid or cream foundation to your face and neck. Soft bristles ensure a smooth application that won’t leave streaks and harsh lines of color. When using large brushes to apply makeup to your entire face daily, you definitely want the antimicrobial effects of charcoal. You don’t have to wash your brush as often to keep it clean and bacteria-free.


Powder Brush

Our large, soft, fluffy powder makeup brush is, you guessed it - perfect for applying any powder makeup like shine-reducing powder, bronzer, or blush. Makeup brushes like this are essential to your daily set. The design gives you less powder fall out and lets your color glide on effortlessly. Apply and blend your powders at the same time!

Billion Dollar Brows powder brush

Billion Dollar Brows Powder Brush ($24)

Billion Dollar Brows contour brush

Billion Dollar Brows Contour Brush ($22)

Contour Brush

Thanks to its densely packed bristles and angled edge, our cream and powder contour brush gives you the perfect buff and blend. Apply contour makeup to the specific areas you want to highlight, and buff and blend the edges for a natural, smooth appearance. Add contour to your jawline and cheekbones. It works well with both powder and cream makeup. It’s literally a 3-in-1 brush that lets you apply, buff, and blend with the same tool!

Highlighter Brush

The highlighter makeup brush is small with a rounded end. It’s excellent for applying small amounts of highlight color that you want to stay in place all day long. You can use it to highlight your brows, eyes, and any other areas that need some extra contrast to really pop. Our highlighter brush is the perfect length and softness, so you can really control your color application and blend it naturally.

Billion Dollar Brows highlighter brush

Billion Dollar Brows Highlighter Brush ($18)

When you have the right tools in your makeup arsenal, creating a flawless, Instagram-worthy look is easier than it seems. Don’t struggle using brushes that weren’t meant for the job at hand. At Billion Dollar Brows, we’ve crafted the perfect essential makeup brushes to accentuate your eyebrows, apply basic foundations, and contour your face. Browse our cosmetic brushes today for beginner-friendly choices that you’ll fall in love with!