Makeup Brushes

There are so many makeup brushes to choose from, it can become very overwhelming. However, choosing the right brush is like finding a soul mate, you didn’t know what you were missing until they came into your life and now you cannot imagine life without them. There are so many brushes though, how’s a person to know which one to take a chance on? Today I am going to talk about my 5 favorite eye makseup brushes (as well as a couple of others) we’ll go over some of the tips and tricks that will hopefully empower you to take a chance and fall in love with some of your own favorite brushes.

crease brush

Before we begin any brush exploration, here is a rule of thumb. Synthetic hair brushes are meant to be used in the application of liquids and creams, while natural hair brushes are meant for powders. Also, let me preface by saying that while many of the brushes I am talking about today are made from natural animal hair, no animals have been harmed or killed in the making of these brushes.

Ok now for some of my favorites. First and foremost, the Deluxe Shader, this brush is fantastic. It’s a long, flat brush made of pony and ox hair, and is a pretty dense brush, yet still soft. It is fantastic for applying eye shadow to large areas of the eye. I use this brush daily to apply a base color to my entire eyelid and brow bone, followed by a medium color applied directly on my eye lid. When picking a brush to use in this manner, you want to make sure it is dense enough to apply a good amount of product but soft enough so that the color is not too intense.

My second favorite brush is the Crease brush, it’s long and soft with a tapered end and it’s made of goat hair which makes it so very soft. I LOVE this brush for getting into the crease between my eyelid and brow bone, it seems to magically deposit the perfect amount of shadow, not too dark and not too light. I also LOVE this brush for blending. If you are looking for clean airbrushed eyes, this is the kind of brush you want! Be sure to stay with something that is soft: brushes that are too dense will deposit too much color.

If you like your crease color to be deeper or more pronounced, the denser Eye Contour brush is also perfect for getting into that area between the lid and brow bone. This brush is also fantastic for highlighting the brow bone and inner eye with PurePressed Eye Shadow colors like Bone and Oyster, I use it for this purpose daily!

The Eye Shader brush is a smaller version of the Deluxe Shader, it’s short and dense but soft and made of pony hair. This brush is great for smaller eyelids, and depositing accent colors. I use this brush on the outer edge of my eyelid to deposit a “pop” of color, like purple or teal, when I want to brighten up a neutral shadow pallet. The size and shape of this brush make it a multi-purpose brush and a must-have in every beauty bag. Another great brush to use for depositing accent colors is the Mini-Dome brush, and as an added bonus, it’s made of both pony hair and synthetic hair so it’s great for cream or powder applications!

The last of my top 5 brushes, but certainly not least, is the Eye Liner/Brow brush. This brush is made of a short, blunt, flat edge that is very firm. The bristles are synthetic which means it is perfect to use wet. You can use this brush to apply powder to your lash line or brows. The opposite end has a sponge tip that is perfect for smudging. My favorite way to use this brush is when I want to get creative with my eyeliner. I spritz the bristles with hydration spray (or water) and then gently press it into whichever eye shadow color I am choosing to use. I then gently press the brush into my lash line, spritz and pick up more shadow as needed. The “liner” will last all day and goes on flawlessly!  Another brush that can be used for this same technique is the Angle Definer brush, which is the same kind of brush at an angle rather than cut straight across. Or you can even use the Detail brush, which is also great for lip liner and smudging as well! All of these brushes contain synthetic fibers so they are perfect for wet applications.

hydration spray

If you want to get more detailed with your eye shadow, the Small Fluff brush is perfect for adding definition around your eyes or adding extra color from the corner of your eye to the bottom lash line. This is your go-to brush for smoky eyes. It is made of pony hair and is very small and fluffy. The Smudge brush is also great for smoky eyes because it can add precise definition around your eyes. It is made of pony hair, and is small and round like the Small Fluff brush; however, the Smudge brush is much denser than the Small Fluff brush.

If you are looking for a brush that is great for cream bases, such as Lid Primers or Eye Glosses, the Sculpting brush is perfect. It is a small flat headed dense brush made of synthetic fibers and is perfect for applying liquid and cream based eye products.

Phew! Well that’s the low down on eye makeup brushes. Hopefully you are now well versed in what different shaped brushes do and what results you can achieve. Feel free to ask questions, and it is my hope that each and every one of you will find your own brush soul mate(s)!


  1. Hi, I just wanted to say that I am a make-up artist and Hairstylist and these brushes are great. I wish I had these when I was doing a make-over on someone,or just for myself. It is a great product,indulge yourself,you are worth it. thank you,Cat

  2. There are lots of information. I am always a fan of make up, even though my mom did not really teach me how to do it. I learn mostly from books (before youtube). As I’m getting better doing it, I learn that make up brushes are very important in achieving flawless make up. It does not matter if you use a hundred dollar foundation if your brush is not good, you will end up with uneven face. I evolved from using finger for my foundation to cosmetic sponge to flat foundation brush and finally to stippling brush.  Hostess torino

  3. I have used Jane Iredale products for over two years now. Unfortunately, I’m on my fourth handi brush. I purchase the Jane Iredale brush cleaning spray and I follow the cleaning instructions to a “T,” (careful not to get the glue wet), but nothing seems to help. My brushes continue to come out in clumps. The last one began to come out in clumps before I even washed used it a second time. I am bad about keeping receipts, so I’m never able to return them.

  4. Hi Katie,    We’re sorry this is happening! You mentioned that you have the cleaning spray, do you have the TrulyPure Shampoo & Conditioner as well? The Botanical Brush Cleaner is primarily for professional use or in between cleanings. To use it you should spray a little brush cleaner on a tissue and rub the brush gently on the tissue. The brush should never be washed or sprayed directly with the Botanical Brush Cleaner as it contains alcohol, which can damage the brush. For regular use you should use the TrulyPure Shampoo & Conditioner or a mild soap like baby shampoo to gently wash the bristles and then lie them flat to dry. We would be happy to exchange this brush through our e-commerce site, I will contact you privately for more details.    Joanna

  5. Hi – what is the best way to clean eyeshadow off your brushes when using them for a different eye shadow triple from one day to the next? I use the TrulyPure Shampoo & Conditioner once a month to clean them. Can I just wipe them on a tissue or rinse with water in between cleanings? Thanks!

  6. Hello, I have many of these brushes and I love them! I have never had any problem with them and I don’t do anything special to take care of them other then clean them with mild shampoo or face wash. My question is which brush would be best for STIPPLING on the BB or Dream Tint? I picked up a cheap Stippling brush and I love the finish I get using it so now I want to get one from JI. I have 3 Handi brushes but was afraid to try them on the liquid make-up. Any idea which would be the best brush for stippling? Thanks

    1. Hi Joanne,

      Great question! You may like the Foundation Brush for stippling. The Blending Brush is also great for BB Cream, but it has softer, loose bristles and may not be the best to stipple with. Both of these have synthetic bristles, which is what you want to use for liquid and cream foundations.

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