10 Eyeshadow Brushes You Need for any Look

Creating a beautiful eyeshadow look comes down to the right eyeshadow brushes. If you don’t have the right brushes you won’t be able to get the shadow in the right place and it’ll just be a hot mess!

If you’ve always wondered what each brush was for, well, you’re gonna learn today!

Let’s start with the crease:


1) A fluffy blending brush

The first thing I do with this brush is sweep a white color all over the lid. White is just a really good base color for shadows. It also ensure that I have my brow bone color done before I start the rest of my look.

Secondly, I use this brush to add my transition color. If you’re not familiar with makeup terms, the transition color is typically a bronzer type of color that is added to the crease and blended upward. Be sure not to bring this color onto the brow bone.

Where I got mine: BH Cosmetics

2) A tighter fluffy blending brush

I use this brush when I want to add more dimension. It’s great if you want to add another color to the crease, but want to keep that color kind of low.

For example, let’s say I wanted to add a tan color to my transition area, and then a brown in my crease. I would use the tighter fluffy brush for the brown color because it will keep the color concentrated to that area.

Where I got mine: BH Cosmetics

Now let’s move on to the lids:

Excuse the condition of my MAC 239, I’ve had it since high school

3) An angled fluffy brush

This is great for adding color to the outer V of your eye. Keep in mind that when you use this brush in the outer V the color will look more diffuse instead of concentrated.

If you want it to be more concentrated, it’s better to use a tight shader brush and then blend it out with the tight fluffy brush really carefully.

Where I got mine: BH Cosmetics

4) A flat shader brush

MAC 239 is the best flat shader brush that I’ve tried! This brush is mainly used to apply shadows to the lid. It will help to concentrate the color and make the color stand out more.

I wouldn’t recommend using this brush in the crease.

It can also be used to apply shimmery colors on the lid but I find that fingers work best for that and the brush that I’m going to mention next.

Where I got mine: MAC

5) A “concealer” brush

Technically, the brush that I have is used for concealer but I use it to add glitter and shimmer. If you wet the brush with MAC Fix + and add the shadow to your lid, it gives the most beautiful foiled effect!

Where I got mine: CVS (essense of |Beauty)

Other details:


6) Angled brush

This type of brush is great for if you want to create a liner on your eye using shadows.

Where I got mine: Some Walgreens brush set, but Sonia Kashuk makes a great one!

7) Pencil Brush

This brush is great for details. If you want to add a color really tight on your crease or on the outer edge of the eye it works great.

I typically use this brush to smoke out my lower lash line . You would typically used a lighter color here (like a tan/bronzer color brown or a lighter purple).

Where I got mine: Sonia Kashuk (found in Target).

8) Tight tiny shader brush

I like this brush for adding shadows really tightly to my lower lash line. I typically will use a black shadow but you can use any darker color that you’d like (like dark purple for example).

Where I got mine: Some Walgreens brush set

9) Small tight shader brush

This brush is great for detail work. Also great for adding shadows really closely to the upper and lower lash line. This brush is more dense than brushes #8 and #10.

Where I got mine: BH Cosmetics

10) Detailer Brush

I LOVE this brush for adding highlight to my brow bone (just the area where my brow arches) and the tear duct!

Where I got mine: Real Techniques.

Did I miss any other essentials? Let me know in the comments so everyone can read it too! <3

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  • Reply Superman October 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    WOOHOO! Now i know how to do eye shadow. I love the names of these brushes they are cool…” A tighter fluffy blending brush” lol cuteee just like you! Nice job! xoxo heart heart smiley face wink!

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles October 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Xoxo thank you for making me smile after so much stress!! πŸ’–

  • Reply The Style of Laura Jane October 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I have the Mac 239 brush as well and it is really good and building up product onto the eye. The only thing I have different is a much larger fluffy brush, but I think the one’s you have shown are perfect. It is a really good selection. x

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles October 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Ohhh yeah! That’s good to have too! Thanks for reading and sharing! πŸ’–πŸ’–

  • Reply stashy October 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    A well-rounded list! I really like pencil brushes for smudging my lower lash line too. A good all purpose brush that functions to pack on shadow and blend is the MAC 217 – there are many dupes for it at a less expensive price point too.

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles October 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Ohhhhh gotta check that one out! Thanks for sharing!! πŸ˜»πŸ’–

  • Reply Britney October 25, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I definitely need to invest in more makeup brushes. I have like 3 eye brushes, and it’s just not really cutting it. πŸ˜›

    • Reply sayeedahsparkles October 25, 2017 at 2:42 am

      Hahah we all start somewhere lol!

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