Must Have Makeup Tools Part I

Makeup brushes are probably one of the most important yet often overlooked beauty products. So what is so great about them? Using a brush not only gives you a more precise application, but is also a great tool for blending.

Below is a list of makeup brushes I believe everyone should have handy:

1. Small eyeshadow brush – use this to apply eyeshadow in the inner corner, on the crease or on the brow bone.

2. Medium eyeshadow brush – use this to apply eyeshadow all over the lid.

3. Large eyeshadow brush – use this for blending.

4. Liner brush – use this to line your top/lower lashes.

5. Spoolie /Clean mascara wand – use this to brush your eyebrows or blend brow color.

6. Blush brush – use this to apply blush or highlighter.

7. Powder brush – use this to apply powder or sweep off excess makeup.

8. Lip brush – use this to apply lipstick or concealer.

Tips On Using Makeup Brushes

* When buying eyeshadow brushes, pick ones with firm bristles. For blush/powder brushes, make sure the hair is soft enough.

* Clean your brushes every week. Wash them gently with a baby shampoo, lay them flat and let them air-dry.

* If you wear makeup all the time, it is wise to invest in a good set of brushes. They can last at least a couple of years if you take good care of them.

Tomorrow I will post more about other makeup tools. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or need recommendations.

Read my Must Have Makeup Tools Part II!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I Googled around forever trying to find a definitive list like this and now here I find it on your website, which is already in my favourites! You really do have everything up LOL

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