How to Use Oval/Toothbrush Shaped Makeup Brushes

How to Use Oval/Toothbrush Shaped Makeup Brushes

There’s been a bit of a brush mania recently on the blog! I’ve been loving sharing with you some of my favourite new makeup brush additions. I want to add to that these gorgeous rose gold and black beauties. You may have seen the “toothbrush” brushes before, aptly named because of their peculiar shape, but what in the world are they used for? If you’ve been confused by what purpose each of these little brushes serves, then carry on reading as I demystify their purpose.

How to Use Oval/Toothbrush Shaped Makeup Brushes

How to Use Toothbrush Shaped Makeup Brushes

These oval shaped beauties or toothbrush shaped brushes have become quite the rage in the beauty scene. This post may be a little bit behind the times if you think about it, but even though these brushes are stunning and fill up our Instagram feeds, the reality is that we don’t all know what purpose each of these oddly shaped brushes serves for our makeup routine.

So, what makes these brushes so different?

Aside from the obvious, which is the shape the special thing about these brushes is the density of fibers. These brushes have many more hair fibers than a typical makeup brush making it pretty much one surface. Due to the density of the fibers the product seems to magically sit on top instead of getting lost between the hair fibers – as normally happens with a typical makeup brush.

While they can be initially intimidating, once you get the hang ofthe brushes and know the purpose of each one I capretty much guarantee that they will become your favourite brushes! Let’s find out what each brush is used for.

How to Use Oval/Toothbrush Shaped Makeup Brushes

This particular set comes with 6 makeup brushes and each of them serves a distinct purpose during your application regime.

The largest oval brush can be used for a few different purposes, but is more than likely going to be used to apply your base makeup. That can range from liquid, powder, mousse, and any other foundation you may think of. You can apply the product on your face and go from there or you can apply it directly to the brush. I’ve found that a little bit does go a really long way with these brushes. If you want to avoid a caked on look your best bet is to gradually build your coverage. Finish applying your product by using sweeping motions to get the product fully blended onto your skin. Another use for the large oval brush is to apply moisturiser – it is said that Kylie Jenner loves that method.

The second largest brush doesn’t appear to be that much different in size to the foundation brush, but there is a slight difference. I happen to find that brush perfect for applying powder to set my makeup in place.

The third largest brush is what I use to contour. I don’t go really crazy with this one to define, but it does work to apply bronzer and to blend it out evenly. My contouring routine focuses on my cheekbones and some definition on the jawline and this brush has proved to perfect for that.

The smallest of the oval brushes is my favourite for applying highlight or blush. I tend to be cautious about overdoing the blusher for your day to day application and this brush has proved to be quite excellent to blend it all in and give me the exact intensity of colour that I want.

The only brush of the bunch that actually looks like a toothbrush is the brush is my go to for anything that needs to be defined. You can use this brush to help you create a smoked out look of your eyeliner or eye shadow, to blend in your brow powder, or even to contour smaller places like the nose.

The last brush of the bunch, which is the small round brush is one that can be used for adding highlight to the tip of nose, the cupids bow, or for anything that need to be even more precise.

I love that these brushes are so versatile and that what I have established as my routine can be completely different from your own. I hope that this loose guide gave you a bit of insight if you’ve been as lost as I was in the past when it came to using toothbrush/oval makeup brushes. The pricing for this brush design can vary, but you can find this specific 6 piece set on Zaful for under £13!

I’d love to know how you use them! As always let me know in the comments.  

brushes c/o Zaful // as always all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way // thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog 
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  • ThatgirlSue

    I need these brushes in my life! they look amazing

  • I’ve not tried oval shaped brushes before but I love the idea of them x

  • I have never seen brushes in this design before, but they do sound ideal brushes to have, and would look lovely on your dressing table x

  • I have oval brushes and they have been a great addition to my make up routine. I love this set from Zaful x

  • I’ve never actually seen brushes like this before. They sound very interesting in their uses and I really do love the rose gold design. The price is really reasonable as well!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I’ve seen these brushes but never really bothered trying them. i just don’t like the look of them, much prefer my regular brushes x

  • Laura

    I’ve seen so many of the high end, very expensive versions of the oval brushes but when I came across the budget versions in primark, I thought I’d try them out. They’re absolutely BRILLIANT and really make my makeup look Beyonce FLAWLESS! xxx

  • I tend to use the smaller ones right in the corner under my eyes as they get in the spots better. I have tried some of the ones from Primark and for low cost they’re not bad x

  • These are different, I have not seen anything like this, very interesting. I’m lazy so I always use my fingers to put makeup on, but can see anyone who is precise in their makeup routine would love these.

  • There a different and remind me that i totally need to buy some new makeup brushes. xx

  • I use this sort of brushes and they’re pretty cool, I really like them 🙂

  • Baby Isabella

    Wowee! These oval brushes look really unusual. Almost retro in the way they are styled. Too nice to use 😉 we’d just sit and look at them!

  • I have one of these brushes and I just love it, I need to get more of them

  • I haven’t tried these brushes yet but would love to! They look so sleek as well.

  • I have a whole set of these brushes and use them for absolutely everything, I love them x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I read this as ‘How to use a Toothbrush’ ha oops! I love my Oval brushes x

  • lianne

    I bought one of these as I love the look of them but couldnt get on with it so went back to my usual sponge, maybe I should try some different sizes

  • fashion-mommy

    I haven’t used them, but do think they look absolutely stunning, and yes, like a toothbrush.

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I have never seen them before, but they look great. Very professional. I think I should learn how to use a regular one first though haha.

  • Those brushes really looks gorgeous! I never tried those but I would love to try it, looks very elegant as well. Before I have no idea what are those brushes for until I became interested with make-ups.

  • francesca

    I’ve not used these brushes yet I know they are super soft but I do love my beauty blender I’d feel so alien trying these instead!

  • I have a similar set and I did find that I used more foundation than I usually would, but I love using the smaller ones for contouring as they look great 🙂

    Dani x

  • These brushes are beautiful and make putting on makeup so much easier! I love the shape of them!

  • I love the color of these brushes- I saw some similar on Instagram the other day, but I had no idea how to use them until now!

  • Annie Bean

    Stunning brushes – but not ever tried this type before (as in style) I feel a little intimidated by them more than anything as they look so professional!