How Do I Choose the Best Smudge Brush?

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A smudge brush is a tool that is used in the application of eye makeup such as eye shadow and eyeliner. Such a brush is also frequently used in creating a “smoky eye” effect. When choosing a smudge brush, keep in mind that it should be soft, and should always be used gently. Pulling at the tender skin around your eyes too roughly can lead to injury as well as future wrinkles.

It is best to choose a smudge brush for a specific purpose. If you want one to use when you apply or smudge eyeliner, make sure it is firm enough to suit your purpose. If you want one with which to apply eyeshadow, it doesn’t need to be as firm. Some people use one brush for both applications but using separate brushes is recommended. This is true not only because certain brushes may work better with particular types of eye makeup but also to keep the different types of cosmetics from mixing on the brush.


When choosing any type of makeup brushes, it makes sense to choose quality construction as well as options that can be cared for easily. Many brushes can simply be cleaned by washing with water and mild soap and then being allowed to air dry. You may wish to hang makeup brushes, including a smudge brush, upside down while drying. This is especially true for brushes with bristles or those that are made of fine hair. Checking out the care instructions before making a purchase is a good idea.

A smudge brush may also be made of spongy material. Some eyeliner pencils or crayons come with a smudging tool on one end. This option may be sufficient for your needs but you may wish to compare other makeup brushes as well. Professional tools are also available from cosmetology suppliers, and those who apply makeup in a professional setting can be a great source for recommendations.

Another type of smudge brush is a utility available for computer photo, “paint,” or other art programs. The feature is used to create a number of different artistic effects, one of which is creating the sense of movement in images that contain water. A watercolor paint effect can also be created along with many other creative options. For this type of smudge brush look for tools with features that you think you will use frequently.


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@heavanet- If you prefer to use a bristle smudge brush, you should look for one that has natural bristles. Since they have the tendency to be softer than other types of bristles, a smudge brush made of natural bristles is better for sensitive skin.

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@heavanet- I think that smudge brushes that have sponge tips are softer and easier to use than those with bristles. Sometimes bristle smudge brushes can be harsh, which is irritating to the skin. Some also have bristles that fall out, which is also uncomfortable to sensitive skin.

When choosing a bristle smudge brush, look for one that has a long handle for the best results. This will give you the control you will need to effectively smudge your makeup. The long handle will also allow you to apply gentle pressure, which is also important when your skin is prone to irritation.

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Does anyone have any thoughts about choosing between a smudge brush made of bristles versus one that has a sponge tip? I need one that is soft and gentle because I have sensitive skin.

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