DIY | Make your own angled brush

DIY angled brush

I like brushes. I like bargains. I especially like when I get bargains on brushes. The local art supply store had a 40% off sale on brushes and it reminded me that I’ve seen people suggest using artist brushes instead of cosmetic brushes to save money.

I bought two brushes for around $8. One is a large goat hair mop brush. It looks a lot like a giant version of everyone’s favourite blending brush, the MAC 217.

The second is a regular synthetic flat brush, which I very quickly and easily transformed into the perfect stiff angled brush. You can use this type of brush for brows or gel liner. Both cheap and expensive brow kits (like from ELF or Benefit) come with mini angled brushes, but you can get much better control from a full size brush. Here’s how to make your own!

DIY angled brush supplies

You will need sellotape, sharp scissors (these are sewing scissors) and a brush. This is a Pebeo synthetic flat No. 4 brush. You can use these on their own for applying shadows or concealer but the bristles are a little too long for controlled application.

DIY angled makeup brush

First you want to take a small piece of tape and fold it over the bristles. Make sure the bristles aren’t forced out of shape.

cut your own angled brush

Take your sharp scissors and cut diagonally across the bristles. Use the tips of the scissors to snip and refine the angle of the cut to get it perfectly straight and even. This is what you should end up with:

DIY angled brush

Then all you have to do is peel off the tape and you’re done! Like all brushes, make sure you wash it before you use it. This removes any leftover adhesive from the tape and any finishing treatments left on the brush from the factory.

paintbrushes as makeup brushes

Will you try this easy DIY angled brush? Let me know in the comments!

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  • That is such an amazing idea!! Definitely going to try this 🙂 xx

  • Sarah R Thompson

    Which store did you buy these brushes at?

    • I got these from Gordon Harris, but you should be able to find these or similar at any good art supply store!

  • Jamie

    is the one that’s similar to the 217 as soft as the Mac?

    • It is! It’s quite a bit larger than the 217 though. I’ve been using it for a while now and I find it’s good for a final blend over an eye look or to apply highlighter on my cheekbones.

  • Stacy

    awesome! another great post.

  • Simona

    omg this is genius … im about to try it in a few minutes ^^