Over the years I have collected and tried out a fair amount of makeup brushes. Finally I feel like I have a good variety of brushes that I love and grab frequently. Majority of the brushes I own are reasonably priced, but there are many great options available at all price points (There are 4 brushes under $3 on this list!). What are some of your favorite brushes that you grab regularly?
1. Foundation: I love a good dense buffing brush to put on my foundation, it gives a clean airbrushed look to your base. The densely packed bristles of Real Technique's Expert Face Brush does a great job at giving your foundation a streak free finish, I also love to use it to blend in my under eye concealer.
2. Contouring: I have by no means mastered contouring, but with Bare Escentuals Angled Blush Brush it is easier to get a precision line for contouring. The angle of the brush helps me line up where my contour should go. The goat hair bristles are great at seamlessly blending it in, so it looks more natural.
3. Blush: My typical go to blush brush is my MAC 129SE . The size is great for applying blush to the apples of my cheeks, it is neither too large nor to small. The medium packed bristles help blend the right amount of blush without going overboard.
4. Bronzer: Most days I apply a little bronzer in the E3 pattern to warm up my complexion. I love applying it with my fluffy Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Face Brush, the medium large size is great for blending in bronzer quickly for an all over glow.
5. Powder: Sephora has recently changed the look of their brushes, but the massive puff that is the Sephora #30 Large Powder Brush , is great for dusting a thin layer of setting powder over your foundation to help it stay all day.
6. Flat Shader: The ELF Essential Eyeshadow Brush is great for packing on color to the lid, it is not too small or too large to quickly apply a wash of eyeshadow, plus it is really hard to beat the price.
7. Fluffy Blending: For applying and blending a transition color, I love the Sigma Beauty E25. The fluffy goat hair brush, is great at applying and blending out eyeshadow in your crease. I love to use it for blending out harsh lines as well as for creating a smokey blown out eyeshadow look.
8. Precision Blending: For a more precise crease color application or if you want to darken up the crease I always grab for my Up & Up Crease Brush. I have about 3 of these brushes, they are great for blending out the harsh lines while staying in a more specific area.
9. Pencil: Great for darkening the outer corner and blending under the lower lash line the Sigma Beauty E30 is a great multi-tasker, I love it for blending out eyeliner for a more smokey look as well. This eyeshadow brush gives the most precise application out of all the eyeshadow brushes.
10. Smudge: This short dense brush is also good for bending shadow along the lower lash line or smudging eyeliner for a more smokey look, but I mostly love to use the Up & Up Smudge Brush for highlighting. This short dense brush is great for a precise application of shadow to highlight the inner corner or under your eyebrow.
11. Thin Eyeliner: I have been forever on the hunt for a great fine eyeliner brush. The Real Technique's Fine Liner Brush is the thinnest brush I have found. The synthetic hairs are great for applying a thin line of gel eyeliner, it also makes it easy to create a thick eyeliner line as well.
12. Angled Eyeliner: This brush is also a great multi-tasker, you could use it to fill in your eyebrows (although I have another one I like the best) but personally I like it best for creating a cat eye with my eyeliner. The synthetic bristles of the Up & Up Eyeliner Brush are great for grabbing and depositing gel eyeliner, while the angle of the brush helps to create the flick of the cat eye with ease.
13. Eyebrow: You can pretty much get away with using any dense angled brush to do your eyebrows but no matter what I always go back to this Taklon Angled Brush that I got at an art supply store (art supply stores are great places to find brushes to use for makeup, sometimes its good to think outside the box). The stiffness of the bristles helps precisely fill your eyebrows without getting to thick in areas.