I’ve had several people ask me to make a post talking about some of my favorite makeup brushes so I figured I’d better get to it. I’m a brush junkie and could probably sit down and write a novel if I wanted to talk about all of my favorite brushes but for the sake of this blog post and everyone’s sanity, I’ll just pick a few for now!
The Sigma E30 is a really useful little brush. The soft yet firm tapered bristles are well suited for many tasks around the eye such as smudging eyeliner, applying shadow to your lower lash line, creating defined lines in your crease or outer V and also for applying highlighting shades to the small areas in the inner corner of your eyes. Having a pencil brush in your collection is really an invaluable tool and I find myself using this particular one often.
Sonia Kashuk Tapered Brush
I’ve never used any Sonia Kashuk makeup products but I almost exclusively use her makeup remover and I also think she makes some pretty nice brushes for the price point. This particular brush came in a set of eyeshadow brushes that I got about three years ago and I still use all of those brushes to this day. I really like this brush for applying eyeshadow to my crease as well as to my outer V area when I don’t want the outer V area to be super defined. I’m not positive if this particular brush is still being sold but this one seems remarkably similar!
Urban Decay Shadow Brush
I believe this Urban Decay Shadow Brush actually came with my Naked Palette and while it isn’t my favorite for applying pressed eyeshadow, I do really love it for other tasks such as applying loose pigment and glitter. The brush head is flat, dense and rounded at the top. The densely packed and shapely bristles make it ideal for picking up and patting down loose pigments and glitter. I’ve had this brush for about 2 years now and I’ve yet to notice it ever loose a bristle, start to fray or any of that jazz. It’s held up really, really well.
Ahh, the MAC 217 has quite the reputation and is sort of a cult favorite among makeup enthusiasts. All of the hype around this brush isn’t without warrant though, it really is a great brush to have in your collection! This is primarily marketed as a blending brush and it truly does a fantastic job of blending eyeshadow but that isn’t the only thing it’s good at. In addition to blending eyeshadow, it’s also great for applying diffused eyeshadow. For example, dipping this brush into your eyeshadow color then applying it to your eye will create a sort of diffused effect vs. a concentrated wash of color. This is particularly useful for transition and crease shades. Other uses for this brush include contouring small areas of the face such as the nose as well as applying and blending concealer. I feel like my blending game was instantly amped up by the purchase of this brush.
Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brush
The Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 brush is a really lovely eyebrow brush and the one I most often reach for. The bristles are firm without being uncomfortable or scratchy and are really nice for applying and dispersing eyebrow products, both powders and gels/cream such as Dipbrow. The spoolie on the other end of the brush is great for brushing through your brows to blend your product and give your brows a more natural appearance. I also like how the spoolie is a little on the smaller side because large spoolies can be just awkward to use on your brows. Once upon a time silly me thought I could just use an angled liner brush on my brows and while that basically works, the thinness of a liner brush makes it take significantly longer to do your brows than the slightly wider brush head of an eyebrow brush. The point is, if you do your eyebrows investing in a proper brow brush can really make your life easier!
Okay, so it isn’t exactly a brush per se but I couldn’t just exclude my Beauty Blender from this list. I use this little gem to apply my foundation and concealer on a daily basis and really like the results it gives. To use this sponge, it needs to be damp. You just hold it under running water until it’s saturated, squeeze out the excess water and then you’re ready to go! You disperse the product on your face by gently bouncing the sponge over your skin in sort of a stippling motion. I generally use the side of the Beauty Blender to apply my foundation and the pointed end of the sponge to apply and blend my concealer. I actually have two of these and sometimes I use one of them to apply and blend cream contour shades. I’ll just apply with the pointed end and blend it out with the bottom or side.
If you guys have any more questions about these brushes or need suggestions for other types of brushes, just ask away and I’ll try my best to help. Hope you found this useful!