A lot of my clients have come to me and said that they have bought the makeup I recommended for them, but it never looks the way that I do it. They will try to follow the techniques I show them, but their look just doesn’t come together quite the way that it did when I applied it. Their next question to me almost always is “What am I doing wrong?” and I can usually narrow it down with one question in return to them… “What brushes are you using?”
First and foremost, brushes are an investment–especially really great brushes–but they make ALL the difference! If you want your looks to go from basic to expert level, I can promise you that your brushes will be the one thing to take you to that point. If you want to see the brushes that I cannot live without, keep on reading!
Sephora Collection #55 Pro Brush ($34.00)
This brush seriously is the all-in-one brush for me. When I worked for Sephora, I always had at least two in my brush belt at a time, because it has SO many different uses! You can use it for liquid foundation, powders, blushes, bronzers, literally everything! My main use for it is blending product when I apply too much, or to smooth out my pores after applying liquid foundation. If you’re looking for a one and done brush, this is the one for you.
E.L.F Ultimate Blending Brush ($6.00)
I know I said that you need to invest in brushes, but this $6 brush is beyond amazing. I use this E.L.F brush to apply my liquid foundation, and it has been the perfect brush to blend out my pores and give me a flawless finish. The bristles are super soft, and it’s the perfect density to give you that full coverage look with any liquid foundation.
Morphe Brushes G4 Angle Blush Brush ($12.99)
I have become OBSESSED with all things Morphe, and their brushes definitely do not disappoint. Their angle blush brush is perfect for applying blush without making it look too concentrated or chalky. I personally prefer a synthetic brush over a natural haired brush for blush application for this reason. I also love the size of this brush! It fits perfectly on the apple of the cheek, where blush should be applied.
Bare Minerals Full Flawless Face Brush ($28.00)
This brush is intended to be used with the Bare Minerals foundation powders, however, I use it for my bronzer, and will not use anything else! The shape and density of the brush allows for a super glowy and bronzey all over look. I have gone through three of these brushes already because I use it that much! If you are a powder foundation girl, this is a good brush for that as well, as it gives you a soft, barely there look!
Morphe M511 Large Round Blender Brush ($5.99)
I’m pretty sure I could do an entire eye look with this brush, that’s how much I love it. This is another brush that I have gone through SO many of them because I use it so much. This brush is perfect for blending out the crease area. It blends away harsh lines so well, and gives your eye shadow that really pretty diffused look. This brush makes blending effortless.
The Balm Crease, Love, and Happiness Brush ($24.50)
A friend of mine gifted me this brush, and I have used it everyday since. I am pretty much always a sucker for double ended brushes, because you get two brushes for the price of one! What I love about this one is that it has a really nice soft blending end that is the perfect size to get into the crease, and the other end is a super dense dome brush that is perfect for applying deeper shades. Typically the way that I use this brush is by starting off with the dense side to apply my outer corner shades, then I use the blending side to soften the harsh lines.
Sigma E54 Medium Sweeper Brush ($16.00)
I have had this brush since high school, and it has never let me down. I use this brush to apply shimmery shades all over my eyelid, as well as concealer all over my lid before I apply shadow. What makes this brush great is the size of it. It’s small enough to get hard to reach areas of the eye, but large enough to cover a decent area when applying shadows. I love to take my MAC Fix+ on this brush to get my shadows wet for a more intense color pay off!
Those are a few of my favorite brushes! What are some brushes that you cannot live without? Let me know in the comments!