Every lady knows all too well the lengths we go to to look our best every day. Whether it’s for work, going out, or because we are having one of those days where we just want to feel pretty, flawless makeup can go a long way toward making you feel better about your day. The tools you use to apply your makeup can mean the difference in looking good, and looking spectacular. Here are my top ten picks on makeup brushes.
1. Revlon Powder Brush: The goal in makeup is to get the most realistic look possible, and the right powder brush is essential to accomplishing this. It should have a slightly rounded head and the bristles should feel feathery to the touch. Use this brush to dust powder where needed (such as forehead, chin, and nose) for a natural look. The Revlon Powder brush is an affordable option with great results.
2. EccoTools Bamboo Eye Shading Brush: To top off your gorgeous look, the eyes have it. Whether you are going for soft and feminine, dramatic, or smoky, a perfect eyeshadow brush is the only way to go for perfect shading and blending. The bristles should be tightly packed and feel soft, not stiff or chiseled. Use this brush on the lid of the eye, but a different brush will be needed for the crease or for lining. My favorite is the EccoTools Bamboo Eye Shading Brush.
3. e.l.f. Professional Eyeliner Brush: An eyeliner brush can be used to smudge and smooth your pencil liner at the base of the eye, or be moistened to use eyeshadow as liner. The bristles should be stiff and the edge smooth like a razor blade. This one tool can be used to change your eye look in many ways and is a must-have. I like the version by e.l.f.
4. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: Gone are the days of unsanitary sponges or streak-leaving hand blending. To get a seamless, flawless blend of cream or liquid foundations, a sturdy, tightly-packed bristle face brush will give you the greatest coverage with no lines or streaks. Winning the best bang for your buck prize in my world is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
5 and 6. Real Techniques Blush Brush/ Dior Cheek Brush: Your blush brush can make or break you. We’ve all seen the one with too much or misplaced rouge, and the results are often hideous. On this one, you may want to spend the extra dough and go for a ultra soft, natural bristled brush which is domed and will follow your cheekbones beautifully. I would recommend the Christian Dior Cheek Brush for this. If you are still wanting good quality at a much more affordable price, Real Techniques has a great synthetic alternative in their blush brush.
7. Aveda Retractable Lip Brush: Perfect your pout with a fine-tipped lip brush such as Aveda’s Retractable Lip Brush. The fine point ensures you can get the best shape with the coverage you want, and it retractability means you can carry it with you without the mess.
8. Bareminerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush: A good Kabuki brush is like one stop shopping for makeup. You can use it to dust powder on those shiny spots, bronzer, and even a dusting of blush across the cheekbones. It’s compact style makes it easy to use and carry, and I always love anything by Bareminerals.
9. Bareminerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush: These little brushes are small and rounded and are used to apply concealer to problem spots like dark circles under the eyes. They are easy on the skin and blend well for a smooth look. Again, I personally turn to Bareminerals for their Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush.
10. Sephora Collection Pro Brow Comb #21: A brow comb is a useful, multipurpose makeup tool. It’s double sides can be used to smooth out mascara clumps or smooth out those wayward eyebrows to top off those sultry eyes. Sephora’s Pro Brow Comb #21 combines the perfect usefulness with durability in their version.
Yes, beauty may only be skin deep, but having a few tools to help it along is always fun.