Putting on makeup is pretty much impossible without the proper equipment. Buying a new makeup brush should have as much thought put into it as the makeup itself. Each brush and sponge should be as flawless as the makeup you wear, and easy to use. Let’s take a look at 10 makeup brushes other women swear by.
1. The Beauty Blender
More of a sponge than an actual brush, the Beauty Blender is one of the most versatile makeup tools you will ever own. It can be used damp or dry, with any type of makeup you own, from liquids & creams to powders. Once you use the Beauty Blender, you can wash it and re use it! I recommend washing it with a mild unscented soap to avoid irritation. There are many tutorials that can help you find new ways to apply makeup, such as contouring and applying eyeshadow. The Beauty Blender may seem a little pricey for a sponge ( the original starts at $19.95), but it lasts quite a while, and there are so many different ways to use it, that you will definitely be getting your money’s worth.
2. e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush
It is antibacterial and a must have! The Studio Complexion brush from the Eyes, Lips, Face brand can be bought at stores such as Walmart and Target, or even online from their website. Best used for powders, this brush blends foundations and blushes so well that it leaves a flawless, almost perfect finish. My favorite part of the Studio Complexion brush is that it helps to hide blemishes really well, and feels really soft on the face. Feel free to wash very often so that the brush doesn’t get hard and lose its value. It’s cheap, but a great tool to have in your makeup bag!
3. MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush
Putting on eyeshadow has never felt so good. This $25 brush from maccosmetics.com has the look and feel of a professional brush used on celebrities. That’s because it is! If you are a fan of blending eyeshadows and creating the smokey eye look, this brush is for you. It is way easier to use than the eyeshadow applicator that usually comes with the palette, lasts way longer, and is easy to wash without the bristles falling out. Also, unlike a lot of drug store brushes, it doesn’t feel rough on the eyelids, creating an easier application process all around.
4. The Tom Ford Pencil Brush
If you are willing to shell out $50 for a single makeup tool, the Pencil Brush is an amazing tool. If you love to use liquid/cream/gel eyeliners and eyeshadows, the Pencil Brush is a great recommendation because it smudges and blends so beautifully and easily. It’s designed for sensitive eyes, to make the application much easier, and can even be used around the tear ducts.
5. The Eyeliner Brush
The Eyeliner Brush is to die for. Another great tool for gel liners, it’s only $4.99 and lasts longer than most brushes that come in the packages of your favorite liners. It is angled to help perfect a smooth line that looks like you just had your makeup done by a professional makeup artist.
6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Brush
One end fills in the eyebrows, the other grooms and blends in the eyebrows. This new tool from Anastasia Beverly Hills is ideal for anyone who wants perfect brows. The best part of this is, you can bring this brush with you anywhere, since it is a purse-friendly size. You can buy the brush from Sephora or other beauty stores,and is a reasonable $18.
7. Giorgio Armani Blender Brush
Foundations and BB Creams have never been easier to apply! The Blender Brush leaves an airbrushed look to the skin, blends easily, and is $49!. The great thing is that you will not need to replace thisbrush if you take good care of it. I strongly recommend it for anyone who has acne scars and craves for a clearer complexion.
8. It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand
The softest brush on the market, the $48 Heavenly Luxe Wand is perfect for brushes and finishing powder. The handle is rubber and is easier to grip, and it’s bristles are so soft and round that it makes applying powders almost fun.
9. Eco Tools Brush Set
This earth-friendly brush set is cheap and has all of the tools to apply perfect makeup! The handles are smooth and the brushes are incredibly soft, making applying makeup easy and worry-free! Great for traveling, it comes in a cute pouch and the best part is, it’s 100% cruelty free.
10. Bare Minerals Concealer Brush
Concealer is an amazing product, so it almost needs a just-as-perfect applicator. Because it’s flat and stiff, this concealer brush applies and blends concealer perfectly and helps to hide dark spots, circles, and blemishes. It’s only $20 and can be used over and over!