When it comes to makeup and makeup application accessories, one size does not fit all. Although all brushes can get the job done, they have different uses and can provide different looks.
Mac 217 Blending Brush
The Mac 217 Blending Brush is meant to blend makeup around the eyes, particularly under the eyebrow. It can be used to apply different layers of eye makeup including eye shadow and concealer. This brush is effective because it provides a smooth blend of makeup around the eyes and avoids any clumping. It is available from MAC stores for $24.
MAC 219 Pencil Brush
The MAC 219 Pencil Brush is used for blending thick eyeliner. It can also be used to apply light eyeliner under the lower lashes for the appearance of a shadow. Because the brushes are stiff, the brush collects a fair amount of color, so it is important to be cautious of how much color you pick up if you are looking to achieve a light look. It is available from MAC stores for $25.
MAC 227 Large Fluff Brush
The fluffy nature of the Mac 227 Large Fluff Brush allows this brush to be used on the entire face as well as on smaller, delicate areas of the face such as the eyelids. The rounded tip helps create a subtle smokey eye. Also, because the tip is thick, the brush can also be used to remove any excess makeup from the face. It is available from MAC stores for $32.
MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush
The MAC 239 Brush is best for applying heavy layers of eye shadow on the eyelid. The bristles of the brush are thick. Therefore, the brush has the ability to gather large amounts of makeup at a time for a thicker look around the eyes. It is available from MAC stores for $25.
Makeup Geek Deluxe Foundation Stippling Brush
The Makeup Geek Deluxe Foundation Stippling Brush is best for applying foundation. The large head of bristles provides for a polished finish. It is recommended that the foundation be placed on the back of the hand before dipping the brush in to apply it on the face. When using this particular brush, start applying the foundation in the center of your face and work your way out. This brush is available from the Makeup Geek Store for $16.99.
Makeup Geek Cheek Highlighter Brush
The Makeup Geek Cheek Highlighter Brush is used for applying highlighting powder or liquid to the cheeks. The bristles are soft, allowing for smooth application, and the head of the brush is small which allows users to avoid applying too much product. It is available from the Makeup Geek Store for $8.99.
Sonia Kashuk Angled Liner Brush
The Sonia Kashuk Angled Liner Brush is best used when applying gel liner to the eye. Because the brush is bent, it makes it easier to apply a straight of liner around the eyes. It is available at Target stores for $5.99.
Smashbox Angle Brow Brush
The Smashbox Angle Brow Brush is used primarily to apply product to the eyebrow. When applying powder to the eyebrows, it is important to use an angled brush with stiff bristles in order to pick up the desired amount of product, especially if you are looking to create a thicker eyebrow look. Rather than using a pencil to try to fill in the eyebrows, this brush makes it easier to apply eye shadow to the eyebrows in order to achieve a more natural look on the eyebrow. It is available from Macy’s stores for $20.
Makeup Geek Outer V Brush
The Makeup Geek Outer V Brush is used for applying darker colors to the corners of the eyes. The medium sized fluffy nature of the tip of the brush makes it easier to smudge the eye liner around the eyes. It is available from the Makeup Geek Store for $7.99.
Sephora Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set
While it is important to consider how a makeup brush will apply product to your face, it is also important to consider what long term use of the brush will do to your face. Bacteria can easily build up in the bristles of makeup brushes, so it important to clean them regularly. The seven piece Sephora Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set is a seven piece brush set that has been treated with a non-toxic, hypoallergenic compound that destroys bacteria. The set comes in its own case and has every type of brush needed for any type of makeup application. It is available from Sephora for $60.