In eighth grade I remember going into the bathroom before getting school breakfast and applying makeup. Back in those days we all inexpertly caked on the makeup with our germy pre-teen hands. Passing lip-gloss and eye shadow back and forth and helping to really solidify that budding acne. Over the past decade I’ve tried different brushes from those with synthetic origins to those that were so weird looking that I didn’t even know how to use them. Below are my Top 10 essential brushes for your makeup kit.
Best for Blush
1) When it comes to blush, I prefer a rounded tip brush for blush. When they discontinued the cheaper Sephora rounded blush brush, I switched to Mac’s natural fiber 129 Powder/Blush Brush. I prefer the $35 Mac version, as it doesn’t leave hairs behind on my face and the soft bristles don’t irritate my skin.
2) If you do prefer a little more definition on your cheekbones go with the angled alternative #168 Large Angled Contour brush. At $35 it is an investment, but one that you’ll enjoy if you really want to make those cheekbones pop.
For Luscious Lips
3) Online makeup guru Michelle Phan’s EM line provides the perfect lip brush for your red pout. With competitive pricing ($12) and synthetic fibers, this brush is a definite keeper.
Eyes Up Here
4) Yet another Mac fave of mine is the $25 #239 Eye Shadow brush. It is perfect for building up layers of shadow and getting the maximum amount of color on your lid.
5) If you want a softer look on your eyes, my favorite is the $4.99 Sonia Kashuk Fluffy Eye Shadow brush, which is great for blending and creating a sheer veil on your eyes.
Line ‘Em Up
6) Makeup Geek’s $4.99 Bent Liner Brush is a total steal. The angled brush makes it easy to see what you’re doing and the price is nothing to scoff at either.
7) This 2-in-1 eyebrow brush rocks. Anastasia proves once again that she knows brows. With an angled side for filling brows in and a spooled side for taming, you won’t need another brush for your brows-and at $18 for essentially two brushes it isn’t a budget buster.
8) I’m not a huge fan of any of their makeup, but I love the BareMinerals Buff & Go Retractable face brush for my loose powder. The brush itself is super soft and gives me just enough coverage so that I look polished, but don’t feel or look cakey and for $22, it is a steal compared to some other brands.
Conceal and Correct
9) Another BareMinerals favorite of mine is the $20 Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush. The synthetic fibers make it easy to clean and the brush is firm enough for full coverage, but soft enough to not irritate the skin.
10) If you can’t afford the brushes above EcoTools offers an awesome line of brushes for a competitive price. I recommend their Retractable Kabuki-a large brush that is incredibly versatile.