I have been a licensed cosmetologist for more than 15 years, and I spent many of those years doing freelance makeup work. I have tried a lot of different brushes, ranging from cheap to expensive, and here are 10 of my favorites.
1. Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush. Pencil and liquid liners are a thing of the past, and the hands-down best for pigmentation and staying powder is a gel. The Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush is versatile enough to go from a fine line, to big and chunky. I have had this brush in my personal collection for over 10 years, and it is still in great condition. At $27, this is a must have in your kit.
2. MAC 116 Blush Brush. This brush is the perfect combination of fluffy and precision for applying blush and bronzer. The $35 price tag isn’t bad for a brush of this size, either.
3. Smashbox Tapered Shadow Brush #7. This is another brush that has been in my kit for years, and I still use it even after my dog chewed a good portion of the handle off. Its that good. Its the perfect brush for laying shadow down in the lid, and even pushing shadow under the bottom lash line. It retails for $24.
4. e.l.f. Essential Blending Eyebrush. I picked this up on a whim at the dollar store because, well, it was $1. I have had my socks blown off by how great this brush is. I use it daily for crease work and blending, and it is still in great shape more than a year later. Retail price … $1.
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Angle/Spooly Brush. Every eyebrow needs a spooly brush in its life. This brush retails for $18 and not only works to apply brow powder, you can then soften the look with the spooly end.
6. Real Techniques Stipple Brush. If you want flawless, airbrushed looking skin, this is the brush you need. And at only $9.99 it you’ll have money left to buy more makeup.
7. Kelley Baker Brows Highlighter Smudge Brush. If you want to achieve the highly defined brows that makeup mavens are currently sporting, you’ll need to use highlighter. Blend that highlighter in with this $20 brush from the queen of eyebrows, Kelley Baker.
8. e.l.f. Professional Face Brush. This is another $1 brush that blows me away on quality. I like this to apply powder, and blend blush/bronzer.
9. Stila #7 Precision Crease Brush. This is another senior member in my brush collection. It is perfect for any precision work, setting liner with powder, and packing shadow under the lash line. It retails for $20.
10. Bare Minerals Full Tapered Shadow Brush. This thick, full brush is perfect for highlighting the brow bone, blending, and even laying down shadow. At only $16.00, it won’t break the bank either.