Hi Jolies! I am travelling to Europe soon for a long vacation, so I had to leave you with an extra-special post. This one was requested by my cousin, who is looking to invest in a new set of makeup brushes. And it’s a wise choice! Having the right makeup brushes can really make a difference in how smoothly and accurately you are able to apply your makeup… though value varies on the brush and its use. If you’re shopping on a budget or don’t know where to start, begin by investing in your *face* brushes collection, then move on to *eye* brushes.
My splurge brushes are from MAC Cosmetics and Makeup Forever; my slightly less fancy brushes are from Clinique and Estee Lauder. Another great option for budget makeup brushes is Sonia Kashuk (available at Target). You can really tell a brush’s quality by the softness of its hair, how well it maintains its shape (no bent hairs), and its longevity.
So what are the makeup brushes every girl must have?
MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42): for use with liquid or cream foundations
This one’s a special one, because it HAS to be used with a particular technique: stippling. Basically it involves dotting the foundation onto your face evenly, then swirling and buffing it in. The stippling method (there are many great tutorials of this on YouTube) is the best I’ve found for applying liquid or cream foundations, because you don’t end up overapplying or with those unattractive foundation lines on your jawline/neck. You’ll get a smooth and natural finish.
MAC 182 Buffer Brush ($49.50) (a Kabuki brush): for use with powders
Kabuki brushes are huge, fluffy, soft brushes that are excellent for buffing on translucent, sheer, or colored powders. Great for light coverage all over the face.
MAC 116 Blush Brush ($34): for use with blush/bronzer
Self-explanatory. A blush brush can be used with face powders, including blusher and bronzer.
Concealer brush: for applying concealer
I personally prefer to use my ring finger to apply concealer, as the warmth from your hand helps to blend the concealer into your skin. However, if you wish to use a brush for concealer, try Benefit’s concealer brush (favored by Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic) or even the MAC 190 Foundation brush, which has been used by Bollywood makeup artist Mickey Contractor for applying concealer over a large area.
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush ($19.50): for applying gel eyeliner
An angle brush is necessary for applying gel eyeliner (which I recommend in nearly every makeup breakdown). If you haven’t brought gel eyeliner into your life, honey it’s time! Don’t use a cheapy brush on this one, as they can be too pointy or scratchy and cause more harm than good.
MAC 217 Blending Brush ($22.50) and MAC 219 Pencil Brush ($24.50): for creating a smoky eye look
You can be slightly more flexible with eyeshadow brushes, as much of the art is in the technique, but if you’re looking for a good starting place, the 217 and 219 will be helpful.
Lip brush: for applying lip color (lipstick, lipstain, lipgloss, etc.)
Poke around your mom’s drawers for a lip brush that came as a Clinique or Estee Lauder GWP, or grab one from the drugstore– cuz this baby is gonna get washed frequently!
This is one of my less frequently used brushes, but is definitely worth having for applying a tricky dark lipstick, like a red or very deep plum.
And those are the makeup brushes E.G.M.H! Remember to keep them clean and dry, and wash them periodically with a little Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and water. Neglect could not only damage the brushes (and therefore your wallet) but also your skin! Treat your brushes well and they will last you years and years.
Do you have any brushes you just can’t live without? Let me know!