Looking at my vanity, I have bins of all my favorite products. All tucked in specific areas. I even go as far as arranging the bins in what order I use the products when doing my makeup. I know, I know I have a problem. But, all those products don’t really mean much if you don’t have the right tools! When I first started playing with makeup, I had 3 cheap brushes that I found in those little Christmas makeup gift packs you’d get every year. Slowly, as I became
more aware of the importance of brushes and tools, I built up my collection. The brushes I have range from a variety of brands, both high end and drugstore. I must admit, buying brushes is a little daunting. Sizes and shapes and densities, oh my! Don’t worry girl, I got you. Now, when you’re scrolling through the internet and see that perfectly defined cut crease (Lord have mercy), you’ll know exactly what brush to reach for in order to achieve that same dimension. Woo! Keep in mind, although these are the brushes I suggest using for certain things, you can use them however you see fit! Makeup has no rules.
Foundation brush: Your primary face brush. I find a short, synthetic, dense brush works best for dispersing foundation. These brushes will not suck up product causing you to use more. Also, a brush with shorter bristles will apply a much fuller coverage compared to a brush with longer bristles because the longer bristles will suck up product and give you a more sheer coverage. It is all a matter of preference on that end though. Pictured: Elf Ultimate Blending Brush
Concealer brush: Use this brush to apply concealer to your undereyes, any blemishes, or other areas you feel you want to conceal. A short, synthetic bristled brush will allow for easy application and blending. Pictured: Sephora PRO Airbrush Concealer
Powder brush: Out of all my face brushes, this one is by far the softest and biggest. Who doesn’t love a giant fluffy brush? A large, long hair, synthetic brush is my favorite. The way these hairs are made, they are longer in the middle and shorter on the sides so product glides evenly onto your face. Pictured: IT Cosmetics for Ulta Live Beauty Fully All Over Powder #211
Bronzer: Sunkissed Goddess, look? Yes, please! Bronzer to many is a little scary. There is a fine line from looking bronzey and sunkissed, to muddy and sullen. With a bronzer brush you want a dome, longer hair, synthetic brush. Again, the longer hairs will not grab too much product. You can even use this type of brush to blend out your contour or blush to make everything look more seamless. The key to bronzer is not to go in with too much initially! Slowly build it up. Pictured: Morphe E2
Contour: Just like bronzer, contouring can be a little frightening. Until, I discovered this brush, contouring freaked me out a little too. This brush again is a synthetic, tapered brush. Because this brush is tapered, the hairs fit perfectly into the hollows of your cheekbones. I promise you this brush will do all the work for you (Hallelujah). Much like the powder brush, the bristles are stacked, leading to a smoother coverage. A short bristled brush will cause a much harsher contour. Again, all up to your preference! Pictured: Benefit Hoola Bronzer & Contouring brush
Blush: Normally a blush brush will be a natural goat hair (usually the all white bristled brush although they can be dyed) however, I find a synthetic, angled brush will disperse product smoother onto your face and not leave it looking patchy. I prefer an angled brush opposed to your usual round/tapered blush brush because I find it easier to focus right on the apples of your cheeks. Who doesn’t want perfectly, cute rosey cheeks?! Pictured: Luxie #504 Large Angled
Highlight: This brush kind of looks like a teardrop. It is a synthetic, tapered brush. This brush again because of the density in the bristles will allow for a smooth application of product so you can glow like a star. Pictured: Morphe M438
Flat shader: I feel like this is a first for everyone in their collection. A goat hair brush will allow for an even coverage of pigment from your shadows. Pictured: Sonia Kashuk No. 106
Defined crease: Hands down my most used eye brush. A shorter, dense, goat hair brush is my go to for packing in lots of color into my crease area. If you don’t know what a crease area is, you can easily find it by following where your eye socket meets your brow bone; its the hollowed area of the eye socket. Pictured: Morphe M433
Tapered crease: Very similar to a defined crease however, the bristles are tapered towards the top. This will allow for a deeper concentration of color in an area. A short, dense, synthetic brush will get the job. Pictured: Real Techniques Starter Makeup brush set
Fluffy crease: I love, love, love, these brushes for an effortless everyday look. Perfect for your transition shade, a longer hair, synthetic brush will create a light dusting of color (you can build it up too) right into your crease. Pictured: Morphe M502
Flat definer: A very short, synthetic brush will enable you to pick up color and dab along your lash line. You could also use this brush for creating a liner with shadow along your eyelid. Pictured: Morphe M432
Smudger: A smudger like the flat definer can have a few uses. Most commonly, it is used to defuse the color placed by the flat definer on your lower lash line. That’s how you achieve that blown out smokey effect. However, it can also be used to smudge out liner on your lid. A very dense, short, synthetic brush is your go to. Pictured: Morphe E18
Eyebrow/eyeliner: The brush for these can be used interchangeably. A very short, angled, synthetic brush will give that razor sharp eyeliner look and beautifully chiseled brows. #browgamestrong Pictured: Sonia Kashuk No. 27
No one likes a dirty makeup brush, girl. Make sure those babies are clean so you can go from your crazy blue smokey eye to a soft daytime look in no time. I LOVE these two products for cleaning my brushes. All you do is get the beauty blender solid wet, swirl your wet brush in the solid, run the soapy brush along the ridges of the brush egg, and rinse clean! Not to mention the brush egg is only $5! Can’t beat that.
Hope you guys found this post to be super informative and helpful! Let me know if you try any of these brushes or have used any of these brands before!