It’s a bit overwhelming when you enter any cosmetic store and approach the brush section. Weather you’re an artist or have a love for makeup, there are certain tools you will need to accomplish that look you’re wanting to achieve.
So if you don’t know your contour blender from your smudge stick, brush up your tool knowledge with my tips and brush recommendations to transform you from clueless to confident…
Two areas that I always invest in; PRIMERS and BRUSHES. I’ve complied a list that I share with my clients when the questions about purchasing brushes. Hopefully this eliminates all those useless brushes sitting in your makeup drawer and saves you some money!
Flat Stiff Brush ~
It’s used to pack on color to your lid. Two words to remember when purchasing this brush FLAT & STIFF. The flat allows you to pack on the color and the stiff allows you to pick up plenty of it.
Stiff Dome Brush ~
This brush allows you to feather in darker eyeshadows creating the perfect smokey eye, and for applying more color to the crease. This is my all time FAVORITE eye brush!
Soft Dome Brush ~
It is used for blending shadow under the brow, applying a softer amount of color in the crease, and even for applying powder under the eyes to prevent that creasing thoughout the day.
Pencil Brush ~
This brush is used for smudging eyeshadow under the lower lashline, for smudging eyeliner, or for creating a very defined crease. The smaller tip allows for more precise lines.
Stippling Brush ~
This is my FAVORITE foundation brush! It ’s used for stippling foundation onto the skin for a more airbrushed finish. The bristles need to be stiff in order to hold up to the foundation and not streak.
Contour Brush ~
A MUST when contouring the face. This brush is used for applying darker powder under the cheekbones to create a contoured effect- it makes the cheekbones stand out and your face look slimmer.
Angled Blush Brush ~
It’s used for applying powder blush to the cheeks. It needs to be angled so the blush is easier to blend, and it needs to be soft so it doesn’t pick up too much color. I’ve also used this brush when apply cream blush to blend out any harsh lines.
Highlighter Brush ~
This is nessary if you want that J.Lo glow! In the past I’ve used this brush for light application of foundation, applying a small amount of blush to the cheeks, or for highlighting the top of the cheekbones. It’s not a necessary to have this brush, but nice to have if you want a pretty glow.
Most makeup brands sell a range of makeup brushes to compliment their makeup. Good quality makeup brushes made from high quality fibres or hair can be pricey. You can either purchase all your brushes from your favourite brand or mix and match those you prefer or to get better value.
Here is a list of makeup brushes you’ll find in my kit:
M.A.C., Urban Decay, E.L.F., Sonia Kashuk, Sigma, NYX & Bobbi Brown