Ask any makeup artist the secret to achieving a great look and of course, in addition to the artistry, they will tell you that it’s essential to use the right tool. There are so many individual makeup brushes–how do you choose? Let’s take a look at some of my favorite makeup brushes…
MAKE UP FOR EVER has recently introduced the Artisan Brush Collection, a collection of 76 luxury brushes, developed to meet the needs of the professional make up artist as well as the every day woman. These tools are high performance, high quality and sold individually so that you can customize to your needs. Each brush is hand-crafted (most have beech wood handles) and are truly a work of art. I was sent some of the brushes to preview and my favorites include the #132 Powder Flat Kabuki (great for sculpting and contouring), the #148 Blending Brush Brush and the #244 Precision Shader Brush (large). Available this month at Sephora–beyond gorgeous!
I love the IT Cosmetics brand; in addition to great products, they make seriously amazing makeup brushes. I recently have been using the Limited Edition Vanity Brush Collection, which includes 6 full-size, ultra-luxe brushes. Included in this set are the Multi-Powder Brush, Flat Foundation Brush, Flat Concealer Brush, Crease Brush, Allover Eyeshadow Brush and Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly. This set would make an excellent starter set; it retails at only $39.50 at QVC. Highly recommended!
MAC has an amazing range of brushes and brush sets and I’ve been pleased with each one that I’ve bought. If I had to pick the two MAC makeup brushes I couldn’t live without, they would be the Duo Fiber Face Brush #187 and the 217 Blending Brush. I literally use them every day. These are the kind of brushes that ‘finish’ your look. If you’re wondering why your smoky eye doesn’t look quite right, chances are you’re not using a Blending Brush like the 217 Blender Brush. I have a separate one for applying highlighters. No matter what makeup artist I watch backstage, everyone agrees the 217 is a go-to brush. The Duo Fiber 187 is a face brush that I use for Mineralize Skinfinishes, as well as overall blending. Using this after my face makeup is applied gives a flawless finish. Indispensible!
For someone that loves bronzer, using the right brush really helps deposit the color in a very natural way. My favorite bronzer brush is the Laura Mercier Bronzer Brush. I’ve had this one for many years and it’s kept it’s shape without any shedding. If bronzer is part of your everyday makeup routine, this brush is a great investment.
One last brush that you need in your makeup bag is a smudge brush. This little wonder is the other secret to a smokey eye, trust me! I’ve used the Sephora Pro Smudge Brush #11 for years. The dense hair and domed shape of the smudge brush is exactly what you need to pack on eyeshadow close to the last line or to smudge your eyeliner for the smokiest, sexiest look. The Sephora Tools of the Trade Brush Set is a nice option for those that like the convenience and value of a set.
If you’re into eco-friendly products, the 10 piece Eco Brush Set from BH Cosmetics is made from natural and recycled materials. Each handle is made of naturally-dyed lime-green bamboo and features a synthetic brush. The ten brushes, which include a Powder Brush, Angled Blush Brush, Foundation Brush, Blending Brush, Contour Blending Brush, Smudge Brush, Flat Shadow Brush, Angled Shadow Brush, Flat Eyeliner Brush, Lip/Concealer Brush come in a soft linen roll. The set retails at $30, but is on sale now at BHCosmetics.com.
Good quality makeup brushes are definitely an investment and keeping them clean is important. Not only to keep bacteria away and out of your makeup, but to maintain the quality of your tools. I’ve used a brush shampoo (for deeper cleaning) in the past, but for quick daily use, you can’t beat a spray. The Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray doesn’t contain alcohol, so it won’t dry out the bristles on your brushes. And the spray-on formula is perfect for daily use because it’s fast.
Do you have a favorite makeup brush or a favorite line of makeup brushes? Let me know in the comments!