THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKEUP BRUSHES

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKEUP BRUSHES   

Knowing what makeup brushes you need  can be utterly confusing. There are so many choice and price ranges and even if you get lucky and find a sales person that knows their stuff, by the time you get home, everything is forgotten and you try your best to remember what brush to use where.  From my professional experience, people fall into 1 of these 3 categories:

1. The person who has no makeup brushes at all

2. The person who has brushes, but they are all the same type of brush (i.e. 5 blush brushes)

3. The person who has brushes, but doesn’t know which brush to use where, so they are using them completely wrong.

(Which one are you?)

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKEUP BRUSHES

I have created The Ultimate Guide to Makeup Brushes to help you get exactly what you need, nothing more and nothing less. I talk about what each brush is used for and also offer you some budget alternatives, so you can get started building a set without breaking the bank. 

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKEUP BRUSHES

PRO-TIP:

My one rule about makeup brushes is this:  Buy the best you can afford.  You can make inexpensive makeup look fantastic with good brushes.  In turn, the most expensive makeup will look awful, if it is applied with cheap brushes and tools. ( i.e. those little applicators that come with your eyeshadows. THROW THOSE AWAY!!!) If you are starting out and need all new brushes,  I suggest you buy the budget set I recommend below to get started. This will give you a good starting point.  Once you are comfortable with them and they start to show some wear and tear, you can replace them, one by one,  with better versions.  If you favorite thing in the world is blush, then you may want to go ahead an invest in a great blush brush.  With proper care, good brushes will last a lifetime.

 

 

These are the brushes I talked about in the video:

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKEUP BRUSHES - Do you find makeup brushes confusing? In this post, I share the only makeup brushes you will ever need as well as my favorite brushes and drugstore options. Click for all of the details and a video as well. THE BEST MAKEUP BRUSHES | THE BEST CHEAP MAKEUP BRUSHES | MAKEUP BRUSHES 101 - MAKEUP BRUSHES GUIDE | MAKEUP BRUSH SET | MAKEUP BRUSH DUPES | MAKEUP BRUSH TUTORIAL

1. ALL OVER SHADOW BRUSH

This brush should be shorter, and firmer and me be made of natural bristles.  The purpose of this brush is to apply a base layer of eyeshadow in a neutral shade from our lid to your brow bone. 

2. CREASE BRUSH

A crease brush is for applying a darker shade into your crease or to layer a wash of color onto your lid over your base eye shadow.

3. BLENDING BRUSH

Use this brush to blend everything and erase any harsh lines.  

4. FLAT EYELINER BRUSH

This brush is for eyeliner.  Rather than dragging it across your eye, use the flat tip to press the shadow into the base of your lashes moving along as you go.

5. BROW BRUSH

Use this angled brush to apply brow powder to define your brows in short, even strokes to mimic small hairs. ( I talk more about how to fill in brows correctly in this blog post.)

6. CONCEALER BRUSH

Use this brush to apply concealer under the eye area, as well as on blemishes.  

7. BLUSH BRUSH

You need only 1 brush for powder, blush and bronzer. This one is my favorite.

 

PRO-TIP:

Make sure  to keep your brushes clean.  I like to use this spray in between applications to keep them sanitized. I give them a good cleaning about once a week. If you use your brushes daily, deep cleaning them once a week is a good guide line.   Not cleaning your brushes can lead to break outs and is just gross in general. 

Budget Brush Options:

Sonia Kashuk at Target is a good value brand.  If you are starting out and need to buy all new brushes.  This is a good place to start without breaking the bank. (All of these brushes are available at Target – click on pictures to shop):

 

 All Over Shadow Brush
 Crease Brush
Blending Brush
e.l.f. Concealer Brush
Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush
e.l.f. Cosmetics Flat Eyeliner Brush
Sonia Kashuk Flat Liner Brush
 e.l.f. Small Angled Brow Brush
Powder/Blusher Brush  

I hope this was helpful.

XO,

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKEUP BRUSHES - Do you find makeup brushes confusing? In this post, I share the only makeup brushes you will ever need as well as my favorite brushes and drugstore options. Click for all of the details and a video as well. THE BEST MAKEUP BRUSHES | THE BEST CHEAP MAKEUP BRUSHES | MAKEUP BRUSHES 101 - MAKEUP BRUSHES GUIDE | MAKEUP BRUSH SET | MAKEUP BRUSH DUPES | MAKEUP BRUSH TUTORIAL