Happy Sunday Bookish Babes! I ran a poll on Twitter last week for what beauty post you guys wanted to see next and Makeup Brush Collection was the winner! I’m not including every single brush that I own (there’s quite a few random ones I never even touch), but instead focusing on the brushes I use on a regular basis and would recommend. I figured this would be a bit more useful.
e.l.f. Precision Sponge Trio: I only use the largest and smallest sponge in this set. The large sponge is great for evening out foundation and getting rid of brush strokes and cakeyness. I absolutely LOVE the smallest sponge for concealer, I use it for blemishes and the under eye area. This $12 set is worth the small sponge alone in my opinion. I have washed the small one many times and it is still as good as new. However, on my most recent washing of the large sponge it started to get some tears on the wide end so beware.
REAL TECHNIQUES Expert Face Brush: This is the best foundation brush I’ve used. It does such a great job of blending out foundation evenly and has held up to frequent washing.
e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush: If you’re looking for a fabulous all over powder brush I highly recommend checking this out out. I use this to set my entire face once I’m done with foundation and concealer.
e.l.f. Blush Brush: Despite the name of this brush I do not like using it for blush. Instead I use this to set my under eyes and also to apply my highlight. This fits perfectly under the eyes and picks up just enough powder.
e.l.f. Complexion Brush: I love using this for bronzer! The tapered edges are perfect for getting into the hollows of your cheeks and around the perimeter of the face. You can also use this brush for all over powder and blush, it’s very multi purpose.
e.l.f. Powder Brush (similar): This isn’t the exact brush I have, but it’s pretty close. I love using this brush for contour. Being small and fluffy this brush fits perfectly in the hollows of your cheek and blends out perfectly and precisely.
REAL TECHNIQUES Blush Brush: I LOVE this blush brush. This is the perfect size for the apple of your cheeks and blends out well. I’ve had no shedding issues with this and have washed it many times.
e.l.f. Concealer Brush (similar): Another one that isn’t the exact same as the one I have. The small tip of this brush is perfect for concealing blemishes. I usually use this just to place the concealer and then blend out with the small sponge listed above.
e.l.f. Eyelash & Brow Wand: Don’t let the very inexpensive price of this brush fool you, it is FANTASTIC. This brushes out my eyebrows quickly and perfectly.
e.l.f. Small Angled Brush: I was originally using the Ulta angled brow brush for my brows and I really loved it until it completely lost it’s shape when I washed it for the first time…I’m super bummed about it. This brush is okay, but I find it to be too soft for my preferences, I really need something a bit more stiff. If you have any good suggestions throw them my way.
e.l.f. Eyeliner Brush: I don’t use this as an eyeliner brush, instead I use it to clean up around my brows with concealer. It works great for blending things out and creating a sharper line.
e.l.f. Eye Shadow Brush: This works great for packing shadow on the lid, I like to use this for my base lid layer of shadow.
e.l.f. Small Precision Brush: Don’t you just love brushes with dual purpose? My favorite ways to use this brush is for cream eyeshadow and lipstick precision.
No Name Mary Kay Brush: I’ve had this blending brush for the absolute longest time, I’m pretty sure Mary Kay discontinued it many years ago. Even though it’s old this is the BEST blending brush for the crease.
ULTA Crease Brush: This brush is fantastic for more detailed work that you want to keep low in the crease. I’m still playing around with the best ways to use this, but I’m really loving it!
JAPONESQUE Professional Eyeshadow Crease Brush: I love using this for darkening up the outer v of my eye. I’ll also use it for inner corner highlight occasionally.
e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush: This is used exclusively for inner corner highligh. It might be silly to assign a single brush for that task, but it works perfectly for precise highlighting.
That wraps up all of the brushes I use on a daily basis! Let me know what your favorite brushes are, I would love to know!