Makeup Brush Essentials
Hey loves! So today's post is going to be all about makeup brushes as requested from my last blog post. As someone who loves makeup and spends way too much money on it, you would think I would have splurged by now on a set of expensive brushes but nope. Over time I have found affordable make up brushes that I love and I'm going to share them with you. I want to write this post as a guide for anyone who may need a little help knowing what brush to get and where to use it! I know I'm still learning about new brushes to this day. For all these brushes I will suggest the brand that I have but feel free to find dupes that you like better and work for you. I hope you guys find this post informative and enjoy it, thanks for reading!
In addition to the brushes I mention, here are some other great brush brands as well that you guys can check out if you want to! They are Sigma, Morphe, Real Techniques, It Cosmetics, Sephora, and BH Cosmetics.
I also like to remind everyone that washing your brushes is so important! That's how you keep them in good shape for a long time and prevent storing bacteria and dirt in your brushes! I wash mine once a month and find that I love using either baby shampoo or the solid beauty blender cleanser for my brushes. Make sure you dry them laying flat so water doesn't ruin the brush handle either!
So first let's start with the basics, your face brushes. For applying foundation I find that I really only switch between two applicators and those are my Beauty Blender and my Real Techniques Expert Facebrush. I love my beauty blender because of how multifunctional it is. I can and do use it for concealer, foundation and even baking. Just make sure that when you use the beauty blender you have dampened it with water, this will give you that flawless look. When you use a dry beauty blender it can look cakey and can soak up your make up, and let's be real I can't afford for my $50 foundation to go wasted. There are many other beauty sponges out there that people like just as much as the beauty blender, for a better price but I've only ever tried the good old Beauty Blender (sold at Sephora for $20). Next is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which retails for about $12 at places like Ulta, Walmart and CVS. I love how inexpensive this brand is. It is also a great quality brush with no shedding. It blends your foundation seamlessly, while other brushes sometimes leave lines on your face.
To set my foundation I use a brush that I bought from Sephora, it's not too big because I only like to set my under eye area, my nose and my forehead where my foundation sometimes creases. The brush is called the Classic Multitasker Brush #45. Which as you probably guessed from its name can be used for other purposes such as foundation or blending bronzer. If I'm setting my whole face I use my powder brush which is also shockingly from Real Techniques. It covers a bigger surface area and once again is super soft!
Another brush that I use from Real Techniques is their Blush Brush. It's good sized with a tapered end perfect for applying blush to your cheeks and cheek bones. It picks up just the right amount of product, and again for the price the quality cannot be beat.
For contouring I have about 3 brushes that I mainly use. One for sculpting my cheeks, one for my nose and one to blend. For my cheeks I use the #203 brush from It Cosmetics. It's so soft and the perfect shape to apply to contour my cheekbones. For my nose I like to use any small liner or small blending brush to apply lines down my nose and then I blend it with the It Cosmetics brush. To blend out my face contour I use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. Again I love these brushes because of how soft they are and the good price. Although many other brands sell brushes for around $10, face brushes usually cost more and eye brushes cost around the $10-$14 price range.
To highlight I like to use a fan brush so that I don't apply too much product and it looks natural and is easy to apply to my cheekbones, nose, chin and anywhere else I want to highlight. The brush I use is also from Sephora and is called Pro Fan Brush #65.
For the eyes I believe to start you really only need 5-7 brushes. A flat brush for packing on eyeshadow all over the lid, a flat fluffy brush for highlighting the brow bone, a flat angled liner brush which can be used for eyeliner or eyeshadow, a fluffy blending brush, and a smaller crease brush. Depending on the look you are trying to create, different brushes will be needed but remember one brush can do a lot of different things, it's as simple as cleaning it between colors in order to prevent mixing colors when you don't want to. Morphe has some great eye brush sets for a decent price, I recently purchased the Vegan Pro Set for $50 and I really love my new brushes.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I'm finally back from Brazil and am so happy to be blogging again! Hope you all had a great month of July, I'll be back soon with my Brazil Travel blog so stay tuned for that.