So you’ve bought some makeup and you’re excited to try out your new purchases. I’m excited for you too, but have you thought about how you’re going to put them on? After spending lots of money on your makeup, we want to ensure that you get the best results when using them and having the right tools to apply your makeup is key! When it comes down to your beauty routine, there’s three things you’ll need: skin care, makeup and your makeup tools. While it may sound costly, it doesn’t have to be! Today I’m going to share with you the essential makeup brushes you’ll need for your everyday makeup. I own an unnecessary amount of makeup brushes and have narrowed this list down to some of my favourites. I’ve been using these brushes for years and with great care, they’ll last you a very long time! I’ve chosen to share a collection of brushes and tools that vary in prices to help make this more affordable as well. What’s amazing about today’s beauty market is that you can buy budget friendly brushes and products without having to compromise on the quality. I’ve managed to narrow down my list of must-have brushes to my top six. The original list included 10 brushes and I own about 40 so a lot of love and thought went into this post! In this list you’ll find three eye and three face brushes/sponges because I’m all about even numbers.
1. Beauty Blender ($26 CAD)
The Beauty Blender has to be the most talked about makeup tool on the market and there’s good reasoning for it. At first glance you’ll think that it’s just your average makeup sponge, but there’s a lot more to it than that. The Beauty Blender is a complete game changer when it comes to applying your foundation and concealer. It’s so soft and gives your face products a flawless finish without it appearing cakey. It’s a miracle product and I highly suggest that you run (sprint if you have to) and buy one. You won’t regret it! When using a Beauty Blender, you’ll want to dampen it and squeeze out any excess water, dip the sponge into your foundation/face products and lightly bounce it on your skin. It’s fool proof to use and creates a flawless look. It’s also perfect for those with dry skin as the sponge helps prevent makeup from sticking to those dry areas! In order to keep the sponge free of bacteria, you’ll want to ensure that your sponge is washed after every use. This will help keep the sponge clean (although mine is still stained) and avoid any clogged pores, which results to breakouts. However, regardless of how often you wash your Beauty Blender, you’ll need to replace the sponge after 3-4 months of daily use!! This is the only product on this list that needs to be replaced every few months due to any bacteria build up but it’s SO worth it! I’ll even go as far as to say that if you could only buy one tool on this list, this is the one you’ll want to purchase.
2. Blush & Highlighter Brush ($17 USD)
I was first introduced to bdellium tools many years ago when I attending my first IMATS Makeup Artist Show in Toronto. The brushes impressed me because of how incredibly soft they were. I chose to purchase their Duet Fibre Blusher brush because of it’s versatility which is why it made it to this list. It’s a tapered brush with long, vegan and soft bristles and is my go to for applying blush and highlight. It applies the products lightly which is perfect for a natural look. You could even use this brush to apply a powder contour because it’s tapered shape will allow for a precise application or for setting powder to lightly lock your makeup in place.
3. Powder Brush ($16.95 CAD)
I have been a huge fan of the Pixiwoo sisters for many years. If you’re not familiar with Sam and Nic, I highly recommend watching their Youtube makeup tutorials. These women are so knowledgeable when it comes to makeup!! I have them to thank for teaching me a ton of useful makeup techniques which makes total sense as to why they created Real Techniques! Their line of makeup brushes are one of my favourites because they are great quality, inexpensive and give great results! The Real Techniques Multitask Brush is one of my favourites that they sell. It’s what I use to apply my bronzer for a natural glow. It’s also great for lightly applying setting powder without it getting cakey. The Multitask brush is sold in their “Travel Essentials Kit” which includes a Foudation Brush and Domed Shadow brush for a grand total of $16.67 CAD!!! Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this brush sold separately from the kit but for that price you simply, can’t go wrong.
4. Flat Eyeshadow Brush ($17USD)
This is great for packing and swiping eye shadow on your lids. The’re available in a variety of shapes and sizes, but when it come to a flat shader brush I prefer one that’s wider in size and rounded in shape. The one I use is the SS252 from Sigma Beauty. Since purchasing brushes from Sigma, they’ve changed their branding so this brush is now referred to as the the E60. I can’t say for certain if the brushes are the exact same, but the photo they show on their website looks very similar to the brush I own. To be honest, any flat eye shadow brush will do the trick as long as it’s a good size for your eye shape, flat and soft. It’s also common to find these types of brushes in eye shadow palettes. If that’s something you’re interest in, Urban Decay includes a dual ended flat and domed shadow brush in all of their Naked palettes which includes 12 neutral eyeshadows for $66CAD, which I think is a pretty good value.
5. Blending Brush ($30CAD)
The MAC 217 is a well known brush in the make up industry. It’s also a versatile brush which is why I don’t mind spending the extra money on it. It’s oval in shape with slightly tapered bristles which is great for applying shadows to the crease. But this brush can be used for much more than that. It’s a narrow brush and when used on it’s flat side it can replace the flat shader brush. It’s small and tapered which is perfect for contouring your nose and for applying shadow in your crease and it’s fluffy but dense which is great for blending out shadows. I’ve even seen this brush used for applying and blending cream concealers on spots and under eyes. Needless to say, if you had to have one shadow brush in your collection, the MAC 217 is the perfect choice.
6. Small Angled Brush ($24CAD)
We all know how obsessed I am with eyebrows, right? Well the MAC 266 brush is what I use to fill them in daily. It’s also the brush I use to help draw in and shape winged liner because it’s easy to control. When it comes to angled brushes, I prefer to use synthetic bristles over natural bristles because they maintain their shape a lot better. This is really important to help achieve sharp and clean lines. So if you’re struggling to get that perfect wing, I highly recommend trying out this brush because it basically guides itself.
There you have it! These six makeup brushes are what you’ll need to get started on creating some natural and glam makeup looks! Don’t forget to comment and subscribe to stay up to date on new blog posts!