Real Techniques Blush Brush: A friend sent this to me a couple of years ago, and I instantly fell in love with it. The bristles are so soft, and the fluffy yet rounded shape is perfect for sweeping blush onto the cheeks! I personally love a slightly larger blush brush, and this is one of the only ones I truly love. It’s great for easily applying blush, and for applying it in a way that looks more natural!
Lise Watier Multifunction Powder (Fan) Brush: This brush launched with the Winter collection in 2014, and it was pretty much love at first sweep. It’s a super soft, wide fan brush. It’s perfect for applying highlight to the cheekbones! I’ve been loving to use this with the Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop highlighter! I also love to dampen this a bit with some Mac Fix + for more of an intense highlight, as this helps the brush pick up more pigment!
Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki: This brush has been a cult-favourite amongst bloggers and makeup lovers for quite a while now. I have sort of a bipolar relationship with this brush – I love it when my skin is behaving, but dislike it when my skin is dry/acting up. I don’t use this as my only applicator for my foundation, but rather I like this to build up coverage. Usually I will use my beauty blender to apply my foundation, and then use this brush to blend or add more coverage in areas where I need it. Sometimes if I feel my foundation looks to heavy, I’ll dampen this brush with Fix + and dab it on my skin to blend it!
Cargo Magic Brush: I was introduced to this multi-function brush when I worked with a Cargo event a few months ago. I was instantly fascinated with it – it’s extremely soft, fluffy, yet dense. It can be used for liquid or powder, and in so many different ways! I love to use this with my Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural powder to build up coverage or to set my oily areas! It helps powder apply so naturally to the skin! I also love to use it on “no-makeup” makeup days to apply powder to any areas that may need some help.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Double Ended Brush: I contemplated this brush for months before finally splurging and getting it, and I must say it makes a lovely addition to my brush collection. I think the double-ended style makes it a great brush for travel! It has a smaller flat-top side for contour, and a wider, slightly fluffier brush on the other (which I personally think is better for blending out the contour rather than applying it.) If you like a smaller, more dense blush brush you could also use the larger end to apply blush! I love to use this by applying my contour with the smaller end, and then blending/softening it with the larger end.
Mac 163 Flat Top Contour Brush: This is one of my favourite brushes to use for when I want a more precise/intense contour. It’s thin yet dense with a flat top, which makes it great for carving out the cheekbones. If you struggle to get a straight or clean line, I definitely recommend giving this brush a try! My only issue with this brush is that because it’s so flat and dense, it can be easy to be a bit too heavy-handed and end up with a very intense contour.
What are your favourite brushes to use?