I got a few questions about the brushes in my last blog, so I thought I'd do a blog post showing you what brushes I love and frequently grab. The brush holder is from Sephora, and I picked it up in LA when the zipper on my last brush holder broke. It's a little bulky and there's not a lot of room for the brushes to be stacked.
Starting from left to right:
Make Up For Ever 158 Double-Ended Sculpting Brush, $53, Sephora
I use this brush with my bronzer to sculpt and blend. I like that it's multi-purpose and the hairs are very soft.
Rae Morris Brush 23: Liquid Foundation, $70, Raemorris.com. These brushes were a splurge for me, but I just love the application. The bristles are very soft and the application is flawless. I have several other stippling brushes, but having this Rae Morris brush, I never think twice about grabbing for the others.
Sephora Pro Allover Shadow Brush #12, $20. I use this brush to apply my eye primer; and for concealer as well if I'm in a hurry and don't want to be too precise with the application. It's fluffy but compact enough to give pretty good coverage. It's like a mini foundation brush.
MAC Concealer Brush. I couldn't find this brush online, but I use it sometimes to apply my concealer. It's like a mini, flat stippling brush.
MAC 217 Blending Brush, $24. This is a cult favorite, and my favorite eye shadow brush. It's small enough to apply shadow to the lids, but soft enough to also use in the crease. When I'm in a hurry this is my go to brush for both a quick lid and crease application.
Sephora Pro Shadow Brush #14, $20. This is a great shadow brush. It's my favorite to use on the lids.
Sephora Pro Crease Brush #10, $22. I use this to apply shadow all over my eye, as a blending brush or both. It's soft and blends well.
MAC 193 Angled Foundation Brush, $34. I think this brush is too small to be considered a foundation brush. So I use it for my "must need lots of concealer" days.
Rae Morris Fan Brush 25, $20, Raemorris.com I use this for highlighting my cheeks, down the middle of my nose, above my lips, etc.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush, $42. I use this mainly as a powder brush if I want a little more coverage than my Rae Morris brush. It blends well, it's soft and I've had this for a few years. Bobbi Brown makes very durable brushes.
Rae Morris Face Brush 22, $90, Raemorris.com This is the softest brush I've ever used, even compared to Shu Uemera which I thought were the softest. It is pricey, so if you don't want to spend the money, a good alternative is the Bobbi Brown powder brush, $62, or the Real Techniques brushes are great brushes as well and super affordable (@ Ulta).
MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush, $35. I use this brush to apply cream blushes and bronzers. It's compact and hits the cheeks perfectly.
MAC Mini Shader Brush, $20. I don't use this brush often, but when I do, I use it to create a more defined eye, and/or a darker lid.
MAC Pointed Eye Shader. I also couldn't find this brush online, but I use it to create a smoky eye.
Tarte Double-Ended Camouflage tool, $35, Sephora. I use this brush to place and set my concealer. The spongy pointed applicator applies concealer in areas where a bigger brush just isn't as functional; sides of nose, around mouth, smaller areas. I use the bristle side to pat concealer down wherever more coverage is needed.
Real techniques, Shading Brush, $5.99, Ulta. I also use this as a concealer brush and it is my favorite at the moment. It's soft and it blends well.
Sephora Pro Brow Brush #20, $15. I use this brush to apply my gel liner. It's thin, precise, and a little flimsly which makes it great for gel liner. I have another brush that I use for my brows which is the Bobbi Brown eyebrow brush, my favorite for brows.
Mint Brush 12 Concealer, $14, mintbrushes.com I purchased these mint brushes after watching one of my favorite youtube makeup artists (MakeupbyEman) use these brushes (her own line). They are soft, functional and affordable.
Mint Brush 16 Contour, $18 I use this right now as my blush brush, but this line has recently released the powder and blush brushes which I will be purchasing.
Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush, $33. I use this brush solely to set my concealer with powder. It's soft and doesn't drag in my eye area. I love it and have been using the same brush for many years.
I realized while writing this blog that I have a real problem collecting concealer brushes. However, if I had to pick my favorites out of this collection it would have to be the Real Techniques, the Mint and the Sephora Pro brush. Sorry I can't just pick one. Hope you enjoyed this blog! Let me know in the comment section what your favorite brushes are.