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Today I am going to share my favorite makeup brushes and blending tools with you.
Some of these makeup brushes can be easily substituted for cheaper drug store brands, but these are the ones I use and love.
- The first face brush I use is my foundation brush. If you are going to spend a little extra on any of your makeup brushes, I suggest splurging on a foundation brush. I recommend:
Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki
I recently discovered this brush from one of Jaclyn Hill’s fabulous makeup tutorials. She swears by this foundation brush and I can see why. If you haven’t checked out her YouTube Channel yet, you really should. Her tutorials are SO helpful and informative. The Sigma F80 is fantastic. It applies foundation flawlessly and streak free. It also does not absorb much product so you get the most out of your foundation. This is by far the best foundation brush I have ever used. You do have to wash this brush after every two or three uses though. It is always important to keep your brushes clean and bacteria free anyway to help prevent breakouts.
2. BRUSH SETS
- Brush sets are great because you get a lot for your money. As long as the brushes you are buying are good quality ones, I suggest buying brush sets to save you time and money. The first brush set I own is:
DragonPad 24 Piece Brush Kit
I purchased this brush kit from Amazon a few years ago and I love these brushes. I do admit that I purchased these back when I did not have much experience with makeup and I do not use all of them, but the ones I do use are great. I love the big fluffy brushes in this kit and the eye shadow brushes are also really great. I love the spoolie brush it comes with as well; it is great for brushing out your brows. This kit also comes with a roll-up case that is great for travel. I always use the roll-up case when traveling because it is compact and protects my brushes. The best part about this brush set is that it is only $14!!! If you are just starting out and want a basic brush set, I recommend this one.
The second brush set that I recently purchased is:
Sephora Natural Resources: Everyday Eye Brush Set
I purchased this brush set recently because I was in need of new eye shadow brushes. I spotted these in Sephora and decided to try them out. These brushes are fantastic! I use them every day to apply my eye shadow. They are sturdy and are really great at applying and blending eye shadow. I especially love the rounded crease brush because it is SO good at blending your eye shadow to give it that perfected look. This kit also comes with brush cleansing wipes, a tutorial pamphlet and a travel case. The Sephora brush set is more expensive than the one listed above, but if you want quality brushes that are going to make your eye shadow look flawless, I recommend these.
Here you can see how I applied my eye shadow. I used The color “Limit” from the Naked 3 Palette on my lid and the medium brown color from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette in my crease. I used the brushes from the Sephora Natural Resources Kit (small shadow and rounded crease brush) to create this look. It is simple and perfect for the work day. Also, you can see here how amazing the mascara duo I mentioned in my Every Day Staples post is. NO editing or fake lashes at all.
3. CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT
- As I mentioned in my Every Day Staples post, I love to contour and highlight. My powder contouring kit came with its own brush and I used it for a while, but I didn’t love it. I wanted to try something different.
Sigma F05 Small Contour
When I purchased my Sigma F80 foundation brush, I was poking around on the Sigma website and decided to try this one out. I had been looking for a different brush to contour with and was using different brushes that I already had, but none of them were doing the trick. I purchased this brush on a whim and am SO glad I did. The small contour brush applies just the right amount of powder and blends very easily as well. I am sure you could find a brush very similar to this one in a drug store for much less, but since I am pretty impulsive with my purchases I couldn’t resist trying this brush out.
- Finding a good brush to highlight with is equally as important. When I bought my Too Faced Cocoa Contour kit, the woman who helped me out recommended this amazing brush:
Sephora Pro Precision Blush Brush #73
I actually have two of these brushes, I use one for my highlighting powder and the other I use for blush application. I absolutely love this brush. It is so soft and applies product beautifully. This brush is definitely one of my favorites.
- Blending your face to give it a fresh, even look is key. The first thing I use to blend my makeup is:
Sephora Beauty Blender
The Beauty Blender is one of my favorite makeup tools. I mainly use it to blend my cream concealer/highlighter and to make sure that everything on my face is even. It helps if you dampen the blender before you use it as well. The beauty blender can reach the nooks and crannies of your face, especially around the eyes, that normal brushes or even your fingers cannot. The Beauty Blender does a great job of giving me full, even coverage under my eyes to get rid of bags and dark circles.
The second blending tool I use is:
Sephora Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5
This brush was recommended to me at the same time I bought my contour kit, powder highlighter brush and blush brush. I love the Sephora Classic Mini Multitasker because it is compact and it can be used for many purposes. This brush is the travel version of a normal-sized brush, but since I have smaller features and this brush was about $10 cheaper I decided to go with the smaller of the two. After I apply my contour and highlight powder, I run this brush all over my face to make sure everything is even. It is so soft and does a great job of evening my whole face out. This brush can be used to blend cream contour products as well.
5. BRUSH MAINTENANCE
- As I mentioned above, it is very important to keep your brushes clean. I try my best to wash mine once a week. I have come to notice a huge difference between how my makeup turns out from using a brush that has just been washed and from one that has been building up with product for a while. Brushes that are not washed frequently not only build up product, but acquire unwanted bacteria that can cause you to break out. I clean my brushes using these two products:
Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove
I purchased the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove along with my foundation and contouring brushes. I love it because it saves time and has different textured sections to wash, refine, and rinse the brushes. The two sides of the glove are also different; one is for face brushes and the other is for eye brushes. I wash all of my face brushes first, flip the glove over and wash my eye brushes. Before I purchased the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove, I used to wash my brushes by rubbing them with soap and water in the palm of my hand. It worked fine, but I found that this method caused some irritation and my fingers would get pruney. Now that I have the Sigma Glove, cleaning my brushes is much easier and more enjoyable.
The soap I use to wash my makeup brushes is baby shampoo. I just bought a generic brand of baby shampoo from Target. Baby shampoo is great because it is mild and is not as harsh as regular shampoos which is perfect for the synthetic material used in most makeup brushes.
One more important thing to remember is to ONLY wet the top of the brush. The handle should stay dry, so make sure you do not put your water on too high. The handles have glue in them to keep the brushes together, and water can take some of the glue off. I know there are a lot of methods for washing makeup brushes and I am eager to try them out, but for now this one has worked wonderfully for me.
Most importantly, remember “Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.”
― Taylor Swift
Thats all for now 🙂