By Sheila Arkee
Although I own approximately 1,000,924 makeup brushes, there are a solid 9 I reach for on a consistent basis.
These are the work horses of my life as a beauty blogger, the brushes that have seen me through application after application, always staying true and not shedding or breaking after being used and cleaned several times during the week. To maintain the integrity of the brush, I wash them after every application, dry them overnight, and store them in a brush roll.
One thing is for sure, I’ve sure come a long way from the lone Maybelline eyeshadow brush I picked up when I first started learning how to do makeup. Or, let’s get real, from sponge tip applicators!
Here are my top 9 favorite makeup brushes.
Oh, my this brush changed my life. I mean, there was a major life improvement when I started using this around the time I was dealing with a major case of hyperpigmentation. Your skin looks like your skin and not a mask of makeup. A must and just $25, which seems like a huge bargain.
When I first received this brush I was scared of it – it seemed like clown-like blush was guaranteed, but nothing of the sort. Just a soft diffused blend of color exactly where you need it. This brush is positively lovely.
This is what I use to contour and apply bronzer/contour color on my face. It is super soft and blends beautifully. I know some have used this as a foundation brush, which it’s also great for.
This brush gets so much love from beauty fans, and no wonder, because it’s fantastic! A worthwhile investment.
There is a much cheaper dupe from Coastal Scents available which you should totally get because it’s AWESOME. I have about 10 of these brushes and want more, because they’re that great for blending and also for applying cream products on your lids.
6. MAC 242 Flat Brush
I have yet to find an exact dupe for this brush which is what I love for applying color to the lid. Just “pat, pat, pat” on your shadow for maximum impact.
7. MAC 213 Brush
Small, fluffy, and cute, this brush is great for applying color to the browbone, the inner eye, and for finishing up a good blend.
For the longest time I did not get the hype about this brush, but over time have come to rely on this soft, multi-purpose brush which does everything from apply color to the lid to blending out color in the crease. Wet n Wild does make a comparable brush, but it’s far scratchier than this dreamboat.
This is what I use for applying product to my brows, and it’s also a good one for gel eyeliner.
And, a treat! I’ve been promising a return to YouTube for so, so, so long, and even have a few short videos already done, but there’s no better time than the present! There’s a lot of talking with my hands and the sound of brushes clinking, but hey, carpe diem! Here’s a short video with my thoughts on my top 9 favorite brushes. Enjoy!