For a really long time the only makeup brush I owned was a huge fluffly 140 MAC powder brush – which I hardly ever used because my face is tiny – and an excellent-until-washed domed Smashbox powder brush.
I don’t know why it took my so long to develop my makeup brush collection, but I’m beginning to explore which brushes best serve my beauty needs.
Makeup brushes can range from very inexpensive, drugstore variations to insanely, small house deposit, state-of-the-art level investments.
For me, I’d rather invest a little more for something I know is good quality, than throw money away on things that do not work.
As with all beauty purchases, I do my research before buying. But only time will really tell which brushes are going to be essential in my collection.
Here is my very beginner level collection, which brushes I’m finding stay on highest rotation in my routine and what I would suggest for somebody looking to start out.
The Real Techniques Expert Face and Buffing brushes are both excellent foundation brushes. The Expert Face brush has short and dense bristles and is perfect for giving a more full coverage finish. Best used with a stippling technique. I tend to lean towards the Buffing brush, which has slightly longer, more domed bristles, when I want a more sheer finish. Also works great for cream bronzer application.
The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge and Mini Eraser sponge also features heavily in my beauty routine for pressing in under eye concealer or blending out any harsh edges.
Setting and highlighting.
I use the Real Techniques setting brush to set my under eye area, around my nose or on my chin and forehead. I typically use this brush with powder, but all the RT orginal brushes are synthetic so can be used with both liquid and powder. I also like to use this brush to apply highlight to the top of my cheekbones. The tapered shape fits perfectly under the eye and the small size is perfect for precision highlighting.
Bronze and blush.
Here’s one brush I really splurged on, the Bobbi Brown bronzer brush. The natural hairs are super soft, and I use this to apply bronzer or even blush. I find it the perfect size to sweep across the whole face but also small enough to apply to my tiny cheeks. It retails for around €50 so it’s certainly not a cheap purchase but I wanted something good quality to use as a multitasking powder brush. If I’m using a cream product however I tend to just use my fingers, or opt for one of my base brushes.
Eyes and brows.
I’m not really an eyeshadow kind of girl – although I’m attempting to get more into it – but I do own a few of the Real Techniques eye shadow brushes. Like the deluxe crease brush and base shadow brush. I haven’t really used them enough to give a good review but I’m a RT fan in general (can’t you tell) so I would expect them to be safe starting point. For brows I use a ‘spoolie’ or brow wand every day before adding pencil or brow gel. I just have a jumbo packet I ordered off Amazon and I replace them every two or so weeks.