Question of the weekWhat are essential makeup brushes everyone should own?
MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
Last year I put a little overview of my favorite make-up brushes for the eyes and face on the blog and now more than a year later I still stand by my choices. MAC and Sigma are my two favorite brands for eye make-up brushes. And one of my all-time favorite face brushes is the (crazy cheap) e.l.f. Stipple Brush and – of course – my trusted Beauty Blender. For a detailed review on all of my favorite brushes you can click here and here!
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
Of course, the essential brush is very much dependent on the makeup you wear everyday. But looking at the ones I reach for the most, I recommend everyone owning one of these:
– A flat eyeshadow brush for packing on color or pigments
– A fine liner brush for gel liners
– A blending brush for, well, blending
– A fluffy blush/bronzer brush
– A dense Kabuki for face powder
– A BeautyBlender (or dupe) for foundation
The exact number you need of each depends on your consistency in cleaning them. I for one need a lot…
SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
1) MAC 217/Hakuhodo J5523. It’s great for applying a wash of color, blending eyeshadows out, and even buffing undereye concealer into the skin. Basically, you will have a hard time finding anything 217 cannot do!
2) MAC 219: I use it to highlight the inner corners, smudging eyeshadow over the gel liner on my lower lash line, and sometimes laying a darker eyeshadow in my outer v. If you want to do any detailed work to make your eye look more polished/finished, you need 219.
3) Let me cheat by adding Dior Backstage Blender to the list!
SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
Wayne Goss 02 – a good quality yet relatively inexpensive substitute for the Suqqu cheek brush. It’s SO soft and the size is perfect to use as a blush, bronzer, contour, or small powder brush. Super versatile.
MAC 239 – my go-to eyeshadow brush for applying eyeshadow
MAC 219 – my go-to brush for applying colour to the inner corner, and along the upper and lower lashlines
Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush – the only brush I use for applying gel/cream liners, it’s just so easy to use, either to tightline, normal line, or create a cat eye
ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
I personally love a lot of different brands, but you can’t beat Real Techniques or Sonia Kashuk for beginners and experts alike.
1. Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques
2. The eye kit from Real Techniques
3. Sonia Kashuk Crease Brush
4. Sonia Kashuk Small Eye Shadow Brush
5. Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush.
Some of my high-end faves are from Chanel, Armani, and Jane Iredale. I’m looking to expand into Tom Ford and Japanese brands!
LAARNI | Philippines | Xoxo Laarni
I love multi-functional brushes because they’re best for travels and they’re time savers! I am picking my best two! (1) MAC 239 Brush Eye Shader Brush: for pack, shade, and blend eyeshadows. (2) Sigma Beauty 3DHD Kabuki Brush: for cream, liquid and powder foundation application. Also best brush for under eye concealers and for hard-to-reach places like the side of the nose and mouth. Very modern and innovative!
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
For eye makeup, my recommendations include MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush (lid color), Chanel Eyeshadow Blender #19 (outer corner), MAC217 Blending Brush (crease and blending), Smashbox Crease Brush #10 (all-over blending), MAC 219 Pencil Brush (smudging), and MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush (lining). See more.
For face makeup, my recommendations include Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush (foundation), Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (setting), Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush (highlighting), NARS Ita Kabuki Brush (contouring), Tom Ford Cheek Brush and MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush (cheek color), and Real Techniques Setting Brush (concealing). See more.
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