I’ll be the first to admit that I have way more makeup brushes than I need! But there are some I continuously use day-to-day. Here I will be showing you my top 8 favourite types and brands of brushes that I think make up the perfect makeup brush starter kit. So if you’re new to the makeup brush world or, like me, you have a bit of an addiction to blending brushes, I hope you enjoy!
Oh Real Techniques how I love you so! These are two brushes I use…everyday. When they I wake up to do my makeup and see that they are dirty beyond use I cry a little on the inside. The orange one on the left is the ‘Real Techniques Buffing Brush’ which I use for foundation. This blends foundation so beautifully into the skin that sometimes I can’t even tell that I’m wearing foundation. The key to any makeup brush kit is having the perfect blending brush for your base, and this is the one! It works for all types of foundations no matter the consistency. The pink one on the right is the ‘Real Techniques Blush Brush’ which I use for all sorts of things. My favourite use for it is bronzer or powder all over the face. It is the perfect shape and size because of its dome form that can really get under the eyes for setting your concealer. This brush is great because it can be used for so many products, from powders to cream products. In addition these brushes wash and dry so easily as well as have an AMAZING price tag of about 7.00-12.00$! Definitely check these out!
Lets talk a little Zoeva! As mentioned on my blog before I am absolutely crazy about Zoeva brushes. They’re a little more expensive than Real Techniques but still very affordable for the quality and selection they offer. On the far right is the ‘Zoeva Luxe Highlight 105′ which is similar to the Real Techniques Blush Brush but much smaller and less dense. I use this for blush, highlighter, or specific areas I want to powder on my face. It’s a very soft brush, not scratchy like some hair brushes can be. I am also very impressed with the fact that not a single hair has fallen out which I was preparing for because I have experienced that with real hair brushes before. In the middle is another essential which is the ‘Zoeva Concealer Buffer 142′. With this brush I do exactly what the name says, buff my concealer. I believe that every brush kit needs a little, dense, blending brush like this because it makes your concealer look flawless! Next for my brows or lining my eyes I use the ‘Zoeva Wing Liner 317′ which is the perfect size that gives you great control while doing tricky work like lining your eyes. I don’t know what I did before I had a small angled brush, like seriously everyone needs one of these in their lives. Another great buy from Zoeva!
Now for eye brushes! I’ll start with the last Zoeva brush I’m mentioning today which is the ‘Zoeva Crease 228′. Oh my gosh this brush was sent from heaven. It is by far the best blending brush I have ever used! It has continued to stay soft after multiple uses, it always keeps its shape and it blends the toughest of eyeshadow like nothing else. This brush transforms a normal eye looks to something that looks professionally done because of its magic blending abilities. If there is one thing that you take from this let it be the importance of having a good blending brush! In the middle we have a cult favourite which is the ‘MAC 217′. This has been around since the dinosaurs and really is a great brush. I love to use it for “one eyeshadow days” where I pack on one eyeshadow and roughly blend it out which is perfect if you’re in a rush. This brush is a little more on the pricey side but I really love having it in my collection. Now for the last brush, which truly is a diamond in the dirt, the ‘E.L.F Defining Eye Brush’. This brush was something like 1.00$ that I bought 5 years ago, yes 5 years, and it is still the exact same as the day I bought it! Such an amazing find that is fluffy but also small and angled perfect for getting eyeshadow into the corner of your eyes or even under your eyes for a dramatic look. It has been washed over 100 times and is still as amazing as day one! GO BUY IT.
So there are 8 of my favourite, go-to brushes that I recommend having in your collection whether you get the exact same or something similar. Please let me know your must have brushes, I would love to add more to my overwhelming collection!