Happy Thursday! Today’s beauty post doesn’t cover actual makeup…but rather the tools of the trade. For many years, I operated under the assumption I either had to drop big $$ for good brushes or go with a cheap shedding kind. How wrong I was! First, it’s true the tools you use are important. (Would you catch Picasso or DaVinci painting with low quality brushes?) However, you don’t need to break the bank to get high quality ones either. I’ve gone through my collection and am excited to share what I consider the best makeup brushes! Not only are these brushes all < $15, they ‘re cruelty free. So no furry friends harmed in the making. Just keep reading!
For a quick reference- here’s a few things I believe make a good brush:
- Applies makeup evenly
- Designed to fit in your hand and catered to the shape of the face
- Doesn’t shed, lose shape, or fall apart when washed
Best Makeup Brushes
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Although I’m totally a proponent of the “easy-on-the-go” BB cream, there are definitely times I want more coverage or to really get that seamlessly blended look. This dome shaped Real Techniques brush with densely packed bristles gives fuller yet even coverage. It picks up a fair amount of product, without being wasteful, and blends out my face makeup in an incredibly natural way. The shape and ergonomic handle literally make application with my fingers vs. this brush almost the same!
I raved about this in my summer favorites, but the Elf Bare Blending Brush is one of the best makeup brushes in the game. With its unique, closely packed fan shaped bristles, this makes contouring or bronzing the hollows of the cheeks so easy. It has a shorter handle, a little longer than a thumb length. Thus, this actually makes it easier to angle where you want the powder and shadow to hit.
Besides the expert face brush, I adore the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush to apply my blush. The slightly stiffer bristles are spaced apart in a way that works for both soft and hard blushes. This picks up color and creates that all over flush to the apples of the cheeks. I always use this when I travel- I love how the bottom slides up making it more sanitary to carry around in my bag.
As anyone who reads this blog knows, blush = my total weakness. Above are my two favorite brushes to apply the (from left to right): The Elf Small Tapered Brush + Ecotools
This black Elf brush,with it soft bristles is particularly amazing for applying softer, powder blushes. The slightly tapered top of the brush makes application really easy and for me, follows the natural contours of my face. Although I’m not listing specific highlighter brushes (I tend to use liquid highlighters or creams which I just dot on with my fingers) this Elf one doubles as a great tool for applying powder highlight. When I reach my Anasatasia Glow Kit, I find this is one of the best brushes to really hit the high points of my cheekbone.
To the right, the Eco Tools brush with its more circular, and dense head is perfect for working with harder blush formulas. For example, I love using this with my Tarte Amazonian clay blushes. The bristles are packed tightly to pick up a good amount of product, but have enough give with the silky hairs to make application flawless.
Wet N Wild Crease Brush + Small Eyeshadow Brush
These two brushes are my latest summer finds, but have quickly been added to my list of best makeup brushes. For just $1 each you can’t beat these adorable brushes. They get the job done and are quality way beyond their price point.
Since I have monolids I actually don’t have a real “crease” the way Caucasian eyes do. Instead, blend a subtle matte brown above the eye, gently pushing into the browbone. As it’s super soft, the WNW crease brush fits right into the natural contours of the eye. I think this especially a great for anyone whose had trouble blending either in the crease or outer corners in the past. But I can’t recommend it enough, period.
On the other hand, the WNW Small Eyeshadow Brush (okay…they weren’t particularly creative with the names) is flatter and more densely packed. With its shape, it shines when applying shadows onto the lid space area. I find this works really well with packing on a shimmer shadow, either cream or powder.
Tip: If you don’t want to buy online, and still find these are often out of stock at local drugstores, check your local dollar tree. I saw this tip on the Makeup Reddit and sure enough grabbed a few backups of these brushes.
Picking up a whole set is another great way to add to your eyeshadow brush collection. Since I love eyeshadow and try to switch up different colors regularly, I find I need more than one or two brushes! This Ecotools set was gifted to me over Christmas (thanks mom!) and I’ve been using it all the time since. Personally, out of the set, my favorites are the slanted blending and C-shaped brush. (The second from the left, and fourth from the left respectively.
Each brush in the set has a slightly different purpose, making it a great value and never once have the brushes shed on me in over 6+ months of use and washing.
And that sums up some of, what I consider, the best makeup brushes! Not only do I love using this on a regular basis, I don’t feel as if 1) I’m breaking the bank on a tool and 2) I’m not sacrificing quality for price. I’m excited to have shared this post with you guys today and want to hear from you. What makeup brushes do you love? What have (or haven’t!) worked out for you?
Until next time,