A professional makeup artist will usually have 40+ makeup brushes, but a woman really only needs about 4! There are certain brushes that can multitask and cover all your bases. If you invest in a handful of good brushes, they will last years and will achieve a nicer product with every application. Some brushes cost $50 and some cost $15, but a high price tag doesn’t always mean a better brush. Be selective and follow these tips when buying brushes.
So what brushes do you need?
1. A foundation brush. I really love the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush. They say it is a blusher brush, but when used with a liquid foundation, this brush will give you an airbrushed look. Apply foundation in a circular motion until blended. I would choose this Sonia Kashuk over my $40 foundation brush! Available at Target. Suggested Retail: $14.99
2. A concealer brush. The #110 Concealing Brush from Cover FX is the perfect concealer brush. When choosing a concealer brush, look for synthetic bristles- concealer doesn’t absorb into them as easily as natural bristles. Your concealer will last longer when used with a synthetic bristle brush, thus saving you money! Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $14.
3. An angle liner brush. You can use this brush for liner, shadow, to fill in brows and even as a lipstick brush (in a pinch!). I recommend the MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush. The 208 is thin, so it’s perfect for lining eyes, but the bristles are firm enough to perfectly apply brow powder too. You will get a crisp, clean line every time. Available at MAC Cosmetics Counters. Suggested Retail: $19.50.
4. A shadow brush. The S175 Eye Contour Brush from Cozzette is truly luxurious. In the pro-makeup world, these brushes are top of the line. This brush can be used to apply shadow to the lid, to the crease, blend, highlight, and even set your foundation with powder in areas like under eye and around your nose. Tip: when applying eye makeup with one brush, start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, there will be less color transfer. Available at Cozzette. Suggested Retail: $16.
If you have just these 4 brushes, you can easily apply your daily makeup with perfection! These are the essentials- the ‘must-haves’- and once you get the hang of using these four brushes, I guarantee you will want more. Try them, have fun with it! Enjoy!