Brushes will make or break your makeup application. Having the right tools will build the foundation of your look. Don’t worry–this doesn’t mean you have to have every brush known to man. You just have to know how to use your brushes and know how to use them in multiple ways. Find out which basic makeup brushes you should have and which ones you should avoid.
Makeup Brushes I Love
There are some brushes I like, some I greatly dislike, but none really that I love. I find it hard to fall in love with brushes you use everyday. Do they do their job? If the answer is yes, then they’re alright by me. (p.s.: how to clean makeup brushes how to clean them.)
- e.l.f. professional Bronzing and Blending Brush
- Sonia Kashuk Foundation Brush
- Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
- Concealer Brush
- Sonia Kashuk Retractable Lip Brush
- Blending Brush
- Medium Shadow Brush
- e.l.f. Brow Brush and Comb
Makeup Brushes I Don’t Love
I purchased the Bare Escentuals Starter Kit in Medium. Since, two out of three brushes shed including the Kabuki Brush and the Bare Escentuals Flawless Application Face Brush, which I dislike so much that I did not even include it above. I often find bristles on my clothes and tiny ones on my face. Who wants to walk around with bristles on their face? After two years, my brush does not look like the model. Rather, it looks like a used up Barbie brush. Definitely not worth the $20+ it retails for.
Overall the brushes I have been most satisfied with have been the ones from Target. That Sonia Kashuk brushes are great if you want a bit more quality than the e.l.f. brushes without having to pay the hefty price of a MAC brush.
My rule for brushes (an most things): If it may break, I’m not spending more than $10. This was especially true with the Sonia Kashuk Lash and Brow Groomer. I received this as a gift and kept in its case for 7 months (after using it, of course). So you can imagine my surprise and anger when the brush came unglued from the handle. Another important point: Save your packaging! Since I still had the case for the brush, I was able to return it to Target for store credit.
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