Last week I talked about some of my ride or die beauty products and was asked what my must-have brushes were. I have a LOT of brushes, so I experiment with a few different types/brands, but there are 7 brushes that I use pretty much every day (fair warning, they are all due for a wash this week).
Real Techniques Blush Brush
This brush is a little newer to my collection, but of the 4 or 5 different brush brands that I’ve tried blush brushes from, this is my favorite. I like that it’s a little tapered, because that means I can get a more angular blush look if I want without having to manipulate the brush itself. It’s fluffy without being too loosely packed, it picks up product very easily, and does a great job of blending.
Real Techniques Powder Brush
I’ve been using this powder brush for the last couple of years to set my makeup with loose or pressed powder (I actually own two; one for myself and one for my freelance kit). I love how big and fluffy the bristles on this brush are! The size makes it an ideal setting brush because it covers a lot of ground in a short period of time.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
I use a lot of different brushes to blend in my liquid or cream foundations, but I always come back to this one (the Sigma 3DHD brush was a very close second though). The bristles on this brush are very densely packed but soft so it really buffs in the foundation for an airbrushed finish. It’s also one of the few foundation brushes I’ve found that doesn’t seem to soak up too much product so I can use less foundation with no coverage problems.
Sigma E06 Small Eyeliner Brush
As far as eye liner goes, I typically reach for liquid or pencil on a day to day basis. When I want to do a really killer cat-eye though, I definitely reach for gel liner. My favorite brush to apply gel liner with is the Sigma E06. I have another angled liner brush from the brand, but the size of this brush is perfect. It’s so small and precise that I can do a very sharp wing without a lot of hassle. The small size also gives me more variety as far as how thick or thin my wing is.
I have a few different dupes of this brush, but nothing beats the original imo. The bristles in this blending brush are a little on the firm side, but it makes a perfect blending tool for the crease of my eyes or the outer corner. I also love to use this brush to blend my under eye concealer!
Sonia Kashuk Fan Brush
When I’m doing a powder highlight I almost always use this fan brush from Sonia Kashuk. It’s duo-fiber so I use the lighter bristles to apply the product and then use the denser, darker bristles to blend. I might be doing that backwards, but it seems to work!
Sigma E40 Blending Brush
Of all the brushes on the list this is my hands down favorite! If I had no other eye brushes, I could still use this one to do a full eye look. This is perfect for blending through the crease of my eyes because the fluffy bristles really do a great job of diffusing the colors.
What brushes can you not live without? Let me know in the comments below!
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