Today’s challenge – Makeup Brushes. So here’s a picture of the makeup brushes I use daily. I haven’t included my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge because, well, it’s a sponge.
Some of these brushes have a name that’s related to their purpose, such as “contour brush”. I find that I don’t like being told what to use my makeup brushes for and simply use them for what I like. In the photo, there are three “contour brushes” — how and why do I use three contour brushes?
I’m going to go through these brushes from left to right. So first off, there’s the baby Sleek Cosmetics eyebrow brush that came with my Sleek Brow Kit. Generally, people hate brushes that come with palettes or kits. It’s practically a trend on youtube that when a palette that comes with a brush is hauled, the first thing that’s mentioned is that the brush isn’t good. In my case, with this little teeny tiny brush, I’m hanging on to it as though I’m hanging on to my life. I love it. It’s my most stiff, precise eyebrow brush that gives me the application I want. I’ve bought tons of brushes to try to replace this brush but nothing lives up. I don’t like that it’s so short, I would really like to have a regular sized brush with the bristles of this one. I’ve search far and wide — but no luck.
Next up are some eye brushes. There’s the real techniques base shadow brush that I use for base shadow and sometimes for highlighting my brow bone — this brush is sometimes replaced by my finger. Then there’s the deluxe crease brush that I either use for my crease or for my base shadow. Then there’s a spoolie (which I use conventionally, yes.) A pencil brush and two blending brushes from the Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Brush set that I had to have. Because purple. And gold. And pretty.
Then there’s the flat, wide contour brush from the Sonia Kashuk set. I don’t paticularly like this brush for my cheek contour but I am really digging it lately for contouring my nose. I find that when contouring the nose, it’s really important to have straight lines — otherwise it will come out looking crooked.
Next there’s another contour brush from Real Techniques. I use this for contour when I use a powder contour, but I also use it to apply powder blush and powder highlight. Then there’s the blush brush from Real Techniques. I don’t use this brush for blush but I find it essential to sweep off eyeshadow fallout.
Finally, there’s the majestic Bésame Cosmetics Contour brush. This is a very dense synthetic brush that has a really unique shape. It’s more dense than the Real Techniques expert face brush or buffing brush and there’s more surface area with bristles. I like using this brush to powder my whole face and to blend out any powders (contour and blush mainly) that need blending. It blends things out like a dream.
I hope that you enjoyed this post and please do let me know if you know of a dupe for the baby brow brush that has a longer handle!