Makeup Brush 101: The Ones You Really Need

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If it’s one thing I’ve learned from being a makeup artist, it’s that a good set of makeup brushes is key to taking your makeup application to the next level. But with so many brushes out there in different sizes, shapes and materials, I know how difficult it can be to know exactly which ones you really need. I filmed a youtube video a while back about my must-have makeup brushes, but thought it was time to update my list with my current faves and where you can get them now!

1. FOUNDATION BRUSH

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One of the most important makeup brushes you need in your collection is a really good foundation brush. One of my favorites for everyday use is the IT Cosmetics double ended brush. One end is perfect for applying my light to medium coverage foundation and the other is great for concealing smaller areas of my face. I definitely prefer to use a good foundation brush like this one over a beauty blender because I feel a brush holds less bacteria and doesn’t make me break out as much. If you’re on a budget, this e.l.f. stipple brush is a good option for a smooth foundation finish. 


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2. BLUSH BRUSH

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The next brush you need is a rounded blush brush like this one from Estée Lauder. I call this brush my multitasker brush because you can use it to add color to the apples of your cheeks and you can also use it to play up your bone structure with bronzer. Just don’t forget to clean it before you switch products!


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3. HIGHLIGHTER BRUSH

You guys know I love my highlighter, so of course I need a great brush to apply my new Cali Glow highlighters! I always reach for my Sigma tapered highlighter brush to give me a gorgeous, sun kissed glow for daytime and a high-impact shimmer for nighttime. I’ve also linked two other affordable options below!


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4. BLENDING BRUSH

eye shadow brushesBlending your eyeshadow correctly is sooo important when it comes to getting a smokey eye like the pros. That being said, you definitely need a high quality blending brush like the MAC 217 brush. Tons of makeup artists have this one in their arsenal to achieve perfectly diffused and blended shadows.


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5. PENCIL BRUSH

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Another brush I always recommend to people who love wearing bold eye makeup is the Hourglass domed shadow brush. I use this small, precision brush to add color to my lower lash line to really make my eyes pop. It’s also ideal for shading the crease and outer corner of your eye for a smoked out nighttime look!


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6. FLUFFY EYE BRUSH

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Lastly, I can’t live without a fluffy eye blending brush like the MAC 224S tapered blending brush. This brush helps me smooth out any harsh lines and edges when I apply multiple eyeshadows and really gives me that professionally blended look.


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If you’re ready to say goodbye to streaks, uneven blending and harsh contour lines, these makeup brushes are the way to go. Building a collection of good makeup brushes is so important when it comes to getting flawless makeup!

What questions do you guys have about makeup brushes? Ask away below!

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