Favorite Makeup Brushes

Favorite makeup brushes

Favorite makeup brushes features the brushes that I love and use on a daily basis.

There are so many makeup brushes on the market it can be hard knowing what will work for you. Many of the brushes I use can be found in a number of places in a wide range of prices. Luckily, they are all created for a specific purpose when applying makeup. Of course, sometimes I find that even if a brush is great for a powder product I prefer it for liquid.

Discovering what will work for you simply takes practice and a bit of trial and error. Here are my favorite brushes currently and in the video I explain what I prefer to use them for.

Foundation Brushes 2

Real Techniques Buffing Brush, $18 (set of 4) – This is a rounded, dense head for full coverage application. This is my all time favorite brush for applying foundation. The shape of the brushes and the size of the brush is perfect for buffing product into the skin.

Sigma Flat Kabuki F80, $21 – This is a synthetic brush with a dense, flat head. I love to use this brush when my buffing brush is dirty. I words really well to buff and blend liquid or cream products.

Sigma Foundation F60, $18 – This is a flat, slightly tapered brush used to smoothly apply liquid and cream products. I love this brush best for concealer. It can take a long time to apply a full face of foundation with this brush but a great one when the other two are dirty.

Powder Brushes 2


Bare Minerals Full Flawless Face Brush, $28 – This is a full, tapered brush for all over full coverage. I love this brush for all my powders and use it every single day.

Sigma Large Powder F30, $24 – This is a large, rounded brush for even powder blending. I use this brush at the end to blend in my bronzer and blush for a seamless look.

Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush, $17.99 (set of 3)   This is a full, rounded brush for application of powder, blush, and bronzer. I love this brush for my Jane Iredale powders and the shape is especially great for highlighter which I discuss more below.

Contour Brushes 2


Makeup Geek Angled Blush, $8.99 – This has an angled shape for contouring under the cheekbones. This is hands-down my favorite brush for contouring. The size of the brush and denseness of the bristles is perfect for creating the perfect contour.

Sigma Large Angled Contour F40, $19 – This brush is angled with rounded edges for contouring the cheekbones. I use this brush when my makeup geek brush is dirty. I sometimes use it for blush too if my other brushes are dirty.

Real Techniques Contour Brush, $18 (set of 4) – This brush creates sharp contour edge under the cheekbones and around the face. This brush is great for creating a perfect contour. It takes a lot of blending so I only use it occasionally .

Blush Brushes 2


Bare Minerals Flawless Face Brush, $28 – This is a small brush for full coverage application of powder products. I use this brush everyday for powder. It can be formed into a flatter shape which fits perfectly over the cheekbones.

Sigma Large Angled Contour F40, $19 – This brush is angled with rounded edges for contouring the cheekbones and was mentioned before in the contour portion. I use this blush occasionally for blush if my other brush is dirty because the angle makes applying brush very easy.

Highlight Brushes 2


Bare Minerals Flawless Face Brush, $28 – This is a small brush for full coverage application of powder products. I actually own two of these and one was for blush while the other highlighter. One recently broke so now I only use the brush below.

Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush, $17.99 (set of 3)   This is a full, rounded brush for application of powder, blush, and bronzer. I use this brush strictly for highlighter though I used to use it for powders occasionally. It works well because of the shape of the brush and fits perfectly on to of the cheek bone where highlighter is applied.

Eye Shadow Brushes 2


Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, $14.79 (set of 5) –  This is a rounded brush that applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color. I love this brush for base shadows and sometimes will only use this brush to apply two or three different shades.

Eco Tools Large Eye Brush, $7.29 – This brush is used to apply and blend shadows. I love this brush because of it’s size. It makes applying a base shadow so quick and easy because it covers such a large area is a short amount of time.

ELF Professional Eyeshadow Brush, $1 – This is a flat top brush for applying even base of color. I actually use this brush for my crease colors. The tip of the brush has such a straight angled edge that it makes reaching into the crease a breeze.

Sigma Tapered Blending E40, $14 – This is a fluffy, rounded brush for blending crease colors. Every girl needs this brush. This brush makes blending eyeshadow easy as pie. You apply all your shades, grab this brush, sweep it across the entire lid, and you’ve got perfectly blending eyeshadow in seconds.

Makeup Geek Chisel Shader Brush, $4.59 –  This has a rounded and thin tip to create clean, thin lines. I use this brush to apply color in the highlight area of my brow bone. The shape of the brush fits well and applies a rich amount of color quickly.

Real Techniques Accent Brush, $14.79 (set of 5) – This brush is for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging. I love using this brush on my lower lash line because it reaches easily but applies only a small amount of color.

ELF Eyeliner Brush, $1 – This is a flat top brush to apply and smudge eyeliner. I actually love using this brush to apply eyeshadow over the top of my gel liner so it doesn’t transfer to the top portion of the lid. It is also great for smudging eye liner.

Maybelline Gel Liner Brush, $6.99 (includes gel liner) – This is a small, tapered brush for precision application of gel liner. I absolutely love this brush. It is the perfect size for applying eye liner and works well with the gel liner that comes with it.


  1. June 3, 2015 / 8:44 PM

    Fabulous breakdown! I am looking to improve my brush arsenal so this was really helpful.

  2. Nicole
    September 2, 2014 / 12:08 PM

    Do you recommend any brush “kits”? I’m a make-up newbie and am looking for a starter kit! :)

    • September 2, 2014 / 1:21 PM

      Sigma makes great brushes and has many kits but if you want something more affordable I’d definitely recommend Real Techniques. Any of their sets are perfect.

      • Nicole
        September 2, 2014 / 2:22 PM

        Thanks so much! :) I’ll check’em out!

  3. September 2, 2014 / 10:25 AM

    I love the real techniques brushes! My absolute favourite is the buffing brush and I use it everyday- apart from when it needs a wash! I really liked the post btw, I want to purchase some new brushes now :-D


    • September 2, 2014 / 1:21 PM

      Thanks, Mariam! (:

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