I actually had to do a search and see if I had done a post like this before and lo and behold...I hadn't! So without further ado I wanted to introduce you all to my favorite every-day, go-to brushes in my collection. These are the brushes that get the most "action"...the ones I reach for over and over again and out of all the brushes I own...these are the ones I wouldn't be able to live without.
I made sure to get them all cleaned up (I use regular baby shampoo to deep clean them) for company! :-D Check them out...
Now as you can see most of my favorites are MAC brushes. This is not to mean that there aren't any other really good brushes/brush companies out there. When I was building my collection, MAC was my primary resource for brushes and honestly...they make GOOD ones. I think every beauty should eventually invest in really good brushes. They will last you a lifetime (if you take good care of them) and they will help with your overall application skills and "looks". If you are just starting out with makeup...check the post I did HERE on selecting good brushes that won't break the bank. ;)
Okay let's meet each one individually...
Crown Brush Italian Badger Chisel Deluxe Powder
This brush is pure love. Its so big and fluffy and EXTRA soft. I use this to apply my finishing/translucent powder all over my face. It picks up just enough product and distributes it evenly all over.
Sephora Professional Platinum Stippling Brush
I use this mainly to apply my blush to the apples of my cheeks. It also works great with liquid foundation but I haven't used it much for that since I got my beauty blender sponge.
MAC #109 Small Contour Brush
I love this brush! Its just so freakin cute to me! LOL...I use this whenever I'm contouring my cheeks (which I actually don't do often) AND I use this to sweep and swirl highlight powder in select areas of my face (which is why its a part of this group...cuz I do that often lol). Its compact enough to concentrate on specific areas of the face.
MAC #227 Large Fluff Brush
I love this jumbo sized fluff brush. Its super dense and I use it mainly to apply loose powder in specific areas of my face (for example after I've dabbed on concealer in an area...I will dip this brush in loose powder and blend the concealer).
MAC #224 Tapered Blending Brush
Every beauty needs a really good all over eye blending brush. This would be it for me. Blending is key ladies! Learn it, live it, love it. :=D
MAC #226 Small Tapered Blending Brush
I actually couldn't find this one on the MAC website and then it dawned on me that this was probably a limited edition launched brush. I'm sure they will re-launch it at some point but I'm still gonna share it with you just in case you want to add this to your "wish list" or if you want to keep your eye out for something similar from another company. Its a tightly tapered blending brush. Like the baby to the #224 above. I LOVE this for applying and blending color into my outer-v. Its very small so it helps me get precision in that area.
MAC #222 Tapered Blending Brush
Have you seen a pattern here yet? LOL. Blending brushes are MUY IMPORTANTE! So much so that whenever I do an eye look I use about 3-4 blending brushes. They have varying levels of precision which I love. This one is a longer narrow blending brush. This is the ONE brush I always use to apply and blend color into my crease.
MAC #217 Blending Brush
This blending brush is a lot more fluffy than the others. I use this one to "complete" my look. I'll do an all over "sweep and swirl" with this brush to make sure i've blended all areas well. Its light and does the job without "mussing" things up. :-D
MAC #239 Eye Shader Brush
I'd say this brush is definitely the leader of the "pack". I use this one to pack color onto my lid. I actually need to go purchase another so I can have 2 when doing an eye with more than two colors. Its soft yet dense and firm...it picks up color VERY WELL. Me loves!
MAC #242 Shader Brush
This brush can be used to apply powders, paint pots (cream products), concealer, etc. I use it mainly to spot apply concealer on my face and sometimes I use it to apply cream eyeshadow base when my finger won't do ;)
MAC #266 Small Angle Brush
I use this angle brush to apply my upper lid liner using a gel or cream. ;)
EcoTools Eye Shading Brush
I got this for like 4-5 bucks at CVS. I use this brush to apply my brow highlight color. Its really good for both powder and cream or emollient products. I like that its VERY firm which helps me "dab" and blend color precisely under my eyebrows.
TIP! Many times, brushes will have more than one function/purpose. It's always a good idea to play around with them to discover how they work best. If you have a brush that is "supposed" to be for your eyes but it looks like it would work GREAT for adding a dab of concealer here or a dust of powder there on your face...do it! If it turns out well...you've discovered a new use for that brush. ;-)
Alright beauties, that's it! If you're currently building your brush collection, I hope this helps you. If you're a veteran at this...let me know what some of your favorites are! :-)