Face Makeup Brushes 101

For those of you who maybe don’t have much experience with makeup or aren’t really into like some of us beauty junkies, you may not think it’s necessary to own any makeup brushes, but it is. Until about 2 or so years ago I never owned a makeup brush (& never wore makeup much in general), but now I can’t get enough of them. You don’t have to buy MAC brushes for $50 to get a brush that does the job.. All of mine are under $10 for sure (& probably less than that). There are tons of cheaper alternatives for brushes that are great quality. I have way more brushes than I need probably, I just don’t like cleaning them often so having extra helps me to be lazier. I’m going to tell you my essentials when it comes to brushes & why you need them in your collection.

I didn’t put pictures of every single brush, just a few of them so you could see the type of brush I was talking about.


1. Foundation Brush OR Sponge–Now I myself am not particularly fond of using makeup brushes to put my foundation on because my face is so dry & using a brush always seems to make it worse… But I always use a makeup sponge & not my fingers. I don’t buy the little white sponges you can get at the drugstore, I buy either a beautyblender or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which is a great dupe for the beautyblender & significantly cheaper. When you use these sponges, you need to wet them & squeeze out the excess so you can better resulsts, never use it dry. If your skin is not super dry then a brush might be good for you to use. A flat top brush will really pack the product on & you can blend it out easily. An angled brush is also good for foundation. It is important to get a brush that is densely packed so you don’t waste any product. Here are some of my favorites when it comes to brushes: Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki | Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki | Coastal Scents Angled Kabuki | Coastal Scents Flat Top Buffer |  Real Techniques Expert Face Brush | Makeup Geek Foundation Stippling Brush


2. Blush/Bronzer/Powder Brush–In all honesty, you could use the same brush for all 3 of these things if you just kind of wiped it off with a tissue often. The tiny brushes that come with these products are usually so small & flimsy that I’m not sure how companies expect you to use them at all. I know some powder compacts come with a sponge which is fine, but I just prefer brushes myself for this. Here are a few options for you: Sigma F10 Powder/Blush | Sigma F40 Large Angled ContourReal Techniques Blush Brush | Real Techniques Powder Brush | E.L.F. Complexion Brush | E.L.F. Powder Brush


3. Cheek Highlight Brush–You could definitely use your fingers for this step, but I just don’t like getting my hands messy so any little brush will do for this. These are my favorites though: Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter | Makeup Geek Cheek Highlighter | E.L.F. Small Tapered Brush | Real Techniques Setting Brush

4. Concealer Brush–I don’t feel this one is absolutely necessary because I use my sponge, but if you prefer brushes, I’ve got these for you: Sigma F64 Soft Blend Concealer | Sigma P88 Precision Flat Angled | Sigma P86 Precision Tapered

–These pictures are not mine, they all came from Google–


5 thoughts on “Face Makeup Brushes 101

  1. I only have one brush (local brand) that I use for eye-shadow…ok, I have another one for my eyebrows but it came in my brow set..and another one that came in a blush set but I don’t use that one ( I don’t use blush very often). As you can see, I’m not very knowledgeable about this subject so reading this was really informative for me:)


    • Well I’m glad it helped you out! I know I have family that doesn’t know much about brushes or makeup so I thought it might be nice to do a post just in case other people needed to learn a few things too! Glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading! 🙂 xo


  2. Pingback: Eye Makeup Brushes 101 | aChicGeek

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