I am no beauty guru, but I have a passion for make-up and love to experiment. Over time I have developed a "kit" of brushes that are an essential part of my everyday make-up routine. These are ten brushes that every women should have and most can be purchased at your local Target/Wal-Mart. Synthetic hair brushes are best for wet products like foundation, cream eyeshadow, cream blush and I find synthetic brushes are easier to use when blending out eye shadows. They are also super easy to clean. Which brings me to my next point- brush maintenance is a must. You can use brush cleaner between uses or if you are switching a color out, but at least twice a month you should give them a good shampoo. I use baby shampoo and then run water over them until it runs clear, reshape and lay them flat to dry on a towel. With proper care a good brush can last you a few years. So let's take a look at the top ten everyday make-up brushes.
1. Spooley Brush- This brush is a must for shaping and defining your eyebrows. I usually give mine a comb through, apply my eyebrow pencil and then comb through again to remove any extra product.
2. bareMinerals Heavenly liner blending brush- Having a way to smudge your eyeliner makes applying it fool-proof, but this brush does double work under the lower lash line too.
3. MAC #213- If you only can purchase one brush for your kit, this is it. This brush is multi-purpose for applying color to the lid, crease, brow bone and it can even be used for blending. The soft dome shape makes it very versatile. This is my favorite brush!
4. Smashbox #30*- I use this brush for applying my cream shadows It almost has a pencil tip that allows you to really get into the crease and work the cream shadow. I usually follow up this brush with a swipe of my finger to blend out. * Linked brush is similar.
5. Blending brush- This is part of a kit of brushes I got from Walmart called, "Essential Tools Ultimate Hi-Def Face Set." This brush is the mini powder brush, but it is just the right size for blending. Plus the synthetic hair is super soft, dense and makes quick work of blending away shadow lines.
6. Foundation brush- This brush is also part of the, "Essential Tools Ultimate Hi-Def Face Set." I use this brush to set my under eye concealer with a powder. The brush is flat and dense and it allows me to pat the powder under my eyes and the pointed tip gets right under my lower lash line.
7. bareMinerals Heavenly Blush brush- This isn't your traditional blush brush but the perfectly flat top makes applying blush to the apples of your cheeks super easy. It usually only takes one or two swipes and you have full blush coverage.
8. Angled brush- Part of the, "Essential Tools Ultimate Hi-Def Face Set" this brush is best used for contour work with bronzer. The angle is just right to get into the hollows of your cheeks while the brush is thin enough to deliver a fairly precision contour line. I love this brush and think I will be purchasing another to use for blush as well.
9. e.l.f studio Stipple brush- This brush can be used wet or dry and gives you the most flawless finish when you apply your finishing powder. Using circular motions buff on your powder and the finish is light to medium coverage. It looks amazing.
10. e.l.f studio kabuki brush- The kabuki brush is a final step brush for me. I run it along the perimeter of my face to blur any foundation or powder lines and work inward. It will remove any eyeshadow fall out or built up powder. The synthetic hairs are so soft and with some work you can almost get an airbrush finish from kabuki brushes.
So that's it- my ten essential everyday brushes! Do you see any in here that you will be adding to your brush kit? In the next couple of weeks I will be doing my foundation (bb cream), blush, bronzer routine so you will get to see these brushes in action.
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