Monday, 18 July 2016

My essential face and eye makeup brushes

Long gone are days when I used my fingers or sponge applicators to apply my makeup, now I have a drawer full of brushes to do so. And not only there are brushes for eye or face makeup application but almost every area on my face have a specific brush designated which will also depends on the product that is used with. But even though I have so many makeup brushes that could easily serve at least a few people I seem to reach for the same few on everyday basis. So today I want to share with you my essential everyday brushes which work very well for me and my needs.
I hope this post will help some of you starting your makeup journey and looking for brush recommendations or even those of you who, like me, have already many brushes but need some new ones.
I've never invested in very expensive makeup brushes but I've tried my fair share of different budget friendly options and found ones that are fantastic at what they're expected to do and I will highly recommend them.

Essential makeup brushes

I know, it's a lot of brushes to talk about 'everyday essentials', but the truth is, if I do my full face makeup I reach for most of them on daily basis so yes, they're my 'can't be without' brushes.

Eye makeup brushes

Essential eye makeup brushes

Essential eye makeup brushes

1 - Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer, £9 - this is a great 'all rounder' as it can apply a lid shade but it's also perfect to blend an eyeshadow in the crease, if you're in a hurry it can also be used on your lower lash line to smoke out some shadow. It's supposedly be a great alternative to the very much hyped Mac 217 brush.
2 - Morphe M422, £3.25 - my favourite brush to apply a shade all over the lid and smudge it on the lower lash line as it's flat but also thick enough and very soft to blend the edges effortlessly.
3 - Morphe M506, £4.75 - hands down the best brush to blend eyeshadow on my lower lash line as it's very small but fluffy and super soft.
4 - Morphe E28, £5.50 - my absolute favourite crease brush, perfectly shaped, incredibly soft and it blends eyeshadow effortlessly, I need a couple of backups as I use it every time I do my makeup.
5 - e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush, £2 - this a very old brush, I got it when I started watching YouTube beauty videos a few years ago. It's really good at applying eyeshadow all over the lid, but my favourite way to use it is to highlight my brow bone as it's thin, lightly curved, very soft and fits perfectly under my brow.
6 - Zoeva 232 Luxe Classic Shader, £9- amazing brush to pack on eyeshadow all over the lid or even smudge some on the lower lash line as it's very soft, dense yet the bristles still give a bit of movement for blending out the edges.
7 - Zoeva 317 Wing Liner, £8 - fantastic brush to create a wing or just to line the lashes which is what I usually do, it's super thin and precise.
8 - Zoeva 230 Luxe Pencil, £9 - the best pencil brush I've tried, great at any detailed blending, my favourite way to use it is for highlighting my inner corner of the eye.
9 - Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease, £9 - my absolute favourite brush to darken outer corner and define the crease of my eye, small enough to fit in that area perfectly, quite dense yet amazing at blending.

Face makeup brushes

Essential face makeup brushes

Essential face makeup brushes

1 - Morphe 439, £11.50 - I usually prefer using Beauty Blender to apply my foundation with but there are some thicker formulas that just look better when buffed into the skin with dense brush like this, I have a few buffing brushes but I find the Morphe one does the job the best and it leaves my skin looking streaks free and blends the foundation flawlessly.
2 - Nanshy Stippling Brush, £8.95 - another brush that I like to use instead of Beauty Blender, especially with very liquid, runny formulas as it seems to blend the foundation seamlessly giving better coverage then the sponge would.
3 - Powder brush from eBay, £2.15 - I found this brush a while ago on eBay and it looked too pretty not to order it and I'm glad I did cause it's amazing! Super soft, very fluffy and large and it applies the powder very well, it picks up just the right amount of product and I'm never left with cakey face when using it. I highly recommend it, for the price you can't go wrong with it really but I'm sure you'll be amazed how soft this brush is. Of course it's coming from China so you need to be aware it will take at least couple of weeks for the delivery.
4 - e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush, £4.50 - I wouldn't use this brush for applying a blush but it's absolutely perfect at applying powder under my eyes to set concealer, I've been using it for that purpose for years and nothing can quite replace it.
5 - Morphe S13, £6.50 - my all time favourite brush to apply blush to my cheeks, it's super soft and the shape is just perfect for a flawless application of any powder blush.
6 - Morphe M501, £6.25 - I bought it to use it with my highlighters because many bloggers, YouTubers have recommended it and they were absolutely right, it's amazing at blending seamlessly any powder highlighter on the top of my cheeks, it's like a massive crease brush, very soft and super fluffy.
7 - Zoeva 109 Luxe Face Paint, £13 - I don't contour my face on everyday basis but if I do I reach for this contouring brush which has the perfect shape to draw a contour but it's beautifully soft to blend any harsh lines easily.
8 - Duo-Fibre Stippling brush from eBay, £1.63 - another gem from China which I talked about already in this post about eBay brushes, it's my absolutely favourite brush to apply bronzer to my face , it picks up the right amount of powder so I'm never left with a brown stain on my skin and it blends it beautifully. The bristles are longer then the one in Nanshy's brush hence are better at applying powder product in my opinion. I can't be without this brush and use it every time I bronze my face. I think it's supposedly be a dupe for Mac 187.

Are any of these brushes also your favourites? Which makeup brushes do you swear by?



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