A guide to all your makeup brush needs - whether you want to know what brushes to get, which brands are best, or you want to know how to clean them... I've got you!
It can be really tricky knowing which brushes you should use for what, which brands you should use, are cheap brushes really any good?! I know I found this really tricky when I first started out in makeup so I thought I’d show you just a few of my favourites and explain what I use them for. Don’t be afraid to try out brushes for various things, for example I use a blush brush to set my under-eye and it works perfectly - There are no rules to this...You do you!
There are so many amazing brush brands around now, I remember when I first started Mac were definitely seen as the elite brush! They are still great don’t get me wrong, but they’re so damn spensive girl!! Luckily, we now have so many more options, Real Techniques came out and proved that you can have great quality brushes at a reasonable price point, and Morphe soon came out and proved this once again. I have brushes from various brands but my favourites have to be Mac, Morphe, Rea Techniques, Zoeva, Smith & IT Cosmetics.
FAVE FACE BRUSHES:
IT Cosmetics – Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Face Brush (No. 7) £36
Now this is my all time favourite foundation brush - or really for any base product whether that's concealer, cream contour or cream blush! It makes it super quick and easy to blend any product and doesn't shed or leave any streaks.
Morphe – M530 Contour Brush £13
This has been my favourite bronzer/contour brush for a couple of years now, I swear the more I use it the better it gets!! It fits perfectly in the hollow of the cheek bone and can even fit down the side of my nose for a little nose bronze/contour.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – A23 Large Tapered Blending Brush £26
Since trying this highlighter brush I haven't put it down, it picks up the perfect amount of product, blend it seamlessly and fits perfectly on the high point of my cheekbones. Love love love! The only gripe I do have is that it can shed now and then, but not so much that it stops me using it.
Dose of Colors - Tapered Blush Brush
This is the most perfect, soft, luxurious brush! Now it is meant to be for blush but I have used this for a few things - for a while I used it as a contour brush but more recently I've used it to set my under-eyes and I AM OBSESSED. All Dose of Colors brushes are so soft and pick up the perfect amount of product.
Fenty Beauty - 125 Face Brush
This is a relatively new brush for me, but already I cannot put it down!! I use this to apply any cream products but particularly for cream bronzer and blush. It's the perfect size and shape to get into the hollows of the cheekbones and around the forehead. You can either stipple or buff the product into the skin with this brush and it will look flawless. Highly recommend!!
FAVE EYESHADOW BRUSHES:
Zoeva – 228 Luxe Crease Brush £10
I love this brush for any initial crease colour or if I want to sweep a colour all over the lid/into the crease. This blends any eyeshadow seamlessly and feels so soft, I've had mine for a few years and it's still one of my favourites.
Mac – 242 Synthetic Shader Brush £21
This is THE perfect lid brush!! I use this for any matte or shimmer shade on the lid, I use it to cut the crease with concealer and I even use it for applying glitter. It's the perfect width, size and shape for any lid I just love it!
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill – Eye Master Brush Collection £39
Now if you want some INCREDIBLE eyeshadow brushes for an affordable price, I don't think you can do better than the Morphe X Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow brush collection. I use all of these brushes and they're such great quality and you can create so many different looks with these. The pencil brush and flat brush are great for the lower lash line - or you can use the small fluffy brush. You could even use the flat brush for carving underneath the brows. The large fluffy brush can be used on the eyes or it's even big enough to use underneath the eyes to set with powder. I promise you will get so much use out of these and for this price... unreal!!
Makeup Brush Cleaners:
There are a couple of methods for cleaning your brushes, one way would be more of a surface clean using an alcohol solution and the other would be a deep clean using a brush cleanser. I tend to use an alcohol solution weekly; my favourite is the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner – it's incredible!! Simply dip the brush into the solution and wipe onto a piece of kitchen roll/paper towel until the brush is clean. It’s definitely the quickest method of brush cleaning and one of the major benefits of this method is that it ends up clean and DRY.
However, you do need to implement a deep clean into your routine too. I tend to do this monthly or bi-monthly as I use my brushes a lot! I tend to use the Sigma Brush Cleanser or even the Beauty Blender soap bar, simply wet the brush, add some cleanser and swirl into your hand or on a brush cleaner pad – then it’s a case of rinsing and laying the brush flat on a towel and waiting for them to dry. It’s likely that you’ll need to leave them overnight to ensure they are completely dry. The reason you want to lay them flat rather than upright is because if water seeps into the foundation of the brush hairs it can disturb the glue and cause shedding (you know, that annoying moment when you’re putting on your blush and you find these random small hairs on your face.. That's what we want to try and avoid). As long as you take good care of your brushes, they should last you years!
I hope you found this blog helpful - make sure to leave any questions in the comments below or head over to my Instagram to contact me there! Have a great week.
Lots of love