Best Makeup Brushes
Hi, friends! How’s your April going so far? Hopefully it’s been ama-za-zing. (If you caught that reference to the Benchwarmers, let’s be best friends.) Aside from going to the Jay Park concert in the beginning of the month (mentioned in my March Favorites post), I haven’t really done anything else this month. It’s just the same old going to work every day shit. Hate it LOL. However, I am planning a trip to visit Justin in Australia! It’s official - from June 3rd to June 17th, I’ll be in Melbourne! YAY!!!
For today’s post, I’m going to be doing something never done on lianadesu.com before. Today’s entire post is dedicated to brushes! Justin had the brilliant idea of writing a post detailing the best brushes that I own, which are also the ones I tend to use on a daily basis. So, here I am. Here we are. Let’s talk about brushes.
Morphe Brushes – Y-6 Pro Flat Buffer | $10
This brush is my absolute favorite brush! If you have been reading my posts for a while, you know how much I love this brush! It's my go-to brush to apply any liquid or cream foundation because it blends everything out so flawlessly, without leaving any streaks behind. I even use this brush to blend out my concealer - I just kind of crimp the brush head with my fingers to make it more dense and compact to get the under-eye area. It's the best. I even bought another one so I always have a backup when one of them gets too dirty to be used LOL.
Sephora Collection – PRO Flawless Light Powder Brush #50 | $38
I bought this brush years ago when I had no problem spending $38 on a single brush...let's be real, I would never spend $38 on a brush now. However, I am very happy to have this brush in my collection! It has the softest, fluffiest bristles that sweep over the face effortlessly. I use this brush to brush off the excess powder from baking as well as applying a light layer of powder foundation over my liquid foundation. I also use this brush to blend powder foundation down my neck and around my ears because I'm not a huge fan of using liquid foundation in those areas.
e.l.f. Cosmetics – Pointed Powder Brush | $6
This brush, my friends, might be the best value in this entire post. It's SO SOFT AND FLUFFY that I can't believe it's only $6. Pro tip: Buy it when e.l.f. has a sale (which happens often). I bought this during one of e.l.f.'s 50% off sales, so I got it for $3! Best $3 I've ever spent. I use this brush to apply setting powder all over my face. The super soft bristles ensure that none of the cake that I just laid down gets lifted when applying setting powder. I absolutely hate when brushes ruin what you just perfected in the previous step, but this brush never does that. Also, the pointed (more like tapered) tip makes it really easy to get into the hard-to-reach areas like in the crevices around the nose. I pack on the powder around my nose because that is the first place that foundation will start to break up on me.
Wet n Wild - Pro Brush Line Blush Brush | $7.99
Although this is technically a blush brush, I use this as a bronzer brush. The bristles are at the perfect middle point between dense and fluffy, which makes it easy to get concentrated color in one area, while still being able to blend it out easily. On an everyday basis, I use this brush to bronze up my forehead and temples, as well as doing a light contour on my cheeks and jawline. Using this type of brush for contour is perfect for those days when I want a natural contour where I still want to add dimension to my face, but don't want to cut someone with a super sharp jawline.
Morphe Brushes – Angle Contour Brush from Set 687 (15 Piece Deluxe Badger Set | $35)
Because I am such a rebel, here I am again not using a brush for its intended purpose. Although this brush is technically a contour brush, I use it as a blush brush. The bristles on this brush are much too loose for me to use as a contour brush, but it's exactly what I want for a blush brush. The loose bristles makes it easy to apply a light wash of color across your cheeks without concentrating the color too much in one area.
Morphe Brushes – Y-9 Detail Contour Brush | $8
On days when I want a more intense contour, I use this brush to carve out my cheek bones. The size of the brush head is the perfect size to get right under the cheek bone for a clean contour. The bristles are packed fairly loosely, which makes it super easy to blend out the contour and get rid of any harsh lines or blend out areas where too much product has been applied. Note to keep in mind: I contour with powder products and I wouldn't recommend this brush to blend out cream contour - it's not dense enough for that.
Morphe Brushes – M510 Pro Round Blender | $8
GUYS. This brush has totally changed my highlighting game. Before this brush, I was just using any old brush I had to apply highlighter and I always wondered why I couldn't achieve a blinding highlight despite using highlighters marketed as blinding. This brush was the answer! This brush just makes it so easy to get a concentrated glow right on the high points of the cheeks while diffusing the edges enough so you don't look like you have a gross streak across your face. Because of the small size, it's also so easy to get a really precise highlight on the bridge of the nose and cupid's bow. I definitely recommend this type of brush over a fan brush for highlighting because it's so much more precise. I always had a tough time working with fan brushes - they're just not for me. So, if you're struggling with your highlight game, give this brush a shot. :)
L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender Sponge | ~$6-8
Although this is a sponge and not a brush, I thought I'd include it in this post because I use it every single day to put on my makeup. This sponge is often said to be a drugstore dupe for the Beauty Blender, but I can't confirm that because I don't own a Beauty Blender and never have LOL. However, I can confirm that this little sponge sure does get the job done! I almost exclusively use it to set my face with loose setting powder. It does a great job of baking the face and if I don't feel like baking, I still use it to really press in the loose powder into the skin in areas that need the most setting (like the under-eye area and the t-zone). On the rare occasion that I use it to apply my foundation (I'm just a brush girl when it comes to applying foundation), it does work really well! When damp, the sponge gets big and bouncey, and it blends out foundation really nicely.
MAC Cosmetics – 252 Large Shader Brush | $32
Even though this is an eye brush, I use this solely for concealer. Before I started using the Morphe Y-6 to blend out my concealer, I used to use this brush to blend out all of my concealer. All of it. Everywhere. This little brush used to do my whole face. Now, I use this in areas that I want to spot concealer (like all of my pimples wahhh) and it does an amazing job of concentrating the concealer on a specific area rather than blending and diffusing it out. I also use this brush to blend out my eyeshadow primer (which is always either concealer or MAC Paint Pot) and it does a really good job of spreading it across my lid.
Urban Decay - Naked Heat 2 Brush
Unfortunately you can only get this brush if you buy the Naked 2 palette, but I decided to include it in this post because unlike most brushes that come in palettes, I absolutely love this one! The fluffy end is a really good small blending brush that would be perfect for the crease/outer corner. However, the fluffy end is my favorite brush for my nose contour! The size of the brush is perfect for getting a precise contour (no one likes a muddy nose contour) and the bristles are really soft, making it easy to blend out any harshness or over-application. The flat end is great for cleaning up the brows with concealer because it's stiff enough that the tip of the brush stays firm so you get as precise of a line that's possible (which we all know is very important for brows!).
MAC Cosmetics Angled Brush (for eyebrows)
I got this brush in a brush set from MAC years ago (I wanna say about 10 years ago) and I'm still using it every day. Although I use a pencil to fill in my brows, I only use the pencil to outline the bottom and fill in the outer half of each brow. For the inner half, I fill it in using eyeshadow and this brush. I also blend out the penciled-in part with this brush much like how you see many YouTube beauty gurus use the spoolie end of an eyebrow pencil. The thickness of this brush is thicker than an angled brush for liner so it makes filling in my brows super quick. I prefer this method of diffusing the eyebrow pencil because I feel like the spoolie takes off too much of the product (is that just me?).
Morphe Brushes – Blending Brush from Set 687 (15 Piece Deluxe Badger Set | $35)
It's hard to tell from the photo, but this brush is slightly bigger than your average fluffy blending brush. I like to use this brush to set my eyeshadow primer with a light-colored eyeshadow (normally bone-colored or something close to my skin tone). Doing this helps to ensure an easy blend with all the shadows that will be going onto the lid after. It also creates a nice even base so the eyeshadow can really shine (raise your hand if you're like me and can see some veins in your eyelid!). I like using a bigger fluffy brush like this for this purpose because it really gets the job done fast. Just a couple taps and you're done!
Wet n Wild – Pro Brush Line Fluffy Blending Brush | $5.99
This is my favorite brush for putting a transition shade down into the crease. It has slightly long and loosely packed bristles and a dome-shaped (almost flat) top, which I think really helps disperse an even amount of color throughout the crease. Its super soft bristles make it really easy to create a smooth transition. The size of the brush head is slightly bigger than what I would use to deepen up the crease or the outer corner, so this is solely a transition-shade brush for me. You don't really get a lot of precision with this brush, but it makes putting down a transition shade super quick - it's like 3 swipes back and forth, a little buffing out the edges, and you're done.
Morphe Brushes – M433 Pro Firm Blending Brush | $6
MAC Cosmetics – 217 Synthetic Blending Brush | $24
I use these two pretty interchangeably because they feel pretty much exactly the same, even though the Morphe one is made of goat hairs and the MAC one is synthetic. These brushes are, hands-down, the best blending brushes ever. The way they pick up the eyeshadow, the way they distribute the shadow, and the way they blend out the eyeshadow is just perfect. I also like that the shape isn't round. I know it's kind of hard to see in the photo (yeah, I should've taken better ones, I'm sorry!), but the metal part under the bristles are slightly crimped. This makes it really easy to maneuver the brush and get various uses out of it. For example, I can use the very tip of the brush and really define the crease precisely, or I can tilt the brush a bit and use the fluffy part to blend out any harsh edges. I know I'm not going to have a bad eyeshadow EVER because of these brushes. Unless I choose totally hideous colors, then yeah, bad eyeshadow day. But, they'd still be blended AF.
Wet n Wild – Crease Brush | $0.99
The $1 that I spent on this brush was definitely one of the best dollars I have ever spent in my entire life. I use this brush to deepen up the outer corner of my lid and there is no other brush I would choose for that purpose. The length of the bristles are fairly short and they aren't as fluffy as the previous blending brushes, but more densely packed, which makes it stiffer. That really allows you to lay down eyeshadow precisely, much like a pencil brush, but the bristles are also soft enough and flexible enough to blend out the shadow effortlessly without it exploding everywhere.
MAC Cosmetics: 224 Tapered Blending Brush $32
You guys might all think I'm crazy, but I always use this brush clean. I use this brush solely for diffusing the edges of my shadow because it's big and fluffy so it's perfect for that! If it makes you feel bad that I use a $32 brush just for that purpose, you are not alone. It makes me feel bad, too. BUT, to make all of us feel better, I am happy to say that this brush is also an amazing brush to lay down a transition shade. And before I got that Wet n Wild brush that I use now, I used to use this brush for my transition shade. In fact, this brush is so old that I used to do my entire eyeshadow look with this brush alone. That was back when I had no idea what I was doing and before we had people on YouTube telling us what to use each brush for! (Yeah, I'm probably older than you think. Or, I started wearing makeup at a very young age.)
Morphe Brushes – Round Smudger Brush from Set 687 (15 Piece Deluxe Badger Set | $35)
This is my go-to brush for applying shadow to my lower lash line. It's small enough to not get an explosion of color under your eye, but big enough that it's not going to be a really tight line. I normally take whatever shade I used on my crease and apply it to my lower lash line with this brush. I like that this brush diffuses the shadow really well and makes it easy to give your eyes some dimension without making you look like a raccoon.
Morphe Brushes – Mini Smudger Brush from Set 687 (15 Piece Deluxe Badger Set | $35)
After using the round smudger brush (above) on my lower lash line, I usually take whatever shade I used on the outer corners on this brush and apply it as close as I can to my lashes. This brush is so tiny that it's perfect to get right up under the water-line. And although it's pretty stiff, the bristles are still soft enough to never irritate my eyes.
e.l.f. Cosmetics – Blending Brush | $3
I like to take this brush (clean) and run it over the shadow on my lower lash line (that I applied with the two brushes above) a few times to really blend the two shades together and get rid of any harshness or over-application. Even though I could easily use the larger smudger that I used earlier for this purpose, I like this brush because the bristles are a little longer and more flexible, which I think really helps diffuse the edges of the shadow. Also, it's a flat brush, so the shape is perfect for the lower lash line.
MAC Cosmetics - 219 Pencil Brush
I use this brush for so many things! It's great for highlighting the inner corner, I sometimes use it for my lower lash line, sometimes I'll use it to line my upper lash line with shadow if I'm not wearing eyeliner, and sometimes I'll use it to really define the outer corner. So many uses! This is one of the brushes in my collection that when I'm doing a look that I don't normally do and I'm thinking about which brushes would be best, I look at this one and think to myself, "Yeah, that one will definitely work for something."
Morphe Brushes – Lip Brush from Set 687 (15 Piece Deluxe Badger Set | $35)
Last, but not least, we have this tiny lip brush. For those of you who read my blog often, you'll know that I barely wear lipstick, so can you image me taking the time to apply lipstick with a brush? You'll probably never see that happen LOL. Although this brush is a lip brush, it is my favorite brush to highlight my brow bone with! You could also use it to clean up the brows with concealer because it's super flat and has a nice rounded edge. The shape makes it really easy to carve out your brows, which is the same reason it's my favorite to highlight my brow bone with - you can get right up under your brow super precisely without getting highlighter on part of your brow.
And that's it for this post on my favorite brushes! Hopefully it can be of some help to you. I know it can be really overwhelming when you're just beginning on your makeup journey and there are so many brushes to choose from. I was the same way! So hopefully this post can help steer you in the right direction. And if any of you were wondering, no, this post isn't sponsored by Morphe LOL. Although I wish it was. #SponsorMeMorphe I just truly love their brushes! Such good quality for such an amazing price.
Hope you are having an amazing day or night, wherever you are, and until next time! Thanks for reading. <3
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