Tools of the Trade

Someone recently wrote to me asking about makeup brushes. I have to admit, I am not an authority on this subject. There are only two I use on a daily basis (and I love them), so I did a little research. There are tons of makeup brushes out there and I can certainly see how it would be overwhelming. After talking to some makeup artists I know, I think I have narrowed down the list and present you with my favorites. The one important thing you should know is that when it comes to brushes, you really do get what you pay for. A brush from a professional line is made with better materials and will last much longer, especially if you take care of them. There is nothing I hate more than when a brush sheds black bristles all over my face. I suggest you do your own investigating and talk to the pros. They will be able to steer you toward a collection that will fill your tool needs. That being said, here are my choices.

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MAC Cosmetics 168 Large Angled Contour Brush $34

I use this brush every day for blush application. It’s not a typical choice for applying blush, but I like the contour and the slimness of the bristles. I find it enables me to put blush precisely where I want it. Overall, MAC is one of the best choices for brushes. It is a professional makeup line and the quality is top notch.

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Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Application Face Brush $28

This is the other brush I use daily. I always use powder and this is what I apply it with. This can give you medium to full coverage (depending on how much powder you use) and it makes blending super easy.

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Sephora Slim Essential Brush Set ($98 value) $39

This is a great collection for most women. It contains professional quality brushes in a travel-friendly pouch. Your 5 most essential brushes are in the set-powder brush, blush brush, large and small eyeshadow brushes, and a retractable lip brush.

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NARS Botan Brush $75

This is the mother of all brushes. The Botan brush is a round Kabuki brush designed for precise powder application. It is great for loose powder application, buffing, and blending. It is big and expensive, but it really is incredible.

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Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki $28

I also own this one, but don’t use it on a daily basis. It is a great quality brush and more affordable (and smaller) than the Nars brush. It is great for applying powder foundation or loose powder. Makes blending a snap!

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Sephora Collection Makeup Artist Brush Belt Set ($422 value) $275

This is for girls that love makeup and the art of application. It has every tool you need! This collection contains 15 deluxe, professional brushes and comes with Sephora’s Makeup Artist Brush Belt Case. Just strap it on and start creating your favorite looks.

This really is just the tip of the iceberg as far as makeup brushes go. Just remember, it’s an investment. It may cost more in the beginning, but you’ll end up spending less in the long run. You only need brushes you will use, and make sure they feel right in your hands. And don’t be afraid of asking a professional to show you how to use them properly-that’s what they’re there for!

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2 responses to “Tools of the Trade

  1. Kelly

    Thanks Megan, this was great! I have the same two that you have (along with a few others I don’t use too) just wondered if I was missing anything, I guess I am good. Can I make another request? I have NEVER had such terribly dry hair, any “non salon treatment” suggestions? Already using morracan oil. Any other thoughts?

    • I was just at the salon this week and they said everyone is complaining of dry hair (no moisture, although the snow today should help). I’m going to do a blog Sunday about both salon and home help for the dry hair blues.

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