Monday, January 18, 2016

Tools of the Trade: My Favorite Makeup Brushes

As someone who's played with A LOT of makeup from all different price points, I've learned a bit of a valuable lesson when it comes to putting your best face forward. Whether your eyeshadow costs $3 or $30, if you're using a junk brush to apply it, the end result is bound to disappoint you. Show of hands, how many of you have bought a pretty eyeshadow compact from the drugstore and used the little sponge tipped applicator inside to put it on? And how many of you were ready to swear off makeup when you ended up looking like a streaky, unblended mess? I am here to tell you - it's not your fault! The game was rigged before you even got started.

The truth of makeup is that a great formula is only half the battle. You need a few awesome tools at your disposal to get the most out of your product. Whether you're talking foundation, blush, or shadow, the right brush can make a HUGE difference in application and finish and take your makeup game to a whole new level. And, just like the makeup you're putting on, great brushes don't have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are tons of budget friendly options in the market, some of which I even prefer to ones that cost ten times the price!

Which brings us to why you're here today. I'm sharing my favorite brushes, from $3 miracles to super luxe finds from Sephora. Whether you're just starting out your brush collection, or are one of those there-is-no-such-thing-as-too-many-brushes beauty addicts, hopefully you'll find these recommendations helpful!

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BH Cosmetics Sculpt & Blend Set ($30)
Coastal Scents Elite Angled Blush Brush ($6.95)
Coastal Scents Elite Large Shadow Brush ($5.95)
E.L.F. Cosmetics Complexion Brush ($3)
E.L.F. Cosmetics Flawless Concealer Brush ($3)
E.L.F. Cosmetics Small Tapered Brush ($3)
E.L.F. Cosmetics Small Angled Brush ($3)
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($9)
Real Techniques Setting Brush ($8)
Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush ($26)
Mirabella Eye Blender ($27)
Sephora Professional Stippling Brush #44
Sephora Professional Smudge Brush #11 ($35)
The Original BeautyBlender ($20)
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6)
Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleanser ($14.99 - $30)
Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser ($20)

What are your favorite makeup brushes?

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