I still remember back when I started wearing makeup and I would apply my shadows with either the sponges that were provided or my fingers. I only owned a couple brushes to apply blush and bronzer and would use the puff provided in powders. It never occurred to me that a brush was necessary to provide makeup. I would use the sponge to swipe product on my lid once, which didn’t provide much if any control over how much was applied and where it was applied. The first makeup brushes I ever got came from a Sonia Kashuk travel set that I received for Christmas. I barely even used them when I first got them, except to occasionally apply shadow in the crease. My blush brush was from Forever 21 and my first powder brush was elf. I never felt compelled to purchase face brushes until the past six or so months when I began wearing more tinted moisturizers/CC creams and highlighter. I realized what a huge difference makeup brushes can have on your finished look and how much easier they make makeup application, especially for someone who really hates the feeling of product on my hands and fingers.
I began to purchase more Sonia Kashuk eye brushes for daily use but still had a hard time applying large amounts of product and blending shadows together. I finally broke down and purchased a Sephora shadow brush to apply color all over my lid. It was, dare I say, life changing to have a brush that applied color all over my lid so easily and still allowed me so much control thanks to it’s long handle. I use this brush on a daily basis and love that it works for all over the lid and in the crease. I recently splurged on the MAC 217 Blending Brush and it’s amazing as everyone says it is. It’s not as fluffy as the Sephora shadow brush and is better for packing on product and blending in the crease. To apply liquid makeup, I picked up the Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 and its densely packed bristles make blending CC creams across my face a much more enjoyable task.
I always heard makeup bloggers posting and raving about Real Technique brushes (here and here) and decided to give them a go because they’re so affordable. I stopped by my local Ulta and picked up the blush brush first. I had never used a brush with an angled head and found that it applied blush much better than my Forever 21 taper brush that I had been using for years. I liked it so much I then picked up the Setting Brush to highlight and set my under eye area, the Sculpting Brush to contour and apply bronzer, and the Powder Brush to lightly powder my entire face. These brushes really are great for the price and can also be purchase on Amazon, which is pretty awesome.
Real Techniques Blush Brush, $8.99
Real Techniques Powder Brush, $9.99
So if you are in the market for a new brush, or two, or three, check out Real Techniques for affordable yet quality brushes. Have some favorite brushes, let me know and I will check them out!