Basic Makeup Brushes

July 25, 2011 by anobody  
Published in Makeup

Makeup brushes are essential tools for applying makeup. Some makeup brushes are more useful than others, especially the brushes that can multitask.

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Makeup brushes can be pricey – the prices can go as high as $100 to as low as $1.

The real question is, do you get what you pay for?

I own about 30 brushes from quite a number of brands. The most I’ve ever spent on a makeup brush was $69 for a Shu Uemura Natural 12 eye shadow brush, while the cheapest brush I own is the ELF Eye shadow brush which set me back $1. My MAC, Sonia Kashuk, Ecotools, Walmart High Definition, Revlon, Essence of Beauty, and Studio Tools brushes range from $1-$40 in cost.

Speaking from a non-professional, previous makeup hobbyist’s point of view, I can tell you that some brushes are worth the splurge while in other cases, some budget-friendly brushes get the job done. If I had to pare down on how many brushes I own, I have some definite keepers.

First off, I’ll list the brands according to ascending price points.

  1. ELF (Eyes Lips Face) - There are always online promotional codes floating around, so make sure to check before you place an order. These brushes are also available at some Targets and Kmarts. 
  2. Studio Tools – Available at Target 
  3. Revlon - I think these are available at Walmart.
  4. Ecotools - These brushes can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Rite Aid.
  5. Paris Presents – Available at Walmart
  6. Sonia Kashuk – Available at Target but sometimes can be found on sale on the Target website
  7. MAC – Available at MAC counters, free-standing stores, and online

Now for my favorites (divided into categories):

  • Foundation - I love my ELF Studio Powder Brush for both liquid and powder foundation. ($3)
  • Powder - I don’t really care what powder brush I use as long as it’s big and fluffy. I usually just dust translucent powder over my foundation to set it and I like the light finish that a fluffy, loosely packed brush gives. If you’re on a budget, I’d recommend the ELF Studio Complexion Brush. This brush can also double up as a blush brush. ($3)
  • Blush - I’m partial to my MAC 129 brush. It’s made out of goat hair, and I prefer natural hair brushes for applying blush because I prefer how they pick up and distribute color. ($34)

  • Eye shadow – For applying color, I’m going to have to go with my ELF Essential Eye Shadow Brush, only because of its $1 price point. I don’t see the point in splurging in a flat shader brush when they all pretty much serve the same function. I have multiples of these because I’m too lazy to clean my brushes between uses. For blending purposes, I absolutely adore my MAC 217 brush; it pretty much does all the blending work for me. This brush is a staple in my collection. ($22.50) 
    Other brushes I like include the Revlon Contour Shadow Brush and the Sonia Kashuk Crease brush (these are nice to have, but not brushes I need in order to apply my makeup).
  • Eyeliner - I have a clear winner in terms of an eyeliner brush. I cannot use gel eyeliner without my Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush. This brush creates precise lines and can even be used to sculpt the shape of the liner if you want to achieve the winged liner look. ($5.99)

Last but not least, the best multitasking makeup applicators are

  • My hands! - I use them sometimes to apply foundation, concealer, cream eyeshadow, cream blush, and sometimes lipstick. Best of all, they’re free! ($0)

And there you have it – my very basic, go-to applicators that I use to put on makeup.

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