My Favourite Makeup Brushes

8:31 PM

I spend so much time talking about makeup on this blog that I often neglect discussing the tools that I use to apply it! Today I'm here to tell you about my favourite makeup brushes, which all happen to be affordable!

When I was in high school, I was a devotee of the "complimentary brushes" that came with blushes, eyeshadow, powders, etc... You know the ones. Well, once I discovered the world of "real" makeup brushes, I think my makeup changed for the better. Some people would even argue that brushes are actually more important to "professional" looking makeup than the makeup itself. I personally think it is a combination of the right makeup with the right tools, but I do believe that having good brushes makes a big difference in taking amateur makeup skills up a few notches.

Here are the brushes I use pretty much every time I wear makeup:

1) Real Techniques Contour Brush - I don't actually use this brush to contour, I use it to blend in concealer! This brush and my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer are a match made in heaven. It blends concealer seamlessly without removing too much of it which makes it perfect for under eyes. This brush is included in the Real Techniques Core Collection ($25) and is available at Walmart or various online retailers like this one!

2) Elf Blush Brush - This brush, which I personally believe is a bit too small for blush, is perfect for applying powder under eyes or setting specific parts of my foundation. The best part? The $3 cost! Available here. 

3) Real Techniques Powder Brush - This brush is soft, fluffy, a huge. Perfect for applying all over powder. I bought mine at my local Lawtons Drugs on sale for $5.99.

4) Sonya Kashuk Large Crease Brush No. 116 - This brush makes me a little sad, as it was one of the last things I picked up at Target before the shop left Canada (R.I.P.) but I'm glad I had the chance to buy it! It's great for packing darker eyeshadows in the crease and outer corner in a controlled manner. If you still have access to a Target, I'd check it out! I think it was only around $6.

5) Large fluffy blending brush, brand unknown - This brush came to me randomly in an Ipsy Glam Bag close to three years ago and I have no idea which brand makes it, all I know it I love it! It's great for blending out eyeshadows for a natural "smoky" eye. Well, my attempt at one, haha. If anybody happens to know where this brush came from, holla at yo girl.

6) Ecotools Pencil Brush - A great brush for smudging shadows under the lash line. I picked this up at Walmart a few years ago for less than $10. I don't think they make it anymore but here is an equivalent!

7) Ecotools Small Angle Brush - A necessity for any brush collection. This dense little brush is great for lining the eyes and filling in brows.

8) Sonya Kashuk Medium Eyeshadow Brush - This large, flat eyeshadow brush is lovely for sweeping colour all over the lid. Real Techniques also makes great brushes in this shape, for those who no longer have Target access like myself.

So there you have it, my favourite brushes which also happen to be very affordable. Leave your favourites down below!

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  1. I may have a little brush obsession... Especially for affordable brushes! One of my favourites is a foundation brush I purchased off of eBay. Occasionally I find a gem on there!

  2. I think that brush might be the $1 blending brush from ELF! It looks very similar, and regardless the ELF one is an amazing brush.