Makeup brushes come in all different shapes, sizes, brands, and most importantly, prices. As a consumer, how do you pick apart what brushes are the basic staples of a makeup routine? Beauty Gala brings you a Beauty Encyclopedia article about what makeup brushes are basic staples in a makeup kit for your face and for your eyes. We keep in mind that every makeup lover has a different budget, so this article suggests both drugstore accessible and high end makeup brushes. To watch the video, and see a rundown of the brushes mentioned, as well as what brands of makeup brushes we love here at Beauty Gala,
Face Brush Staples:
- Extra large, fluffy Brush: An extra large fluffy brush allows you to apply bronzer to your hair line, temples, and can also be used for applying powders. The one mentioned in this video is the Sephora Collection Professionnel Platinum Natural Rounded Powder Brush #41. This brush can be purchased by clicking the link below:
SEPHORA COLLECTION Professionnel Platinum Natural Rounded Powder Brush #41 Professional Natural Rounded Powder Brush
- Blush Brush: This brush can be used for applying blush to the apples of your cheeks, as well as bronzer, and setting powder. The one mentioned in this video is the Sigma Makeup SS150. This brush can be purchased by clicking the link below:
- Foundation Brush: Foundation may be applied in several different ways, including fingers or a makeup sponge, but I like to use a dense foundation brush to give my skin a flawless, airbrushed looking finish. The one mentioned in this video is the Coastal Scents Synthetic Buffer Brush in Large. This brush can be purchased by clicking the link below:
Eye Makeup Brush Staples:
- Short Shader Brush: This brush is small and dense, and packs on eyeshadow wonderfully. It’s great for intensifying a color in certain areas. The one mentioned in this video is the Sigma Makeup SS239. This brush can be purchased by clicking the link below:
- Large Shader Brush: This brush is exactly like the previous brush, only longer, and less dense. This brush is great for applying shades to the corners of your eyes. This one mentioned in this video is the Sigma Makeup SS252. This brush can be purchased by clicking the link below:
- Pencil Brush: This is a small, fine, dome tipped brush meant for use in your crease, and in the outer third of your eye. This brush can also be used for the inner corners of your eyes. The fine tip allows you to have great control over where you are applying the color, yet is fluffy enough to blend well. The one mentioned in this video is the Sigma Makeup SS219. This brush can be purchased by clicking the link below:
- Fluffy Blending Brush: The single most important brush any eye makeup lover can own, this brush is used to flawlessly blend out harsh eyeshadow lines, contour and highlight your face, and blend makeup together well. The one mentioned in this video is the Sigma Makeup SS224. This brush can be purchased by clicking the link below:
I can personally vouch for Sigma Makeup Brushes and their fantastic quality. I have been using mine for a year now, and they are the brushes I consistently reach for and use to apply my makeup every single day. They have really expanded their makeup brush line to include some value kits, where you can purchase a whole set of makeup brushes at once. If you’d like to browse or purchase Sigma Makeup Brushes, you can do so online at: Sigma Makeup Online.
Beauty Gala also owns, uses, and highly recommends makeup brushes from the following companies, based on various budgets:
- EcoTools Brushes, available at local drugstores:
- Eyes Lips Face Makeup Brushes, especially their Studio line. Right now, Beauty Gala readers can get an E.l.f $5 gift card with any $20 purchase, through May 15th, 2010:
*Middle of the Line Chic:
Beauty Gala highly recommends the above brands for makeup brushes, and has tested out, and used brushes from these lines for an extended period of time. Based on your budget, you can easily browse and purchase basic staple makeup brushes for your makeup kit. Beauty Gala also has several recommendations for makeup brushes that fit into the “nice to have” category, and can be purchased as you go along. A video, and an article is to follow along with these recommendations. Also, remember that a makeup brush collection can take time to build – My own collection took me over a year to build, and I still find brushes that I would like to add!
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[All brushes were purchased with my own money. I am not affiliated with any of the above companies, and all opinions are my own.]