I’ve gone through so many years trying out all shapes and sizes of makeup brushes, from the biggest kabuki to the tiniest precise liner, that I’ve found a really nice rhythm of which brushes work best. That’s why I thought it would be helpful to share a list of the standout must-haves from each category and what I use them for.
Xo Beauty Powder Brush
You’ll want to look for something large enough so you don’t need to constantly pick up more powder and small enough that it fits into the contours of your face. Being super soft like this Xo Beauty is also imperative!
Sephora Pro 56 Flawless Airbrush
I love synthetic, dense brushes for buffing liquid foundation in without any streaks. This one in particular has great reviews and works infinitely faster than traditional flat foundation brushes.
Angled Blush Brush
Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour Brush
My favourite type of blush brush is one that is white and angled so that it hugs the apples of the cheeks plus you can see how much product you’ve picked up so you don’t overdo it.
Xo Beauty Shimmer Tulip Brush
This one is technically a blush brush but it works so well at applying powder highlighters to just the tops of cheeks and high points of the face. It’s also a super soft one!
Inner Corner Highlight
If you like adding that little pop to your inner eye corners to brighten your daily look, this is a must-have. Trust me, it’s not easy to apply it properly without a teensy brush in your arsenal.
NARS 45 Brush
This short, dense brush is a must-have for smudging a dark colour around lash lines. It’s what I use daily to “line” my lower lashes with eyeshadow, which tends to last longer on me then pencil eyeliner.
Precision Blending Brush
Sigma Beauty E32 Exact Blend Brush
I use this to apply the deepest colour to the outer corner crease area. Love this one for those with limited lid space!
Sephora Pro 14 Shadow Brush
I use this to put on my main lid colour. It’s larger than my crease brushes so it can smooth on shimmery shades really nicely.
Ah, the infamous 217! This brush has a cult following for good reason. It’s the perfect density and size to blend out shadows for that perfect transition. Sometimes I just use this brush and nothing else on simple makeup days. The white bristles are also a great indicator for when brushes need to be washed again.
Large Shadow Brush
NARS 40 Brush
I love these kinds of larger fluffy brushes for applying my browbone highlight since you just need one big sweep to get the right amount of soft colour down.