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What Makeup Brushes are ESSENTIAL?

What Makeup Brushes are ESSENTIAL?

As an Professional Makeup Artist, my Brush collection is extremely large. It is large due to absolute necessity, however, the key word is “Professional” Makeup Artist. If you are purchasing brushes for personal use or even starting out your Makeup Artistry career, it is great to start with a small foundation of the the essentials. I will list them below,however, I want to touch on some key information to know before we dive in.

The key to any brushes effectiveness is the material it is composed of, its really very simple to understand,but key! Synthetic Fibers are great for for cream or liquid products, this is due to their less porous nature. These products would include , foundation, concealer,etc. The next available material is Natural Fibers these are usually a form of animal hair,and are great for dry products, such as eye shadows,blushes,etc.

OK Great! Now we know the Fibers we need lets get down to the types of brushes and their individual uses.

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Powder Brush- A soft round, slightly elongated natural brush, Blush/Bronzer Brush– A soft  medium-sized dome shaped natural brush.


Blush/Bronzer Brush– A soft  medium-sized dome shaped natural brush.

 makeup-brushes-101-6                                                                                          Eyes shadow Brush- A small still flat natural brush, (stiff fibers load brush with more intense pigment,than a fluffier brush would.foundation brush 1

Foundation Brush– A round flat-tipped synthetic fiber brush.



Eye shadow Blending Brush- A tapered,soft natural brush,this will be fluffier than regular eye shadow brush, this brush isn’t used to load pigment as mush as it is used to blend out harsh lines.


Eyebrow/Eyeliner Brush– Small angled, can be natural or synthetic, however I find that firmness is key, firmness offers precision,which is extremely important when it comes to line work.


Lip Brush- Flat round-tipped brush, can also be natural or synthetic.

And finally, you may ask, what are some great brush companies to purchase these brushes? No worries, I have a few steals and splurges!

Splurge: M.A.C  average price (13.00-80.00) Sigma average price (9.00-14.00)

Steal: E.L.F average price (3.00-8.00) EcoTools average price (3.99-12.59)




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