10 Makeup Brushes You Need

Happy FriYAY, guys! Super excited for this weekend because the weather here in Boston is looking pretty promising! Summer weather is taking its sweet time arriving here and ,although, today is a bit rainy here, it looks like it’s going to start getting nicer after today!

Anyways, I wanted to share my favorite, ride-or-die makeup brushes with you because you might be missing out if you don’t have these! And, I do not want you to have any sort of FOMO.

These makeup brushes are tried and true and whenever I pack my makeup for traveling, I have the hardest time letting go of any one of them (I usually end up bringing all of them!). Most of them are from Mac cosmetics, but I’m sure you could find dupes for cheaper. I am just obsessed with Mac brushes and I also have a discount with them because I am an esthetician, so it’s not too expensive on my end. This is just to give you an idea, so don’t feel the need to go out and buy expensive brushes. But if you must and can save to get these, then I’d highly suggest it 🙂

1.Mac 224 Tapered Blending Brush

Mac Makeup Brushes - Blending Brush

This is such a great blending brush. If you have any harsh lines, this will smooth it out and get rid of it. It’s super soft and easy to use. It makes things so much easier and quicker. It’s kind of what you need for convenience of how flawless it makes your look.

2. Mac 239 Eye Shader Brush

Best Mac Makeup Brushes

This is the most perfect eye shadow brush. I believe Sigma has a similar one, which I haven’t tried, but if you are looking for a dupe that is less expensive, I would say Sigma is a good brand to try. This is also very easy to use. I think that’s the point with Mac makeup brushes, they want to make your life easier and convenient, and who doesn’t want that? I love using this with my Mac Fix+ for a perfect shadow application. If you use those together, your eye shadow will not move for a very long time, which is great for a full day wear!

3. Mac 217 Blending Brush

Mac Blending Brush

The great thing about Mac brushes is that they will last you FOREVER. They’re not my ride-or-die makeup brushes for nothing! I’ve had this brush here for many years, and it’s still put together, applies so perfectly and hasn’t disappointed me!

4. Tarte The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

This brush has been with me for a while as well. I think I got this when I was working at Ulta back in 2013 (Yeah, I know how did I survive there without buying the whole store?!). If I’m not using my beauty blender, then I am using this one. It definitely has a airbrush finish to it and looks flawless. I do wish it was a little smaller, so it would make applying easier, but it’s not a huge deal.

5. Nars Kabuki Ita Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

I’m sure you’ve heard of this brush, since every beauty guru praises it! It’s the perfect brush for contouring. I do know it is more on the expensive side so don’t feel the need to splurge. I’m sure you could save up for it or buy a dupe. If you do want to treat yo self, then YES, this is your dream brush! It’s an easy application and gives you a great line. Not great for nose contouring, but that’s another story for another brush, so that’s alright!

6. Mac 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

Okay, maybe this brush should’ve been up at number 1 because I’m pretty sure I can’t go anywhere without this brush. I use it for under my eyes with my tarte shape tape under eye concealer. It works great with liquid products and blends so nicely. It’s not big enough for foundation, but definitely amazing for smaller areas.

7. Real Techniques Powder Brush

Best Makeup Brushes

This one is my go to brush for bronzer application. It’s so fluffy and a great product for its price of only $8! It works great as a setting brush as well. Real Techniques is really a great dupe for many brushes, so if you’re not looking to splurge, I would highly suggest this brand.

8. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Real Technique Makeup Brush

I LOVE THIS ONE. This one is great for foundation application or under eye concealer. It’s a small head, which is great for a detailed use. It’s also very soft. I’ve been really into small brushes for applying my foundation and this is easily my favorite at the moment.

9. Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush

Real Technique Makeup Brush

This is a great powder foundation brush or for blush or whatever you may need it for! It’s great fro traveling. It has a little cap for it. It’s also super soft. I love using it for my blush application.

10. Sephora Pro Airbrush Crease 31

Best Makeup Brush

Sephora has pretty decent options for makeup brushes as well. This one works well applying crease shadows, but more so on the top section instead of the side small area — if that makes sense. It’s a bigger brush, so it will give you a more coverage.

Alright guys, that is all! Hope you learned something cool today and have a wonderful Friday! Have a safe and fun weekend and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a recipe post!

XoXo

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” – Coco Chanel

 

 

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