When I first started getting into make up, which wasn't until my college years (I was a late beauty bloomer, tom boy through and through), I never understood the importance of good make up brushes. It was only through my discovery of beauty forums on LiveJournal - YES, I did say LiveJournal, that's how old I am kids. This was well before the days of YouTube that I realised all the girls who had amazing MAC brushes were achieving the most flawless foundation finishes and amazingly blended eyes. So, I said good bye to my sponge applicators and brushes which were supplied with the make up and I bought my first MAC brush. I, like most had a heart attack at the price of these brushes, but I also became addicted.
However, I'm thankful that these days a lot more companies are creating make up brushes which are affordable and are just as good as the higher end brushes. So, I thought I'd dedicate this post to my favourite brushes, most are MAC because I have a soft spot for them, but there are a lot of amazing alternatives out there I promise.
Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush 56 - This is a new purchase and I've raved about it in a previous post, but it's made the biggest difference to my foundation application. I have this theory that this brush can make any foundation look good on the skin. A definite must buy and the love of my life.
Jessup Tapered Synthetic Brush - This comes in a set of 10 on eBay for the ridiculously cheap price of $15. For the price and the amount you get, the quality is good enough, but don't expect them to live up to the standards of higher end brushes. This is the only brush that I keep coming back to, and I use it for contouring, because the brush is so dense and the tip tapers off it makes for get powder or cream application.
MAC 217 and MAC 224 - These were my first MAC eyeshadow brushes, they are more than 6 years old now. So, while they are an investment, they last for a ridiculously long time. They've been through countless washes and trips across the globe and they are still as good as the day I first bought them. These two brushes are the only 2 that I use for eyeshadow application. The 217 is the white one, which is more dense and great for blending while packing on eyeshadow and I use the 224 for contouring the eye. These brushes were all the hype back in the day, and talking about them is taking me back to happy memories!
MAC 129 - This is the perfect blush brush. It's great for dabbing on colour to the apples of your cheek and isn't too dense. It's just right.
Sigma Tapered Face Brush - I use this brush for bronzing, it's great for an all over bronzer. As it has a tapered edge, it can also get into your cheek bones and into your temples perfectly. It's a great affordable brush an the moment Sigma opened up for business I started singing hallelujah for affordability.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush - I can only bow down to Samantha Chapman for creating these brushes. Every single brush in her collection is fabulous, I can't actually fault them. The crazy thing is that the sets and individual brushes are ridiculously affordable! This stippling brush is great for applying foundation and also blending out product on the face. If you're just starting out with make up and don't have a massive budget for brushes, definitely check out Real Techniques.