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Makeup Brushes 101


Makeup Brushes

One of the hardest decisions when first becoming makeup obsessed is choosing your makeup brushes. There are so many different brands and types that it can be hard to know where to start!

I know that there are a ton of questions surrounding makeup brushes, such as, “Do you need a whole brush kit?” “Are MAC brushes really worth it?”, etc. So I’m here to help. Watch the video below to see which types of brushes I think are really worth it and get started building your own makeup brush collection!

Makeup Brushes 101:

The Essentials:

The Extras:

  • A Brow Brush and Mascara Wand: Royal and Langnickel (The one featured in the video is part of a collection, but they do sell the brushes alone for about $2-4)
  • A Contouring Brush: MAC 168 Contour $34.00
  • A Duo Fiber Foundation Brush: Sigma Duo Fiber $18 (Sorry about the price difference!)
  • An Eyeshadow Brush: MAC 252 EyeShadow $30.00
  • A Fluffy Blending Brush: Sigma Blending $11.00
  • A Concealer Brush: Ecotools Concealer $7.98
  • A Thin Brush for Smudging: Royal and Langnickel Smudger (The one featured in the video is part of a collection, but they do sell the brushes alone for about $3-5)

Brush Cleaning Products:


What are some of your essential brushes? What’s your favorite brush? Where do you buy your brushes? Let me know what you think!

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Posted on on January 31, 2012 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , ,

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21 Responses to “Makeup Brushes 101”

  1. 1
    January 31st, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Eco-tools & Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes are much more soft & durable than my more expensive ones. As for makeup brush cleaner, baby shampoo works well too. Any brush set suggestions?

  2. 2
    January 31st, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I just saw you included baby shampoo!(which is usually most inexpensive at dollar discount stores)

  3. 3
    January 31st, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    That is the post of my dreams :p I don’t have any idea about brushes. I only know that the big on is for blush. :p And yeah the small one is for shadow. :p

  4. 4
    January 31st, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I just bought a 18-piece set of brushes online so I’m super excited for that to come in :)

  5. 5
    January 31st, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I just got an amazing eye palette for my birthday and I had no idea which brushes I needed.

  6. 6
    January 31st, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    The brushes from The Body Shop are suuuper soft and they have a travel set which is really nice. Also check out brushes made by Bubzbeauty because they’re soooo soft too. However, MAC is still number one in types of brushes, though the prices are such a pain. :D Thanks for sharing and hope this helps!

  7. 7
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    A friend and I were just talking about the best brushes to use the essentials and the other that are fun to have. Thanks so much for the info it helps a lot. Can u give me info on the use of the fan brush

  8. 8
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I buy a lot of my brushes from the drugstore – like Quo and an annabelle Brush. I find the ELF eyeshadow brush from the dollar store to be the best for applying eyeshadow in my crease. Most of the time I use my fingers if I want to just put on eyeshadow, and then I’ll blend it out. A lot of the special brushes by MAC very closely resemble brushes I find in the art store, so I just buy them from there. I think MAC is definitely too overpriced for what it’s worth in terms of brushes.

    I bought a bunch of brushes from coastal scents (a kabuki and some eyeshadow brushes) and they were pretty awesome too. I just use these brushes for doing makeup on myself, so I guess your opinion might be different if you were a makeup artist or something.

  9. 9
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I was just thinking the other day that it was time I invested in some makeup brushes, good timing!!

  10. 10
    January 31st, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve got thes amazing brushes I bought in target, thay are from Eco Tools, they are soo inexpensive, I bought the kit of 5 brushes & a foundation brush for $22 they are so soft, I LOVE them :)

  11. 11
    January 31st, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    this post is so helpful! you’re so right about on youtube how some people have these HUGE collections which makes me think “do I really have to go out and buy all of those?” thank you for this!!!!

  12. 12
    January 31st, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Yeah…I think MAC brushes are way too overpriced if you’re on a budget. The majority of my brushes are Sonia Kashuk, EcoTools, and ELF and they work perfectly well!

  13. 13
    January 31st, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I think good brushes are essential. I remember when I first starting become onbbessed I thought only brand name brushes would suit….ladies brushes from drug store, or target brushes are just as good as the brandname one. The brand name one are good as well. Sometimes its just tough to know what to choose.

  14. 14
    January 31st, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Really helpful, thanks!
    I bought a set of makeup brushes from Costco a couple years ago (yep..Costco, they’re Kirkland Signature and everything) and they’re actually pretty good! The set of 8 brushes and a case cost me around $18 I think, and they’ve held up really well. Costco is still selling a similar set, I think, if anyone’s looking for affordable brushes.

  15. 15
    January 31st, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Really liked the post. Brushes were always a mystery to me, I’ll keep this post in mind when picking some out. :)

  16. 16
    February 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I loooooove your videos!!!

  17. 17
    February 1st, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Oh, and what products do you use to fill in your eyebrows? Thanks :D

  18. 18
    February 1st, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Now, do a tutorial using each brush! (ok, maybe that’s juuuust a little too much of a request.)

  19. 19
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Great video! Very informative!

  20. 20
    March 1st, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Hey! Very useful video. I was meaning to ask you about some brushes I’ve seen, but don’t really know what they’re for. They are kind of fan-shaped really thin brushes. Hope you can help.
    P.S. You’re really pretty :)

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