Sometimes I feel like makeup brushes don’t get enough love. Everyone’s always talking about eyeshadows and lipsticks and different foundations but I hear about actual brushes probably 80% less than I hear about makeup products. Sorry to give you all a major Black Eyed Peas flashback but where is the love?! Brushes need some time in the light too.
Makeup and beauty products are great but for me personally, I’ve found that if I don’t have the right tools nothing really looks the same. We all know there are a bunch of myths and different opinions on which brushes are best, what kind you should get and how many you need etc etc but when it comes down to it all I really want to know is…what’s the best way to get the most out of my brushes?
I can’t count how many times I’ve sat and watched Youtube videos of people’s makeup and brush collections and my face turns into the heart-eyed emoji because I always want everything I see. I feel like I need to own more, more blending brushes, more shading brushes, more beauty blenders, more highlighting brushes, more brushes with soft hair bristles, maybe some vegan brushes…you get the drift. The pressure to buy more and have more and use more is insane when it comes to beauty, but I think for most people having a huge brush collection isn’t realistic or necessary.
Funnily enough, I’ve done my eye makeup with one (dirty!) brush and and gotten compliments on my makeup a few times, whereas other times I’ll dabble with using 10 different brushes and my eye makeup can still turn out pretty ‘meh.’ The point is, don’t feel like to create great makeup looks you need to own an astronomical makeup brush selection.
This is more of a tip to remember before you actually go out and buy brushes, but basically my philosophy with makeup brushes is like my philosophy with food (bare with me), if you really want to get the most out of your makeup brushes then buy quality over quantity.
I won’t be spending $250 on a single brush or anything extreme like that, but I think buying medium-priced, good quality brushes that will last years is always smarter than buying a few cheap ones now and then having them shed and needing to repurchase the same brushes two months later.
Similarly, I’ve bought a few makeup brush kits in the past and often that works out to save me quite a bit more money than if I’d gone out and bought every single one of my brushes individually.
Brands I’d recommend? Sigma brushes. Everyone has their own preferences but the majority of the makeup brushes I own are Sigma and aside from some shedding on my really old brushes, they’ve never let me down so I’d highly recommend them.
So you buy a ‘flat shader brush’, does that mean you can only use it for that? Hope not because that’s not what I do!
Personally, I use an eye shader brush to apply my concealer and a fluffy blending brush (like the *Sigma E40) with powder to go over any spots on my face for double the coverage. For liner I also use either the *Sigma E30 or the *Sigma E55 and…you get the drift. Following what brushes are ‘meant’ to be used for is clearly not my thing.
To get more out of each one of your brushes, just think of the labels on them kind of like suggestions from a friend. You could listen, but you could also not. If you do that then each brush you own suddenly becomes a hell of a lot more versatile because you can use any brush for anything. Face brushes for your eyes, eye brushes for you face. Go nuts.
Do you have any tips for getting the most out of your makeup brushes?
*The Sigma Basics Brush Kit was gifted by RY.com.au for review purposes, but I’ve been using and loving Sigma brushes since 2010! No links are affiliate links either.