3 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Makeup Brushes

3 tips to get more bang for your buck
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?

sigma makeup brushes review


Utilise what you have. 

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.


Choose wisely before you buy. 

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.

sigma eye makeup brushes review RY.com.au


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. 

Best face brushes? The Sigma E35 Highlighter brush (I own three) is a must have for me because it’s perfectly tapered for highlighting and contouring and it picks up just the right amount of product. I also love using the F30 brush for applying my face powder, I’ve been using it every day for years!

Best eye brushes? I’d recommend getting the *Sigma Basics Eye Kit because it’s pretty much got every brush in it that I use daily all in one kit, including the E25 blending brush which I usually use to apply my shadows, blend them out and do a smokey liner (it’s one of those ‘do it all’ brushes for me).


sigma makeup brushes the sunday mode  
tips to get the most out of your makeup brushes


Treat brush ‘names’ as suggestions.

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.

52 comments so far.

52 responses to “3 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Makeup Brushes”

  1. Ana Picazzo says:

    Hello girl! Happy New Year! I've been MIA from the blogging world for a long time now and I am so happy to be back! I really missed reading you posts! First let me tell you that your new blog theme is absolutely beautiful! I really like the change. I totally relate to you on this post, I literally have like one brush for eye shadows, one for foundation and one for blush. I never want to spend a lot of money on that because you could buy more makeup with that haha! The ones I have have been such good investment, they have lasted me so many years. I don't have any sigma brush though, they don't sell them in my country, but I can always order them online. I will absolutely check them out! Hope you're doing great Julia!



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    • Happy New Year to you as well Ana! It's really nice to hear from you again and I love that you're liking my new blog layout!

      With brushes I'm lazy so sometimes I like to own a lot of eye brushes for example just so that I don't have to wash them often, haha. Don't worry they don't sell Sigma brushes in actual Australian brick and mortar stores either (that I know of?) which is why I always buy my Sigma brushes online! 🙂

  2. I definitely agree that it's good to utilise the makeup brushes you have. I would always dream of having a large makeup brush collection and I can totally relate to watching videos and wanting everything…But funnily enough, now that I actually have a wide verity of brushes (some I'm not even sure what to do with if I'm honest), I still often find myself only using a select few. And sometimes one brush really can do a better job than ten! =D

    Samio x

  3. Fa nny says:

    I couldn't agree more with your introduction and, in the past, I'm sure I sometimes disliked a product simply because I didn't have the good brush to use it correctly! I've also started to use brushes in my own way and I really like it, I feel like my money is better invested that way as the brushes become, as you said, more versatile!


    • That's happened to me to! I used to hate the Nars Sheer Glow foundation until I started applying it with a beauty blender, that's when I started to love it and I realised the tools I used actually made a difference.

  4. Phoebe says:

    Firstly, I love your photos, especially that first one – very artistic looking 🙂 And I like how you labelled all the brushes so I could see which was which – much appreciated!
    I really like the Sigma brushes too. In my brush collection I have Mac, Sigma and a few Zoeva brushes. I got my first Sigma brushes as a present and must admit that I was surprised at how good they were and once I saw that they were less expensive than my Mac ones I must admit i became a big fan of them.

    • Thanks Phoebe, I was actually pretty proud of these photos myself so it makes me really happy to see that someone else noticed them too 🙂

      My brush collection is the same! I have some Mac, mostly Sigma and then a some Zoeva and I find the Sigma brushes to very very comparable to the quality of Mac's but they're so much less expensive.

  5. Artdicted 2 says:

    First, I have to mention that I LOVE your photos. I find Sigma brushes pretty expensive. I think Zoeva does pretty good brush, but are less expensive 😉
    Nati xx


    • Ah really? I find the quality of the Sigma brushes to be the best I've found but saying that I haven't tried nearly as many Zoeva brushes as I have Sigma brushes!

      Really glad you liked these photos as well! 🙂

  6. I only buy sigma brushes. Such a great range of brushes and they are so soft. Great post lady!

    Dakota D.
    Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter: @missdsquared413

  7. I heard so many good things about Sigma brushes, but I use Real Techniques ones, they are pretty good! I keep saying to myself I need to look after them better, but sometimes I am way too lazy to wash them and etc. xx


  8. Shell says:

    I've got a mix of brushes from a few different brands (including Sigma), but I admit I find myself gravitating towards the same ones all the time. Despite that, I've got my eye on so many ZOEVA brushes (rose gold brushes, get in my life!) it ain't funny!

    If I'm honest, I find Sigma a bit hit & miss – or at least the brushes I own are. I've got 3 eye brushes (1 of which is quite scratchy, the other 2 I use often), 1 lip brush (rarely, if ever, use it) & a face brush that I should've left on the shelf because I realised after I bought it that it's more for liquid foundation than mineral powder foundation.

    • Oh sorry to hear that Sigma has been hit and miss for you! For me I find the best brushes they do to be their fluffy ones (like their eye blending and face powder brushes) and my all-time favourite is the f35 highlighting brush they do. If you do end up wanting to give Sigma another try I'd say to go for those kinds of brushes because they're always worked for me! 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    I was never lucky to try out Sigma brushes, but hopefully I'll be able to buy them asap. Thank you for your review.

    Michelle Morchella

    • Thanks Michelle, they often do deals online where you can get Sigma brushes at a discount with codes etc so maybe keep your eyes out for things like that if you'd like to try some in the future 🙂

  10. Gemma Magpie says:

    My tip would be to get a shadow switcher so you use the same brush for multiple shades without washing the brush xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  11. I'm soooo happy you wrote this!! I totally agree! Sometimes the brush makes the product!!

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  12. fashion mews says:

    love sigma brushes, thanks for sharing dear!!

    xx Melis

  13. Love these tips! The beauty industry definitely thrives on the word "more." I was a shopaholic, and I still like to shop, but I've been really thinking and pondering over whether or not I'll actually use the product or if it's just going to sit around. That's helped the urge. I actually have a crap ton of brushes that I keep around, but you really don't need a crazy intense amount of brushes because who really uses 10 brushes everyday to achieve an eye makeup look? Most of my brushes are just chilling, gathering dust!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  14. I have been meaning to but makeup brushes for the longest time! I think they really change how well you apply your makeup 🙂 I bought the real techniques brushes and I didnt like them at all! I will definitely have to try the sigma ones as i've heard so much about them! x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  15. Lindsey Puls says:

    Oh gosh, I know nothing in the makeup world! Haha. But this post is great – and makes me feel slightly better about what I do know. I've invested in a set of brushes from Mac and Bare Minerals a few years ago, and they are in wonderful condition years later. And they really do make a difference in my makeup application. I'm curious, how do you like to care for your brushes?

    • I usually try (emphasis on try!) to wash them with a spot cleaning brush cleanser once a week and then when I'm good I'll deep clean all my brushes once a month with some baby shampoo and a damp sponge 🙂

  16. Gabrielle says:

    I agree, a massive makeup brush collection doesn't necessarily mean better makeup – though they can certainly help! The Sigma E40 has certainly caught my eye 🙂


  17. Beckie says:

    I adore Sigma brushes, they are really great quality and last for ages!


  18. I've never tried Sigma brushes, but they sounds wonderful! I have a small brush collection and will be adding to it soon, so I'll keep this brand in mind!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  19. I recently got the chance to try some Sigma brushes after hearing about them for years and years and I was not disappointed! Although I'm not into contouring, the F35 really is the perfect brush for highlighting because it picks up just the right amount of product and its precise enough to place it where you want it, but fluffy enough to blend it all out too. I also love the E40 and the E25 as well.


  20. Honey_R.L. says:

    I wanted Sigma brushes but I backed out when I saw the prices… Instead, I got myself Jessup brushes and they're amazing 😀
    nice post!

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

  21. Love this post and love all the details for the brushes and how to get the most out of them! I understand that it's overwhelming for people who are getting into makeup and when I worked as a makeup artist there was so many new tools and brushes to use but now things are a lot more advanced and there's always new things available.

    Personally, I just prefer using my makeup brushes and not too many high-tech tools so Sigma is a great brand, they're wonderful quality and really allow you to create some lovely looks!

    Layla xx


  22. I definitely agree between youtube and instagram i always want all the makeup i see. But i am quite selective and i only see the point of going high end unless the product itself is worth it. I also read lots and lots of reviews to reduce my chances of buying a product and then regretting it. Great post!


  23. veebz boo says:

    Oh I completely agree babe, the brushes need their time to shine! I couldn't do my make-up without amazing brushes. You're right, having a million brushes isn't necessary at all. I've got a face and eye set from Zoeva and I don't touch any other brushes now. I love using my brushes for multiple uses as well, it's weirdly satisfying. Your post has made me want to do a brush clear-out now haha. I haven't tried any brushes from Sigma though, but they sound great – I know so many people love them! Maybe the brush clear out will make space for some Sigma purchases lol.xx

    http://www.youtube.com/veebzboo – Beauty Bay Unboxing/Haul | The Ordinary by Deciem

    • haha yes they do! I'm really wanting to try some Zoeva brushes now as well after hearing everyone mention them and ironically your comment has made me want to do a brush clear out of all of mine as well!

  24. Makeup perfection all comes from the type of tools that we use or the technique of applying the makrup products. The person who have excel in these two things is a great makeup artist. The best part is that we have to maintain our beauty products too especially the makeup brushes.

    melissa@dermology anti aging

  25. Kristin C says:

    Thank you for this! I love makeup but have never really understood what the different brushes were for.

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