A workman is only as good as his tools. Well, sorry for the comparison with a workman, but the saying is true for the beauty and makeup world too. For a good finish, you need to have the right tools. Your tools are just, if not more, important than the product itself. I feel brushes are a one-time investment. If you take good care of them, they last forever.
Here is a list of my most used makeup brushes.
Real Techniques brushes have become quite popular. These are very good quality and quite affordable. But they usually come in sets. The Buffing Brush is a part of their Core Collection and cannot be purchased separately. The other brushes from the core collection are just about okay. I use this Buffing Brush to apply my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, which is a holy grail product for me. The days I am not wearing any make up, I apply only the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish. Coming back to the brush, it can be used to apply powder products or cream to powder products. I have used it to apply to foundation as well, and noticed it works quite well with that too.
Price: Rs.1412 for a set of 4 brushes. Click here to buy.
This one is shorter, denser and firmer than the Buffing Brush. I used to apply foundation with this brush. It gives a good coverage with a flawless finish. Even though this brush is meant for applying cream and liquid products, I use it to contour my face. I feel that since it is so firm and short, I get a good grip while applying bronzer/ contouring powder on the hollows of my cheeks. The Expert Face Brush is available separately for purchase and not as a part of any collection.
Price: Rs. 599. Click here to buy.
Real Techniques 2 in 1 Kabuki Brush
A Kabuki brush is short, fluffy brush used to apply powder products. I use my Real Techniques 2 in 1 Kabuki brush to apply my compact. This brush, because of its angled shape, can also be used for contouring. But since my face is small, it covers up a whole lot of area. When you open the brush, it can be used for applying highlighter to your cheekbones.
Price: Rs. 699. Click here to buy similar brush.
MAC 167 SE
I got this brush as a part of the MAC’s Archie’s Girls set. Every year, MAC comes out with these brush sets, which are a set of 4-5 brushes, shorter in comparison to the usual MAC brushes but equally good. They turn out to be much cheaper as compared to buying the regular brushes individually. 167 SE (SE stands for special edition) is a fluffy face blender brush and can be used for applying and blending powder products. I use this to apply blush. Though I quite like this brush, I am looking for another, more narrower brush for applying blush. I might check out the Bobbi Brown one.
This by far has to be my favorite brush. It is also the most popular and in demand brush by MAC. It can be used for powder as well as cream eye products. The blends the eye shadows beautifully. I also use it to apply highlighter on my cheek bones or under my brow bone and on the nose.
Price: Rs. 1950. Click here to buy.
QVS Smudger Brush
This one featured in my November Favorites too (read here). It is an extremely affordable brush. Very soft and sturdy. I use it to apply eye shadow on my waterline.
Price: Rs. 250. Click here to buy.
Do let me know if you have recommendations for any other brushes that I should check out.