Whenever you’re building a brush collection. You’ll find that you end up having a few brushes that you cannot live without, yet you don’t use them on a daily or even a regular basis. The explanation? Well in my case, I have a few brushes that I only use for one very specific make up application. These brushes can sit in my brush collection for months without being touched, but they are indispensable. I present to you: my 5 favorite brushes for specific make up related jobs.
5 brushes for specific use
Are these brushes investments you need to make asap when you first start to become interested in make up? No, you don’t. I think you can live without any of these, especially if you’re a make up newbie. To start off with, none of these brushes were too expensive. They all fall into the budget to drugstore range, and I feel that if a brush gets the job done, then why replace it with something much more expensive? In particular with brushes like the ones I’m showing you today. When you use a brush 2 – 3 times a year at most, then why spend more than a few bucks for them, right?
ELF Kabuki brush
This was the first kabuki brush I ever bought and I haven’t found one yet that I like better. It’s dense and soft at the same time. And really good quality, considering the fact that I paid no more than 5 euros for this. I only use this to apply my MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural. I find this picks up enough product and gives a good coverage without becoming too dramatic. Since I hardly use the MSF Natural anymore, I sometimes use this to blend out blush gone overboard or my contour.
Real Techniques Accent brush
The Real Techniques accent brush is tiny! It’s quite possibly the smallest brush I own. What I use it for? To apply concealer to clean up my lip line. Yep, I told you these brushes would only have very specific uses. But I find this brush perfect for that. It’s small enough to not smudge your lipstick and make you look like a clown, yet dense enough to apply and blend the product nicely without creating a strange light line around your lipstick.
HEMA lip brush
My favorite way to apply lipstick is straight from the bullet. But sometimes you need a neater application or you simply want to spend the time applying your lipstick with a brush. Since that is next to never in my case, I decided I wanted a lip brush but not one that would break the bank. And I found a great one, which is super affordable. This probably cost less than €3 and it does a great job at applying lipstick. It’s synthetic and has a slightly pointed shape. The tip allows you to really get into those corners and I find this shape really fits my lip line flawlessly.
Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight brush
Highlighter. Not something I use everyday. Sometimes all I need is a bit of blush and if I then pick a luminous/ shimmery one like the Hourglass Diffused Heat or Benefit Coralista blush, I can do without a highlight. But when I do apply highlight (my favorite is The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer), I use this brush. It has a round brush with a bit of a tip, like a balloon, and I find this picks up just the right amount of product, without overdoing it. And overdoing it is something you don’t want with highlighter. I have no need looking like a disco ball, thank you very much.
Real Techniques Cheek brush
I already mentioned and showed this brush in action in my signature make up look video. A good contour brush is hard to find in my opinion. Everything I had tried so far was too streaky, made things difficult to blend or made me forget about contour altogether. Contouring is again, not a daily thing for me. Since getting this brush it’s become a lot easier so I’ve been doing it more, but I can just as easily pass up the bronzer and just apply some blush.
What brushes do you use for only very specific jobs?