It took me some time to learn how to use the makeup brushes as effectively as possible. Sometimes I would buy brushes because a YouTube artist or a blogger mentioned it. But then somehow it turned into a disappointment when I got it, either because (1) The brush isn’t really meant for what I was supposed to do or (2) I don’t know what I’m doing.
During my MUFE training with Roque, he mentioned something about the Makeup Brushes that really made sense – Use the brushes according to where it would fit on the face. Something like that. Don’t rely too much on the labels. Sometimes a brush label would say that it’s for applying/blending eye shadow. But if you examine closely, it can also be applied for the nose area or even on lips.So here, I narrowed down the personal brushes that I learned to use to max its potential. Unless otherwise stated, surprisingly, these brushes have been with me for years.A little Disclaimer: These are the brushes that I used a lot, actually everyday. But, it may not work for you. I hope though that this gives a good introduction.
1. Sephora Pro Foundation Brush #47
The Sephora Pro Foundation Brush was included in the first batch of brushes that I purchased at Sephora. How I use it improved from “applying and painting” foundation onto my face into a dabbing motion and/or stippling action.
2. MAC Large Angled Contour Brush #168
Another brush oldie that I have in my personal kit – the MAC Large Angled Contour Brush #168 finishes my look whether with a setting powder or just purely blending the product through.
3. Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush
I have to admit. The Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush is one of the brushes that I got because “it just has to come with the product”, which at the time I didn’t really know how to use. Eventually, with a little bit of practice (and daily use), this brush is best to apply cream concealer and even out the application under the eyes.
4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Large Blender Brush #242
This is one of the goodies I got from my Make Up For Ever training. I love this brush because it is soft, the bristles do not fall off easily, and most importantly gets the blending job done. I use MUFE 242 too for blending through the nose bridge as well.
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12
I found the ABH Brush #14/#12 easier to use than the pencil. With the shape, you can actually use this for those cat eyes even. However since I don’t dare do the cat-eye every morning before work, I plainly use this brush for my brows.
6. MAC Medium Angled Shading Brush #275
I love the MAC Medium Angled Shading Brush #275! I learned to use a light hand when applying eye makeup so I could easily build on the colors. This brush makes it easy for me to go back and forth from the outer corner of the eye to the inner corner, while building up.
7. MAC Flat Definer Brush #212
Very precise lining below the waterline.
8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette Brush
I really don’t know how to describe this brush. Let’s just say I normally don’t blend lip colors confidently. When I met the ABH Lip Palette Brush though, I blend lip colors like crazy, even doing ombre effect during my crucial morning routine to work.
9. MAC Ovals
Versatile brushes that I can use in combination for every part of my face. I call these combo my “mama-oval” and “baby-oval”.