I’ve been meaning to write a post about makeup brushes for a long time, but I keep putting it off. The time has finally come though, and so I want to discuss the importance of quality makeup brushes. I think we all have had our experiences with those little crappy, spongy triangle things that come in some eye shadow cases. Putting eye shadow on with those is like drawing with a sharpie directly onto your eye. Can we all agree the results are a little less than desirable?




I bought a good, quality set of brushes after I graduated from college. That was a decade ago, yes I’m old, but I’m still using them today. I’m telling you this because if you pay for quality brushes and take care of them, they will last you a long time. Here are some reasons to go ahead and make the investment:

1. Your makeup will look so much nicer  – I’m not sure what description to even write here because that’s about as straightforward as you can get. Using a brush that’s designed to apply whatever it is you’re applying will do the job. There are so many different styles and shapes and that can be difficult to choose (I’ll help below), but having an actual brush vs anything that comes with your makeup is going to give you a much more natural result.

2. Cleanliness – Keep you brushes stored in their bag and take good care of them and you’ll not have to worry about all those little, yucky germs that can collect in your bag.

What To Buy 

I bought my set from Mac Cosmetics and that will be the one I always recommend. It’s expensive, but to me, worth the investment. I like the shape of their brushes the best and they are a very high quality. I also really like Bobbi Brown. Sephora has brushes and they have a range of quality and price.




Which Brushes Do I Need? 

Must haves:

1. Concealer – I typically apply concealer under my eyes, around the edges of my nose, my upper lip, and to any blemishes. A brush helps distribute it all more evenly.

2. Powder – Whether your powder is pressed or loose, I highly recommend a brush because it spreads it more evenly over your face. You can always add more if needed, but using a sponge can lead to powder caking in crevices and it’s hard to remove once it’s on there

3. Blush self explanatory

4. Eye shadow (2)one for brow and light colors, one for darker colors




Extras that I recommend: 

5. Bronzer – I can do a video one day showing how to apply but I prefer a thinner brush vs a standard kabuki brush

6. third eye shadow brush – for contouring

7. eye liner brush 

8. brow brush





I’ll do a separate post on how to use these tools and how to wash them so make sure to continue following me! I also provide teaching and tutorials upon request!

Thanks for reading