Makeup brushes are an essential tool in your makeup routine. A good makeup brush can change the look of your makeup for the better or worse. You can have the best makeup but an inferior makeup brush and all sorts of "wrong" can happen. Trust me on this. Most of my makeup brushes are on the more expensive side (I do have a $1 makeup brush that I use everyday as you'll see below) and are of professional quality. They will last for years and offer superior, professional results that I depend on. I have tested and tried probably hundreds of makeup brushes over the years. While I have dozens of them on my vanity, selecting my top ten makeup brushes was not that hard; I use the same makeup brushes over and over each day. These are my favorite makeup brushes.
1. bareMinerals Precision Face Brush - $28.00
I like this brush for applying powder and powder foundation. It ensures precise, even buildable finish no matter what type of powder loose or pressed.
2. Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush - $25.00
This brush is great for liquid and cream foundations. It gives my face an even, natural and airbrushed look that I love.
Though this is meant to be a foundation brush, I use this for my blush. I just love the way it helps me to achieve that airbrushed look on my cheeks.
4. tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush - $28.00
This brush is amazing for precise application of contour and bronzer. I use the smaller stiff end for contour and then blend it out with the thicker end.
5. e.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush - $1.00
This bargain brush is amazing for blending out a crease and applying a shadow liner. I can't believe how much I like it for only a buck!
This duo sided brush grooms brows and is great for applying brow wax, shadows, gels and creams with the other end. The stiff angle makes getting product into brows evenly.
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7. MAC Duo Fiber Face Brush - $42.00
This brush is good for so many things. I have used it with cream and liquid products, but I use it most often with powders to set makeup. It is great for invisible HD powders.
8. MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush - $25.00
This is my favorite standard eye shading brush.
9. MAC 213 Fluff Brush - $24.00
I like this brush for blending my entire eye makeup look when finished applying all of my eye makeup.
10. MAC 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush - $25.00
This brush is perfect for getting into the crease and outer corner of the lid. It helps to blend just the perfect amount of shadow each time.
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