Monday, December 6, 2010

5 Essential Makeup Brushes for Every Gal

As requested by my lovely friend and follower Brett at Silvergirl, here are the 5 essential makeup brushes that I absolutely CANNOT live without! I use these 5 brushes on an almost daily basis.

1. Blending Brush - Every makeup lover needs a good, dependable blending brush whether you wear intense eye makeup looks or natural ones. A blender is a must have!  My personal favorite is the MAC #222.($29)

2. Foundation Brush - my top pick is my MAC #190.  It is a little on the pricey side ($32 to be exact), but I have had this brush for about a year now and it is still in great shape! Just remember to wash your foundation brush (and all your makeup brushes) on a weekly basis. I use baby shampoo because it is gentle yet still effective in getting all the makeup and bacteria out.

3.  Small flathead brush - I use this brush every single day whether I am doing an intense eye look or a quick one shadow natural look. ( I don't do the latter very often, but every now and then) The particular flathead brush that I have is from Sonia Kashuk as well.

4. Angle eyeliner brush - this type of brush is essential in getting all kinds of different eye looks.  You can use it get a thin line or to smudge out your eyeliner for a smokier effect.  My favorite pick is the MAC #266. ($19)

5Medium-sized blush brush - I love my Sonia Kashuk blush brush that I  bought from Target a few months back.  Not only is it a fabulous blush brush, it is price friendly!($10.99)

Since this is Makeup Monday, I will be posting a tutorial later today!! It will be a 50's retro glam look that is perfect for a holiday party look! Since I have been so inspired by the Mad Men series lately, I have decided to call this look "The Betty."
Here is the look we will do today so stay tuned and check back!! Love you all!



Blah Blah Becky said...

This is gorgeous, can't wait for the tutorial! I think I've found my look for this Friday's office Christmas party!! x

Maya • Fashion Illustration blog said...

I have a confession to make: I use no brushes at all! I know, simply barbaric, but seing this defo plam to.
Can't wait for the Betty! My, do I miss Don Draper! :-))))


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p.s. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! :-)

plentyforpennies said...

Ohhh, loving that lipstick color on you! and love the retro look!

Meagan said...

This was a great idea to share! I almost always stick to the same old basic makeup routine and am not great at doing new out-of-the-box looks so I'm always happy to learn some of the tricks and ideas of someone who can pull off strong and exciting looks.

silvergirl said...

Oh Thank you thank you!!!
I do actually own the mac foundation brush and love it. I have a great blush brush from Bobbie Brown as well. I don't feel totally in the dark since I have at least two items on your list.
I know what I am adding to my Christmas list now.

Love the Betty Draper look. Wanted to do red lips for a party this weekend and wasn't sure what to do with my eyes. Now I know!

Valerie said...

You look so pretty! I have a million brushes but I always use the same few over and over again. This is exactly what I needed to figure out what to do with the others. Thanks!


Pervesely Perfect said...

Looking beautiful darling! Great post


The Style Glossary said...

I'm obsessed with the #222 too! Seriously amazing for blending, especially because I love the ombre effect. I have Clinique version of the of the #190 and don't go a day without using it. . . such a must!

hearts and hugs,

Beth said...

The Target Sonia brushes are amazing for the price! I'm addicted to them.

Dear Girl said...

Look at you, gosh I wish I can wear dark lipstick! It's the signature look of vintage
=(...brushes!!this is good for me, y'know? i never learned how to put make-up to myself until my wedding day 2 yrs ago, at 4am I had to head to the far away church in the worst snow storm!no choice! but until now, I don't know anything about brushes! Thanks for posting!!