This is the setup for brushes in my bathroom. I have the brushes categorized by type.
From left to right:
* Everyday Minerals Long Handled Kabuki
This brush is synthetic and dense enough for an everyday application of minerals. I like the shorter handle (maybe 3") for easier grip and buffing and the hairs are soft.
* Trish McEvoy #5 Luxurious Powder Brush
I love this brush. It's so soft and my mineral powder goes on great. Probably my favorite powder brush.
* Coastal Scents Italian Badger Round Crease Brush
Good for creases or making contours. Soft and good quality.
* A bunch of random freebie Lancome eye brushes
Not the best quality, but it's nice to have a few extra brushes for when you want to work with many colors.
* Coastal Scents Chisel Fluff Medium Shadow Brush
Great for dense color and the lower half of the lid. The Coastal Scents shadow brushes are really great for packing on eyeshadow. The hairs are really dense and make application really easy and beautiful.
* Coastal Scents Chisel Angle Fluff Shadow Brush
Works well for contouring and crease as well as blending.
* Trish McEvoy #23 Angle Contour Brush
The Trish McEvoy contour brush is soft, but large so mostly used for highlighting or blending.
* Coastal Scents Chisel Fluff Large Shadow Brush
Great for highlighting and all over color.
* Avon Concealer Brush
This brush is a Taklon brush, which is the best fiber to use for concealer because the bristles don't absorb the product. To be honest, this brush isn't the softest and I only use it half the time. I just use my fingers, making sure to wash my hands well before application. I'll probably buy a better concealer brush soon. I do recommend applying concealer with a brush over applying with fingers.
* Sephora Professional Blush Brush
Very, very soft blush brush! I just really recommend using high-quality brushes for your face because there is such a huge difference on your skin. Love it.
* Sephora Professional Angled Eyeliner Brush
I think this is different than the current sephora eyeliner brush. My bristles are natural, not synthetic. Anyway, I love this brush and use it for eyeliners and also to fill in my eyebrows. Everyone should have an angled liner brush in their collection.
As for the beginners to makeup brushes, I would recommend:
* soft powder or kabuki brush
* soft blush brush
* concealer brush
* large eyeshadow brush
* medium eyeshadow brush
* eyeliner brush
Oh, also if anyone needs a good eyelash comb, go to Target and pick up the Sonia Kashuk retractable metal lash comb. It doesn't break easily like plastic lash combs and it folds in, so it's good for travel. Back before I used Max Factor Lash Perfection Waterproof I had clumpy mascara problems and this tool was amazing!
photo credit to renemy on makeupalley
Hope this helps anyone overwhelmed about some of the makeup brushes out there!