Saturday, April 26, 2008

Makeup Brushes

I just wanted to share with you the makeup brushes that I regularly use. I've been getting lots of questions about them, especially the foundation brushes for mineral makeup.

This is the setup for brushes in my bathroom. I have the brushes categorized by type.




From left to right:

1st compartment

* 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.

2nd compartment:
* 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.

3rd compartment:
* 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.

4th compartment:
* 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!





14 comments:

  1. i love your blog jen. we need to do pics!

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  2. ur like a mind reader. after i read ur everyday minerals blog i was like 'hmm, i dont have brushes for these things, so wat do i get?'

    now i know :)

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  3. wow, that is ALOT of brushes.
    i own like 3 brushes all together HAH.

    hahaha, thanks jen ! =)

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  4. that compartment thing is a neat idea. how you came up with using those bead things is beyond me!

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  5. Which eyeliner do you use and recommend? Thanks in advance 8)

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  6. anonymous 1: I didn't come up with it! I saw a similar setup at Sephora, then saw a youtube video by Koren where there was a glimpse of one he made. I went to Michael's and got things that looked similar. A few days later, I saw that Koren had actually made a tutorial for it and I happened to get the exact same things. ^^

    But actually, I returned those plastic jars and got a glass container today so I'll be changing it again.

    Anonymous 2: I use Maybelline's Lineworks Waterproof Liquid Liner. It has a felt tip. It is not actually waterproof at all, but it lasts okay. I've heard good things about MAC fluidline so I'm going to get that soon. :)

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  7. woot! Thanks a bunch Jen! Your stuff seems so nice and organized hehe.
    I was always curious about your brushes! Does the EDM brush shed on your face? My current kabuki does so I'm thinking about getting the EDM one.

    oh, there's a new pressed all smiles blush! neat!
    thanks!!

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  8. hey JEN! im just wondering.. what kind of curle iron do you use? cause i have this conair iron but it dosen;t really curle my hair.. please help :) if you have time

    shindiii @ soompi : )

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  9. lilsweetkaz: no the edm long handled kabuki doesn't shed at all. :)

    anonymous: The curling iron i use is from the brand jilbere de paris. I think it's 1 1/4" barrel. I want to get a ceramic straightener soon though.

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  10. What beads did you use in the containers?

    Love your blog!

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  11. Sarah: I used flower arrangement filler beads from Michael's.

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  12. Hello Hello! i was wondering..how do u clean your brushes?

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  13. Hi Jen... Do u have any website to recommend on brushes purchase? Am keen to get a full set for personal use :) by the way, a little suggestion from me, perhaps you could start a video on the introduction and forms of usage on the individual brushes?? I believe this will help beginner like me on how to have a start of it ;)

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  14. Hi Jen,
    I enjoyed your post about the makeup brushes. I noticed that you say you don't have a soft enough concealer brush. At Bella Crush Cosmetics, we have a travel brush kit with 7 taklon brushes (2 face and 5 for the eyes, 1 of which can be used for the lips). The brushes are very soft. You can check them out at www.BellaCrushCosmetics.com. Forgive the website as we are in transition and currently only have 2 products. If you would like to send me your mailing address, I would be happy to send you a package for your review. You may contact me at Trish@BellaCrushCosmetics.com. FYI, we were previously Zana Cosmetics. Look forward to hearing from you.

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