As a continuation of my last post about my Favorite Face Brushes, I wanted to also talk about a few of my favorite eye brushes as well. With so many shapes and sizes of eye brushes out there, it can be a little tricky to navigate which shapes, textures, and densities will be most handy in your beauty kit. You can use this as a good basic guideline to figure out what you are missing in your eye brush arsenal!
Here is a recap of some of my favorite eye brushes, starting with the necessary basics and moving onto the more advanced set.
This is my very favorite crease brush in the whole wide world. I swear I recorded this brush but the video footage magically disappeared so I want to extol how beloved this brush is here. I found out about this from a makeup artist friend and have been hooked ever since. The perfect blending brush for those with small lid space! And it's from Target!
Now I wanted to move onto a few more advanced brushes that I love. The following brushes aren't necessary for the most basic of brush collections, but are definitely also in my daily go-to list. Having the best fitting tools always makes the job quicker and easier and makeup brushes are no exception! Check out my favorite "intermediate" brushes below!
I apologize for posting so many discontinued brushes in this list! When I first put it together I had no idea that companies had stopped offering some of these, but you'll have to take my word for it that you can find similar shapes from several companies. I have a few of these doefoot brushes and they are very soft and lovely for applying highlight colors as well. I find these to work better for highlight shades that are more pigmented since it will give a softer look than the dense R&R 201. This also works nicely for contouring/highlighting the sides of the nose and other areas of the face as well.
I've always considered a small smudging brush to be absolutely a necessity for applying shadow to the lower lashline. Since my eyes are smaller, I don't want to apply too much in that area for fear of looking like I got a black eye instead of a sexy smoky one. This is one of the best precision smudgers I've come across and it's the little brother of the E20 Short Shader Brush which you can buy individually.
The E21 only comes in the Performance Eyes Kit which is unfortunate, but I highly recommend getting this kit if you have flatter lids or smaller creases and need thinner brushes to accommodate more intricate eye makeup application.
This brush is no longer carried from the place I got mine from, but I believe Make Up Show still produces them so if anyone knows where to get it, please let me know in the comments. It's another intricate brush that I adore for applying highlight shades into my inner eye corners. It's small, dense, and soft. Very nice.
Out of all the various types of eyeliner brushes that I've tried, the basic synthetic angled eyeliner brush is my favorite for applying gel liner like how I showed in the Perfect Winged Liner tutorial. I rotate them out every 2 years or so when they start to fray, but low end or high end, they all seem to work fine as long as they have a sharp, thin edge. Those on a tight budget should also try angled art brushes from the hobby store! They are made of the same synthetic fibers and work just as well for only $1-2.
Really quickly before I end my post, I did want to mention my favorite travel kit which is perfect for novices who don't have any brushes but want a quality, relatively affordable kit with all the basics. (7 brushes and container for $59. Compare that with the MAC 150.) It's also available in classic black, pink, and purple, but my favorite is the cute aqua color. I've tried a lot of travel sets but this one has the most of my go-to brushes in one cohe set.
I hope this helped those of you who are looking to fill out your makeup brush collection. A lot of brush use comes down to trial and error and seeing what works best for your face, eyes, and personal needs as well so it's not like any one person's favorites will work for everyone but sharing our favorites never hurts, right?
If you didn't see my video overview of all of my favorites, check out Part 1 here! Let me know what your favorites are in the comments below. :)
Disclaimer: Some of the products in this post were provided by their subsequent companies for blog consideration. All opinions are 100% honest. This post is not sponsored, just me sharing my favorite brushes. :)