Stop! You don’t need to splash out hundreds of pounds on brush set where you won’t use half the brushes in there. While it seems like a really good deal regardless, I can tell you that it isn’t, unless you’re a full-time make-up artist. These makeup applicators come in a range of materials, shapes, sizes, lengths and densities. I am going to save your bank account by listing the staple applicators you need in your make-up kit. Before you purchase an entire set because it is discounted, which is simply wasteful, I am going to have you investing in brushes that you’ll be using around the clock.
It’s up to you whether you want to use a foundation brush, a beauty sponge or your fingers. For me it’s dependent on my mood that day. If you’re using a powder foundation that’s when you need a foundation brush. These brushes should be dense and pinched flat or rounded and dome shaped. I recommend the M439 (Deluxe Buffer) from Morphe. It’s a domed brush that is seriously dense and will deliver on the promise of even and flawless foundation.
The beauty sponge has become quite popular in recent years. There are some days I love it, other days I hate it. A sponge will give you a streak-free and airbrushed finish. I prefer these for when I went to sheer out my foundation, concealer or other complexion products for a more natural finish. I recommend the Flawless Beauty Sponge from Morphe. These sponges are quite affordable in comparison to other beauty sponges and the company also offers a range of shapes. I suggested this one because it can get in all the crevices you need to reach.
A concealer brush is what will help you target specific areas you want concealed. They will hide the dark bags under your eyes or correct blemishes and dark spots. Yes, many concealers come with a built-in applicator, but let’s face it, they are not as hygienic as an external concealer brush. These brushes will also help you achieve a more natural and even finish. I recommend the M421 (Mini Concealer) from Morphe. It blends the concealer flawlessly to hide blemishes and dark circles.
It’s really hard to decide on a contour brush because they come in so many different shapes and sizes. Although, I want to keep this easy and suggest you pick up a slanted contour brush, as it is the more versatile out of the many contour brushes. It is easier to contour your face with these brushes and delivers on the precise lines you are trying to apply across your forehead, jawline and cheekbones. I recommend the M104 (Angle Brush) from Morphe. It’s very flexible and hugs the areas you want to contour for the most effective coverage. You can use the angle brush for your blushing and bronzing needs, too!
The powder brush is really a setting brush. What you’re looking for is a brush that will set your cream or liquid complexion products in place. The brushes are versatile and can be used for powder foundations, too. I recommend the M106 (Unique Pointed Dome) from Morphe. This will help displace the correct amount of powder you need. This brush is versatile as you can also use it for your blush or bronzer.
A highlighter brush is dependent on how much glitter and dew you want to add to your face. I suggest picking a longer brush with long bristles and a tapered effect. This will help you get a more diffused effect which is perfect for beginners. I recommend the M451 (Detailed Highlighter Brush) from Morphe which will allow you to highlight and diffuse the product if you’ve got too much. If you want a strobe effect, I recommend picking a dense brush with shorter bristles.
It’s handy to have something you can comb your brows with. It’s also great to have something you can shape or create individual brow hairs with. Here comes the dual brow brush and spoolie. This will give you snatched brows in any shape you want them. I recommend the E29 (Angled Brow and Spoolie) from Morphe. The brush will help you create soft and natural brows with its angled end, meanwhile the spoolie will help groom the hair into place.
The smudger brush is a gift for your lash line, wherever you want pigment, that’s where you’ll find it. These brushes are essential for opaque colour payoff for the lids, too. I recommend the M326 (Pro Precision Smudger) from Morphe. Thanks to the flat, rounded and dense tip, it will pick up enough powder or cream colour for an intense colour payoff.
A packing brush is there to pack on your eyeshadow. This will help brush on light amounts of colour while also building heavier amounts of colour. I recommend the M124 (Firm Shadow) from Morphe. It’s a firm and natural blush that delivers on its promise of colour payoff.
This one is essential for a great eyeshadow look. It’s there to blend out the powders for a more diffused finish. These brushes are tapered in shape and have fluffy bristles that will assist with blending your shadow out for a real long time without hurting your eyelids. I recommend the M330 (Blending Crease) from Morphe. This is my favourite blending brush. It’s a fluffy brush with a defined, tapered point, and helps me diffuse the harsh lines.
I hope you have found the brushes you need in your make-up kit. It’s okay if you don’t have them all or have too many since these staple brushes are versatile. If you want few brushes with many uses, then I recommend investing in a dry brush cleaning sponge. Make the bang for your buck go a very long way with these key brushes.