Previously, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of what we think are the main uses of each make up brush. That long list filled with brushes sure looked terrifying, especially if you’re planning to purchase all of them. If you’ve the spare dough, go ahead. But for those who want to keep things simple; we’ve rounded up five brushes of what we’d think are the absolute essentials, so you can zero in on these.
1. Foundation brush
M.A.C 190 Foundation Brush, M.A.C counters. Ecotools Foundation Brush, $12.30, Guardian.
Even if you’re using a BB cushion, a foundation brush is definitely a handy tool as you can also use it to apply your liquid primer that will ensure your face stays smooth and flawless the entire day.
2. Kabuki brush
Zoeva 120 Kabuki Brush, $27.99, Sephora. Make Up For Ever 124 Powder Kabuki Brush, $88, Sephora.
Probably the most functional brush of the lot, this multi-purpose brush can be used for applying basically any types of powder. Its short stem, dense bristles and rounded head will definitely give you a good coverage and flawless complexion. Also, since it’s small and compact, you can carry one around with you easily – great for on the go touch ups!
3. Angled brush
Sigma Beauty F23 Soft Angled Contour Brush, $39, Sephora. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Double-Ended Brush, $39, Sephora.
No need for explanations, you definitely need one of these to either contour your cheek bones or apply blush to your cheeks. Get the most out of this brush by using both sides of brush.
4. Eyeshadow/Blending brush
Sigma Beauty E37 All Over Blend, $20.70, Sephora. 3CE Eye Blending Brush, $21, Sephora.
For those who are only looking for a simple eyeshadow technique on your eyelids, you’ll only need one brush to make your eyes pop. Also, a great way to utilise this brush (after it’s cleaned properly) is to apply lip colours for a beautiful soft lip effect.
5. Brow brush and comb
Real Techniques Lash-Brow Groomer, $15, Sephora. Sephora Collection Brow Brush #101, $19, Sephora.
No matter how on point your brows are after a session of tweezing or threading, you’ll realise that a brow brush is essential to keep your arches neat and in shape. You’ll also need the comb to get rid of the hideous mascara clumps that are actually pretty obvious, so no, you shouldn’t ignore them. You can see this brush as a two-in-one deal, really.