A lot of people have been asking me the same question lately: “What makeup brushes do you use?” Especially concerning foundation and contour.

If I told you how many makeup brushes I use each morning when I put on my makeup, you’d probably stop reading right now and think I’ve lost my mind. So, instead, we’re only going to talk about the biggies today – foundation, contour, blush, and highlight.

You might think “Ok, cool! That’s only four brushes!” NOPE! It’s actually six. Let me explain.

Brush 1 – MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush Foundation 01

I really love this brush for foundation. I’ve tried traditional foundation brushes, as well as beauty blenders, and I just prefer this one. It is easy to control and not very big, and I don’t feel like it wastes a lot of product, like other brushes I’ve tried.

Brush 2 – MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush Buffer 02

After I put on my foundation, I use this brush to buff my whole face. It catches any spots I may have missed, as well as smooths out any streaks or other imperfections. I also use this brush after I contour and blush to lightly buff out any harsh edges and to make sure everything is fully blended properly.

Brush 3 – MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush

MAC Powder Blush Brush 03

Next, I set the foundation under my eyes with setting powder using this brush. I do this because my face runs hot and most eye makeup just melts on me, leaving me looking raccoon-esque within hours.

Brush 4 – E.L.F. Blush Bronzing Blending Brush

ELF Contour Brush 4

You thought I was going to say MAC again, didn’t you? One of the most important parts of a good contour is using the right brush. And this brush has become a fast favorite. Not only is it very inexpensive, but it is super soft and really works!

Brush 5 – MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush

MAC Powder Blush Brush 03

Nope. That is not a mistake. I actually have two of these brushes. Mostly because I am lazy and really don’t like washing my brushes very often. Since I use this same brush for blush and the other for setting powder, when I only had one, I would either end up with setting powder in my blush, or blush in my setting powder. And no one needs extra redness around the eyes! However, If you are more diligent about cleaning your brushes than I am (or maybe I’m just really messy with blush, who knows?), you could probably get away with only having one of these brushes and just multitasking.

Brush 6 – E.L.F Small Tapered Brush

ELF Highlight Brush 6

Last brush! We’ve reached the final stretch! This last cute little brush is for highlighting. It is super effortless to just sweep over the areas you want to highlight, and voila! The perfect finishing touch to the work of art you just created.

Makeup Brushes

That may seem like a lot of brushes for just face makeup, but your brushes are tools. They are the makeup version of paint brushes, power tools, hand tools, or even computer programs. Each one has a purpose, and together they help create the masterpiece that is you. And there is nothing more beautiful than that.


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