My Top 10 Makeup Brushes

My Top 10 Makeup Brushes

"The right tools are just as important as the makeup itself"

Surely I'm not the only beauty obsessed person, who has tons of makeup brushes, but always seems to come back to the old faithfuls. When I was 13, the only makeup brush I was aware of was my fingers. Foundation would be rubbed in with my fingers, my eyeshadow, blusher and bronzer applied with my fingers... which explains some of my old photos that haunt me on Facebook. 

When I was about 15, I began noticing all of the amazing makeup brushes being used by different beauty gurus, and in particular seeing the popular launch of Real Techniques brushes. That's when I started building up my brush collection. At first, being 15 and no job it was hard; I had to rely on pocket money and savings to pay for my brushes, so I started at budget brushes. Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set was a YouTube hit at the time, and at such a low price of $25 for so many brushes, I thought it'd be better value for money. The quality of this set surprised me, and still to this day I use the majority of the brushes from the original set which are still in amazing condition!! Following this, I started buying Real Techniques... to which I now own nearly every brush they have released. Sam and Nic have done absolutely amazing with RT and it continues to be one of the leading makeup brush brands in the drugstore. 

My worst nightmare nowadays, is applying makeup without brushes... it actually turns my stomach at the thought (haha not literally)! I have a lot of makeup brushes now from many different brands that I do like to swap and change, just to give a different look to my makeup or if I'm bored of the same routine. However, I have unconditional love for these 10 brushes, they have never let me down and if you want to start an essential brush collection, these are all musthaves!

1.  Zoeva 104 / Buffer Brush

Zoeva's Buffer is amazing for a full coverage makeup look, with its dense but amazingly soft bristles, it glides over the skin blending in foundation as well as building up coverage in problem areas by patting.

Zoeva's Buffer is amazing for a full coverage makeup look, with its dense but amazingly soft bristles, it glides over the skin blending in foundation as well as building up coverage in problem areas by patting.

Zoeva's Stippling Brush is by far the easiest and fastest way to apply foundation, being duo fibre it swirls across the skin blending foundation so simply and seamlessly.

Zoeva's Stippling Brush is by far the easiest and fastest way to apply foundation, being duo fibre it swirls across the skin blending foundation so simply and seamlessly.

RT Setting Brush is the perfect brush for setting under the eyes, it is just the right size to fit under the eyes so you can lightly set concealer, or even bake.

RT Setting Brush is the perfect brush for setting under the eyes, it is just the right size to fit under the eyes so you can lightly set concealer, or even bake.

RT Blush Brush is so soft and flimsy (in a good way) making blending out blusher, or even highlighter, so smoothly.

RT Blush Brush is so soft and flimsy (in a good way) making blending out blusher, or even highlighter, so smoothly.

Sigma's Tapered Highlight is my holy grail brush for highlight. All the fan brushes in the world don't touch this. The tapered angle is the only thing you need to achieve a flawless glow, as it balances so well on the cheek bone.

Sigma's Tapered Highlight is my holy grail brush for highlight. All the fan brushes in the world don't touch this. The tapered angle is the only thing you need to achieve a flawless glow, as it balances so well on the cheek bone.

The old faithful, Revlon's Angled Brush, I have used since I was 15. Dipped in my eyebrow shadows, it creates the most perfect brow, by being soft but sturdy at the same time, so that lines are precise as well as good blending.

The old faithful, Revlon's Angled Brush, I have used since I was 15. Dipped in my eyebrow shadows, it creates the most perfect brow, by being soft but sturdy at the same time, so that lines are precise as well as good blending.

Coastal Scents' Concealer Brush is the next step in my brow routine, I carve out my brows using concealer and this, because the synthetic hairs make application so clean.

Coastal Scents' Concealer Brush is the next step in my brow routine, I carve out my brows using concealer and this, because the synthetic hairs make application so clean.

If you need one eyeshadow brush, it is this. Blending eyeshadow can never go wrong, because of the fluffy nature of the brush, allowing colour to diffuse easily and beautifully.

If you need one eyeshadow brush, it is this. Blending eyeshadow can never go wrong, because of the fluffy nature of the brush, allowing colour to diffuse easily and beautifully.

To pack on colour in the outer edge of the eye, I use the detail shadow brush from Coastal Scents. The goat hairs somehow cling to eyeshadow so picks up a lot of pigment, so that colour pay off is perfect.

To pack on colour in the outer edge of the eye, I use the detail shadow brush from Coastal Scents. The goat hairs somehow cling to eyeshadow so picks up a lot of pigment, so that colour pay off is perfect.

Morphe's M433 is Sigma E45's little sister. This is just a tad smaller, which is needed for when blending deeper shades into the crease needs to be controlled and kept low down, without getting the 'black eye' look.

Morphe's M433 is Sigma E45's little sister. This is just a tad smaller, which is needed for when blending deeper shades into the crease needs to be controlled and kept low down, without getting the 'black eye' look.

So that's them! Have you tried any of these? Also, If anyone has any suggestions of brushes that they swear by, or that I should try out, please let me know. I'm always looking for high quality tools to help perfect my makeup! 

Lots of love, Megan xo

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