Top 10: Makeup Brushes

I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 brushes that I think every makeup geek should own! You do not have to have these exact brushes, just something similar so you can complete a wide variety of looks.  I hope this helps :)

  1. MAC 217 Blending Brush
    This is a multi-purpose brush that can be used to “feather” out the outer V, blend any harsh lines, highlight under the brow, apply a light coat of paintpots as a base, or even apply concealer under the eyes.This is the most versatile brush I have come across, and I haven’t found a cheaper alternative yet. This would be my first brush to buy if I was just starting out.Price:   $22.50Where to Buy:   MAC
  2. MAC 239 Brush
    This brush is perfect for packing on eyeshadow on the lid- it’s stiff so it picks up a decent
    amount of color.  The size is also perfect for fitting just on the lid.  I love this brush so much
    that I have 4 of them, and I reach for them every day!Price:   $24.50Where to Buy:   MAC
  3. Makeup Geek Deluxe Foundation Stippling Brush

    This is honestly my favorite brush ever!  I use this to apply my foundation for that airbrushed finish.  Just place your foundation on the back of your hand, dip the brush in, and stipple it all over your face starting at the center of your face working out towards the temples.Price:  $15.99Where to Buy:   Makeup Geek Store
  4. MAC  219 Pencil Brush or Makeup Geek Pencil Brush

    This brush is great for blending out harsh eyeliner, smudging shadow under the lower lashes, or creating a very defined outer V.Since the brushes are stiff, it picks up a good amount of color. I reach for this brush everyday as it works perfectly for any type of “smudged liner” look.Price:   $24.50 Where to Buy:   MAC

    Price: $7.99  Where to Buy Makeup Geek Store

  5. Makeup Geek Cheek Highlighter Brush

    Getting that Jennifer Lopez glow is super easy with this brush!  The soft duo fibre bristles apply just the right amount of highlighting powder or liquid.  The smaller size head prevents from applying too much product, while the wispy bristles give that almost airbrushed effect.Price:   $7.99Where to Buy:    Makeup Geek Store
  6. Makeup Geek Outer V Brush

    I realize this is an odd name for a brush, but I named it this as it is the perfect size for applying darker colors to the outer corner (outer V) of the eyes.  It also works really well for that rocker smudged liner under the lower lashline- the size of the head gives a wider smudged line (unlike the pencil brush which is a little bit smaller)Price:   $5.99Where to Buy:   Makeup Geek Store
  7. Smashbox Angle Brow Brush

    Now I realize there are TONS of angled brow brushes out there, but this one is the perfect size and stiffness for me.  It applies powder perfectly to the brows.  The stiff bristles pick up just the right amount of color.  I use this everyday for filling in my brows with either shadow or Tarte’s brow mousse.Price: $14.99Where to Buy:   Sephora or  Amazon
  8. Sonia Kashuk Angled Liner Brush

    This bent liner brush is perfect for applying gel liner or for creating that cat liner effect!  The bent handle allows you to easily drag the liner to get a perfectly straight line.  I reach for this brush almost everyday is its much easier than applying liquid liner.Price:   $5.99Where to Buy:   Target or Amazon
  9. Makeup Geek Blush Brush

    This angled blush brush is perfect for applying just the right amount of blush!  Its soft bristles do not apply too much color, yet it is stiff enough to pick up the color.  The angled shape follows the natural contour of your cheekbones, so it is pretty much foolproof on where to apply your blush.Price:   $8.99Where to Buy:    Makeup Geek Store
  10. Makeup Geek Soft Dome Brush

    This soft bristled dome brush is perfect for creating a super soft shadow in the crease or for blending out concealer under the eyes (it helps prevent your concealer from caking up and getting too thick).  I love how soft this feels on the skin!  This brush is not meant for packing on color, but for blending.Price:  $7.49Where to Buy:   Makeup Geek Store


I hope this helps all of you who are just starting your brush collection, or for those of you who are hoping to fill in those “missing gaps” in your brush set!

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