Favorite Makeup Brushes

Favorite makeup brushes Favorite Makeup Brushes

Favorite makeup brushes features the brushes that I love and use on a daily basis.

There are so many makeup brushes on the market it can be hard knowing what will work for you. Many of the brushes I use can be found in a number of places in a wide range of prices. Luckily, they are all created for a specific purpose when applying makeup. Of course, sometimes I find that even if a brush is great for a powder product I prefer it for liquid.

Discovering what will work for you simply takes practice and a bit of trial and error. Here are my favorite brushes currently and in the video I explain what I prefer to use them for.

Foundation Brushes 2 Favorite Makeup Brushes
FOUNDATION

Real Techniques Buffing Brush, $18 (set of 4) - This is a rounded, dense head for full coverage application. This is my all time favorite brush for applying foundation. The shape of the brushes and the size of the brush is perfect for buffing product into the skin.

Sigma Flat Kabuki F80, $21 – This is a synthetic brush with a dense, flat head. I love to use this brush when my buffing brush is dirty. I words really well to buff and blend liquid or cream products.

Sigma Foundation F60, $18 – This is a flat, slightly tapered brush used to smoothly apply liquid and cream products. I love this brush best for concealer. It can take a long time to apply a full face of foundation with this brush but a great one when the other two are dirty.

Powder Brushes 2 Favorite Makeup Brushes

POWDER

Bare Minerals Full Flawless Face Brush, $28 - This is a full, tapered brush for all over full coverage. I love this brush for all my powders and use it every single day.

Sigma Large Powder F30, $24 – This is a large, rounded brush for even powder blending. I use this brush at the end to blend in my bronzer and blush for a seamless look.

Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush, $17.99 (set of 3)  - This is a full, rounded brush for application of powder, blush, and bronzer. I love this brush for my Jane Iredale powders and the shape is especially great for highlighter which I discuss more below.

Contour Brushes 2 Favorite Makeup Brushes

CONTOURING

Makeup Geek Angled Blush, $8.99 - This has an angled shape for contouring under the cheekbones. This is hands-down my favorite brush for contouring. The size of the brush and denseness of the bristles is perfect for creating the perfect contour.

Sigma Large Angled Contour F40, $19 - This brush is angled with rounded edges for contouring the cheekbones. I use this brush when my makeup geek brush is dirty. I sometimes use it for blush too if my other brushes are dirty.

Real Techniques Contour Brush, $18 (set of 4) - This brush creates sharp contour edge under the cheekbones and around the face. This brush is great for creating a perfect contour. It takes a lot of blending so I only use it occasionally .

Blush Brushes 2 Favorite Makeup Brushes

BLUSH

Bare Minerals Flawless Face Brush, $28 - This is a small brush for full coverage application of powder products. I use this brush everyday for powder. It can be formed into a flatter shape which fits perfectly over the cheekbones.

Sigma Large Angled Contour F40, $19 - This brush is angled with rounded edges for contouring the cheekbones and was mentioned before in the contour portion. I use this blush occasionally for blush if my other brush is dirty because the angle makes applying brush very easy.

Highlight Brushes 2 Favorite Makeup Brushes

HIGHLIGHT

Bare Minerals Flawless Face Brush, $28 - This is a small brush for full coverage application of powder products. I actually own two of these and one was for blush while the other highlighter. One recently broke so now I only use the brush below.

Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush, $17.99 (set of 3)  - This is a full, rounded brush for application of powder, blush, and bronzer. I use this brush strictly for highlighter though I used to use it for powders occasionally. It works well because of the shape of the brush and fits perfectly on to of the cheek bone where highlighter is applied.

Eye Shadow Brushes 21 Favorite Makeup Brushes

EYE SHADOW

Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, $14.79 (set of 5) –  This is a rounded brush that applies a smooth, flawless foundation of color. I love this brush for base shadows and sometimes will only use this brush to apply two or three different shades.

Eco Tools Large Eye Brush, $7.29 – This brush is used to apply and blend shadows. I love this brush because of it’s size. It makes applying a base shadow so quick and easy because it covers such a large area is a short amount of time.

ELF Professional Eyeshadow Brush, $1 - This is a flat top brush for applying even base of color. I actually use this brush for my crease colors. The tip of the brush has such a straight angled edge that it makes reaching into the crease a breeze.

Sigma Tapered Blending E40, $14 – This is a fluffy, rounded brush for blending crease colors. Every girl needs this brush. This brush makes blending eyeshadow easy as pie. You apply all your shades, grab this brush, sweep it across the entire lid, and you’ve got perfectly blending eyeshadow in seconds.

Makeup Geek Chisel Shader Brush, $4.59 -  This has a rounded and thin tip to create clean, thin lines. I use this brush to apply color in the highlight area of my brow bone. The shape of the brush fits well and applies a rich amount of color quickly.

Real Techniques Accent Brush, $14.79 (set of 5) – This brush is for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting, and smudging. I love using this brush on my lower lash line because it reaches easily but applies only a small amount of color.

ELF Eyeliner Brush, $1 – This is a flat top brush to apply and smudge eyeliner. I actually love using this brush to apply eyeshadow over the top of my gel liner so it doesn’t transfer to the top portion of the lid. It is also great for smudging eye liner.

Maybelline Gel Liner Brush, $6.99 (includes gel liner) – This is a small, tapered brush for precision application of gel liner. I absolutely love this brush. It is the perfect size for applying eye liner and works well with the gel liner that comes with it.

Triple French Braid Double Waterfall Ponytail

Triple French Braid Double Waterfall Ponytail is a more casual version of the original Triple French Braid Double Waterfall, whew!

The original style became such a favorite that I felt like it needed an updated version, one suited more for every day wear. This style feels more sporty and reminds me of something that would be great while playing sports, working out at the gym, hanging out outside or even just running around town. Really, it could go anywhere so let’s get into the tutorial!

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Get the Triple French Braid Double Waterfall Ponytail:
  1. Part the hair into three sections, left side, middle (crown), right side.
  2. Pin down the side sections and start with the middle piece.
  3. Pull up a front piece in the middle section and divide this into three strands.
  4. Do one stitch of a regular braid, left over middle, right over middle.
  5. Now when you start to begin the french braid, instead of crossing the usual strand over the middle, drop it down like a waterfall braid, and pull in a section of hair behind that strand and cross it over as usual.
  6. Repeat step five with the opposite side. I’m already confused, are you sure you don’t just want to watch the video?
  7. Now, repeat steps five and six, creating a double sided waterfall braid until you reach the back of the crown.
  8. Secure the braid down with a hair pin.
  9. Now, take a section of hair on the left side of the head and begin a regular french braid pulling in the strands that were left out of the first braid.
  10. Secure this braid next to the first braid at the back of the crown.
  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 creating a braid on the right side of the head.
  12. Now, toss the rest of your hair into a high ponytail.
  13. Divide the ponytail into three sections and braid each one down into a regular braid.
  14. Now braid the three braids together to create one big braid.

Done-zo!

I hope you love this one as much as the first!

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Love this look?! Check out the other version!

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Lorna Jane Activewear

Lorna Jane Activewear is the best active clothing I have ever worn!

When I received these items I was astounded at the quality of each piece, immediately threw on the Lilly pants and wore them the rest of the day they were so comfortable. The material of each item is super soft, yet thick for extra coverage, with the perfect amount of stretch.

What I love the most though is that the tops are all extra long so you never have to worry about your midriff peeking out or the bottom riding up. I especially love the detailing on the back of the Marilla Excel Tank and love throwing Catalina Hooded top over my tanks after a workout.

Every night when we take Gucci on his evening walk I reach for something from this collection. I especially love the Liberty hoodie now that the weather has cooled off significantly.

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Boho Braid

Boho braid is a chic way to wear your hair especially during the Summer. French braids are some of my very favorite hairstyles to wear and finding new variations is especially cool. Why not try out the always superb traditional french braid and easily toss in two extra braids to create a new personalized style.

Today I have teamed up with Latest-Hairstyles.com to show you this fun new tutorial! Check out the video below and visit Latest-Hairstyles.com for more lovely ‘do’s to wear out and about!

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Half Up Side French Braid

Half Up Side French Braid is a french braid that trails down the left side of the head, into a lace braid then regular braid, and worn as a half up style with most of the hair left down.

I recently wore a similar style in this instagram picture but when I sat down to film the tutorial, I ended up changing it a little bit. For this version, I pulled in hair on the back side the entire way down the head, keeping the pieces slightly hidden underneath the hair on top. It gives it a softer, more romantic feel.

I really love this style but can definitely see myself wearing both versions all the time.

Now I have to mention those roots! Holy…talk about ombre! I haven’t gotten my roots done in for-ev-ver!

If you watched my recent hair care video then you know I wait 3 months to highlight my hair but I am seriously contemplating letting it grow out into a full on ombre… or is it sombre now?

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The Half Up Side French Braid:

  1. Starting with a side part, take a section of hair on the heavy side of the part.
  2. Divide this section into three smaller sections.
  3. Cross the back piece over the middle then cross the front piece over the middle.
  4. Cross the back piece over the middle and bring in a small section of hair below where the braid started.
  5. Cross the front piece over the middle and bring in another small section, right below the start of the braid.
  6. Repeat steps four and five until the braid reaches the top of the left ear.
  7. Once the braid reaches the ear, only bring in hair on the back side of the head, that trail straight down the back of the head.
  8. When all the hair is brought in, and the braid is at the nape of the neck, continue braiding the hair down into a regular style braid.
  9. Tie off the end with a clear elastic.
  10. Gently loosen the braid by pulling on the edges of the hair. This gives the braid a softer look.
  11. Finish by curling the hair with a 1″ curling iron and spritzing down any flyaways with hairspray.