My sweet friends, your patience and persistence has paid off, the list of my favorite brushes and how I maintain them is ALL BELOW!! These are the brushes that are not just budget friendly, but are the ones I own multiples of because I just love them that much. These are the brushes that I recommend to clients because they do the job for me and leave my makeup looking the way I want it to. These are the brushes that make me excited to use them and that last through me cleaning them. These, my friends ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST!!
I have to mention that if you don’t use the links I provide here I cannot confirm the quality! I have had a few people mention they snagged MORPHE brushes from Amazon (I have done it too), but I know how that they are dupes and will not work in the same way that I discuss below. You have been warned 😘
First up, the brushes/tool that I prefer for my foundation! These are not in order of preference, but read below and I will tell you what are my favorites to use.
1 : ELF ‘Ultimate Blending Brush’ – for $6 I think this is the best in the market, it blends beautifully and quickly! I will mention that there are times that I find it leaves brush streaks on my face, but by just patting the brush over those spots I can get a seamless blend. I also find that product will build on this brush and so I find myself having to wash it more than my others, but it holds up perfectly for me, wash after wash!
2 : MORPHE M439 ‘Deluxe Buffer Brush’ – this is just $14 and is my absolute favorite for foundation application! I love how dense and wide the head of this brush is because it makes for suuuuuper quick application without any brush strokes. I can build up the coverage super easily with this brush and it’s soft enough to work with my powder foundations too!
3 : REAL TECHNIQUES ‘Miracle Complexion Sponge’ – I love recommending this sponge especially for a makeup beginner because it works beautifully, is not as bouncy as the original beauty blender and costs just $6! If you aren’t makeup obsessed you won’t notice that this does take a tad more effort to buff the foundation into the skin, but it always looks beautiful and fresh. *I linked the pack of two I found for $8.99 🙌🏼 Split it with a beauty babe and you each pay $4.49 a piece!!
4 : OG BEAUTY BLENDER – Honestly nothing reaaaaaally compares to this sponge in my opinion. It is $20, but it blends any product out super quickly and keeps your product looking the most like skin than any tool I’ve used! I have posted dupes before (which I still LOVE, find them HERE!), but the other sponges soak up a bit more product than this one and so I prefer using the Beauty Blender to allow my product to go a little further.
PRO TIP : I love using a brush for more sheer foundations that I want to build coverage up and I prefer using a makeup sponge for my thicker foundations to thin out the coverage and keep the foundation looking the most like skin.
Next up all the FUN brushes for the face – blush, contour & highlight!! I love a good base, but I loooooooove creating dimension in the face and these are the brushes that I found that do that best!
1 : iT COSMETICS ‘Contour Must-Haves Set’ – this comes in a set for $39 and is the best money you will spend on your face. If you have a hard time figuring out contour then THIS is the tool that you need to chisel out those cheek bones and get rid of that double chin! The narrow shape of this brush gives you a fool-proof contour and blends out like a friggin DREAAAAAAM. I haven’t had a single client regret this purchase because you get what you pay for: perfection.
2 : REAL TECHNIQUES ‘Setting Brush’ – I found this brush for just $3.48 on Amazon and have since ordered 6 😘 I really do own the most of this brush because it is my favorite for blending in concealer! The bristles are soft and small enough to get right under the eye and you don’t need much pressure to see results. This brush also allows a little bit of product to go a long way which is all I can ask for in a brush!!
3 : NYX ‘Pro Contour Brush’ – This is the cream contour brush that all your dreams are made of, I am telling you. I love how small this brush is so that you can get in that narrow hallow of the cheek without making your product go muddy on the cheeks. It blends out beautifully and is honestly one of the softer brushes in my entire collection. I am so happy that it is just $13.99 because it honestly performs like a super high end brush!
4 : NYX ‘Pro Fan Brush’ – if you don’t feel like you can swing the $39 for the contour brush I mentioned above, then this is the next best thing! You can get a narrow line to chisel out the cheekbones that isn’t as precise as the other brush, but is so so soft and just $16.99!
5 : MORPHE M328 ‘Pointed Contour Brush’ – I have WAITED for a dupe for my favorite $32 highlighting brush and it has fiiiiiinally arrived! This brush is just $10 and is absolute perfection for applying powder highlighter to the high points of the face. I own a few of these so that I can use a few different shades of highlighter, but they wash perfectly and wear really really well.
6 : ELF ‘Small Stipple Brush’ – one of the biggest mistakes I see women making in their makeup it applying TOO.MUCH.BLUSH. This $3 brush solves that problem! It is great for bold colors and applies the perfect amount of product to the cheek so you can build up the intensity!
Category IS: eyes!! I know that eyeshadow brushes are wide in variety and there are SO many that it can be overwhelming to know what to use and for what! Here are my favorites and why I love them.
1 : MORPHE M506 ‘Tapered Mini Blender’ – this is the PERFECT brush for applying deep (sometimes intimidating!) colors right to the crease or lower lash line! I will use this brush to APPLY, by patting and then one of the more fluffy brushes to blend. This brush is just $6 and is soooo soft while applying color perfectly!
2 : MORPHE M441 ‘Pro Firm Blending Crease’ – I have three or four of these brushes because they are my very very favorite for blending colors through the crease of my eyelid. This brush buffs out colors beautifully so I always love having a clean one on hand to ensure there are no harsh lines on my eyes. It’s just $6, so I don’t feel bad stocking up on this one!
3 : MORPHE M433 ‘Pro Firm Blending Fluff’ – I also have a few of these $6 brushes because these are awesome for blending color through the crease, but ALSO packing color onto the eyelid. They have a slighting different shape than the crease brush I mentioned above so you can build up intensity easier with this brush!
4 : MORPHE M431 ‘Precision Pencil Crease’ – I only have one of these because I usually use this for the very darkest color on my lid to add a small amount of color at a time! It is just $5 and does the BEST job at applying black to my crease without making me look like I just got punched in the face 😘
5 : MORPHE M421 ‘Mini Concealer’ – this is the very very best brush for applying color to the lid! I love using this wet and dry to create different shade intensity, but this brush is the one I cannot live without!! This brush is only $3.50 and I KNOW I should stock up, but I have only ever needed one in my collection!
6 : MORPHE M432 ‘Flat Liner Definer’ – this is a beautiful stiff brush for applying shadow to the lower lash line! Use it wet and you can create a beautiful liner as well & for just $4, I call that a two’fer!!
Last but certainly not least, brush cleaning supplies!!! I try to clean my brushes once a month, but since finding the solution that I go over below I have to admit it has been a little longer than that 😬 I do have to say, I have more brushes and clean more than most because I am a artist and I looooooove using a bunch of different colors. No ONE needs all these brushes or to clean them as much as I do. You do you girl!!
1 : CINEMA SECRETS ‘Makeup Brush Cleaner’ – this magical blue liquid has really and truly changed my life. I wish I were joking. This huge bottle (32oz) I grabbed for $39 off Amazon and it has lasted me almost a year now. Split it with a friend and you can spend even less on it! I pour this into a generic spray bottle and it travels with me!! Just spritz your brush once and then rub over a towel 👍🏼 not only does it remove the color, but it is antibacterial!! WIN WIN WIN!
2 : BEAUTY BLENDER SOLID – I have used this for years and while I wish any other soap worked as well, I just haven’t found one! This is what I use for my monthly deep cleaning and it works quickly and is super easy to use. Just wet your brush, then rub the brush on the bar of soap and then rinse! It is honestly that easy.
3 : TARGET Travel Spray Bottle – These are $0.99 and this is what I use to store my magical blue liquid!!
4 : SEPHORA ‘Color Switch’ – I have used this color switch pad for year and while I think it is SO rad I just don’t think it get enough attention! This is a porous dry pad that you can run your brush over if you want to switch colors without switching brushes or cleaning the brush! It is so rad and I have had this same $18 pad for YEARS and it still works the same way.
PRO TIP : Let your brushes dry either flat or hanging upside down! If you prop them up again water will seep into the glue that hold the hairs together and you will find that your brushes will start to shed! NO BUENO!!
There they are folks! Hope you enjoy!!