Sometimes the tools you use to apply your makeup make all the difference. These ones have been in my makeup bag for as long as I can remember (minus the Urban Decay brush which only launched two years ago) but they’re the same main tools I reach for everyday. I use a few other brushes in my day-to-day makeup routine, but these are the brushes that I think other brands can’t replace.
1. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler– I’ve tried every eyelash curler on the market (from Revlon to Shiseido and everything in betweeen) and nothing compares to this one. My lashes are short and straight (probably the worst combo out there) but somehow, this eyelash curler by Shu Uemura not only curls my lashes, but makes the curl last all day. I remember being amazed when I tried this for the first time- my lashes were finally not non-existent! If you have flatter eyelids and shorter, tough-to-curl lashes, give this one a try. This one pictured has lasted me 8 years! It’s super durable and all you need to replace are the rubber pads inside the curler when they wear out after a few years.
2.MAC #219 Pencil Brush- A great versatile pencil brush for eye looks. I like how the point of the brush is precise, but it also has a thicker base which is perfect for smudging eyeliner or eyeshadow into the base of your lashes. Also great for adding a lighter shimmery colour into the corners (near the tearduct) to open up the eyes. And, it can also double up as a brush to fill in your brows if you’re desperate.
3.MAC #217 Blending Brush– This brush is a top pick among pro makeup artists and it’s evident why- this brush is the best fluffy blending brush out there. The bristles on this brush are designed to blend product particles easily, which makes it perfect for smoky eye looks. I love the brush so much I’ve picked up a few of them- I use one to apply eyeshadow, another clean one for blending, and the last one for applying foundation and concealer (it literally buffs product into the skin for an airbrushed effect). Another great blending brush that’s similar is the MAC 224 (not pictured) so if you like a blending brush with longer bristles, opt for that one.
4. Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush- This one is a must-have in my makeup bag. There’s just no other brush on the market that delivers the same effect for me- it gives a soft-focus finish after applying foundation. With the way this brush is shaped, it’s designed to deposit product in the centre and diffuse the product outwards as you buff into the skin. And, you can use it with different textures of product (from liquid foundation to powder blush). I love how there’s no streakiness when applying foundation and for more coverage, I like to ‘pat’ on the foundation using the brush instead of blending.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these or what your staple tools are to apply makeup!