Make Up Brushes and How To Take Care of Them

Let’s talk about make-up brushes.


I firmly believe that a good make-up brush makes a ton of difference in how your face looks.  A good brush blends better, picks up more eyeshadow without scattering it all over, and makes your powder or foundation look nice and flawless.


However–good brushes can get kind of expensive, and it’s hard to decide which ones you really NEED.


I have found that it’s always good to start with basic set, and add a few to it depending on your normal make-up ritual.  Some people prefer to apply lipstick or lip gloss with a brush (I don’t) or use a brush to apply eyeshadow as eyeliner (I don’t) or use fancy contouring brushes when applying layers of eyeshadow (I do).  So those are the types of brushes you might add to a basic set.


For a good set of reasonably priced brushes, you really can’t go wrong with Sephora brand.



They have a bunch of options and most of them are in the $40 – $60 range, which isn’t bad for a quality set.

A few extras you might like to add are:


An angled brush for liquid, cream, or powdered liner.


A concealer brush for covering under eye circles or blemishes (I use this with Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage and it’s a miracle)


And a nice big Kabuki brush for applying bronzer.  I love this retractable Too Faced one, the bristles are soft and it’s great quality.


To extend the life of your brushes, you need to wash them once a week.  It sounds like a total pain,but it’s really not…and it makes a huge difference.  Do you know how much old make-up gets caked in those things if you don’t wash them?


To wash your brushes:

1.  Get your brushes, a bottle of baby shampoo, and lay a clean towel out on your counter.

2.  Working one at a time, rinse your brush thoroughly, making sure to get in all the bristles and not just the outside surface.

3.  Squirt a blob of shampoo in your hand and lather it.  Work the lather into your brush.

4.  Rinse the brush until the water runs clean, and lay it on the towel to dry.


Any time I do this in the morning, my brushes are dry by the evening…and much softer too!


Do you use make-up brushes?  Which ones are your “can’t live withouts”?

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  1. 1
    Lyndsey says:

    I have a mini mac set of Hello Kitty brushes, and I use every single one of them. I added in an extra big kabuki brush, and a special one just for my cream eyeliners. I use the blending brush and the smudge brush the most for my eye shadows. I don’t know how I wore my eye shadow before I got a blending brush, but I bet it looked horrible. It speeds up the process too! I can do now in ten minutes what I use to do in twenty.

    And ladies? You physically just cannot achieve the smokey eye look without at least a blending brush. You just cannot. It’s necessary. If I had to pick one brush to live with and give all the others up, it would be the blending brush. But I’d probably really mourn my kabuki brush.

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    Joy says:

    Agreed, gotta have brushes. My favorite is a set I bought from Lancome! Use them every single day and don’t go anywhere without them.

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    Cass says:

    the 2 brushes i want buried with me in my grave are MAC 190 foundation brush and the 275 shading brush. and i totally agree, you can buy the greatest makeup you can find but unless you have great brushes its kinda gonna suck.

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    Jenny Barton says:

    A set of good brushes is a wonderful investment. There are a lot of good brands out there (Sephora, mac, etc.), but if you are prone to easily break out (like me), then you may want to look into brushes made from natural animal hair in lieu of synthetic brushes. My favorites are from Jane Iredale Cosmetics. They have a full line of brushes all made from natural animal hair. Also the hairs are tied into the brushes, not glued. If you go this route, definitely use shampoo (and conditioner if necessary) or a natural brush cleanser with no alcohol to clean them with!

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