My Favorite Makeup Brushes

Favorite Makeup Brushes


Who here is super intimidated by makeup brushes?  We need the little “both hands up” emoticon here!
I was for years, but I started watching so many YouTube makeup tutorials, and through various beauty bloggers recommendations, I’ve  found a great selection of brushes that I love and I’d like to share with you!


When I was younger, like high school age up until a few years ago, I would apply my
foundation with my fingertips!

Thanks to YouTube beauty vloggers, I heard about the Beauty Blender.


 I mean sure, the Beauty Blender isn’t new concept really…think back to those cheap triangle sponges we all used once upon a time.

What I found unique about the Beauty Blender was that the bottom part of the “teardrop” works well for dabbing your foundation into your skin along your cheeks, nose and forehead.
The top of the “teardrop” works for getting under your eyes and around your nose and lips…the harder areas to reach.
Also, make sure to dampen your Beauty Blender before applying your foundation – it will really help with the foundation application.

I was totally satisfied with this product…until I was watching Jaclyn Hill and someone had recommended this to her.

It’s the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and to me, it’s a game changer!


One, you can get nearly 4 of these sponges for the price of one Beauty Blender.

Two, I liked the size of it better as its a little larger.

Three, it has a teardrop shape side then an angled flat side.

I find that I use this side the most to dab and blend any products into my skin!  I hardly ever reach for my Blender anymore to be completely honest.

If I’m not using the Real Techniques Sponge, I’m reaching for my Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer brush.


I honestly can’t say enough about this brush.  I’ve used many foundation brushes in my day, most of which were the flat applicators like this but I was never happy with the application of foundation with them.

The Morphe M439 brush works perfect to blend the foundation, and I find that I use much less product when I apply with this brush.

This brush works great when you use this foundation!  It’s the perfect size to fit into the cushion and it picks up the right amount of product for a buildable coverage.

I also use Tartes Airbrush Finish Foundation brush actually to apply powder.


Sometimes I get a little heavy-handed with my powder, so I like to buff my face all over with this after to get rid of excess.

Another great brush for this is the Makeup Geek Face Buffer Brush.


As far as bronzers, Benefits Hoola Bronzer is by far my favorite.  I actually love the brush that comes with it, so that is what I use to lightly contour my face with bronzer.


My favorite blush brush to use is this one from Real Techniques.


I’ve used quite a few blush brushes, but I find myself constantly reaching for this one because it doesn’t apply too much at a time which gives you the ability to build the color you want.

And finally for the face, this is by far my favorite brush for applying a highlighter to my cheekbones, cupids bow, and the bridge of my nose.
Morphe M501 Pro Pointed Blender



For years I had absolutely NO CLUE how to apply eye shadow, much less the proper kinds of brushes to use.
Thanks to the beauty of YouTube and the beauty experts, I have learned a LITTLE about what types of brushes to use, but believe me, I am no expert.

I had heard that the best brush for blending and transition colors is a MAC 217 brush.  But you know me, I am just too cheap to pay that much for a brush.

The Morphe M433 is a perfect “dupe” for the MAC 217.


I start out using it to apply color to the crease, then take my other favorite, the Morphe M441 brush to diffuse the color in the crease.


As far as application of shadows directly onto the eyelid, honestly my favorite “applicator” is my finger.  I really don’t think I need to post a picture of that!! 🙂

This “method” works especially well  if I’m using some of my favorites which are the Makeup Geek Foiled Eye Shadows, or the Colour Pop Super Shock Eye Shadows.

When you’re looking to apply color to the “outer v” of your eye, specifically to pack color on, Makeup Geeks Outer V brush is perfect!


I find myself using it when I’m looking for a more dramatic makeup look.

I also love using Morphe’s M432 Flat Liner Definer brush to apply and diffuse shadows on my lower lash line.


A brush that I use all the time is the Morphe E36.


This brush is the perfect size to get into the inner corner of your eyes to apply a highlight color as well as to highlight your brow bone.

As far as eyebrows, I don’t really use any kind of brush.  However, I will go ahead and include the ONLY product I have been using to fill my brows lately (which also has a spoolie brush on the other end).
This brow product, the Brow Definer from Anastasia Beverly Hills has been a serious game changer for my eyebrows!



The applicator on this “pencil” is triangular so it makes for the perfect “wisps” for your brows.  It gives you a much more natural appearance than a regular shaped pencil does.
Also, once I’m done filling my brows in, I run the spoolie over my brows to give a more natural look.

I think that covers all of my favorite makeup brushes!  I hope that you enjoy this post and that you find this helpful!
Try not to be overwhelmed when it comes to makeup brushes, and know that not every brush is super expensive.
Makeup Geek brushes and Morphe brushes are great quality at an affordable price, and I promise – you won’t be disappointed!




*DISCLAIMER – I am not affiliated in any way with Morphe Brushes, Makeup Geek or any other brand mentioned in this blog post.  These are my personal favorites that I have used for over a year now and I wanted to share with all of you!




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