Top 10 Tuesday: My 10 Best Makeup Brushes

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Today for Top 10 Tuesday the bloggers are sharing their favorite makeup brushes. I've shared some of my favorites in the past, over on eBay and Babble mostly (including the favorite makeup brushes of makeup artists).

I thought to switch things up a little bit today I'd share my favorites that together can create an entire makeup kit's worth of brushes. I was a little bit surprised, I think of myself as a cheap makeup brush girl, but that seems to mostly hold true for my eye brushes. I use a lot of ELF brushes. But, once you expand out to the face, I seem to reach mostly for higher end. The good news is that these brushes can last for a really long time if you care for them properly!

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1. IT Cosmetics Dual Airbrush Foundation Concealer Brush: This brush is super soft and the bristles are very dense. I use it for applying product and blending it.

2. Clinique Blush Brush: I've had this brush, or something so similar that I can't tell the difference, since 1995. Really. The same brush. Mine is just now starting to shed and look a little less than great, so I'll be buying a new one soon. 19 years is pretty good for a makeup brush! I love that this is just the right size for getting blush on to the apples of my cheeks. No other brush has ever worked as well for me.

3. IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush: This is great for foundation, but I mostly use it to apply translucent powder and then buff it in to my skin.

4. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Double-Ended Brush: This brush isn't very big, it's actually just the right size to use with the new Urban Decay Flush Palettes. I like to use the flat side to pick up the highlighter and apply it to the upper cheekbone while the angled side is what I use with the bronzer to apply a light contour under my cheekbones and around my temples.

5. BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge Applicator: Not a brush, but kind of the same because it applies/blends makeup, right? I really love my BeautyBlender. I use it every day to blend my makeup, it works best with bouncing it on your skin.


6. e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush: I own about 7 of this brush, it's my basic brush for applying shadow all over my lid.

7. e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush: The perfect size/shape for applying shadow into my crease.

8. NARS #45 Smudge Brush: In an effort to replace my beloved Sonia Kashuk smudge brush (the exact brush I loved was changed and then discontinued), I've looked at basically every smudge brush out there and this one from NARS is the closest. The bristles are dense and fairly stiff, the brush is a bit thicker as well. It's great for smudging the liner in my upper lash line.

9. e.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush: This smudge brush is a bit more flexible, I like it for smudging shadows (instead of liners). It's perfect for when I've applied a little shadow over a liner and need to blend it out a little.

10. Laura Mercier Smudge Brush: This brush is smaller than it looks, it's actually the perfect small size for adding a little extra pop of color under my lower lash line!

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Blushing Noir said...

I've been eying that Urban Decay brush.. it's now moving up on my need to buy list. Way up.

Jen Cassellius said...

Great brush picks! Although I love the practicality of double ended brushes, I hate storing them. Any good tips?

Christine Mikesell said...

I hate storing them too, though these really are the ones I've been reaching for! In my vanity I have a drawer over the part I sit at, I leave the brushes just inside there so they can lay on their side.

Phyrra said...

Great picks! I love the UD brushes.

Teri - BeautifulMakeupSearch said...

I love that IT Cosmetics Airbrush Foundation brush too. And I don't know what I'd do without my $1 e.l.f smudge brush. I actually love it for applying and smudging my powder liner, but now I want to try the NARS smudge brush if that one is even better. ;)

Chic Readings said...

I like that dual brush, very handy:)

Pammy BlogsBeauty said...

I love those little elf eye brushes, too! I need to pick up more! Those brushes from IT really are amazing. I totally should have included those on my list, too!

Melody Robinson Wright said...

I like how you included the beauty blender. It's definitely a must have also!

MarciaF said...

I was going to include my Beauty Blender too. The IT brushes and Real Techniques are so popular.

Anonymous said...

I recently purchased the IT Dual Foundation/Concealer brush and LOVE it. I don't think I will ever buy another foundation brush as this one is perfect.

Prime Beauty said...

The UD double ended looks like it must be mine.

Beauty411 said...

This was such a fun post to do, wasn't it? I have to check into that UD brush and I had to laugh at the Clinique brush. I had that one too--for years!

Jessika Barber said...

I love my elf eye brushes!

All Lacquered Up said...

I use an ELF brush for nail cleanup but I need to try them for actual makeup.

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