10 Makeup Brushes You Need In Your Collection

10 Makeup Brushes You Need

Some of you have asked me about makeup brushes and their functions and I'll have to say that I'm not an expert when it comes to tools and such, but I know a few things that I think will be helpful to you ladies who are starting to do makeup more seriously, so today, I will be talking about the brushes that I think are essential in every woman's makeup collection.

I tried to narrow it down to 10 makeup brushes (not including the sponge); 5 face brushes and 5 eye brushes. But at the end of the post, I will also include an extra 5 if you want to take your makeup game to the next level! 😉


In this post, I will be showing you the brushes that I personally love to use, but that doesn't mean I want you guys to purchase the same exact brushes. There are so many brands of brushes you can choose to buy from, but of course, I will give you my thoughts on the brands I like using!

5 essential Face Brushes

Before YouTube, I didn't really know how important FACE brushes are! I used to just apply my BB creams and foundations with just my fingers! There's nothing wrong with that, but now that I have used face brushes, I can never go back! I feel uncomfortable using my fingers for anything that has color (unless I'm putting on eyeshadow, that's a different story).

1. Foundation Brush

M439 Brush

If you want to have a really good makeup day, you got to have a good foundation, and having a good foundation brush really makes a difference in the way your entire makeup will sit on your face.

You want your foundation brush to be really dense, meaning, it should feel almost stiff and with a lot of hairs because that way, it will make your foundation really go a long way and it will blend into your skin a lot nicer. If you use a loose and fluffy brush, your foundation will look streaky on your skin and that will just make the blending process so much harder. Foundation brushes usually have short bristles and are really compact.

I used to use the Real Techniques buffing brush because I thought as long as it says, "buffing", it would be great for foundation. I was wrong. The RT Buffing Brush is good if you want a sheer foundation finish, but I like the look of a full coverage foundation so I switched to the ever-so-raved about Morphe M439 Brush, which is a lot denser than the RT brush. 

You will see in the photos below that the Morphe M439 brush has a lot more bristles than the buffing brush, and it's more compact as well. 

Morphe Brushes produces really excellent brushes. They feel heavy duty almost like a high-end feel, they don't shed, very easy to clean and they're affordable too. I highly recommend them. If only I can buy all their brushes, I would!

2. Powder Brush

Who doesn't use powder? Even dry people use powder to set liquid foundations and concealers. With that said, you need a powder brush in your collection.

Powder brushes are usually very fluffy and soft. The fluffiness helps distribute both loose and pressed powders, nicely across the face. The one I'm using is the brush in the photo, which I got years ago from eBay. I got it because it's pink, and I'm actually surprised with the quality of this brush. I didn't expect for this brush to last 3 years, yet it has. It just goes to show that it doesn't really matter what brand you use, as long as it works well! 💖

3. Small Fluffy Brush

Small Fluffy Brush

I included this in the top 5 face brushes because with a large powder brush, it's sometimes hard to get into the corners of the nose and small places like underneath the eyes and such. So I like using this small tapered brush I got from E.L.F. cosmetics because it gets the powder where I need it to be. 

I personally like to use this to set the corners of my nose, for highlighting underneath my eyes, and getting in between my brows. 

E.L.F. provides really affordable brushes and they are actually very good quality as well. Their brushes start for as low as $1! That's crazy!

4. Angled Brush

Angled Face Brush

An angled brush is essential to your brush collection because you can use it for contouring, bronzing up the sides of the face, and for blush!

I mainly use this E.L.F. Angled Blush Brush for contouring my cheekbones and my nose. It fits perfectly in the hollows of my face and it easily blends my contour/bronzer. 

5. Blush Brush

Blush Brush

I personally don't like using one brush for both blush and contouring because I feel like it's going to mess up my face. So I have a designated brush for blush. 

Blush brushes are like powder brushes, because they're very fluffy too, only they're a little bit smaller, so you can concentrate the color on the cheeks. You don't want to apply blush where it's not supposed to be because that will make your makeup look bad. Also, they're supposed to be fluffy so you can apply the blush pigment nicely. If you use a dense brush, you're going to get circles on your cheeks and that's not a cute look. You really want the brush to be fluffy so it gives a really nice soft and blended finish.

The one I'm using is from a brush set I got from BH Cosmetics. BH cosmetics also provide good quality brushes and if you're looking to buy a set, like I did, they have really affordable ones that are good quality and very cute!

● Beauty Sponge

Beauty Sponge

The makeup world raves about a sponge called the Beauty Blender which is $20 but I honestly think that any sponge will work just as great as the Beauty Blender.
RandomRant: It bugs me when people call a beauty sponge a Beauty Blender. 😂 They're not the same okay.

Anyway, I use this beauty sponge I got from Walmart for blending away my concealer. I wet this sponge, squeeze out excess water and it just blends the concealer so nicely into my skin. Some people use a beauty sponge for blending in foundation as well. It all just comes down to preference. I personally don't like using a damp sponge for my foundation because 1, it sheers out my foundation, and 2, I am oily. Using a damp sponge usually works great for people with dry skin, because it gives their skin extra hydration, and it will make the foundation stick to their skin better.

Like I said, any beauty sponge that is shaped like a Beauty Blender will work. The one I am using now is from Essential Tools and I bought it at Walmart. I originally planned to purchase the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge but they were sold out so I picked up the pink sponge instead. They both are really great beauty sponges, and they're just $5/$6 dollars. 

Eye Brushes

If you're new to the makeup world, and you want to try your hand at doing cool eyeshadow looks, then you are in the right place because I will show you my top 5 eye brushes!

6. Fluffy Blending Brush

Fluffy Blending Brush

If you've watched a few of my makeup videos, you've probably seen this brush a lot. I use this for any eye makeup look.

You can never have too many fluffy blending brushes because these brushes are what you use to blend out eyeshadow! A blending brush is supposed to be fluffy and it usually has this dome-shaped bristles. Makeup artists use this to blend colors on the crease of the eye. Also, fluffy blending brushes make the eyeshadows blend out into this soft blown-out look. These brushes also gets rid of the harsh eyeshadow lines (you know that unblended look? that), which you don't want, unless you're doing a cut-crease look.

The one I'm using is from BH cosmetics and I honestly don't love it. It does the job, but it sheds like crazy and it's not as soft as I want it to be. It kinda gives this scratchy feeling on my eye lids which is very annoying. I will probably get a blending brush from either Morphe Brushes or ELF. 

7. Firm Blending Brush

Firm Blending Brush

If you want a more defined eyeshadow look then this is your baby. You're gonna want to have a firm blending brush in your collection because it's a little more dense than a normal blending brush that it packs on color without being too harsh. And it's a little fluffy too, so it makes packing and blending eyeshadow like a dream.

The one I'm using is Morphe's M433 brush. It's kind of flat on its sides, but it's fluffy at the same time; perfect for adding and blending eyeshadow in the outer-V of the eyes. Whether you're doing a natural look or a smokey eye look, this brush is going to be a great tool.

8. Shader Brush 

Shader Brush

This kind of brush is perfect for packing on eyeshadow all over the lid. I like that it's flat so it gets the job done so quickly and it's kind of fluffy at the tips, so it helps blend eyeshadow nicely as well.

I got this Medium Eye Shader brush from an Ipsy bag. There are so many flat shader brushes and they also come in different sizes. It all comes down to your preference again. If you have big eyelids, then you probably want a big shader brush. If you have smaller lids, then you probably want to get a smaller one so you can put the eyeshadow precisely on your lids and not everywhere. 

9. Pencil Brush

Pencil Brush

A pencil brush is usually used for adding more details in the eye makeup, and also for putting and blending out eyeshadow on the lower lash line. Yes, eyeshadow is used for the lower lash line too, not just on the lids. Eyeshadow on the lower lash line gives the eyes a more defined look. It also balances the eye makeup, especially when doing a smokey eye. You need something on the lower lash line!

Pencil brushes are usually very tiny and really dense, but fluffy at the same time. The one I'm using is actually called a small smudge brush from BH cosmetics and it's the cutest brush ever! It's very small so it's really perfect for defining my lower lash line and it's very soft so it blends eyeshadow very easily as well. 

10. Angled Eye Brush

Angled Eye Brush

Finally, an angled eye brush is a must-have in your makeup brush collection. Angled eye brushes are usually very stiff and very dense. You can use them for applying gel eyeliners, smudging out pencil liners and also for doing eyebrows. These brushes also come in different sizes. Some brushes can be very thin, and those are perfect for creating a really crisp and sharp cat eye. Thin angled brushes are also good for drawing in eye brow hairs. 

This angled brush in the photo is from Real Techniques and I got it from an eye set. I'm going to replace this one soon, because it has started to shed and it's very waxy (because of my eyebrow product), no matter how many times I wash it. 

If you want to look extra fleeky:

  • Morphe M501 - I use this for highlighting my cheekbones! It's so fluffy and it's so good!
  • RT Buffing Brush - You can use this to buff out concealer, foundation, powder foundation, contour, or bronzer. It's a very versatile brush.
  • ELF Small Stipple Brush - This is a duo-fiber brush so it's nice to use for a sheer or light application of products. Pao suggested that I use brush for the ColourPop blush and it's perfect! See me use it in this video: No Makeup Makeup 
  • RT Detailer Brush - For adding details and for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes and the brow bone.
  • ELF Crease Brush - This is a very fluffy brush and it's small, perfect for adding definition to the crease.

CONGRATULATIONS! You've reached the end of this post! HAHA. I told you it's a long one. Anyway, I hope you learned a few things about makeup brushes and how to use them. As you have probably noticed, I didn't feature Mac brushes, Sigma brushes or Sephora ones. I honestly think it's ridiculous to spend over $30 on one brush so as much as possible, I try to find cheaper alternatives. Maybe someday, I can afford high-end brushes and I can review them for you, but right now, I'm very happy with my affordable bunch. 

Now tell me about your holy-grail brushes! I love makeup brushes and I will always want to keep buying more. Let me know about the ones you really enjoy using! If you're just starting out in the makeup world, let me know what you want me to talk about next! 😉