Hands down (pun intended), my brushes are the most important tool in my make up kit. The right brush with right product can achieve beautiful results! This is one item that I will tell you DO NOT scrimp on your brushes. Bite the bullet and spend for QUALITY; the results are well worth it. It's a small investment with a major payoff. There are brushes that I've had for 10+ years and they are in just as good of shape today as they were the day I bought them (now this is also because I'm meticulous in taking very good care of them, but that is for another post coming soon! :) The 5 basic essentials ...
This brush is a synthetic bristle perfect to be used for a cream or liquid. I like that the over all shape of the bristles are wide enough to be used over the whole face, but because they come to a slight point it can double as a concealer brush for a little spot concealing when needed.
This is a natural bristle brush perfect for a pressed or loose powder. The bristle shape of this particular brush is large enough to be used as a powder brush or small enough to be used as blush brush. (Either use the brush for blush or powder. Trying to use the same brush for both could have a disastrous ending.)
This is one of the most multipurpose brushes I own. This brush is a natural bristle brush. It's perfect for using a powdered product to line your eyes, smudge your eyeliner or even add a little color to fill in your brows. There is a synthetic version of this brush (263 Small Angled Brush) that is ideal when using a cream or liquid liner.
This has been a staple of mine for years. It can be used for any make up product that is powder, liquid or cream. The bristles are stiff enough to give a bold, intense payoff of color, yet soft enough to you could lightly brush product onto the skin to get just a hint of the color showing. I use this to apply color to my eyelids or brow highlight, to smudge eyeliner for a smokey eye or even use it as a concealer or lip brush. (As stated above with the powder/blush brush, you must designate what this brush will be used for. You can't jump between smudging eyeliner one day and then using the same brush for concealer the next.)
I've saved my favorite brush for last! This is a blending brush for the crease of your eyes. It's a natural bristle so it's best used for powder products. The dome shape of the bristles are perfect for flawlessly blending colors together and achieving that airbrushed look.
If you have any question about these or any other brushes, let me know and I'd be glad to tell you how to use them!