Brushes are SO so important when it comes to getting the best use out of your makeup products and make a huge difference in how they apply, blend, and look.
I recommend having eye brushes for 1) all-over shading, 2) crease, 3) eyeliner and 4) pencil brush for liner (smoking it out). Some brushes can be used for more than one thing. I love that, especially when I’m lazy and don’t feel like thinking too much. For example, I usually use shading/packing-shadow brushes to highlight under my brow bone, or turn a brush on its side to do my darker crease color.
In today’s post, I will share with you my must-have eye brushes (and what they’re for). I have had some of these for so long, so it proves how well made they are. Others I have gotten more recently but I can tell will last quite a while. If I’m still happy to use them after all these years, that must say a lot, right?! There are so many great brands of eyeshadow brushes out there- these are just the ones I’ve been using the most:
- For Shading: Loew-Cornell,#270 (Maxine’s Mop, 1/2″)
For all-over shading or packing on color and pigments. Actually, this brush is a paint brush I bought at A.C. Moore, though I’m pretty sure you can find this in any craft store or Amazon. One of my oldest brushes, and it’s still holding up and never shed on me. Anyway, this is a denser brush and isn’t floppy so it’s great for packing on color and even highlighting under the brow bone. Many have compared these brushes to MAC and other more expensive brands, but at a fraction of the cost! Usually craft stores have coupons you can use too. One of my most-used, everyday brushes, and bonus that it wasn’t expensive!
2. Also for Shading: Wet ‘n Wild Large Eye Shadow Brush
A newer all-over shading brush I’ve been using often! Now, I love me some MAC and some fancy brushes, but WOW! I first heard of these brushes from Kathleen Lights (if you never heard of her, look her up on YouTube! She’s awesome!), and yes, they are THAT great. And super inexpensive (less than $5.00 if I remember correctly!). No shedding, packs on color pretty much just as well as the Loew-Cornell, and I love the pink bristles. You can get these at Walgreens and I’ve also seen them at Rite Aide.
3. Crease/Blending Brush: MAC #217 Blending Brush
My favorite crease/blending brush of all time: the very popular MAC 217 brush- and for good reason. It’s amazing. Blends that crease color out so smoothly and with SUCH professional results, it’s pretty much fail-proof. I found this a few years ago at the Cosmetics Company store for a little bit cheaper, but I easily would have paid full price. It is soft and slightly tapered, so you won’t get super concentrated color in the crease, just targeted deeper color that is easy to blend. I am in LOVE with this brush.
4)For smoking out liner: Sigma E30 Pencil Brush
My favorite for smoking out liner when you don’t want a harsh stripe. I also like using this when I want to line my eyes with shadow. I tried using any old brush to blend out liner, even my fingers, and it would either be a mess or disappear altogether. This brush does exactly what I want for a softer eye look: softens the line yet keeps my eyes defined. Great for lower lash line when you want to smoke it out. Sigma is a great brush line, comparable to MAC. Not cheap, but cheaper than MAC.
For Gel Eyeliner: Royal SG160 (1/4″ Soft Grip)
Another craft store purchase! I’ve used other liner brushes but always return to this one. It makes applying gel or powder liners really easy, and makes winged-out liner and cat-eyes much easier too. I also love the soft grip.
For Shading/Crease/Cream Shadow: Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush
This is one of my newer brushes which you can buy alone or in a set. I love Real Techniques brushes! I use this brush for two things: shading the lid, and/or blending out the crease since it is a little fatter. So for me, it’s a 2-in-1. It’s also pretty great for cream shadows! I use this so much and it has never shed and is SO soft yet so great at picking up/distributing product!
I have been super satisfied with these as my core eye brushes and use them over and over again.
What are some of your favorite eyeshadow brushes/brands?