It is possible, and many do, go their entire lives without owning a make up brush, preferring to apply cosmetics with fingers while there is no problem with this, when it comes to cosmetic application, tools can really make all the difference. If you’re looking to invest in brushes, the choices can be dazzling, with so many brushes for each purpose it can be difficult to narrow the list down. This is our guide to the brushes every starter set should include, and some suggestions of brands to look at.
A foundation brush can make or break the finish of your foundation but before purchasing you need to consider a couple of things. Firstly, if you use a liquid foundation, synthetic brushes are ideal, while traditionally, natural bristles are better for powder products and secondly, there are several shapes of foundation brush, with the two main types being the flat top brush and the more traditional flat, paint brush style. Which you choose is a question of personal preference, but if you prefer a flat top, buffer style, then take a look at either the Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush (£10.95) which is ideal for powder foundations, or the Morphe G6 Flat Buffer Brush (£11.95) which is idea for flawlessly buffing out cream or liquid products. If you prefer the more traditional style of foundation brush, then try the Makeup Addiction Traditional Painter Brush (£12.00) or the OCC Vegan Foundation Brush (£16.95).
A powder brush is essential for a natural even finish and you want to look for something soft, round and large. Take a look at the Sigma F30 large Powder Brush (£24.50) or something a little cheaper, try the Morphe E2 Round Powder Brush (£16.95).
A blusher brush should be rounded and fluffy, this allows you to build up your colour. Take a look at the Neve Cosmetics Duo Fibre Blush Brush (£9.95) and the Makeup Addiction Blush Brush (£12.00).
Eye Shadow Shader Brush and Eye Shadow Blending Brush
When it comes to eye shadow brushes, the choices can be dizzying. For a starter kit there are two brushes that would be ideal. The first a simple shader brush for applying the colour, the second a brush to blend. The Neve Cosmetics Azure Shadow Brush (£8.50) is and affordable and effective brush for applying your eyeshadows, while the equally affordable Everyday Minerals Eye Blending Brush (£5.95) will allow to blend your shadows together, while making sure there are no harsh lines.
Eye Liner Brush
The final brush we’ve chosen as being essential for a starter kit is an angled eye liner brush. There are several types of eye liner brushes available, waterline liners, fine pointed liners, bent liner brushes and of course the angled eyeliner brush. Suitable for use with powder, gel or cream finishes these can also double up as brow brushes, meaning you don’t have to buy two brushes. Take a look at the Neve Cosmetics Yellow Eye Liner Brush (£7.50) and the Morphe G11 Gun Metal Angle Liner Brush.
All of the brushes mentioned above will form the basis of a fantastic kit with which to apply your make up, which as you become familiar with the types of brushes available, you can add to at any time.