My favourite makeup brushes


We all know, to achieve a flawless makeup look, you need good quality makeup brushes.  However, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive brushes out there, or the most well known, as they aren’t always necessarily the best.  Good quality brushes can have more than one use, whether it be used for foundation application, to powder application.   It’s all about experimenting and figuring out what works for you and the look you are trying to achieve.  There is no right or wrong, it’s all about having fun and trying new and different ways to apply your makeup to see what works for you.


Beauty Blender
Ok, this isn’t a brush but it has revolutionised the way I apply foundation, so much so, I hardly ever use anything else to apply my foundation.  You will not get a more flawless look than with the beauty blender.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
So this is a brush and is my number one brush to apply foundation.  It will never leave a streaky finish which I find a lot of foundation brushes do which become’s really annoying.  I find you have to go back in and try and smooth out the streaks with either your fingers or another brush.  Way too much hassle for me.  You will not get this problem with the Expert Fact Brush, the quality is amazing and…it’s not expensive at all.

Over the years, I have collected and used a number of foundation brushes but these are the only two I ever use now.


MAC 129 Powder Brush
I use this brush to apply blusher or sometimes all over face setting powder.  It just depends on the phase I am going through.  For either purpose, this brush has been a firm favourite for nearly 10 years and is still going strong.

MAC 182 Kabuki Brush
I love this brush, I use this to apply blusher or bronzer.  Again, perfect application of the right amount of product is achieved with this brush.

Real Techniques Setting Brush
This is one of the softest brushes I own and I like to use this for all over setting powder.  It deposits the right amount of powder to your face which avoids the cakey matte look which we so know isn’t the look to be sporting these days.

Zoeva 105 Highlight Brush
This dome shaped brush is spot on when it comes to applying highlighter to my cheekbones.  I am able to control the effect I am going for, whether it be a light sheen for a healthy daytime glow, or for a more glamourous ‘poppin’ evening effect.  The size and shape of the brush allows me to deposit and blend the perfect amount of highlighter and works perfectly when blending out the lines where my blush and highlight meet.


Mac 224 Fluffy Tapered Brush
I use this brush for literally so many different things.  I use it to apply eyeshadow, highlighter, contouring, (when I want to achieve a very defined contour) under eye setting powder…what else? I could not live without this brush and if I was stranded on a desert island with only one makeup brush, this would be the one.

MAC 219 Pencil Brush
This is great for smoking out eyeliner, or adding highlight to the inner corner of your eyes.  So soft and is the perfect size for both these purposes.

MAC 266 Small Angled Brush
Amazing for a cut winged eyeliner, but I also use this to fill in my eyebrows.  It’s so soft which ensures I don’t fill in my eyebrows too harshly and are just the perfect natural shape.

Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush
I am little embarrassed to say, it’s taken me a little longer than most to finally invest in this brush.  The flat top brush works really well when rimming the lower lash line.  From lining my lower lash line with a neutral shadow for a day time look, to building up darker shades for a dramatic evening smokey eye, this brush is your guy.  The shadow goes on in a tidy and controlled way, which then allows you to keep it that way or go ahead and soften or smoke out.  Either way, you are definitely in control of the look you are going for without making any mistakes.

Nars Contour Kabuki Brush
I do have one more brush, which I invested a while back and can truly say, my contour days wouldn’t be the same without it.  It is the Nars Contour Brush.  This brush allows you to achieve the chiseled sculpted cheekbone effect by depositing the right amount of product in the right place and can be achieved in literally seconds.  You can go in and leave it defined and sculpted or you can can buff out the product for a softer contour, perfect for your day time look.  I am so glad I came across this little beauty wonder, as I know it will be in my favourites collection for life.

So out of my 100 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are now stapls in my brush collection.

What are your favourite brushes and do some of your brushes have multi-purpose uses like mine?

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  1. Erin 9th February 2016 / 8:31 pm

    My favourites have to be my Bobbi Brown full coverage face brush, and my MAC 217. I also love the bold metals crease brush – that is pretty good too.

    Good make up brushes really do make all the difference 🙂

    • mishabeauty 11th February 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Oh I will have to check out the BB brush you mentioned. Totally agree about the 217, I use this all the time too! 🙂

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