My Go-To Makeup Brushes

My Go-To Makeup Brushes

Let’s talk about makeup brushes. I’m constantly being asked which brushes I use and which are my favorite. Since I’ve been doing makeup for almost 2 years I’ve come across a few “hits” and a few “ugh this sucks”. But these brushes here are the ones I use daily on myself. Some of these brushes are drugstore and high ends. 

I’ll be talking about they what they do and what you can use them for as well. But again you can always use the makeup brushes any way you want to as well. 

My Go-To Makeup Brushes:

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – I use this brush for when I’m using cream contouring products. I love how this blends out the products. Leaves absolutely no streaks.

ELF Complexion Brush – This is a big fluffy brush which I use when I’m using bronzer to warm up my face. It doesn’t apply the bronzer so harsh on my face.

ELF Contouring Brush – I love using this for when I’m contouring my nose but it can also be used if you want to carve out your cheekbones, jawlines and forehead. 

Morphe Brushes M310 – I’ve had a hard time finding a fan brush for when applying my highlight but when I received this brush I immediately fell in love with it. 

Sigma Beauty F80 – When it comes to liquid foundation I definitely love using this brush. I just love how it makes my foundation look so smooth without any streaks. 

Morphe Brushes E4 – Another contouring brush I like to use. It’s definitely a must have. 

Real Techniques Setting Brush – If you’re looking to set your powder underneath your eyes definitely get this brush. Fits perfectly in that area. 

Morphe Brushes E48 – Just like the real techniques setting brush this brush does the same thing. I just like to alternate between the both.

Morphe Brushes E3 – Powder brush. This is the fluffiest and soft powder brush I’ve ever used. I love this brush so much. 

L.A.B 2 Beauty Blush Brush – I’ve used so many blush brushes but this one I’ve found myself going back to. I just love how the brush just applies the blush to my cheeks. 

Crown C224 Concealer Brush – I got this brush in one of my ipsy bags and at first I didn’t think I would need it like ever because I use my beauty blender to blend out my concealer but when I do my cut crease eye looks I use this brush. 

Real Techniques Beauty Blender – This beauty blender is my holy hail. I have 4 different beauty blenders but this one is my must have. I just find that it blends out the concealer so much better than the other beauty blenders I have. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brush – Use this brush to do my eyebrows when I’m using cream brow products. 

Sigma Beauty E54 – This brush is a medium sweeper brush. I use this to apply my eyeshadows. I find that when I apply my shadows this also does a great job blending the colors together. 

Sigma Beauty E06 – Want to create the perfect wing liner this is a must have! Seriously. Ever since I got this brush it’s been a game changer for me. 

L.A.B 2 Beauty Blending Brush – This was my first blending brush I had received and I just loved how the brush is a bit pointed at the top so you can use this very well on your crease when blending shadows. 

Morphe Brushes E36/E18 – These brushes combined are perfect when you’re trying to smoke out the eyeshadows on your bottom eyelids. 

Mally Rounded Blender Brush – Got this in my Boxycharm box and I just loved how soft the bristles on the brush were. It also does an amazing job with blending the shadows. 

Sigma Beauty E39 – Buffing brush! Holy smokes. When I first used this I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use this. But let me tell you it’s another great crease brush. 

My Go-To Makeup Brushes

There you have it. Honestly I had to narrow this list down because I have so many makeup brushes and I knew that if I named all the brushes it would have been a novel lol 

What are your favorite makeup brushes? 

  • Love this! Most of those are some of my faves too 🙂 except the Sigma F80 not a huge fan but you’re foundation is always on point so maybe I’ll give it one more try!

    • I’m surprised you don’t like the F80 brush. I spray some setting spray on it to dampen it a bit and it works like a charm.

  • I use Elf and I love it. Speaking of which , I need to go buy new brushes.

  • I love real techniques and sigma! I have a set from Sephora that is also wonderful!

    • I haven’t tried the new set from Sephora yet. Adding it to my list : )

  • Reinventing Julie

    This is super informative. I just bought a couple of these to add to my growing collection. With a theater major daughter who works in costume and makeup design she is constantly telling her 49 year old mom tips and tricks to do with this older face. brushes have made a difference. Who knew?

  • Super helpful! I’m printing out your graphic. LOL!!

  • I just purchased the Sigma F80 brush yesterday. I heard so many great things about it. I know I’m late but I needed a new brush. Thanks for this!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    That Real Techniques face brush is my ultimate holy grail brush – I couldn’t live without it! I’ve heard great things about Sigma brushes, so I’ll be trying them out too – love your graphic ,too.

    • Thanks Lindsay! You’re going to love the Sigma Beauty brushes.

  • Thanks for the information. Love the graphic you created. Super professional.


  • Thanks for sharing!! I’ve never read a post like this before and I love finding unique content online. I learned a lot about brushes and will definitely be getting some similar to you! Thanks for sharing what you use them for too.

  • Thanks for sharing this! I love make up brushes and probably have way too many but I definitely have my favorites also!
    xo. Christina

  • This is so helpful! I don’t know too much about brushes (esp when it comes to contouring). I usually stick with the same ones. I’ll have to try some of these out!

  • This is a great roundup of brushes! I use a lot of the same ones, but a couple of these are new to me. I’ll have to give them a try next time i’m in the market!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    This is awesome! I’ve been needing to get new brushes and expand my collection. Thanks for putting this together!

  • I am definitely needing some new brushes and will pick up some of your favorites! Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

  • I LOVE my morphe brushes! They are my current faves!

  • I’m on the hunt for some new makeup brushes and I think I’ll buy a few of these. I need to replace some of my old ones and just need to add to the collection!

  • Beth Shankle Anderson

    I love your list of go=to brushes! It seems like I have a ton of brushes, but only use about half or less of them! I really liked the way that you laid out the different brushes and their use. Very helpful!

    Beth ||

  • I love the RT face brush, I use it for all my contouring and feel like it’s the best brush out there for it! I love that it’s tapered but that it blends everything out really well!

  • Ashleigh_roseee

    There are a couple on here I’m going to have to get!

  • I have been seriously needing some new brushes, so I just might have to online shop with your guide by my side – ha!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Jena Proctor

    I am just starting to really get into my make up. I’ve been very basic and would love to start doing more. Brushes are beyond me, but I know they are super important, thanks for the recommendations!