Makeup Brushes I Can’t Live Without

When my interest in makeup was starting to grow and it was time to finally start investing in professional makeup brushes, I was completely lost. There were ones I hadn’t even heard of before and it all became very overwhelming. Of course, I’m not saying you need every single one of these, but they are ones I find the most essential for my everyday makeup routine.

Sigma F35 Tapered, Sigma F80, Artiste Stippling brush, Real Techniques Powder brush


Let’s start off with my holy grail, the Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki brush for foundation. Not even kidding, I’ve owned this brush for about 2-3 years now and it’s still in top condition. I’ve heard of some bad experiences with Sigma’s other foundation brushes, but I can’t really find a fault with this one. It’s soft yet dense, blending foundation in seamlessly, providing a flawless finish. I believe this was the first proper makeup brush I ever bought. Sigma’s F35 Tapered Highlighter brush is supposed to be used for highlighting, and works a dream, however I now also use it to set my under eye makeup. Gotta love a multi-purpose brush.

The Artiste Stippling brush is duo fibre, which means it can be used to blend powders or creams. I only bought this brush recently, but so far so good. For cream blushes and bronzers, there’s no brush I’d rather use. Lastly, in terms of face brushes, is the Real Techniques powder brush. I take this literally everywhere because I can’t stand leaving my face without setting it. It just makes everything last longer & you don’t feel as ‘sticky’.. if that makes any sense at all.

Tapered Blending E40, Eye shading E55, Blending E25, Small Angle E65, Spoolie brush


How I ever lived without the Sigma E40, I’m not quite sure. No matter what kind of look I’m doing, whether it be dramatic or subtle, this brush will be used. I actually thought I lost this brush the other week and went into a little panic episode. It’s a game changer, taking your eye makeup from everyday to HD. The E55 shading brush is a classic, used to pack eyeshadow to your eyelids. Any similar flat, square eye brush will do though, and is considered an essential, especially after ditching those sponge applicators.

Ah, the blending E25 brush, often compared to the MAC 217. What a difference this brush has made to my life. It’s used for all over the lid, but its specialty lies within the crease. There’s not much this little guy wont do. I’ve had mine for a year now and it’s still in tip top condition, can’t recommend enough. The small angle E65 is a newer addition to my collection, and I only wish I had invested earlier. Not only does this brush make it so much easier to do a winged liner, I’ve also started using it to fill in my eyebrows. It’s a winner.

A spoolie brush is one of those things that just makes life a bit more easier. Whether it be to keep your eyebrows in check, or to separate your lashes when you’ve had a bit of a mascara mishap. I purchase mine from beauty counters, but really any brand will do!

What makeup brushes can’t you live without?