My Favorite Makeup Brushes

November 9, 2017

Yesterday, I was washing my makeup brushes and realized I have never shared my favorite ones with you guys. So today, I am breaking down my favorites and why I think they are the best. 


Before I get into that, let me talk about brush care for a second. If you take care of your brushes, they will last you a very long time! Taking care of your brushes means washing them regularly. I wash mine once a month and I always do it at the beginning of the month so I can remember. Once a month is probably not enough. I looked it up and it suggested to wash them once a week. However, I don't feel like I use my brushes enough in one week to call for a washing. Anyways, not washing your brushes allows bacteria to build up on the bristles. This puts you at a risk for acne or styes. Also, the product buildup on your brushes can really change them and they won't work like they should. I use this to clean my brushes but you can also use baby shampoo, gentle bar soap (like Dove), or dish soap. 

Morphe 439 - This one is a cult favorite. Seriously if you YouTube  "Best Makeup Brushes", this one will be featured on multiple videos! It is fat at the top, super dense, and soft. Because it is so big, it takes absolutely no time to apply your foundation with this brush! If you notice in the picture, you can see how the edges of the brush kind of taper down. This makes this brush perfect for blending out foundation. 

Beauty Blender - This is also a cult favorite, and for good reason! The Beauty Blender is so versatile, I could do my entire makeup look with one! I think a lot of people miss out on the magic of a Beauty Blender because they don't wet it! When you squeeze this under warm water, it gets fat and bouncy. This, along with the dampness, blends out foundation, concealer, and even powder flawlessly!

E.L.F Stipple Brush - This was the first foundation brush I ever bought and I still use it regularly! The main thing is getting the technique down. You truly have to stipple it! Don't rub it in circles on your face. Bounce it up and down in a stippling motion. Also this brush is $4. Can't beat it!

Morphe E41 - I use this brush to set my face with powder. I like it because it is fluffy, soft, and big. It takes me two seconds to powder my face because this brush is so big! It picks up a lot of powder and feels super high quality without breaking the bank.


Crown SS035 - I received this brush in my August Ipsy bag and have not stopped using it since! It fits perfectly into the hollow of my cheekbones and gives me a nice contour without just giving me a dark line on my face. It is also super affordable and feels nicer than my more expensive brushes! I love how the handle has a little dent your finger fits perfectly in. 

Morphe M558 - This is the PERFECT nose contour brush because it makes contouring your nose foolproof. You just swipe this in your bronzer/contour powder then sweep in in back and forth vertical motions where you want the sides of your "new nose" to be. 

E.L.F Blush Brush - So I actually use this brush for contouring/bronzing, not blush. But, it could be used for either! This one is less dense than the Crown brush mentioned above, so it gives you a lighter contour. Again, this is a versatile brush that is very affordable so it is worth adding to your collection!

Morphe E4 - This is the brush I use for blush. I cannot think of another brush I have used (and I have tried a lot!) that I like more than this one. I just love how it is angled because that allows you the perfect sweep of color from the tops of your cheekbones to the apples of your cheeks. 

Morphe M501 - I use this brush for highlighting! It is a very light, feathery brush. It picks up a lot of product and is a smaller brush so it is puts your highlighter in the one area you want it.

E.L.F Eyeshadow Brush - This brush is literally $1 and I use it everyday. It is perfect for your overall lid color. It is flat, but still soft, making it perfect for picking up and depositing pigment on the lid. I have used this with a variety of eyeshadows and I can say that it does these two things well. The trick for getting it to work this way is to use patting motions instead of sweeping. 

Sigma E25 - Sigma brushes are more expensive, but they are very high quality and if you take care of them, they will last forever. I use this one in my crease, but it is denser so I use it for the outer corner color. The density and stiffness of this brush helps to concentrate that darker color instead of blowing it out across the eye. 

Sigma E65 - This is a great eyeliner brush, whether you are using it for liquid or gel eyeliner or using eyeshadow as an eyeliner. The angle also makes it perfect for creating a cat eye!

Morphe M441 - This is another brush I use in the crease. It is very fluffy so it is perfect for a crease color or just blending all of your eyeshadows together. It is not as high quality as some of the other eye brushes I have, but the fluffiness just makes my job so easy that I reach for it all the time.


If you don't want to spend a lot on makeup brushes, check out E.L.F's line of brushes (I have liked every E.L.F brush I have tried), Real Techniques (also have liked all of these brushes), and EcoTools. I have never tried EcoTools but I have bought some of them for my mom and she uses them!


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Lover of all things girly and summery, I created Always Carolina blog to creatively share beauty tips and products, style inspirations, and travels.