Favorite Makeup Brushes – Face

Picking the best makeup brush can be a daunting task. You might find yourself looking at a brush thinking what is this used for, foundation, powder, or blush. But oh no no it’s not as simple as foundation, powder and blush anymore now we have contouring, highlighting, baking, strobing, bronzing and probably more that I can’t think of right now haha! There is also the shape of a brush to think about. For example you can use an angled or tapered brush for blush. There are different, brands, styles, and materials and it all depends on your personal preference. There may be a brush that I love that someone else would totally hate. Having a good set of makeup brushes will help applying your makeup quick and easy. Today I’m going to go over my favorite makeup brushes I use on my face and in a later post I’ll go over my favorite eye brushes. You can click on any of the brush names throughout this blog to be directed to a website to purchase.

I’m going to go in order of how I would use these brushes on my face starting with foundation. I prefer to use either a beauty blender or my BlendSmart spinning brush to apply my foundation, (you can read my blog post on the BlendSmart automated makeup brush here) but on the rare occasion that I use a brush the Morphe M439 is my favorite. This brush has short and dense synthetic bristles and blends liquid foundations into the skin effortlessly. It is rounded at the top which I prefer over flat top foundation brushes. I feel they do a better job blending the foundation out.

For powder foundations I use a different brush. The Sephora Pro Allover powder #61 brush. I can’t seem to find this one on the Sephora website. You may still be able to find it in stores but a good dupe, so to speak, for this brush would be the it Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Jumbo Powder Brush #3. This brush is not as dense as the Sephora one but is pretty similar. I like that these brushes are large and dense. It makes applying a powder foundation super easy. I find that the denser the brush the more coverage you’ll get with your foundation.

For concealer my favorite is this Morphe G2 brush. It’s fluffy yet dense enough to give you amazing coverage. The tapered shape is perfect for the hard to reach areas around the eye. It is the perfect size for applying concealer, not to large and not to small. There are smaller brushes like this but I feel as though it takes more time to blend out and mama don’t have time for that. 😜

To set my whole face with powder I use the Sephora Pro Airbrush #55 brush. This long, dome shaped, synthetic bristled brush lives up to its name. It gives you a nice airbrushed finish. It’s a great all in one brush. It can easily be used for both liquid and powder foundations and I bet it would do great as a blush brush or even bronzer.

The Real Techniques Setting brush is my favorite brush for setting the under eyes. It easily picks up both a hefty amount of product for baking or a small amount to just dust under the eyes. RT brushes are amazing quality and super affordable. This brush could also work great for highlighting.

The Sigma Small Contour F05 is my favorite for contouring and bronzing up my face. The rounded dense brush does a fabulous job blending out powder products. It is the perfect size for carving out your cheekbones.

The Real Techniques Blush brush is the one and only brush that I own two of. I love it that much. Some prefer an angled brush for blush but I prefer this tapered style. I feel as though it applies my blush evenly and blends it out without any effort and again anything that saves time mama likes.

Last but not least is the Sigma Tapered Highlighter F35. This super soft, small, tapered brush is perfect for highlighting the high points of the face. Highlighting your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, forehead, cupids bow, and even the inner corner of your eyes has never been easier with this perfectly shaped brush.

I hope this blog post has made shopping for a makeup brush a little bit easier. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite makeup brushes are. Don’t forget makeup is for fun and there are no rules 🙂

Lots of love,


5 thoughts on “Favorite Makeup Brushes – Face

  1. crystal says:

    Hi Noosha!
    Out of the 4 brushes on this list that I own as well,I love the Sephora #61,and I REALLY love my RT Setting Brush.
    That brush was SO cheap-and I can’t find anything that applies a highlight like it.I have a lot of brushes-from ELF and W&W,through to EcoTools and Morphe,MAC and Sigma,ABH,MJB,etc…but that one little 5$ brush gets more use then most of them put together.I especially love it for MAC MSFs,it applies Soft and Gentle like a dream.
    I have 2 backups, but it doesn’t seem to be shedding or anything like that either.
    I always recommend RT to MUA starting out, or anyone making up a makeup/brush collection on a bit of a budget.It is real gem.
    On the subject of cheap,awesome brushes-ELF Face(or Blush) brush is pretty much my fave too,it’s soft,fluffy,and applies my powder blush so nicely. I actually really only use brushes for powder blush and highlight-I feel my fingers always seem to have a better outcome.I don’t know.
    Sephora Mini Kabuki,which I picked up last year on sale,was like 9$ and I really love that one too and it has the added benefit of having a cover on it to keep out germs and it screws down slightly.
    Ok,lol-now that I talked your ear off-have a beautiful day!


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