This week I’ve been tasked with narrowing down my list of favourite, can’t-live-without makeup brushes I’d bring with me if I were trapped on a desert island. I’m not sure what type of imaginary Island we’re talking about here, presumably one that’s quite luxurious if I need my brushes with me? Let’s go with it anyway!
As you’d imagine, us makeup artists tend to have A LOT of brushes in our kits but invariably much fewer in our personal stash. With that in mind, here are some of my go-to brushes that I always use when working.
- Blank Canvas F21 brush
The slanted tip means you can blend foundation into skin smoothly, getting into areas around the nose and chin for a more air brushed finish.
- Nars Kabuki Brush
A super stylish brush to look at for sure, but it’s not just for show – the featured tapered tip makes applying blush/highlighter nice and easy too.
- Shu Uemura Natural Powder Brush 18r (Red)
I got this as a gift, which makes it even more special every time I use it. Shu Uemura brushes are pricey but last for years when looked after properly. The big, fluffy head on this is perfect for giving skin a light dusting of powder or bronzer.
- Mac 217 brush
A cult status brush, most make-up artists have about 3 of these in their kit bag because the synthetic fibres are so durable. I use them for buffing on concealer, blending cream eye shadows and lipsticks.
- Make Up For Ever Precision Blush Brush #150
Although this is officially a blusher brush, it also doubles up as a great one for contouring under cheek bones.
- Kryolan Premium Filbert Brush
A great quality, all rounder eye shadow brush that can be used for doing an all over wash of colour or for more precision contouring.
- Laura Mercier Flat eyeliner brush
Always a useful type of brush to have, due to the flat tips this can be used in the traditional method for creating neat eyeliner or alternatively as a lip brush for a sharper finish.