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. 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.