Deciding which makeup brushes to pick from the millions displayed on the shelves can be a really daunting task and one which might need an expert’s guidance especially if you are a beginner.
For any cosmetic routine a good makeup brush is extremely essential, as low quality brushes can hamper the quality of the application and do more harm than good. Any professional makeup artist will wholeheartedly agree that the quality of the makeup brushes is definitely a decisive factor in achieving the desired look.
With the wide variety of products available on the market it is essential to fish out the absolute best. To help you figure out which makeup brush brands to buy, we have created a comprehensive list containing professional brand names with all the pros and cons for your indulgence:
1) MAC: It is undoubtedly one of the most famous international cosmetic brands that will never disappoint us when it comes to makeup brushes. MAC has a variety of brushes you can select from and it is important to mention that no animals are killed or experimented on during the process of creation. They trim and groom only live animals to collect the hairs. However, MAC makeup brushes are often costlier than their counterparts and you might need to put out a considerable amount of money so you can own one.
Recommended: Masterclass Brush Collection that was designed thinking of each individual consumer in mind and not just makeup artists. These brushes look like toothbrushes with vertical handles and bristles at right angles. They have been released in three sizes: Linear, Oval and Oval6 ranging from small to large.
2) Sigma makeup brushes: Amazingly soft and effective for all kinds of makeup, the Sigma brushes don’t shed easily and keep their shapes for a longer time. They have a product called Sigma essential kit which comes in with 12 high quality brushes containing all types of brushes for both the eyes and the face. They are definitely more affordable than the MAC brushes or any other high end brand.
Recommended: The Sigma Essential Kit.
3) Dior: The makeup brushes from Dior are expensive, but worth the investment as they stay put for long years and are super easy to clean even after repeated usage. Usually made out of squirrel hair, the bristles are luxuriantly full and thick. Dior makeup brushes are very good for applying foundations and contouring cheek bones.
Recommended: Dior backstage Kabuki makeup brush. Priced at around $60, it features an elegant black beech wood handle and has a luxuriant thick crop of hair to ensure flawless results.
4) Bobbi Brown: Their makeup brush collection starts from a basic set of 6, each one with a specific purpose. Their brushes come with a cap for protection and are supple enough to apply foundations and makeup smoothly.
Recommended: The Basic Brush Collection. It has all the essential tools you need to apply makeup like a professional. It has an eye shadow, eyebrow, eyeliner, face blender, concealer and foundation brush.
5) L’Oreal: You won’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to buy makeup brushes from L’Oreal, plus, the finishing result is absolutely roving.
Recommend: Makeup Artist Travel Brush Set. Cute and compact as a button, it comes with a travel pouch that you can carry easily wherever you are traveling. It has a set of blush brush, precision concealer brush, lip brush and an all over eye brush.
6) Chanel: Best known for their luxury goods – the opulent dresses, chic designer bags and signature perfumes, Chanel also has a lot to offer in terms of high quality makeup brushes. An absolute must in your makeup kit, their multipurpose brushes are very adaptable in blending and correcting blemishes. The bristles are soft, firm and amazingly great to get that perfect finished look.
Recommended: Chanel Powder Brush #1. It is a hot favorite among Chanel lovers who swear by its thick luxuriant hairs. The natural fiber hair is formed without using scissors or razors.
7) Shu Uemera: If the Holy Grail was the ultimate quest for the crusaders, then Shu Uemera brushes certainly would be “the makeup brush” for every fashion enthusiast who knows her blushers from every smudge. Founded by Shu Uemera a Japanese makeup artist who also lent his name to the company, the flawless makeup brushes they market still bear testimonial to his highest aim in delivering the best to the customers.
The natural fibers, they use in their brushes are silky – soft and apply makeup evenly all over the face. The synthetic ones absorb the colors easily and with Shu Uemera you don’t have to make repeated strokes to let the color stay. Shu Uemera comes in natural and Kolinsky types – the difference being that natural ones are made out of squirrel, badger or pony hair, while Kolinsky is pure mink hair. If you decide to get a Shu Uemera there’s every possibility you will get hooked to this brand.
Recommended: Kolinsky brush 11 priced at around $140. The bristles are long and spread out and can be used for applying cream, liquid eye or face powder.
8) Hakuhodo: Hakuhodo is a reputed Japanese makeup brush producer that creates brushes under its own name. They are expensive, but many of the brushes are available on the economical line and are more or less equivalent to other high end brands like MAC or Chanel. The quality of the synthetic hair used to make the brushes, is excellent and also immaculately designed. You might want to go for it if shelling out a little more is not an issue for you. The quality you get for this price is outstanding.
Recommended: Powder brush – It is soft, sleek and made with a superfine blend of goat and synthetic hair. Hakuhodo brushes have become icons in a dazzling world of brushes and many buy these brushes as a collector’s item too.
As a makeup artist you might accumulate varieties of makeup brushes on the way and need to have multiple pieces of the same type to avoid infecting the clients. An average woman, however does not really need to have a multitude of brushes as she’s not applying makeup on several different people. Pick only the brushes that you feel most comfortable in using.