It’s no secret that my absolute favorite tool for face makeup is a damp sponge. I’ve talked about using a sponge to blend foundation, concealer, apply powder, bake and even contour. BUT, I get it, sponges aren’t for everyone. Plus, you need a sink and water to wet them and then squeeze the excess water out. So, on days I want to skip the sponge I rely on brushes. I’m breaking down my five favorite face brushes for a full face. The best part is all of these are less than $15/each.
Side Note: For the most part, I think the best foundation application will be either with a damp sponge or with your hands so none of the brushes below are really a foundation brush. However, if you really want a foundation brush, this one here for $6.99 is pretty good! Yes, I know I just cheated by mentioning a bonus brush. But let’s call it an honorable mention brush.
Trubeauty – Oval 107 Brush – (Price – somewhere between $4.99-$7.99)
This brush was one of my weekly favorites. You can read more details about it here. Unfortunately I can’t link it since the only place I’ve been able to get these brushes is in stores at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. However, I recently saw them in stores which means that they are still around.
Other than a damp sponge, this is the best tool for under-eye concealer. The bristles in this brush are so dense that it won’t absorb any of your product and won’t leave any brush marks. It’s also the quickest way to blend concealer. In a pinch, you could use this for foundation.
Up & Up by Target – Face Powder Brush – $6.99
As far as powder brushes go, this Target brush is just as good as much more expensive brushes. The synthetic bristles are soft and don’t pick up too much product. I can use the sides to gently tap powder to targeted areas, or use the top to buff. Considering how inexpensive it is, I would have expected some shedding, but so far I haven’t had any issues. Mind you I’ve had this brush for over a year and washed it many, many times.
A close second in this category is this $8.99 Eco Tools powder brush.
Morphe – M501 Pointed Blender – $7.99
This is the type of brush you may initial look at and wonder, what the heck is this for? Well, a couple of different things. You can use this brush to set under-eye concealer. The shape is perfect to tap the sides around the under-eye area. Also, since the tip is slightly pointed, you can use it to apply powder to the sides of your nose or more targeted areas. Lastly, this is a great highlighter brush. You can use it to sweep highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, under the brow, and basically anywhere else you want to glow.
PS: don’t let anybody tell you you shouldn’t apply highlighter somewhere. Highlight wherever the heck you want. Makeup washes off…
Another side note: Most relatively famous Youtubbers have a discount code you can use for Morphe (here’s Jaclyn Hill’s code: JACATTACK). I believe most of them are for 10% off so make sure you use any of them for a discount.
Morphe- G8 Tapered Powder Brush – $14.99
This tapered powder brush is meant to blend concealer or apply brush. However, I find this is a perfect contour/bronzer brush. You can use the tip of the brush to apply a more precise contour powder, or press a little bit harder/use the sides for bronzer. Again, this is a synthetic brush so it won’t pick up as much product as a natural sable or goat hair brush. Considering we tend to easily go overboard with bronzer, this is a great option.
You could also use this to set the under-eye area and/or to apply blush. Just make sure you wipe it in between products. I love this color switch brush cleaner.
Morphe – E4 Angled Contour Brush – $13.99
Last but not least is the perfect blush brush. And yes, I realize this brush is called a contour brush hehe. But, based on my experience, this is better suited for blush. The bristles are fluffier than the brush above and are not tapered (i.e. they don’t come to a point). You can gently tap this brush in any powder blush and gently sweep it in the apples of your cheeks. It’s pretty fluffy so it’s easy to blend any harsh edges.
Alright, these are my five favorite face brushes for a full face. If you’ve learned anything from this post, I hope it’s that you can use a brush for whatever the hell you want. Just because something is labeled a blush brush doesn’t mean you can’t use it for powder or bronzer. Experiment with the brushes you have and don’t limit yourself to what the brush says it’s for.
Have a great weekend!