One of the best ways to improve the way you do makeup is with good quality tools. My theory is invest in good brushes first and learn how to use them before splashing out on expensive makeup.
Why is that?
Think about it like this.
Even you have expensive makeup but put it on poorly, it’s not going to look good. It could be makeup direct from the best brands, all the YouTubers rave about it and its tipped to be the next best thing since primer was invented. Doesn’t matter…. Why? Because your brushes aren’t going to show that quality.
But get yourself some quality brushes, learn how to use them and even face paint will look flawless.
There are great cruelty free brushes available at every price point, you just need to know where to get them. So many brushes (particularly synthetic brushes) are cheap but not effective. The brands and brushes I have listed below are some of my favourite ones. Starting from as little as $3!
Bargain Basics: Designer Makeup Tools
There are few thing I love more than makeup, but bargains would have to be one of them. This Australian Brush business has some of the best brushes I have used before. While handmade brushes always get me excited, the designer makeup tools brushes are machine-made but still great!
I found these guys at IMATS one year and thought the prices were too good to be true, but as it turns out they are just great value for money. So here are my top five picks:
- Liner Brush: 300S-01
Tiny little liner brush with synthetic fibres. Perfect for tiny details like a winged gel eyeliner or faux freckles ….. $3.80
- Angle Brush: 106VS-06
This is another synthetic brush with a razor sharp angle for perfect brows, liner or as a tidying tool ….. $9.40
- Eye shadow brush: 109-48
A taklon fiber brush that’s perfect for building colour quickly for a bold eye look or even great for concealer and highlighting with creams ….. $6.55
- Blending brush: 473-08
a blend of natural and synthetic fibres creates a super soft blending brush for eyes and highlighting ….. $7.40
- Liquid Foundation Brush: 314-24
this paddle shaped brush is t great option for those who like a traditional foundation brush ….. $15
Not sure how to clean your brushes? Don’t worry, I have a video for that.
Mid Range Brushes: Zoeva Cosmetics
If you haven’t heard of the brand Zoeva, Do yourself a favour and head straight to Sephora and don’t look back. Why? Well because they make some of my favourite cosmetic products from eye shadows, to blushes and if they feature on this list it’s because I love their brushes too!
My go-to set is the Rose Golden Luxury Set Volume 3. It contains 8 brushes for eyes and face as well as a little pouch to keep them in. The whole set including the pouch costs $135 and you can find them at Sephora or from the Zoeva Website.
- Face:103 Defined Buffer: Applies foundation with a natural finish
109v Face Paint Vegan: Applies and blends contour products and bronzer
114 Luxe Face Focus: Applies powder and highlighter
129 Luxe Fan: Applies highlighter, bronzer and blush
142 Concealer Buffer: Apply and blend Concealer and Corrector
228 Luxe Crease: Blends and shades eyeshadow in the crease
234 Luxe Smoky Shader: Apply and blend eyeshadow for a smoky finish
317 Wing Liner: Creates detailed eyeliner strokes and a perfect wing
Zoeva’s website states that any natural fibres used are from goat hair which is sourced from combing or shaving making these a great cruelty free option for a lower cost brush.
Luxury Brushes: Rae Morris Makeup
These are the brushes that I’m hearing comments on because of how soft they are when applying makeup on clients. I feel like these are the ultimate brushes. The Godfather of makeup applicators. For two reasons, as I mentioned they are incredibly soft on the skin, but they are also made from a makeup artist’s perspective so they perform exceptionally well.
Rae Morris Makeup Brushes are on the higher end of the price range. Similar to that of brands like MAC, but are completely cruelty free! And you can find them along side your favourite products at Mecca Maxima. My favourite brushes are:
- Radiance Brush: The wide, dense brush is for buffing foundation into the skin for a perfect finish ….. $160
- #2 Mini Kabuki Brush: For blush, contouring and powder applications ….. $85
- #20 Concealer Brush: I actually love this for lips and liquid eyeliner ….. $45
- #7 Deluxe Point Shader: Perfect for blending your eyeshadow or placing a diffused highlight ….. $80
- #12 Lash Line Smudger: Placing shadow or blending along the lower lash liner ….. $45
Have some favourite brushes you’d like to add to this list? Pop them in the comments