I rotate through a lot of makeup-related items on a regular basis, but some products just get more use than others! I've been traveling quite a bit lately... and that really helped me see what things I didn't want to be without! I came to the realization that there are six different eye brushes that I use pretty much every single day. I thought it might be fun to show you my must-haves! Quality-wise, these have all held up so nicely through many cleanings, and I'd like to point out that I do use Brush Guards on the first four brushes I mention when I dry them- it helps them keep their shape. Also, I am a Sigma affiliate so any links to Sigma brushes mentioned in this post are using my affiliate link. If you choose to buy any brushes- don't forget Sigma's 10% off code that's in effect through September 30th! The code is LJW2013.
Sonia Kashuk Small Eyeshadow Brush ($4.99, Target)
I absolutely love this shadow brush for packing shadow on the lid, or getting it precisely where I want it in the crease or outer V. It's definitely a "placement" brush- you can get the shadow where you want it with this, then buff out the edges with something else. It's not a tiny brush, but it's quite a bit more narrow than the average flat shadow brush. I just love the control that this brush gives me, so it's the one I reach for the most. If you have small eyes or just want a little more precision with your shadow, give this brush a try!
Sigma E25 Blending Brush ($10, SigmaBeauty.com)
This is my go-to crease brush! It's a great size for getting a diffused application of shadow in the crease or outer V. Since the ferrule is slightly pinched toward the top, I feel like I'm almost getting two brushes in one. When you use it the way it's shown above, it works beautifully for wedging shadow in the crease. But when you turn it vertically, you can take advantage of the fluffy-ness and get a blended look. On a very quick day, I could use just the Sonia Kashuk Small Eyeshadow brush and this- and be good to go!
Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush ($12, SigmaBeauty.com)
Most of the time, I use this brush as just a blending tool- just to buff out the edges of the look I'm doing. While I'm usually applying some shadow with the E25, this is the one that comes in and gives a really clean, finished look. I also sometimes use this brush to apply lighter shadows as a highlight under my brow. Because it's so full, I get a highlight that's diffused rather than thick and unnatural-looing. This is a fairly common style of brush to find in stores, and I have quite a few from other brands in my collection. Size-wise this is a happy-medium though... not too small, and not too big for my eyes.
Sigma E36 Blending Brush ($10, SigmaBeauty.com)
If this group of brushes were a family, this is the baby! It's the newest addition to my core group of most-used brushes. It's probably a third of the size of the E25 and E40, and that's a good thing, because this performs a different function for me. I like to use this to apply a transition shade on the border of my deeper crease colors- usually whatever shade I'm applying with this will be just visible on top of the brow bone (but not all the way up to the brow). This brush is part of Sigma's Performance Collection (smaller, detail-oriented brushes). It's so light and wispy that I get just the perfect, diffused application that I'm looking for. It's kind of hard to explain, so you might want to see the brush in action in this tutorial.
Sigma E21 Smudge Brush ($10, SigmaBeauty.com)
Here's my favorite little smudge brush! This is just the ideal size for smudgy liner (you'll see this brush and others in this post on Best Brushes for Smudgy Liner). Like the E36, this is from Sigma's Performance Collection. I love using it to either blend out a creamy liner, or to apply a powder shadow for a very soft liner look on the lower lashline. This washes up perfectly and has yet to become misshapen. Ever since using this, I've reached for my angled liner brushes much less, unless I'm going for some specific look. This just frames the eye/lower lashline in such a soft and pretty way!
Real Techniques Lash/Brow Groomer ($5.99, Ulta.com)
Love this brush! I believe I sang its praises in one of my most recent Best in Beauty videos. This brush is my first experience with a metal lash comb, and I must say, it was a total game-changer! I love that it doesn't have extra thick prongs on each end, allowing it to really comb through the lashes easily for extra separation and clump removal. I wipe it down with some brush cleaner after pretty much every use- otherwise it won't perform the way it should. The brow brush on the other side isn't quite as special and different, but it gets the brows in place just fine!
Hope this post was informative for you! If you want to see any other brush must-haves, just let me know! Thanks for stopping by the blog :)
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