Professional makeup artists purchase hundreds of brushes, but don’t worry, you don’t need to. We’ve tracked down their most important brushes for a flawless face– the necessities we all should have in our make-up bags. These tools make looking perfect almost effortless.
“I’ve seen makeup artists apply makeup hundreds of times backstage during fashion shows and photoshoots and one thing that always strikes me is how they use small brushes – even for powder and bronzers. All for maximum control!”
-Beauty editor, Anja Skeppe Grahn
bareMinerals Seamless Shaping & Finish Brush, 425 SEK/34 €.
The brush is quite big but tapered, which helps you reach small areas like nostrils, between the eyebrows and under your eyes. The fluffy fibers are ideal for a sheer application and sweeping colour onto larger areas.
- LIQUID FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER
Dior Fluid Foundation Brush N° 11, 555 SEK/48 €.
This rather small and dense brush allows for a precise application. The results are natural and breathable.
- LIQUID AND CREAM FOUNDATION
Sigma Flat Kabuki F80, 249 SEK/ 24.90 €.
Blend colour, especially around the jawline, with this must-have brush. It’s fantastic and soft but best of all, gives flawless, smooth results with both liquid and cream foundations.
- POWDER FOUNDATION
Linda Mehrens Cream and Powder Foundation Brush, 649 SEK/71 €.
Swedish makeup artist, Linda Mehrens, created a beautiful collection of well made, high quality, environmentally and animal friendly brushes. This particular brush can be used with all types of foundations. But we love to use it with mineral powder.
Real Techniques duo-fiber contour brush, 299 SEK/29.90 € (set with three brushes).
It’s really lightweight and perfect for adding powder highlighter to the cheekbones to achieve a light sheen. The brush is included in a kit with two other great brushes it’s a good deal.
“Consider the size of your face when choosing brushes. For example, a small face needs smaller brushes.”
– Beauty editor Anja Skeppe Grahn
MAC 109 Small Contour Brush, 365 SEK/35 €.
Avoid blush brushes that are oversized. They tend to make wide strokes on the cheeks.
MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, 365 SEK/46 €.
Don’t go too big or too small. Mid-size is perfect for blending while being able to maintain control. It makes the art of contouring a lot easier.
MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush 250 SEK/ 30 €.
It has earned an excellent reputation for good reason. It has the perfect balance of softness and stiffness and works with all kinds of eyeshadow. It’s flat and compact to pack colour onto the lid and is able to dial up the intensity as you like.
Linda Mehrens SB1 – Cream & Powder Blender Brush, 399 SEK/ 43 €.
The bristles, made of premium Japanese fibers, are extremely soft and perfect for blending your eyeshadow seamlessly.
- LIP AND CONCEALER
Make Up Forever 304 Lip Brush, 290 SEK/ 31 €.
A rounded, dense brush that guarantees a straight lip line. It comes with a metal cap and is perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. It doubles as a concealer brush. The small bristles easily access the inner corners of your eyes, applying the perfect amount of concealer.
“Don’t forget your fingers! Brushes help you achieve a look in more technical detail, but your fingers are quicker and give a softer finish. Dab the concealer seamlessly into the skin and always use your fingers with creamy eye shadows.”
– Beauty editor Anja Skeppe Grahn