I think any makeup enthusiast can agree that the products you use are only as good as the tools you apply them with. Some people swear by using their fingers, or the little applicators that come with certain products, and I used to be totally guilty of that, but I’ve since become a huge fan of brushes and sponges to apply my makeup.
I’ll never forget when a makeup artist at the MAC counter in Nordstrom explained to a younger, less makeup educated Molly that makeup is an art. She likened applying makeup to the skin to a painter applying paint to a canvas. An artist doesn’t use his fingers, she said. He or she uses brushes. For some reason, that always stuck with me. That was the day I started building my brush collection.
My collection is still quite modest, and far from diverse as far as brands are concerned, but I’ve definitely found some brushes that are my ride-or-die-tried-and-true-must-haves. My favorite brushes are all MAC, thanks analogy-making counter girl, real techniques, and Bare Minerals, and I can honestly do a full face of makeup with just the brushes mentioned in this post. I’d also like to mention that while the Real Techniques brushes are the newest additions to my collection, they are quickly becoming some of my favorites. Don’t think that just because a brand is inexpensive, it’s not of equal or better quality than a brand that costs more #mythbusted
(Disclaimer: Since this post is strictly about brushes, I didn’t mention the Beauty Blender sponge or the Real Techniques equivalent, but I love using those to apply my foundation! In fact, I used to strictly use sponges to apply my foundation, but I’ve since found a brush that does a great job!)