Makeup Brushes I Currently Use

January 13, 2013


Brushes in Current Use


I’d posted this last December on Instagram but thought I’d put it up here for those of you who don’t have an Instagram account.

I actually rotate my makeup brushes but here are the ones I currently use:

1. Shu Uemura Eyebrow Brush in 7OB – A discontinued nylon brow brush. It’s one of my first brushes from Shu. I love it so much I have 3 or 4! Am still glad that I’d bought a few backups.

2. Gino McCray Lash Brush – I use this for my brows, running through them for neatening purposes. It’s pretty firm but doesn’t scratch. I’d bought this from Bangkok a few years ago. I couldn’t find it any more on a recent trip to the Thai capital; I believe it’s been discontinued and replaced with a dual-ended spoolie/comb brush instead.

3. Kevyn Aucoin Eyebrow/Small Eyeshadow Brush – This is ♥~! It lays down my deepest eyeshadow shades perfectly all the time and allows me to blend precisely too. It makes a good eyebrow colour diffuser, as well.

4. Mac 272 Small Angled Shading Brush – An angled eyeshadow brush that’s ideal for my single-lidded eyes and crease. Sadly discontinued. It was with this brush that I learnt to grasp the best angle strokes for picking up colour with such brush heads. I call it the piě nà (撇捺) method: For the left eye, I angle it like the Chinese stroke piě (撇, a downward incline from the right to the left) on the eyeshadow pan and for the right eye, like the Chinese stroke nà (捺, a downward incline from the left to the right). The word rén (人) best represents the two strokes. ;)

5. Essential Beauty Supplies Mini Squirrel Crease Brush – Great for depositing colours on my eye contour area and blending them out. EBS also carries the mini fibre optic blush brush that I like for highlighters and smaller blush pans.

6. Mac 222 Tapered Blending Brush – For all-over blending and diffusion of colour.

7. Twelve from Kent Foundation Brush No. 8 – A synthetic foundation brush with more splay/reach. I like how it blends and spreads foundation colour.

8. Louise Young Super Blusher Brush – I have so much love for this superb brush, a generous and thoughtful gift from Iris! It’s firm yet soft and lays down blush and highlighter colour deftly.

9. MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush – The classic skunk brush from MAC. I use it for powder and highlighter application.

I couldn’t find an image but special mention must be made of a red-handled Kesalan Patharan fluffy eyeshadow brush, my must-have for clearing eyeshadow and sparkle fallout. :)

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2 Responses to Makeup Brushes I Currently Use

  1. January 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Mag thanks for sharing with us your beauty tools. I for one cannot live without them. Beauty tools help enhance the makeup application and the whole makeup experience. I just love feeling my Hakuhodo face brush on my face.

    • makeupmag
      January 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Jac,

      I need to check out the Hakuhodo brushes! Fingertips are nice but brushes give definition and precision, not to mention lovely blending effect. I find that I often reach for the same ones, though I have many. Am sure many beauty aficionados do this too, heh!

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