The Only 4 Brushes I'll Ever Need
I am guilty of possessing ridiculous amounts of brushes. But when it comes down to it, these four are probably the ones that I could really do my whole face with, and not really ask for more!
This is described on MAC's website as a powder/blush brush - it speaks for itself really! The size works for both, and what MAC missed out (maybe for the sake for keeping the name short) is that it works AMAZINGLY for contouring as well. The tip is tapered to fit into your cheek bones. It also works great for blending, as it's so soft.
I think the only time you wouldn't find this that multitasking is if you were to use cream consistencies or not very pigmented products. It doesn't have the stiffness to blend creams, and as for pigmentation - the bristles are very soft and not incredibly dense.. but these two kinds of products can be covered with the next brush.
Incredibly famous and rightly so, MAC 109 is described as a contour brush, but it's so much more than that. I use it for foundation, cream products, less-than-pigmented blushers, powders and contouring. It's great to brush on foundations with a really light hand, or buff it in properly. The bristles are stiff enough to pick up creams and buff it on. The brush is dense enough to pick up a lot of product if you swirl it in, so this is a go-to for not very pigmented blushers. And when I use powder foundation, or I want to use setting powders like the MAC MSFN for foundation, this is what I use to buff. And of course, the size and shape is perfect for contouring - but I don't use it for that so much ;P
The only downside that many people mention is how it sheds. My trick would be - don't stick it directly into the product forcefully! A great example is the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel, that everyone seems to leave hairs in from their 109's. Take some of the product with your fingers, put it on the back of your hand and go from there! :)
This is your standard flat shader brush. It packs on colour well, but I'd say only for eyeshadows that aren't so densely packed (MAC Frost finishes, I'm looking at you!). But most eyeshadows aren't, and the reason why I'd say this is part of the few I can live with, is because of how incredibly flat and tapered it is. The top edge can be used to line your lids with eyeshadow or highlight your inner corner with.
Not gonna lie - not a fan of this specific brush (bit stiff, bit fray-ey, extremely scratchy..), but having something of this shape (cough MAC 217 cough) is invaluable. I love it for applying crease colour, but also for blending out product. It's also handy to have if you have extremely pigmented or very bright eyeshadows as this brush will only disperse a wash of product over your eyelids. Applying brow highlight is a synch with this shape, and believe it or not, face highlighting as well!
As much as I adore these 4, I have to admit that the brushes you reach for definitely depends on what products you are using. There are some blushers, foundations or powders that just require a duo-fibre or a synthetic brush - and I suppose that's why I have them! But these four are what I use for products that I've been using a lot.. which you can see in my Currently Using post ;) I find that finding multi-tasking brushes is extremely rewarding cuz a lot of brushes can cost an arm and a leg! Okay maybe not that much, but I find that in the long run, it is very much worth it because apparently with good quality brushes, you wont need to repurchase in a good 5 or 10 years if you take care of them well :)
Do you have brushes you reach for everyday? :)What are your favourites?