So, that being said tonight is going to be an informational post on My Go-To Make Up Tools! I’ve had a lot of questions lately about things that beginners in make up need to get, so I thought this might be a good starting point for those interested! It may seem like a lot, but I honestly use each one of these make up tools when I do a full face of make up! Most are for eye shadows, but each has its own purpose, so if you’d like to learn where to start, keep reading!
**All of these brushes are by Sigma Beauty, and I love them and highly recommend this brand! Other good brands that you can find similar items in are Morphe, Real Techniques & EcoTools!**
Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
This is the first brush I use when applying my eye shadow. This is a fluffier, less-dense brush that gives a light wash of color. This is perfect to apply the transition shade on your eye in and above the crease. I also go back to this brush multiple times throughout eye shadow application to blend everything out.
Sigma E25 Blending Brush
I have at least four of this particular brush! The reason for having multiple is really due to laziness and not wanting to wash my brushes before every single use, but this is the brush that I use to apply the darker eye shadow color that I am using into the crease of my eyelid. This brush is super soft, and denser than the E40, and makes applying eye shadow very easy. I go back and for the when applying my shadows between this and the E40 to give a really smooth, blended look! I’d say if you had to get one eye shadow brush to start, this should be it!
Sigma E54 Medium Sweeper Brush & E57 Firm Shader Brush
I paired these two brushes because they are essentially the same, just different length bristles and shapes. I use this type of brush to apply the lid color which is usually a shimmery color, but sometimes just a lighter matte color, depending on the look. I use the E57 for shimmer or glitter eye shadows and it is perfect for packing on the color. I pack on the shadow and then spray the brush with MAC Fix Plus or a setting spray to give the shadow a more metallic look. I use the E54 for my matte shadows because it isn’t as dense and doesn’t need to be for a matte shadow application. Just one of these would be perfectly fine, but again, if you don’t want to have to wash each use, best to get multiple options!
Sigma E30 Pencil Brush
This brush is dual-purpose: outer corner and lower lash line shadow application. A pencil brush is essentially to smudge out an eye pencil (get it?) so I use this most to help blend my eyeliner on my lower lash line with some eye shadow for a less-harsh look. I also use this to put a darker color in just the outer V (outer corner) of my eyes when I am doing a more dramatic look. It keeps the dark color from getting to crazy and more focused in the area that I want it.
Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush
As the name implies, this is the brush that I use to apply by bronzer as a contour. It is angled and makes applying your bronzer very easy! I use this in the hollows of my cheeks, around my forehead and under my jawline. I will go in with a smaller brush to do my nose contour, but will blend the nose contour out with the larger brush. You could also use this to apply your blush!
F30 Large Powder Brush
Everyone needs just a giant fluffy face brush to help blend everything out! This brush I use after I apply any types of powder product just to keep everything blended each step of the way. It also helps to apply your translucent loose powder in larger areas of the face.
F25 Tapered Face Brush
I use this brush to apply my banana color powder or translucent powder under my eyes, on my forehead, down the nose, upper lip and chin to set my concealer. I like that it is tapered because it really helps get into the inner corners of the eyes and just is easy to use to cover smaller areas of the face that I want to focus on.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Last, but certainly not least, is the make up sponge! I have fallen in love with this Real Techniques one because it is half the price for TWO of them compared to the Beauty Blender. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Beauty Blender, but I found myself using them so often and going through them, that I needed a more affordable option. The key to using these sponges is wetting them and squeezing them until they get larger and softer. I also like that these have a pointed end, but also a flat side to use to blend out foundation and concealer using different sides. You could also use this to apply a cream contour. Lastly, I use it when I “bake” using translucent powder. With the dampened sponge, you dip it into your loose powder and apply under the eyes to really set that concealer and beneath the cheek contour to clean things up.
So that’s it! I hope you find this helpful or at least find a few tools that you can use to help you get started or continued in your make up adventures! Stay tuned for another make up tutorial next week using those new Jaclyn Hill palettes!! I’m excited!