Do you have a lot of makeup brushes? I seem to have tons and tons of them, so picking out 10 of my favorites was kind of hard. Ironically, so many of them do the same thing (it’s all about the crease, apparently) that I realized that I might actually be some sort of hoarder.


Retrodiva's favorite makeup brushes. Top 10 Tuesday

But let’s get on with the list!

  1. tarte kabuki brush: this was a limited edition brush that came with a matching makeup bag. Kabukis are great for applying bronzer, especially if you’re doing the whole face. The regular bamboo kabuki is exactly the same thing, it just doesn’t have the fabric on it.
  2. Royal & Langnickel Silk Pro Foundation brush: this brush has the softest bristles in the free word. Perfect for applying foundation with precision.
  3. Royal & Langnickel Silk Pro Angle Fluff: I use this for just about everything on my eyes. Lid color, brow bone, and sometimes my crease, although only in a pinch.
  4. Royal & Langnicked Medium Eye Shader: can you tell I love my Royal & Langnickel brushes? They were originally brushes designed for artists -I believe they still sell art brushes. Anyway, this is my workhorse for eyes.
  5. Sephora Pro Domed Crease Brush: I think this came in the original Sephora Smoky Eyes Kit, but I’m not sure. These stiffer bristles make it easy to smudge out shadow in the crease and on the lash line.
  6. Lancome Double Sided Smudger and Liner brush: I don’t remember when I bought this brush, but I am so glad I did. Perfect for travel, it’s a multi-tasker, with a bent precision brush for lining (works great with gel or cream liner) and a small smudged on the other end. Because the smudged has softer bristles than my regular smudger, I usually use this for concealer.
  7. Make Up For Ever Sponge Applicator brush: this is honestly the coolest brush I’ve ever owned. The brush itself actually isn’t – it’s a latex sponge. And it is absolutely brilliant when you are picking up and applying loose pigments. The fallout is so minimal, you may not even see any. Very cool.
  8. e.l.f. Blending Brush: can you tell how much I use this one? The outer coat of paint has all worn off, and it’s just plain wood at this point. But for a few dollars, I got one of the best blending brushes I’ve ever had. The bristles are nice and long, and it does a great job of shading.
  9. Make Up For Ever: Angled Eyebrow Brush: the bristles are nice and stiff to really work in your powdered eyebrow product. And they don’t show any sign of softening up, which is amazing. I usually wear these out quickly.
  10. Make Up For Ever Precision Powder Brush: it’s huge! But it’s layered and has some wavy bristles along with straight ones, so it does an amazing job picking up and applying finishing powder. I usually use this for translucent powders.

So those are my favorites! Be sure and check out what my favorite bloggers love the most.

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