As I’ve told you in my previous post, I’ve already completed my starter set of makeup brushes. And if you want to venture this insane industry, you have to start with the right and strong tools, right?
I’ve been a friend of google since I started working for Digital Marketing. And I know how hard it is to have 10 bookmarks a day and numerous “dammit!” because there aren’t free e-books available around the web. I also followed a lot of makeup artists on Instagram and tried to judge their style in a good way, while still figuring out how to put my own in every gig I work on.
So for this post, I’ll show you all of my makeup brushes, where to buy them, and some tips on where to find cheaper versions and how to budget your savings for this one. Before starting out, let me introduce to you the types of hairs used in makeup brushes. This will determine your preferences and what to look for when shopping.
There are two main categories for makeup brushes: The Natural hair and the Synthetic Hair. Natural hairs ranges from goat hairs, down to sable and pony hair. All of them are perfect for powder makeup because it holds ’em better and minimizes wastage. Synthetic brushes are made of man-made materials such as polyester and nylon. It’s best to use with cream and liquid types of makeup because it won’t seep through the hairs/bristles, unlike the natural hair ones.
Makeup Brushes Part 1: Face Brushes
Face Brushes is as important as yeast in baking. It’s responsible of giving you flawless foundations, sheer blushes, and well on-point contouring. It sets the base for your overall look so it’s pretty important to know your face brushes by heart. My Face brushes are from Zoeva, Sigma, and Real Techniques. I’m a fan of Sigma ever since I used it. And even if it’s considered as a high end brand, it’s a lot cheaper than MAC. I know that I’ve said this before, but I will say it once again, I didn’t experienced any major shedding issue with Sigma.
Anyway, I also have two sets of Beauty Blender for perfect and even application. And yup, that’s right. It’s 1000x better than the real techniques sponge, or any other sponge for that matter.
The best part is that aside from the Beauty Blender, you can actually buy these brands in sets so you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. Did you know that Real Techniques is finally, finally available in the PH? I saw it in SM Makati and my heart literally did a double take after seeing the logo.
After buying in sets, you can always add one by one, depending on your preferences.
Makeup Brushes Part 2: Eye Brushes
This is the part where I went total ham about brushes. Eye brushes are Insane! Again, my brushes are from Zoeva and Sigma With a little bit of MAC. I got Zoeva’s 12-piece eye set from Sephora and I love it! The only down side I encountered by buying in sets is that one or two of the brushes disappoints me, and I ended up buying individual brushes to compensate. But nevertheless, buying in sets is the cheapest way to build your tools without compromising quality.
Price wise, Zoeva brushes are cheaper compared to Sigma. But if you’re on a really tight budget, there’s a newly-opened makeup brush brand in the Philippines named Riot Makeup Brushes, and it’s the exact same dupe of Zoeva brushes. The best part? It’s half the price.
And if you’re looking for other options, we always have the ever-so reliable Suesh brushes!
Makeup Brushes Part 3: Others
This is the “freedom” part, where you get to add one brush at a time, depending on what you need. During my short career as a makeup artist (before building my own traincase, that is.), I’ve learned that there are certain brushes which you just feel like using, and there are also brushes that doesn’t feel right. That’s why I always believe that it’s always a matter of preference. What works well with other makeup artists doesn’t mean that it will work well for you too.
Currently, I have everything I needed by buying sets so I just bought a lip brush from MAC and an inner corner shader from Sigma. I’m actually good to go with my 34 brushes but I think I’ll add more in the future.
Don’t be afraid to experiment at this point if money is not an issue. Being a Makeup Artist from scratch involves a lot of time, investments, and experiments with a dash of mistakes along the way. Take inspirations from successful makeup artists, find your own style, and stick with it. After all, that’s what clients will look for anyway.
Makeup Brushes Part 4: Cheaper Versions
If you want it cheap, I suggest getting brushes that are also high-quality but lighter on the pocket:
- BDellium Brushes
- Sephora Collection
- Riot Brushes
- Suesh Brushes
- Morphe Brushes/Crown Brushes
Truth be told, I’m so-so with Morphe Brushes or any Morphe products. They are straight out of Crown Brushes, which are a fraction of the price.
I’m not throwing shade at Morphe, some people loves it. And it really depends on the artist herself on what she actually wants. But when I’m choosing products to use, Aside from the reviews, as much as possible I want the brand to be passionate about the industry they’re targeting and I just don’t feel it yet from Morphe. 🙁
But anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post! I promise to post more this month.