Top 6 Makeup Brushes For Beginners



Hi Everyone!

Today I’ll be going over the SIX basic brushes that we need for personal use. I am not a certified makeup artist but I’ve been learning about makeup application through my experiences in student collaboration photo shoots. For my makeup gigs, I bring a whole lot more brushes. However, when I sat down and thought about what beginners would need for personal daily use, I decided that 6 brushes will do. :)


1. Fluffy Powder Brush

This brush is good for applying powder foundation, loose setting powder, etc. You may also use this brush to blend your blush just in case you apply too much.

2.  Angled Blush Brush / Blush Brush

I chose an angled blush brush because you can contour and apply a blusher with the same brush. Just make sure the angled brush you use isn’t too dense or stiff because a dense or stiff brush isn’t ideal for blush application. A dense/stiff brush will most likely pick up too much product. If you can’t find a nice angled blush brush, a fluffy blush brush will do. :)

3. Round kabuki brush/foundation brush

I prefer this round kabuki foundation brush over the traditional flat foundation brush because this is one is a multipurpose brush. This applies foundation flawlessly and you can also use this to blend concealer under your eyes. The roundness of the brush allows you to blend concealer flawlessly. If you can’t find a kabuki brush like this, a normal flat foundation brush will do! :)

4. Flat Eyeshadow Brush

A basic flat eyeshadow brush is a must have for every beginner! :) you can use this to apply eyeshadow all over the lid, on the crease, or even on the outer v of your eye. :)

5. Flat Blending Brush (crease)

I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THIS BRUSH! This applies eyeshadow on my crease perfectly. It has the right amount of stiffness to apply eyeshadow. You may also use this for blending.

6. Dome Shaped Fluffy Brush

This has many uses as well! It’s good for blending eyeshadow, applying an overall lid color, and even applying a highlight shade for the brow bone.

Where to buy brushes?

I personally like to invest on MAC brushes because they can last for many years with proper brush care. However, since I am on a student’s budget, I buy my MAC brushes one by one. For my “professional” kit, I use Sigma brushes. Sigma brushes are high quality brushes and are a bit cheaper than MAC brushes. I ordered mine online because Sigma ships worldwide. :) Of course, I also like buying affordable brushes especially when they have good reviews. The high quality yet affordable brushes I have from the U.S are Sonia Kashuk from traget (my fave) and ELF (just a few select ones). I heard eco tools and real techniques are both good as well but i have yet to try them.

In the Philippines, you can find affordable brushes in Watsons and even Landmark. I heard that Marionnaud is a good brand and you can find them in Watsons. Also a popular brush brand in the Philippines is Charm Brushes.

That’s all for now! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. :) If you have any questions, feel free to comment below! <3

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  • Reply Mang Fred

    Hi I’m a big fan! I hope you can write about hairbrushes one day cos I’m really looking for a nice hairbrush. Good job blogging, keep writing! <3

    09/25/2012 at 11:10 PM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      Hi Mang Fred! I think I know who you are hahaha! To be honest, I’m not very particular with the brushes that I use for my hair. I’ve been using one for the longest time already! Anyway, when I do learn more about hair brushes, I’ll definitely dedicate a post on them. :D

      Thanks for reading! <3

      09/26/2012 at 7:07 AM
  • Reply anonymous

    How much do you usually pay for shipping (sigma) ? :)

    09/30/2012 at 10:41 AM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      hi! sorry for the late reply!

      Shipping cost for Sigma is calculated after you have placed your orders. :) Make sure to use coupons! International beauty bloggers usually have coupon codes that you can use. ;)


      10/04/2012 at 5:54 PM
  • Reply Trish

    I am a beginner and I use Ecotools brushes. They are very soft and do not shed even after a couple of washes. I think they are of the best quality in its price.

    10/16/2014 at 5:02 PM
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