A decade back the only worth while makeup brush available in India was the professional version of Vega (Indian Brand) which was a shade better than their normal counterparts, and that is not saying much. During my initial journey of makeup, there was not much information available in the internet as to which makeup brushes to use for application of creams and powders. Things are very different today. Many blogs and videos I’ve read show a great number of brushes required but I believe I can shorten the list even more for people just dabbing into makeup. This set can be used for those who are travelling and want to carry the bare minimum requirements.
There are two most basic categories. 1. Face and 2. Eyes
Face: One good foundation sponge is all you really require. Flat foundation brushes or dense buffer brushes tend to give a heavier coverage.The sponge will consume the excess product and ensure that you have an even natural layer of foundation. If you are going for minimum foundation application, this sponge will be ideal. This sponge can also be used for application of concealer and blending cream blushes. Just apply the brush with your fingers and blend with the sponge It is really getting good use out of your sponge. Colourbar foundation sponge (Buy here) is a good option for people on a tighter budget. If you have a bit more spending capacity, ditch the beauty blender and go for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Buy from amazon Here)
Powdering your face is key so that your makeup does not slip and slide. Instead of going for the larger brush, go for one that is smaller in size. You could also make do with a blush brush. The reason being the smaller size will have you deposit powder in more precise location such as under the eyes and chin. This brush could also be doubled for a blush brush. Your powder brush could be further used to highlight and contour your face. (Just ensure you clean the brush on a ply of tissue after each use.
Eyes: Unless you are blessed with Cara Delevingne brows, you are going to need to support those awesome eyebrows. If you are trying to limit your products pick a dark taupe eyeshadow (for us brown skin ladies) that you can also double up to contour you eyes, nose and cheeks. Application of the powder is done by an angled brush where the bristles are tightly packed. If you are using an brown eyeliner with you brow brush then you will need a spoolie to blend out your eyebrows.
When dealing with eye shadows, primarily you would require two but I often make do with just one. That is a blending brush. And I still use my Vega professional eye blending brush. Unless I’m going for a colored smokey eye, I can usually make up a night time eye look using my fingers and blending brush. My fingers are substitutes for a flat shader brush. Its usually because I’m very reluctant to wash my brushes after each use so I try to minimize the number of brushes I use. PAC makes amazing brushes at an economical price. Check out Nykaa.com or Amazon.in
No look can be completed without an eyelash curler. Replace the rubber strip regularly or wash the lash curler to keep it clean and hygienic. If you don’t own one use the tried and tested method of a spoon or crimping your lashes using your fingers.
Unless you are rocking a precise red lip, you can skip the lip brush for lipstick application. Use the lipstick bullet or wand of your favorite lip gloss or liquid lipstick to pull your look together.
Remember it will take time for you to get used to applying makeup with the brush. Just be patient, use a light hand and practice.