Collection: Don’t Brush It Off

BRUSHES! Your makeup is utterly useless without them. They are the tools of the trade. If you want beautiful makeup, you have to invest in some good brushes.


Here’s my brush belt. Most of them are MAC brushes, but I have a few Lorac and Chanel ones as well. No, I do not use ALL of them every single day. I did some close-ups of my frequently used brushes (Read more to see pictures!).

Basic rules for brushes:

  • Clean them often. At least once a week for ones used daily. If you use them with creamy cosmetics, then use one side one day, another side the next day, and then clean it. I use generic baby shampoo to clean mine.
  • Dense bristles pick up more color. The more dense the brush, the better it picks up color, thus the heavier the application. It’s not always important how soft it is or whether it’s natural hair or synthetic.
  • Hold the handle. Depending on where you hold your brush, you’ll have a heavy hand or a light one. Hold the brush closer to the brush head, and you will apply heavier color. Hold it near the end, and you can put on a lighter, more whispy wash of color.
  • There’s no right way to use a brush. No matter what the MA tells you s/he uses a particular brush for, that’s not the only way to use it. Also, just because it’s labeled as a powder brush doesn’t mean you can’t use  it for foundation or cream blush etc.
  • All brushes are not created equal. Sometimes, you get what you pay for. Getting some good ones is a wise investment.
  • Different brushes do different things. Though it’s not impossible, it would be extremely difficult to recreate any of my looks using only one or two brushes. It would be like trying to cook a gourmet dinner with only one pot or one pan.

Any other questions about brushes? Let me know – I’d be happy to answer!

See close-ups of my frequently used brushes! 

frequently-used-brushes-3Foundation, concealer, & powder brushes

frequently-used-brushes-4(left to right) MAC 187 for powder, Chanel 16 for foundation, MAC 195 for concealer

frequently-used-eye-brushes-2Eye base, shadow, & liner brushes

frequently-used-eye-brushes(left to right): MAC 266, 239, 226, 214, 213, 242, 223

frequently-used-brushes-5Blush, highlighter, & contouring brushes
(left to right): MAC 136, 168, 116, 109, 188, 227, 165, Lorac 105


7 Responses to “Collection: Don’t Brush It Off”

  1. Melissa Says:
    February 26th, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    I LOVE how organized you are little Mrs. Do you like your Chanel 106 enough to recommend it for liquid foundation?


    Heather Reply:

    Thanks Melissa! Yes I LOVE my Chanel 106. It’s the only one I really like using for liquid foundation, and I use it everyday (washing it every other day). The MAC liquid foundation ones (190 and 191 I think) are just not as good IMO. Like if I had to pick only a few brushes to use everyday…they would be: Chanel 106, MAC 187, 188, 242, 239, and 228.


    Melissa Reply:

    Thanks so much! After you recommended a FABULOUS foundation for me (Makeup Forever HD), you’re definitely the one I go to first for makeup tips :o)


    Heather Reply:

    Oh I meant to follow up with you on that and see if you got any new foundations. So you like the MUFE HD stuff huh?! That’s great!! I’m glad you like it! As always, ask me anything you want :-) Happy to help!

    Heather Reply:

    Wait – I might have made a mistake…I don’t think it’s a Chanel 106…it’s either a Chanel 16 or 10…not sure. After many many many uses, the number has all but warn off!


  2. Julia Mangels Says:
    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Just wondering, where did you get your brush belt from?


    Heather Reply:

    I’m pretty sure it’s a MAC brush belt. You can get it from the MAC PRO stores. HTH


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