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superboinkers asked: Hello and I love your blog! Any recommendations for blush brushes (or any makeup brushes in general)? Thank you

Hi, thank you so much!

I almost always use angled blush brushes to apply my cheek color - I like them because they are shaped to the perfect angle of a cheek.  They aren’t too large and apply product precisely, and are dense enough to blend color evenly!

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ELF Angled Blush Brush - $3 (eyeslipsface.com)

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BH Cosmetics Small Angled Blush Brush - $7 (bhcosmetics.com)

If you prefer a traditional blush brush, I recommend EcoTools and Real Techniques on top of the two brands I listed above.  The bristles on all of their brushes are amazingly soft and the sizes of the brush heads vary so you can find what you need!  I personally prefer smaller brushes.

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EcoTools Blush Brush - $7 (walgreens.com)

Hope that helps you! :)

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If you’re in the market for a great set of brushes (or someone on your list is) go to ELF’s site right now!

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c0untrybabyy asked: I just wanted to tell you that you are absolutely stunning!! And I can't wait to try to do my makeup like you, in the comfort zone pallet tutorial! I as wondering what brand of brushes you use typically?

Aw, thank you so much hon, I’m glad you liked the tutorial!  

As for brushes, I really don’t use any one set brand.  I have a TON of brushes, like more than a healthy amount, but I do have certain favorite brushes (although I wouldn’t say a preferred brand).

I have mostly Crown Brush brushes, because I like the quality and variety.  I’ve gotten a lot of sets when they have had sales!  So they’ve just been adding up.  I also have a lot of Sigma, BH Cosmetics, Coastal Scents, and ELF Studio brushes!  I would recommend all of these brands.  ELF is great for beginners and those on a budget (get the Studio $3 line), and Sigma is my favorite “high end” brand for brushes.

A few of my favorite random brushes I use on a daily basis:

SOHO Crease Brush - $5 at Walgreens - For blending eyeshadow (I got it in an ipsy bag!
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ELF Studio Small Stippling Brush - $3 at Kmart, Target, or online - for blending foundation, concealer, defining contour, blending blush color, etc
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Real Techniques Buffing Brush - $7 from Ulta or online - for blending foundation or concealer, or applying powder
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Crown Brush Bronzer Flat Top Brush - $10 - For applying powder anything!
Hope this helps you!  I always say that it isn’t about the brand of the brush, it’s about the way you use it.  Someone could have all MAC brushes but not have any idea how to blend, so don’t feel like you need to have expensive brushes to make your makeup look good!  Practice makes perfect!  :)

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paizleymarin asked: Is it better to use a brush, sponge or your fingers when applying liquid foundation?

Hello!  Well actually, you can use any of those options!  BUT different methods work better for different kinds of foundation.

Using your fingers isn’t my favorite or most recommended method for applying liquid foundations, even beyond the “sanitation” aspect… it takes more time, and can be more difficult to build up coverage.  But if you have a particularly thin, watery foundation, it can be easier to use your fingers.  I usually only use my fingers to blend the areas around my nose or eyes, where the heat of my hands will help blend the foundation seamlessly into my skin.

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Sponges are best used with oil-based foundations (a simple google search will be able to tell you if your foundation is oil or water based).  Usually you would dampen a sponge with water… not saturating it, of course, but just lightly so that the sponge doesn’t soak up all of your makeup instead of putting it on your face!  So this method won’t work well for water based makeup, and won’t help your makeup blend well and will cause it to sit unnaturally on top of the skin.  However with oil based foundations, a sponge will blend your foundation beautifully!

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Brushes, for me, are the best method… there are so many different ones you could use, and they work well for all different kinds of foundations.  My favorite are dense, flat topped brushes, which I use to buff and press my foundation onto my skin.  I feel that this helps my foundation set best and eliminates any streaking!  

I recommend trying out all of the different methods to find which works best for you.  What works for me might not work for the next person, you understand?  It also depends on what kind of coverage you like, etc.  So experiment!

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buttnip asked: I've recently purchased the 22 piece brush set from coastal scents. How often should I wash them?

Hi there!  Well, you should wash them whenever they get dirty!  That’s the only way to keep them safe and clean.  Dirty brushes harbor bacteria, dirt, and oil as well as the old makeup you leave in them, and you really don’t want that on your face.  You should deep clean all of your brushes at least once a week, using an antibacterial soap and warm water.  For stubborn makeup, use olive oil to get rid of everything caked up in the brush. [Read more here]

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To keep your brushes relatively clean between each use, without having to take all the time to wash and dry your brushes each day, you can spot clean them with a bit of a DIY mixture (or you can buy your own brush cleaner, but it’s the same thing).  All you need:

  • Spray container to hold the mixture (you can get ones for $1 in the travel section of your drugstore/Walmart etc)
  • Water
  • Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol of at least 70%

Create a mixture of half alcohol, half water, and shake it up good.  Then just spray this liberally on the bristles of your brush, and wipe off any residue on a paper towel.  You’ll kill bacteria as well as remove excess makeup from your brush, making it better to use the next time!

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Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set - $35

Hope this helps!  Have fun with your new toys :)

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shaunalee24 asked: Hi there I'm new to your blog but taking notes and planning a haul! I have 2 questions for you, first where can I find Elf brand in the US and second can you recommend a brush starter kit? Thank you and keep up the good work! Shaunalee24

Hello Shauna!  Thanks, I’m really glad you’re enjoying my site and are finding cool products!!  That’s what it’s all about :)

For your first question - you can find ELF products (mostly the Studio line) at Kmart and Target stores.  You can also find some products at certain Walmarts or Dollar Trees!  A lot of it is hit or miss, sometimes I discover a couple ELF items at random stores.  The best place to get ELF is online however - they will often have huge sales, like free shipping or 50% off.  Right now they are offering a huge makeup set for only $2.50 additionally to any $25 order!  The ELF site is here.

Your second question - makeup brush kits for beginners!  When you’re just starting out, you should get an even mix of both eye and face brushes.  Generally my recommended kit would contain:

  • Powder brush
  • Blush/bronzer brush
  • Foundation brush (flat, stippling, buffing, whichever you like)
  • Flat eyeshadow shader brush
  • Fluffy eyeshadow blending brush
  • Small eyeshadow pencil brush
  • Angled eyeliner brush

(For information about brushes.. what they look like and how they work.. click here!)

ELF is a great starter brand for brushes, as they carry brushes from $1-$6ish, and the $3 Studio line is really great.  You can get individual brushes or a whole beginner’s set online!

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ELF 11pc Studio Set - $20

Other great brands/sets:

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Real Techniques (Core Collection shown) - found at Ulta & Walmart

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BH Cosmetics 12pc Brush Set - Pink & Purple sets on sale for $15 right now!

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EcoTools sets - found at most drugstores and grocery stores

More good brands include NYX, Revlon, Coastal Scents, Sedona Lace, Sigma, Crown Brush, and the Forever 21 brand.  When starting out you don’t need to make the investment in “designer” brushes, like those from MAC, and chances are once you do start splurging on brushes you’ll still find yourself reaching for your old cheapies!

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theophaniajewel asked: So I'm looking for a inexpensive set of brushes, I am comparing the E.L.F 11 piece Studio set and the 24 piece synthetic signature set from bhcosmetics. Which do you recommend?

My immediate reaction is to say that the BH Cosmetics set is a much better deal, because it is currently on sale and has a great variety of eyeshadow brushes.. but it doesn’t have any type of foundation brush, which could pose an issue if you are looking for a complete starter kit ($28, regularly $45, on BHCosmetics.com)

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The ELF Studio Set is on sale right at this moment as well, but the sale ends tomorrow 2/11/13.  Obviously it’s not as many brushes, but you do get foundation brushes, and it is a good option if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.

($15, regularly $30, on EyesLipsFace.com)

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Both of them are of pretty much equal quality, which is very good for the price (and good for most any price, really).  Both have very soft bristles and apply makeup well!  It depends on what you’re wanting to spend, and which set you see as “worth it”.

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theaestheticallypleasing asked: Hi! I was wondering if you knew of any easy DIY "recipes" for a daily makeup brush cleaner (like Sephora's or e.l.f. cosmetics' Daily Brush Cleaner). I recently ran out of mine and need something that's good for everyday cleansing! Thanks in advance! <3

Certainly!  It’s actually very easy, and 10x cheaper than dishing out the cash for a bottled version.

All you need is:

  • Spray Bottle (you can get these for under $1 in most travel cosmetics sections in drugstores or superstores)
  • Water
  • Rubbing Alcohol (must be at LEAST 70% alcohol, it will clearly say so on the label)

(These are literally the ingredients of both of the brush cleaners you mentioned, minus added parabens)

All you need to do is fill the spray bottle halfway with water, and halfway with alcohol… close the bottle, shake it up, and voila!

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For those of you who are unaware, this little mixture is sprayed liberally onto your makeup brushes after each use, and then wiped off onto a paper towel to remove excess makeup.  The alcohol kills all of the bacteria that builds up in your brushes and also washes away most of the dirt, oil and makeup in them as well!

*This is only a disinfectant for brushes, and will NOT replace a regular cleansing.  Deep cleaning your brushes is very important - see this post for a how-to and reasons why you should.**

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