Beauty Influencers Sunday Column Vol.10 – Essential Makeup Brushes Everyone Should Own

Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol.10
What are essential makeup brushes everyone should own?
Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol.10 Authors
MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
Last year I put a little overview of my favorite make-up brushes for the eyes and face on the blog and now more than a year later I still stand by my choices. MAC and Sigma are my two favorite brands for eye make-up brushes. And one of my all-time favorite face brushes is the (crazy cheap) e.l.f. Stipple Brush and – of course – my trusted Beauty Blender. For a detailed review on all of my favorite brushes you can click hereand here!
ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
Of course, the essential brush is very much dependent on the makeup you wear everyday. But looking at the ones I reach for the most, I recommend everyone owning one of these:
– A flat eyeshadow brush for packing on color or pigments
– A fine liner brush for gel liners
– A blending brush for, well, blending
– A fluffy blush/bronzer brush
– A dense Kabuki for face powder
– A BeautyBlender (or dupe) for foundation
The exact number you need of each depends on your consistency in cleaning them. I for one need a lot…
SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
1) MAC 217/Hakuhodo J5523. It’s great for applying a wash of color, blending eyeshadows out, and even buffing undereye concealer into the skin. Basically, you will have a hard time finding anything 217 cannot do!
2) MAC 219: I use it to highlight the inner corners, smudging eyeshadow over the gel liner on my lower lash line, and sometimes laying a darker eyeshadow in my outer v. If you want to do any detailed work to make your eye look more polished/finished, you need 219.
3) Let me cheat by adding Dior Backstage Blender to the list!
SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
Wayne Goss 02 – a good quality yet relatively inexpensive substitute for the Suqqu cheek brush. It’s SO soft and the size is perfect to use as a blush, bronzer, contour, or small powder brush. Super versatile.
MAC 239 – my go-to eyeshadow brush for applying eyeshadow
MAC 219 – my go-to brush for applying colour to the inner corner, and along the upper and lower lashlines
Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush – the only brush I use for applying gel/cream liners, it’s just so easy to use, either to tightline, normal line, or create a cat eye
ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews

I personally love a lot of different brands, but you can’t beat Real Techniques or Sonia Kashuk for beginners and experts alike.
1. Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques
2. The eye kit from Real Techniques
3. Sonia Kashuk Crease Brush
4. Sonia Kashuk Small Eye Shadow Brush
5. Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush.
Some of my high-end faves are from Chanel, Armani, and Jane Iredale. I’m looking to expand into Tom Ford and Japanese brands!

LAARNI | Philippines | Xoxo Laarni

I love multi-functional brushes because they’re best for travels and they’re time savers! I am picking my best two! (1)MAC 239 Brush Eye Shader Brush: for pack, shade, and blend eyeshadows. (2) Sigma Beauty 3DHD Kabuki Brush: for cream, liquid and powder foundation application. Also best brush for under eye concealers and for hard-to-reach places like the side of the nose and mouth. Very modern and innovative!
JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
For eye makeup, my recommendations include MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush (lid color), Chanel Eyeshadow Blender #19 (outer corner), MAC217 Blending Brush (crease and blending), Smashbox Crease Brush #10 (all-over blending), MAC 219 Pencil Brush (smudging), and MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush (lining). See more.
For face makeup, my recommendations include Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush (foundation), Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (setting), Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush (highlighting), NARSIta Kabuki Brush (contouring), Tom Ford Cheek Brush and MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush (cheek color), and Real Techniques Setting Brush (concealing). See more.
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  • I am so happy to see you be part of BISC! Yay!

    I love everyone's recs for favorite brushes. i swear I am the only person on Earth who doesn't have a Mac 217 brush!

  • Welcome to the BISC team, Anne! 🙂

  • Thank you!

  • I am very excited, too.
    And you are not, I don't have one either, my brushes are all by Zoeva, with the exception of one MAC liner brush. But I will get one sooner or later…

  • Ha ha, me too! I don't have any Mac brushes in fact!

  • WOw this awesome post! 🙂 Love this team work!

  • What brushes do you have?

  • For my face a mixture of Real Techniques and Sephora brushes. For eyes mostly Urban Decay brushes and some RT again.

  • Lenya

    Great team work. Enjoy your holiday, Linda. Shopping went well as I behaved myself this time, well almost 😉


  • Анна-Алина Гевелюк

    I'm from those girls who don't care about brushes too much. I use 1-2 for eyes and 1 for a bronzer.

  • There are some fabulous suggestions in here – my makeup brushes are falling to pieces at the moment, so I've bookmarked this post for future reference! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Glamoury armory

    Great collaboration, I am always in the hunt for a good makeup brush! thanks for all the info.
    Glamoury Armory Blog

  • I had something to say and then got sidetracked by Sunny's Dior Backstage Blender. I had no idea such a thing existed!

  • I know nothing of brushes! Such a fun post!!!!


  • Eliza Armand

    I've always had these problems, which brush to use. Probably I should buy a set of brushes and properly test them. Thanks for this interesting post!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  • pinkbow

    i'm pretty addicted to buying new make up brushes, so this is a very good post for me 🙂

  • Such a great and helpful post! Thanks for sharing!
    xx Elle

    New outfit post on: – Swedish Fashion Blogger and Model in TOKYO

  • Maireem Maneje

    Very helpful! Love your picks! 😀

  • RT! I am so jealous.

  • This is great, I really want a beauty blender.
    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

  • Great round-up of essential make-up brushes, thanks for sharing!


  • Thanks Cat. I was so excited when I got the opportunity to work with all these lovely ladies.

  • Almost behaved yourself? Will you show us what made you misbehave?

  • Do you have a preferred brand?

  • What have you been using so far? My brushes are mostly Zoeva, and they are still in pretty good shape after five years.

  • A girl can never have too many brushes.

  • Thanks Carly. I actually use mine for more than five years and they still go strong.

  • That happens to me all the time: I immediately know something clever and entertaining to comment, read the whole post and it is gone!

  • Well, this is a good place to start. If you care about brushes, that is.

  • You are welcome. Zoeva and Real Techniques do some great brushes that don't cost too much.

  • You an never have too many. Which ones are your favorite?

  • Thanks for stopping by.

  • What are your essentials? I remember you loving your RT brush, but other than that?

  • I love mine. Have you tried any dupes for it?

  • You are welcome. What would your recommendations be?

  • pinkbow

    My favs are mac & zoeva but I also own Chanel, tarte & the body shop. I always need more though!

  • Jaa

    Welcome to BISC, Anne! So glad to have you!! 😀 <3

  • Pam Scalfi

    Thanks for sharing this. I love Lydia brushes, they are cheap and of great quality 🙂

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • I have heard great things about the Bobby Brown brushes, too.

  • I never heard of Lydia, where are they from?

  • So glad to be part of it.

  • NN

    Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing!
    Môj BLOG /KLIK/

  • Interesting to see everybody's favorites. MAC brushes are still some of the most favorited!


  • Denise

    It's really very nice to read about different opinions, and I would thank for the Kabuki suggestion! I also have to say that I found a blogger that I was looking for, for ages, and now I can read her posts again! I thought I wasn't so much in need of brushes, till I started using bareMinerals some months ago, and illuminizers 🙂

  • Thank you.

  • Great brush tips. I love Irish brand Blank Canvas for budget brushes plus MAC and Laura Mercier of course. And I didn't realise your name wasn't Linda!!!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Denise

    It was Melissa 🙂 I have already left a comment to her saying I am glad I found her blog again! You will LOVE this bareMinerals kit. Mmm… I think I have to photograph the brush for you, because I bought it during a trip, it's not even European, but I am sure you have nice brushes – and what counts is the product 🙂 As I said, you will love it, I can bet!

  • Melissa has a great blog, I have been following her for more than a year now. No regrets!

  • So many people think it is Linda! I wasn't aware how deceiving my blog name was when I picked it…

  • Tailored and true

    Ooh this is so helpful to read! I'm still a beginner with makeup and brushes always seem like the hardest thing to figure out! I'll be coming back here again to take another peek before my next makeup haul 🙂

  • Jamie RS

    great post! i love reading this article! thank you for sharing 🙂

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer


  • Pam Scalfi

    they are available on Amazon, their blending brush is divine! 🙂

  • Monica

    Great collaboration! I don´t use too much brushes, but it´s interesting to read everybody´s different opinion!:)

  • I loved this article! So many different ideas and brushes. thanks for sharing

    xx -n
    Naomi in Wonderland

  • Oh ich dachte du heißt Linda haha. Schande über mich. Ist immer schön zu lesen, welche Pinsel die Blogger benutzen. Ich mag die von Mac am liebsten, aber ich habe auch noch nicht so viele Marken ausprobiert. Wünsch dir einen schönen Dienstag Anne!

  • Lenya

    Hahaha, Linda. Bought too many nail polishes, lol, mostly toppers and a pair of sneakers, that's all I bought last Friday. See I am a good girl 😉 xoxo

  • Oooh, great post! I love getting to know essential brushes and to see if I'm missing anything! Personally, I would get a blending brush. That is my essential brush!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  • Wow, sehr gute Schönheit Post! Ich mag die Qualität Make-up Pinsel kaufen: Sigma, Zoeva, und Real-Techniken auch. Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag! /Madison <3
    Die Mode Küche

  • A very good girl.

  • I will make sure to check them out.

  • Thank you Madison. I really like my Zoeva ones and want to try out RT as soon as possible.

  • I do quite a lot with my fingers, but blending is one thing that never gets right without a good brush, so I absolutely agree. Which brand do you prefer?

  • Das dachten fast alle.
    Als ich den Blognamen ausgesucht habe, ist mir gar nicht in den Sinn gekommen, dass es Missverständnisse geben könnte.
    Meine Pinsel sind fast alle von Zoeva, weil ich mir da am Anfang ein Set gekauft habe und sie nach 4 Jahren immer noch gut in Schuss sind.

  • You are welcome, Naomi.
    Which brushes will make the move to Australia with you?

  • I use my fingers a lot, too. So much easier to clean!

  • Thank you for stopping by.

  • I spend hours on You Tube to figure out what the different brushes were meant to do after getting a "Starter Kit" from Zoeva. After sticking to the recommendations for a few months, I just started experimenting to see what worked best for me.

  • SO agree with Sunny, though I've been switching to other non-animal hair brands. Still looking for that 217 dupe!

  • That was very useful info! Thanks for sharing

    Keep in touch

  • Which non-animal hair brands do you recommend?

  • I love the Beauty Blender for applying foundation! BH Cosmetics also has a ton of brush sets for very reasonable prices 🙂 Great post!

    Stephanie | Girl Powder

  • Maireem Maneje

    I'm definitely still in the process of finding "holy grail" brushes. I also really enjoy Eco tools brushes 🙂

  • These are the ones with the bamboo handle, no?

  • You are welcome.

  • I haven't tried anything from BH Cosmetics yet, so far I have bought some Zoeva and am pretty happy with the quality.