Perhaps you're only beginning to discover a penchant in enhancing your (already) beautiful features, in which case, I would recommend that you start with a few basic brushes. Makeup brushes range in variety and prices. I would recommend using natural fibers over synthetic fibers. They usually last longer, are softer in texture and feel, and are gentler to your skin. Natural bristles are usually made from animal hair. There's a wide range of options available. However, if you're vegetarian or an animal rights/animal welfare advocate and refuse to patronize any product that implicates the exploitation and cruelty towards animals, vegan brushes are available as well. I warn you, though, that brushes can be pricey but again, they're going to last you for a very long time if you take care of them.
Here in the Philippines, there are far less options than there are in the United States. However, we have local retailers that provide quality brushes for reasonable prices. I get mine from department store brands, such as Fashion 21, Nichido, and E.L.F., and imported brands such as Etude House and Clinique. Beauty & Minerals carry a wide range of makeup brushes (Charm Makeup Brushes) for your convenience. I have yet to try the latter's vegan brushes (due to lack of funds, teehee!) but a lot of bloggers recommend it so that must be good. I'll write about their products as soon as I get my hands on them. ;)
In the meantime, let me introduce my small collection of brushes that I use on a regular basis. I have yet to complete mine, but these do just fine.
- Eyeshadow / Eyeliner Brushes
|Fashion 21 Angled Eyeshadow brush. (less than Php 150) Perfect for defining your crease.|
|Clinique Eyeshadow brush (medium). I use this for applying color on the ball of my eye/eyelid. This can also be used to blend eyeshadow.|
|Clinique Eyeshawdow Brush (small). For more defined lines. This is not fine enough to use as eyeliner brush.|
|E.L.F. Eyeshadow brush. (Php 129.75) Can be used for applying base color or highlight as well as for defining the crease. Talk about multi-purpose.|
- Blush Brush
- Kabuki Brush
I'm actually not very particular in terms of having specific brushes for one task. I prefer having multipurpose ones that I can use interchangeably. If you're not a professional makeup artist, only a few key brushes will do the job just fine. You don't have to splurge. Just look for ones that best fit your needs and lifestyle. There are more affordable alternatives you can use. After all, it's in the hands that use them. Brushes are just tools that help you achieve that superstar look you've always wanted. ;)
What are your favorite brushes?