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What brand of makeup brushes?

post #1 of 46
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Hi i'm just starting as a new makeup artist and need to purchase brushes.
Can anyone recommend what brand of brushes I should use?

Thanks for you help icon_wink.gif

post #2 of 46

Absolutely! For some quick cheapy brushes, I'd go for ELF at Target. Also at Target are SK or Sonia Kaskuk cosmetics and she has an impressive line of brushes at a very reasonable price. Higher end: I'd say MAC are really popular and they are quite pricey but very good tools. I have quite a few of those.  Then there's Sigma who pretty much copied MAC's brushes and sold them at less than 1/2 the price. They've built from there to offer all kinds of different brushes and good prices. Don't let me forget Crown Brush and Coastal Scents. They offer great pro quality brushes at amazingly low prices. HTH! :)

post #3 of 46

I like M.A.C brushes

post #4 of 46

Coastal Scents, Crown brushes, and elf are my favorites

post #5 of 46

I use Vega Brushes.These are cheap and best..

post #6 of 46
Crown brushes. i like it better.
post #7 of 46

I really enjoy E.L.F brushes, as well as BH Cosmetics. Not to pricey... But pretty good quality. The E.L.F brushes do not at all come apart. Really good!!smilehappyyes.gif

post #8 of 46

I have a MAC 190 brush that I don't use anymore since I don't wear  their (or any) liquid foundation anymore. It was very soft, and made my skin look nice.

 

Now I use Bare Minerals makeup, and just use the brushes that came with the Customizable Kit I got a Sephora.

 

As for eye brushes, I bought a tokidoki trio that works well. I haven't used the liner brush yet though since I don't know how to do that. They're also very soft, although I don't really see much of a difference between them and the freebie brushes that came with Loreal HIP eyeshadows. They are super cute though!

post #9 of 46

I use some makeupgeek brushes to, and Bare Minerals

post #10 of 46

Real Techniques brushes are my favourites. I love Illamasqua's brushes too (I prefer synthetic brushes!) 

post #11 of 46

Hi! I kinda have the same question, except I live in Indonesia, which means I have to ship most of my brushes from abroad. Which brand do you think is worth investing in? Because shipping costs a lot so I don't want make any wrong choices :)

post #12 of 46

Why not have a try on CerroQreen

post #13 of 46
BH cosmetics brushes
Sonja kashuk
ELF brushes
post #14 of 46
I would skip expensive brushes like Mac, Shu, MUFE and get your brushes from either Crown Brush (this is what I did in my early freelance days) or Coastal Scents. I don't do much freelancing anymore, but I still use some of these brushes (which are like 7 years old) so while they may be inexpensive, they're not cheap. As you build your business, you can build on to your brush collection with more expensive brands, if you choose. Also, buying cheaper will allow you to buy multiples of the same brushes, which is invaluable when you have 30 mins to make up 3 people on a set and there's really no time to clean your brushes in between faces. Good luck! smile.gif
post #15 of 46

I really recommend Coastal Scents brushes. The 22 piece brush set in specific because it's only $34.95 and you get an awesome variety of great brushes including stipple, flattop kabuki and much more. The bristles are so soft and you get a mix of synthetic, fiber, goat/pony, and nylon hair. As mention many times above, ELF brushes are pretty great aswell. Some of their Studio line brushes are just AMAZING. Like their flat powder brush is one of my favorite go to brushes for foundation and Im sure many others would agree with me aswell. So yeah, I really recommend those! good luck girl!

post #16 of 46

Coastal Scents are the best for me. 

post #17 of 46
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Originally Posted by MakeupMyLife View Post

I really recommend Coastal Scents brushes. The 22 piece brush set in specific because it's only $34.95 and you get an awesome variety of great brushes including stipple, flattop kabuki and much more. The bristles are so soft and you get a mix of synthetic, fiber, goat/pony, and nylon hair. As mention many times above, ELF brushes are pretty great aswell. Some of their Studio line brushes are just AMAZING. Like their flat powder brush is one of my favorite go to brushes for foundation and Im sure many others would agree with me aswell. So yeah, I really recommend those! good luck girl!


Agreed! I purchased this set a month ago and am in LOVE with it. It doesn't shed, it's a great mix of brushes, easy to clean (and I'd recommend getting brush guards for that) and the packaging is cute. The ONE and ONLY downside to this set is that the brush handles are labeled with numbers or names, but you just get to know your set and that's not a prob. :-) Super awesome price as well! I purchased mine from Amazon. <3

post #18 of 46

Thanks for sharing. It really helpful.
 

post #19 of 46

I like M.A.C and Vega brushes. both are cheap and soft for skin.
 

post #20 of 46

I need some new brushes too. I've been wanting to buy the crown brushes for a few years, but now I can actually afford new brushes and I'm not sure if I should get them or another brand.

post #21 of 46

Real Techniques + Sigma! <3 my 2 FAVORITES! :)

post #22 of 46

Good quality brushes are hard to find. And you would think that you have to pay a lot of money. But that's not always the case. Here are some good quality brush makes:

 

Expensive brushes - MAC, Sigma, Real Techniques

 

Cheap brushes - Coastal Scents, BH Cosmetics, Royal and Langnickel

 

I'm looking for brushes now because my brushes are worn out.

I always think brush sets are good because you get lots of brushes at good prices.

I always always look for a stippling duo fiber brush with short hairs. I find them best for applying liquid foundation!

post #23 of 46

I like Sonia kashuk for drugstore brushes. I love Kevyn aucoin for high-end dept. store brushes.

post #24 of 46
www.crownbrush.com

These brushes are great quality and SUPER CHEAP! I've been using them for years and many of them hold up better than my more expensive ones (even from brands like MAC or Lancôme).

Sephora has also recently released their pro-series line of brushes and they are absolutely AMAZING. Aside from CB.com, I only ever use Sephora brushes anymore.



- B
post #25 of 46
Also, if you have multiple brush kits like I do (one strictly for weddings, one for basic freelance, one for personal travel and one for at home), www.crownbrush.com is an absolute life-saver since it allows you to get everything you need without spending a small fortune or forfeiting quality. Their brushes never stop impressing me!


- B
post #26 of 46

I have a healthy mix of cheaper and more expensive brushes. My more expensive selections include L'Occitane and MAC an the cheaper ones are from Ecotools, BH Cosmetics and Everyday Minerals. 

post #27 of 46

I don't look at the brand...I just look at the capabilities of the brush.  I own brushes from ELF to MAC.

post #28 of 46

I love MAC brushes, but my views are probably a bit skewed, because I'm a MAC artist and they don't cost me an arm and a leg. 

 

Sigma is my second runner up, HANDS DOWN. They're brushes are just as good, if not better. (Although they don't have an exact dube for the MAC 217, which is my go-to eye brush. The E25 is similar, but not an exact dupe) Their Sigmax line is also AMAZING - the F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush is a go to for me. All their brushes are around $6-16 and they sell them in sets to fit your needs. 

 

-Jay'd

post #29 of 46

I love Sephora brushes heart.gif my second fav is MAC

post #30 of 46

It's important to get good brushes. You can do more with cheap makeup and great brushes than you can with great brushes and cheap makeup.

I use Bdellium brushes for everything. I've had mine for a year now and used them on countless people, and they're still going strong. The 12 piece eye kit was, I believe $55 when I bought it. I feel like it has an awesome assortment of necessary brushes, and they've really, really held up for me. They've all kept their shape and they've barely shed in all this time. I've used them so much that the paint is wearing off of the handles. They're also antibacterial, which is a huge plus.

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