My brush collection has since grown, and even with the number I've collected, I can still tell that I'm comfortable with certain shapes of brush. I often find myself reaching for the same brushes over and over for different products, and wishing I had backups. Theoretically, brushes should last forever (if you treat them right), but spot cleaners shorten their lifespan dramatically.
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Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
I use this brush for concealer every single day all over my face. The synthetic fibres are so beautifully even and dense that it's almost like using your fingers to blend out the colour, except that this gives a much more airbrushed finish. I don't like using face brushes more than once (especially since this one covers blemishes), so having one (or two) more would come in really handy. It's also great for blending out cream products.
This quintessential shader brush is sneakily thin -- it's greatest quality. Not only does this effectively lay pigment onto the eye, it's thin enough to line under the eye and the inner corner. I used to use only one brush for my entire eye look, so it's not like this is the most revolutionary of notions, but the 239 makes it so easy.
Here's a secret: I already have two of these. I want a third one. I use one for powder products, the other for cream, and I desperately want a third to blend out product. I always finish my looks by using a clean brush to blend out the edges, and none do it so perfectly as the 217.
I'm not even sure which one this is, but they're both great. The 266 is slightly stiffer, but the difference is extremely minimal. I use these for my brows, for my liner, for my lipstick, for my inner corner highlight, and most often: drawing webs/stars/lace on people's faces for Halloween. Yes, it happens once a year, but that's when they get the most use.
Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush
This is one of my favourite liquid foundation brushes. The best part is, I think it could be used for powder and cream also, which is why I want a second one. I regularly use this for cream blushes that lack pigment like the Tarte cheek stains, and they buff in the product beautifully. The bristles are so incredibly dense that they'll blend out any cakiness and leave your skin with an air-brushed finish. Watch this video where the makeup artist uses the brush with all different textures.
This is hands-down my favourite brush for ultra-pigmented blushes, cream, gel or powder. It just stipples on the tiniest amount and makes the colour much more manageable. It's also easy to build up a concentration of colour. I often use this with my cream bronzer for a more natural-looking contour. I want a second one for powder -- it gives the most beautiful, light dusting. I usually use it with pressed powder or my Guerlain Meteorites.
I love, love, love this brush for blush, bronzer and highlight. Here's a secret: I also use it for foundation on days that I want high, but light-feeling coverage. I think I could own three or four of these. I wish they made them in a smaller size! It'd be even better for focusing colour. If I'm not mistaken, Hakuhodo makes a similar one?
What brushes do you wish you had multiples of? Share below, I can't wait to check out your recommendations!