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What's in My Kit?! (Brushes)

A good majority of my readers are makeup artists or aspiring makeup artists and part of the makeup/tools that I buy is for my makeup artistry kit, so... from time to time, I will feature a few items that I use in my professional makeup artistry kit for clients-hopefully this will give artists (both professional and aspiring) a good idea of what products work and what doesn't work.

In order to achieve professional results in your makeup application, the proper tools are needed. One of the most important tools to use are makeup brushes...there are endless brands that offer makeup brushes in all different prices. The brands that you choose are completely up to you, but; you do want to make sure you include brushes for a complete makeup application-which should include eye and face brushes.

My thoughts...

My goal is to have enough sets of brushes so that I don't have to wash/reuse any of my brushes for large parties like wedding/bridal parties. I currently have enough for 4 full sets of brushes, so; that means that I can do makeup for 4 people without washing or reusing the same brush. The picture below shows how I create my sets.

A Few Tips

  •  As you can see, most of my sets include eye brushes, this is because eye makeup causes a lot of attention to detail and because I use Alcone sponges to apply concealear and foundation. I rarely use a foundation brush, I mainly use it to apply moisturizer or primer to the face.

  •  It's important to include lip brushes in your sets so that you don't have to apply lipstick/gloss straight from the tube. You can also buy disposable lip gloss wands to apply lipstick/gloss.

  •    I won't tell you which brushes to buy (only you make that decision) but it's good to have a full range  of brushes from both categories: synthetic and natural fibers. Synthetic fibers are great for applying cream makeup and natural fibers work well with applying powder makeup.

  •  There are so many great brands that sell makeup brushes, some of my faves are: Avon, Coastal Scents, Elf, Mac, Sigma, Target Studio Tools and The Body Shop to name a few!

$15 Brush Belt from Elf!

  •  Once you have a good amount of brushes, it may be helpful to invest in a brush belt so that you can have easy access to your brushes while working. I bought mine from Elf for $15.

  • You may also want to invest in other brushes that will be needed  such as: a duo fibre/stippling brushes (for foundation), buffing brush for foundation, angled eye brushes for gel eyeliner and eyebrow grooming, contour brushes and eye brow/lash brush.


This is great information! Thanks for sharing. I also didn't know ELF had the brush belts. Really cool. Thanks!
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Your welcome. Elf has some good makeup artistry tools, they have brush holders and brush shampoo as well.
Miss Dre said…
I love that brush belt! It has been very helpful and was cheap with the studio coupon code! Thanks for sharing the good brush buy tips. I never pay attention to the fibers and the application so it helped a lot!

PS- I have something for you over at my blog :)
Ms. Viva Glam said…
I love that brush belt too, I think I got mine for $9 when they were having a sale. Thanks, I'm glad you found the post helpful!
CocoagirlD said…
This was a great post I have been trying to get my brush collection together and make sure i have enough brushes to do a few faces w/o haveing to wash them.. This helps me to get my sets together.
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks Cocoa! I'm glad I could help you girl.

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