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Airbrush, hair brush, what brush?

Welcome back! You may have seen this blog title and wondered what it was all about. Well, basically, its about brushes. Specifically, makeup brushes. We all know that the right brush can make a HUGE difference when it comes to applying makeup, and I wanted to take this post to not only show you this amazing shoot featured below, but also talk a little bit about the importance of makeup brushes, and show you some of my favorites and why I love them. So if you've been applying makeup with your fingers, settle in and take some notes on why this could make all the difference in how your makeup looks, lasts, and photographs (no I was not trying to rhyme). So let's go!



As you've probably noticed whenever you walk into an Ulta or Target, there are a LOT of makeup brushes out there! So many shapes and sizes and textures, it's hard to choose! I don't want to turn this post into a storybook, so we will keep it pretty simple. As always, if you have further questions on any topic, please let me know.

Each shape of brush serves a different purpose. This photo is a small guide that can help you decipher what brush does what.

If you're looking for a more extensive description than what I outline here, check out this link:

So first, foundation brushes. Usually on clients, I use either a flat top kabuki brush as pictured above, or I use my beauty blender, which can be found here. I choose one or the other depending on wether I am using liquid or more of a creamy foundation. In my opinion, a beauty blender is the easiest way to apply foundation seamlessly. It blends all types of foundation very well. I know its not a brush but its one of my favorite methods when applying makeup on my clients.

If I'm using a cream or liquid contour, I use a flat top kabuki to blend it.

I have a couple brushes I use for contouring and applying blush. For my contour I use a flat top brush from Morphe here.

I also use a blush brush from Morphe here.

I like to blend my powder contour with this also sometime as well.

I feel that at minimum, the essential brushes you could start with would be a contour/blush brush, an eyebrow brush, and an eyeshadow brush.

Blending eyeshadow is probably the hardest part of the whole face (no pressure, right). The more time you take, the better it will look. When it doubt, blend it out!

I know I've linked a lot of Morphe brushes in this post, but they are probably some of my favorite brushes and they are very affordable for their quality. Check them out at if you're in the market for a couple new brushes!

I use the E27 brush for blending and buffing out colors

The E17 is good for concentrating pigments in a smaller area

The M433 is an in-between brush, which can be used to pack on and concentrate colors and blend them at the same time

Morphs also has some great eyebrow brushes, This brush will kind of depend on how you want your eyebrows to look. I personally fill mine in without drawing individual hairs, so I use a thicker brush. If you like more definition in your eyebrows, a thinner angled brush will work better.

Hopefully you didn't count the number of times I used the word "brush" in this post, but if I answered any questions then this post was worth it :)

Let me know if you want me to write another post that goes into more depth on brushes. Until then, have a great rest of your week!


I hope all of this made sense! As always, questions are welcomed :)

Now check out the vendors that made this lovely shoot possible!

HMU by me

Coordination and design and florals by Reed & Lee Events


Cake by Luxe Bozeman

Calligraphy by Bon Temps Calligraphy

Cigars by 406 Cigars


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