So. Many. Brushes!
Updated: Feb 21
I am a self-admitted makeup hoarder, but nothing will weaken my “no buy” rule more than seeing a shiny, soft, new makeup brush.
I used to carry a wide array of brushes with me to work on brides and bridal parties, but I would clean some on-site while I was working so that I could reuse them. Everyone knows what happened in March of 2020, and so I had to make some adjustments to my kit. One of the biggest adjustments was not reusing brushes during a job. I am very careful about keeping my kit sanitized and safe, and only using a brush once per job seemed like a logical way to up my safety even more.
So what can a person do? Luckily for me, I have been working on brides’ faces for about 15 years now, and I had quite the arsenal of brushes. But that doesn’t mean I have 5 or 6 or even more of each kind. So I had to make sure which brushes I was lacking in and then buy them in multiples. I bought up multiples of my favorite brow, lip, and eyeliner brushes. Now, I have plenty to handle a typical bridal party.
But what are my favorite brushes? Well, I have lots. I like to use brushes that perform well but that are not too delicate. I look for brushes that I can multitask with, that work well with both cream and powder materials, and that clean up well without shedding. I also like a brush that feels good in my hand; not too heavy but also not too light. So without further ado, let me introduce you to some of my absolute favorite brushes for bridal makeup:
My Kit Co. I love these brushes because they are available in both natural and synthetic bristles. They feel great in-hand and they’re attractive to boot. My Kit Co. come all the way to me in Hudson, Ohio from the UK! I admit I oftentimes pay for upgraded shipping, and when I have, they come lightning fast!
Cozzette These brushes are also very attractive with the purple, red, and gunmetal handles. This line is 100% vegan and the brushes do NOT disappoint! Cozzette‘s brushes are available open stock or there are a few assembled kit options. I have purchased both, and have plenty of open stock of his #9 brush because it’s my all-time favorite eyeliner brush. It gives such a soft, smoky effect for the lower lash line.
OMNIA These brushes are offered from Royal & Langnickel, which is one of the world’s most well known artist and makeup brush brands. The Omnia line offers workhorse brushes with a vegan bristle that is so soft you would swear it’s not synthetic. This line is great for having various artistry collections and collabs, or you can buy them open stock, too. To top it all off, they are a very affordable brush when you consider what they’re offering.
Japonesque Brow Brush I truly cannot have enough of this brow brush in my kit and feel so lucky to have found this one. I prefer a stiffer eyebrow brush and believe it or not, that requirement has been difficult for me to find. This brush is perfect. Long handle so it’s easy to hold onto, and the stiffness of the bristles are just right in my opinion. Oh – I love their lip brush, too!
This list is not all-inclusive. I do have some stray MAC and Make Up For Ever brushes in my kit, too. But the ones listed above are the ones that I find myself purchasing the most, and reaching for the most. They perform well, don’t let me down, and don’t shed when I shampoo them after use. Speaking of shampoo – I have been using this one from Rebels and Outlaws. It smells divine and gets my brushes clean quickly!
What about you? What are your favorite brushes? Which do you love so much you can’t get enough? Do tell…there’s always room in my kit for one more brush.
(I do not and have not received any compensation for featuring the products in this post. These were all purchased by me; nothing was gifted.)