|Sonia Kashuk 116|
|Sonia Kashuk Medium Eyeshadow|
Paula Dorf Cheek Brush -- I prefer angled blush brushes for some reason. This is an incredibly soft brush, as it is made of squirrel fur (I actually try not to think about that as I use it). I'm not sure this brush is still being made. I received this as gratis when I worked at Sephora, so this brush is at least 7 years old. (This is probably my favorite brush that I own.)
Real Techniques Contour Brush -- I don't always contour my face, but when I do I use the Real Techniques contour brush. It's just the right shape to fit into the hollows under the cheekbones.
Real Techniques Powder Brush -- I like this for applying powder foundation. It deposits more than a super fluffy powder brush because of its density. It's very soft and lovely.
Vincent Longo 30 Deluxe Powder Brush -- This is a fluffy powder brush (less dense than the Real Techniques) that I like to use with a loose setting powder or a finishing powder. It's another I received as gratis, so it's at least 7 years old.
Sonia Kashuk Brow Groomer with Metal Comb No. 14 -- Metal combs near the eyeballs are a little scary, but I think they work better than plastic for combing out any mascara clumps.
beautyblender -- When I wear foundation (as opposed to tinted moisturizer), I love using my beautyblender. I often tend to overestimate how much foundation I need, so using a damp beautyblender sponge ensures that I don't use too much, and that it is nicely blended and slightly sheered out so that it doesn't look heavy or mask-like. Plus, it's fun to use. Bounce, bounce, bounce.
Fingers! -- My favorite way to apply my tinted moisturizer and any creamy products regardless of where on my face I'm using them, is my fingers! I think fingers often warm up a product and make it more blendable.
So there they are. My favorite makeup tools. I think the fact that I've had some of these (as well as several other brushes that I didn't include here for the sake of not making this post ridiculously long) for as long as I have really shows that if a brush is well made and decently taken care of, it really can stay useable and good for a long time.
I'd love to get my hands on some Wayne Goss, Hakuhodo, or Chikuhodo brushes, but they are a good chunk of change (although, not a whole lot more than MAC). Considering how long I've had many of my brushes, I know I would get my money's worth out of them. So, maybe someday...
What are some of your favorite tools?