My MUST HAVE Makeup Brushes

Hey everyone, happy bank holiday weekend. Hope you’ve all had a fab one, despite isolation! The weather has been so sunny here, so it’s been lovely. Today I wanted to share with you my favourite makeup brushes that I use pretty much every time I apply makeup. I haven’t discussed my makeup brushes in any depth really here on my blog, other than the odd one in favourites posts! So I hope you find this helpful.


IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Brush #7 – £36
I know this is pricey for a makeup brush, but hear me out. This is a 2 in 1 brush. The foundation brush side is so soft and blends makeup so seamlessly – my makeup never looked so smooth as it does with this brush. I am a firm believer that the way you apply your makeup makes all the difference, so that means investing in good tools sometimes! A foundation brush is somewhere that I won’t compromise. The concealer side is super nice too – this isn’t ride or die for me unlike the foundation brush side, but it’s definitely good and I use it to apply concealer on eyelids – it blends out a little bit too sheer for me under the eyes, but if you don’t need super full cover then I’m sure the concealer brush would be ideal too.

Real Techniques Small Foundation Brush
So I can’t find this anywhere online, I never can every time I look – and I can’t see any other of these orange Real Techniques brushes either! But I got this in a set quite a while back, and I use this small brush every single time I apply makeup, and it’s still going strong, so I wanted to mention it here. Real Techniques are affordable but really great quality! I love this one for packing on concealer under my eyes – I usually blend it out a little with a sponge, then finish by dabbing it with this brush – it keeps concealer full coverage!

Real Techniques Contour Brush
Again, this specific brush is no where to be found online, but there are VERY similar ones form Real Techniques that are perhaps just the same. I love this small domed fluffy makeup brush for applying loose powder. I have fairly dry skin, so I only apply loose powder in the areas I really need too – such as under my eyes. I like that this is a bit smaller to generic powder brushes.

Spectrum A05 – (£6.99)
I use this one to apply contour and bronzer. The angled shape is perfect to fit into the contours of your face and makes for a precise application. The bristles are super soft and not dense, so it blends out powders really nicely. Spectrum have some really great sets that are good value for money which are worth checking out. I actually got this one (and the other Spectrum brush mentioned in this post) from a set around Christmastime.

Wet N Wild Contour Brush – £2.49
I use this Wet N Wild makeup brush for blush as opposed to contour. It is a little smaller than Spectrum A05 but the same shape – I can apply blusher super precisely using this. It is still a soft brush, but denser than the Spectrum one. It’s super affordable, so definitely worth checking out.

Morphe M500 Pro Deluxe Pointed Blender Brush – £11
I got this one given to me on a Morphe training day with work and I originally had no idea what I would use it for – it’s quite unique. The bristles are very tall and the brush is almost a bit floppy. But I realised that this brush is perfect for applying highlighter! It softly pops on the glow without making it look like a streak on the face. I also love it for highlighter palettes because it’s so easy to blend all the different colours together to make a pretty custom shade of highlight.


I have quite a few eyeshadow brushes that I reach for a lot, but I’ve limited it down to 3 to discuss!

Spectrum B06 – £4.99
This tall tapered brush is perfect to blend out shadows in the crease. The domed edge fits nicely into the crease of the eye, and the soft bristles blend everything seamlessly. I find that this is pretty versatile and I can use it for lots of different looks, so I use it a lot!

Morphe s27 – (part of set)
I have had the pro vegan Morphe makeup brush set for a long time now and I still use a bunch of brushes from that set loads. The s27 brush is probably my most used from the set. It’s a fatter blending brush. I use this usually to apply and blend out any matte shades that I am putting all over the lid. Or I can use it in the crease for a less precise, more blown out affect.

Morphe s12 – (part of set)
This one is a smaller tapered blending brush that is perfect for more precise application into the crease – it still blends out nicely, but it won’t give as much of a blown out affect. I often use this one to apply darker shades on the outer corner of my eyes too!

That’s all of my must have makeup brushes. I have so many brushes but these ones are the ones I always reach for. Let me know if you use any of these too, and please share with me your ride or die makeup brushes for me to try!

Jazmin xx



  1. May 26, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    I just got some new brushes but I really want to try the IT Cosmetics one, it sounds amazing

  2. May 30, 2020 / 9:49 pm

    I always stuck with Real Techniques for brushes and the contour brush is so handy for everything, I use it all the time! But oh my gosh, I tried the Fenty face shaping brush recently and my mind was blown. The handle is shaped so perfectly, it’s SO nice to hold and the bristles are the softest. Never believed in spending heaps on brushes, but the difference is real. That IT Cosmetics brush is calling to me aswell… great post 🙂

    • June 3, 2020 / 8:31 am

      oooh, I haven’t tried the Fenty brushes but I was tempted by the foundation brush a while back! I’ll have to check them out

  3. May 31, 2020 / 10:28 am

    I think that RT doesn’t sell that orange kit anymore. I remember buying it few years back on amazing 35% off discount and after that I never saw it again. I use brushes from that set so much, especially buffer brush, it’s amazing to blend out foundation and concealer. xx

    • June 3, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Oh no! I did suspect that when I couldn’t find it anywhere. That’s so sad. I wonder if they made any super similar ones xx

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