A good brush can make a world of difference! I think there a few brushes you should invest in and the rest could be more affordable. People say you should invest in a brush kit which is good if you have a hundred or so to spend but most people don’t so splurging on one or two brushes every couple of months is a more gradual way to build up a good brush collection :)
I think it’s best to invest in
- A foundation brush
- An eyeshadow blending brush
- An angled brush (great for bronzer, blush, contour, highlighting)
A good foundation brush is a little tricky to find at the drugstore or relatively cheap. A good foundation brush is really dense and the brush hairs are tightly packed together, this will give a more airbrushed and blended finish.
Try foundation brushes like Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Sigma F80, Coastal Scents Flat Top, Sedona Lace Flat Top Buffer or Marc Jacobs Sculpting Foundation Brush.
A good blending brush should be soft, dense and relatively stiff. If the brush is too floppy it won’t blend properly.
Try blending brushes like Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff, Sedona Lace Universal Blender or Sigma E25.
A good angled brush will be dense and stiff. You can use an angled brush to apply blush to the apples of the cheeks, use the thinner side to contour, use it to apply highlighter on the cheek bones, used for a light dusting of powder, etc. It’s a great brush to invest in because it can be used for many things.
Try angled brushes like Sigma F40, Sedona Lace Large Angled Contour Brush or Sephora Pro Angled Blush Brush.
Try products like
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Light $37 (more light weight version of the original)
- Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream $39
- NARS Sheer Matte $42
- Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream $38 (slight glow, not matte)
- Garnier BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin $13 (slight glow, not matte)
- Rimmel Stay Matte BB Cream $7
Hi! I love your blog so freaking much! So I'm going to Ulta sometime in the next week and I really don't know what to get. I want to stick to drugstore (cause I have a coupon) and I want to stick to like covergirl, maybelline, nyx, and just cheaper products. Do you have any products you would recommend? Thanks!
I would definitely check out NYX, Essence, Real Techniques brushes and the Queen Helene Mint Julep face mask! They’re all affordable brands :)
From NYX check out their
- Butter Glosses
- Butter Lipsticks
- Matte Bronzers
- Soft Matte Lip Creams
- Matte Lipsticks
- Powder Blushes
- Hot Singles and Nude Matte Single Shadows
- Angel Veil Primer
Honestly I haven’t tried a NYX product I haven’t liked.. so anything is a safe bet!
From Essence check out their
- Single Eyeshadows
- Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder (the Blonde shade is more cool toned)
- Silky Touch Blush
- XXXL Shine Lipgloss
I’d say some of my holy grail, cant live without products that I use daily are
NYX Blush in Taupe. My go to contour shade it never looks over done or unnatural blush it’s super cheap.
MAC Mineralized Blush in Dainty. My every day blush! Gives the cheeks a glow, looks good with every makeup look, a medium pink.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. My holy grail primer. Feels like light weight silk on the skin, smooths out the skin without feeling thick and silicone like, keeps my makeup on and shine free for hoooours!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. I’ve used this as my under eye concealer for at least 3 years. Light weight, brightening, great coverage, blends easily, doesn’t crease, lasts all day. What else can you ask for?
Dior Skin Forever. My favorite foundation so far for combination skin. It’s light weight, doesnt feel cakey, long wearing, has a beautiful satin finish with a slight glow, isn’t matte/drying looking, looks natural and has a medium to buildable coverage. Checks off everything i’m looking for in a foundation!
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. I swear by translucent powders because they keep your makeup on all day by soaking up excess oils, give the skin a more airbrushed finish and look a lot more natural than regular tinted, pressed powders. I use it as a setting powder or over pressed powder. I find the Tarte one to be extra awesome at keeping me shine free than other translucent powders i’ve found.
Hello, I've always had trouble finding the right foundation for my skin. I never knew if I was pink, yellow, or olive. I've been using mac foundation for a while now, and it's a perfect color. I was told I have olive skin, and I was curious as too any good drugstore recommendations for olive skin tone. I have a few drugstore, but they're too pink for me. Thank you so much, and I love ur blog so so so much ☺️
Hi! Thank you :)
I would recommend Loreal True Match foundations for you! They seperate their shades based on undertones so it makes finding the right undertone a lot easier. They have C (cool/pink), W (warm/yellow) and N (neutral, no strong yellow or pink undertones) options. Since you use MAC you might be confused because NC’s are yellow and NW’s are pink but MAC does things sort of backwards. I’d recommend a N or W shade for you since olive skin tones tend to be more green/neutral/yellow.
Loreal True Match is also a great drugstore foundation in general, it’s light weight with a semi matte finish so it can really work for all skin types. They also make a Lumi version thats a little more creamy and luminous if you have more dry skin or want a more dewy finish.