I have become rather brush crazy lately. I am obsessing about putting together the absolutely perfect arsenal of brushes my Dream Home Brush Set and the perfect arsenal for my Dream Travel Brush Set. In my quest for brush set perfection, I have discovered some really amazing tools that make makeup application quicker and easier.
I absolutely adore the Double Eye Makeup Brush ($25) by Senna. This is a six-inch brush that has two natural hair bristles with a rounded edge.
Pictured above is the larger sized end. This is great for an all-over wash application, and it’s terrific for packing color on the lid. It works well with all types of shadows from cream to loose pigments.
Pictured above is the smaller sized end, which fits my lid just perfectly. You can’t really tell in this picture, probably the one at the top of the post does a better job of showing how this end has a slightly different shape, almost coming to a point. I know everyone’s eye shape is different, but for me this exactly fits and makes application a total breeze. I especially love this one with loose pigments, it’s fabulous for picking up lots of color and packing it on.
I usually don’t like dual ended brushes because I can’t store them upright in my canister, but I just avoid that issue by storing this puppy in a flat case.
Next on my list of flipping fabulous brushes is the Hakuhodo 212 Highlight Brush Round ($30). Marcia gave this to me for my birthday, and I think I love this brush more than any other in my collection. This is known as the ‘highlighter brush’, and it can be used for blush as well. But honestly, as a girl who never liked ‘coloring in the lines’ I rarely use this brush on my cheeks. It reminded me of a Francesco Guerrera brush Marcia gave me for my 40th birthday that I loved for smoothing out and blending my eyeshadow, so I tried the 212 for that – and have used it for that purpose every single day since.
It has an oval-shaped, super soft head with goat hair bristles. You don’t wash this brush, you just wipe it off after each use. One sweep across your freshly applied eyeshadow and everything blends like it was airbrushed on. This is a real winner!
And my third pick is the London Brush Co. Angled Lip #2/A brush ($20). As with my Hakuhodo brush, I rarely use this one for it’s intended purpose. Yep, it’s a mighty fine lip brush – but it’s even better for gel lining the eyes, especially for thicker lines like this:
It’s reminiscent of my other favorite eyeliner brush from Smashbox, the Arced Liner Brush #21 ($20), pictured here:
The London Brush Co. 2/A has a thicker handle with a more pronounced bend. The brush head is also thicker and flatter.
The brush bristles are pure European Sable, which is perfect for emollient products like lipsticks and gel eyeliner.
The bent angle makes it extremely easy to line the eyes quickly and cleanly.
I am putting these three fantastic brushes into my ‘Dream Travel Brush Set’ because really, the three brushes serve at least 7 functions. The Senna Double Eye obviously has two different brush heads on one brush for an effective eyeshadow application, the Hakuhodo 212 works as a highlighter brush, a blush brush, and a blender brush; and the London Brush Co. 2/A brush is excellent for both lips and for lining the eyes.
My ‘Dream Travel Brush Set’ has three fabulous brushes so far…what other brushes should I add to complete the set?? – Lisa
*all products purchased by/gifted to me except Senna which was a pr sample