Best Makeup Brushes Ever (Usage Wise)

by Rati on April 24, 2013 · 44 comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been wanting to do this post from many days now. Since I gave a good bath to my brushes today, I thought I’d click the photos while they are still clean and pretty. ๐Ÿ˜€

After using a various kind of makeup brushes for many years, I have come to the conclusion that certain brushes work the best for certain makeup details. I thought I’d share them with you. It might help those who are starting their makeup or still building their makeup kits. ๐Ÿ™‚

Best Concealer Brush : You’d find this fluffy round brush in eye makeup category. But this brush works THE best for applying concealer underneath the eyes. It is light, does not pull your under eye area and blends the concealer seamlessly.

Recommendations : MAC 224, Sigma E 40, Faces 106 Blending brush,ย Camel fluffy blender art brush

best concealer brush

Best Eyeshadow Application Brush : These flat brushes work the best for packing on the color on lids. They are not too great for blending in the color. But when you want that intensity on color on lids, these work the best.

Recommendations : MAC 239, Sigma E 55, MAC 242, Colorbar 119, Camlin Hobby Brush No 8

best eyeshadow application brush

Best Eyebrow Brush : These look similar to gel eyeliner brushes but these are thicker. These work best for a filling in the brows or even shaping the brows. The little angle works perfectly with the contour of the brows.

Recommendations : Sigma E 65, Vega Brush PB 08

best eyebrow brush

Best Gel Eyeliner Brush : I have not been able to find a better gel eyeliner brush than this. It’s the bent eyeliner brush and this made me fall in love with the gel liners.

Recommendations : Inglot 30 T eyeliner brush, coastal scents eyeliner brush

best gel eyeliner brush

Best Eyeshadow Blending Brush : These tapered fluffy ย brushes are my favourite brushes for blending in the eyeshadows. You can also apply eyeshadow with these but I prefer them only for blending in the color. Must haves!

Recommendations : MAC 217, Sigma E 25,

best eyeshadow blending brush

Best Smokey Eye Brush : I cannot do smokey eye without these pointy pencil brushes. These are best for smudging the kajal and I use this brush almost daily.

Recommendations : MAC 219, Sigma E 30, Vega Eye Smudger Brush, ELF Professional crease Brush

best smokey eye brush

Best Blush Brush : These are available in every makeup brand. I prefer the classic blush brush but there are those that come with an angle. Whatever you prefer. ย Blush brush is something you cannot do without.

best powder blush brush

Best Contouring brush : This is my very recent discovery. It is Sephora professional flat brush no 42. It is actually a blush brush but this works extremely well for contouring the cheek bones and jawline. Since it is a bit compact, it gives a very specific contour and does not go all over the place.

best contouring brush

Best Cream Blush Brush : Although in most cases I prefer to use cream blush with my finger tips (tutorial HERE ) but sometimes I like to use a brush. I prefer a duo fiber brush because it gives that air brushed effect and helps control the color of super pigmented cream blushes.

Recommendations : Sigma F 50, MAC 187, MAC 188

best cream blush brush

Best Liquid Foundation Brush : Hands down Sigma duo fibre brushes. Review HEREย 

best liquid foundation brush

Best Powder Foundation / Compact brush : The Body Shop Kabuki Brush. It’s beyond amazing. I always carry it with me . Review HERE

best powder foundation brush
Vega Retractable Blush Brush
Vega Large Powder Brush and Bleach Brush
Vega Professional Eye Smudger Brush
Lakme Absolute Foundation Brush
Konad Foundation Brush
Clinique Foundation Brush
MAC Brush Cleanser
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MAC 219 Pencil Brush
MAC 316 Lip Brush
MAC Cinematics Collection Brush, Smokey Eye Makeup Kits
MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush
MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush
Sigma Professional Brush Kit
20 Piece Makeup Brush Kit
Ecotools 4 pieces Makeup Brush Set
Sigma Professional Makeup Brush Kit Sneak Peek
Inglot Makeup Brushes
Faces Cosmetics Travel Brush Kit

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Abeer April 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Hey rati I think IMBB has telepathy me .. Whenever I think of something it just comes as a post the next day.. Few days back I was planning fr a good moisturiser for my oily skin era’s article came in.. The. Yesterday a whole good article about oily skin care during summers and now I was planning since few weeks to buy a good set of brushes woaah ur article come in… *happy dance* *happydance* love IMBB *jai ho*


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

wow! That sounds amazing. Thanks abeer. *thankyou* *thankyou*


Sumaiya July 12, 2015 at 4:38 am

Totally agree with Abeer …..same here …these guys r always read my thoughts……


neha April 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

*woot* wow super useful thanku rati *clap*


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm

thank you neha! ๐Ÿ™‚


Abeer April 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Me first to comment yippie *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance*


Parita April 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I am eyeing MAC 242, Sigma E40 and E65 brushes! These are a must have !!


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

yup! ๐Ÿ™‚


Bhumika April 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Loved the post ๐Ÿ™‚


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

*thankyou* bhumika ๐Ÿ™‚


Shweta April 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Oh I loved the eye-shadow brush. BTW how do you wash your brushes??


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm
Roshini April 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

*thankyou* rati *puchhi* *puchhi* *puchhi* *puchhi*
This has been a big help *big hug* :*


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

glad!! *happydance*


Vini April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Helpful post Rati …
I was looking for a gel eyeliner brush *happydance* *happydance*
I’m so gettin it *jai ho* *jai ho*
Awesome pictures I really loved the way u clicked pics ๐Ÿ™‚


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Thank you vini. I totally love the way you also click photos. *puchhi* *puchhi*


Vidhi V April 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

This was soooooooo helpful… Ive already bookmarked this *happydance* *thankyou* *thankyou* *thankyou* sooooo much *puchhi*


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

glad vidhi! :))


Rashmita April 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm

just can’t thank you enough for the post…. *puchhi* *thankyou*


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm



Saloni..!! April 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

OHhhhh my god you have so many brushes Rati di *woot* *shock* I hardly have just 3 *cry*
I might buy some now after having a look at your brushes *haan ji*
Really very helpful *haan ji* *puchhi*


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Thanks saloni!! ๐Ÿ™‚


nausheen April 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

thanks rati…really needed this…you are just awsome ๐Ÿ™‚


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

thank you. Glad!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Abinaya April 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm

*jai ho*
Itne saare brushes!!! *woot*
I’ll go check out the Inglot gel liner brush super soon *secret*
Hugs Rati!! *puchhi*


Rati April 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

yeah It’s a suuuper brush. :))


neetu lohani April 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

wooooooo.. *woot* *woot* this is to beauty ka whole khazana.. *drool* *drool* am saving it for future and mailing it to every gal in my family and frnd list.. *happydance* *happydance* *happy dance* *happy dance* *thankyou* *thankyou* so much for ur effort dear.. *jai ho* *jalwa*


Rati April 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

hihih Thankoo neetu *puchhi* *puchhi* *puchhi*


shreya April 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

very useful article rati di!
though im not at all into make up yet,,,,i can understand how much experience , time and passion it takes to come up with posts like these!! *haan ji*


Rati April 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thanks shreya :))


Jackie April 25, 2013 at 1:09 am

I love this article. Apparently I’ve been using the wrong brushes! Definately going to try out the Sigma duo fibre brushes for my liquid foundation! Thanks!


Esha April 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

What a useful post Rati.. *jai ho* *jai ho* I love my body shop kabuki too.. *happydance* *happydance* I really wanna try sigma and mac now.. *haan ji* *haan ji*


Rati April 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

Thanks esha. They are great investments *happydance* *happydance*


kanika April 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

very useful post…..loved it… *haan ji* *pompom*


Rati April 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚


Rinni April 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

how is the colorbar smudger brush?


Rati April 25, 2013 at 10:43 am
khushi April 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

omg! omg! omg! *secret* *shock*
i didnt know these kinda things exist,feeling enlightened. *happydance* *happydance*
IMBB is really a dictionary of makeup n fashion *announce*

super duper hit post rati.u r a true fashion n makeup guru.simply love u *puchhi* *haan ji*


Rati April 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

thanks khushi ๐Ÿ™‚ *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance*


Lakshmipriya April 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

Wowww! Super useful post for beginners *clap* *clap* *thankyou* Rati ๐Ÿ™‚


Saumya April 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Rati *jai ho* *jai ho* *jai ho* . Thanks alot for sharing such useful tips.. *shy*


Rati April 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

thanks lakshmipriya and saumya ๐Ÿ™‚


Janhavi April 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

im just wondering woh camlin hobby brush beech mein se kaise aaa gaya ? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›


Rati April 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

j doo they are multi tasking brooshes *hunterwali* *hunterwali* *smug*


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