I truly believe that your makeup only turns out as good as your brushes. So the tools you choose are important! As I have recently replaced my brushes with cruelty free, vegan ones, I will be sharing my brush collection in this post.
Two excellent cruelty free brush brands are Ecotools and Elf. I know people can be a bit apprehensive of Elf brushes, especially since they are quite cheap, but the ones I own work very well. They do not have the same longevity as the pricier brushes, but they definitely outperform their price. Ecotools brushes have the softest bristles and great blending capability! I am very impressed with them so far.
The following eye brushes came from the Eye Enhancing Duo Set from Ecotools. I like this set because each brush is double sided, expediting the makeup application process. The bristles are soft and pick up enough product. They also blend the shadows very smoothly.
I use this brush to apply an all-over-the-lid shade. It is fluffy and applies the shadow smoothly and evenly.
This versatile brush can be used for lining the lashes with gel liner or a dark eyeshadow, lining the lower lashline, and defining the outer V.
This brush can be used to diffuse pencil liner on either the upper or lower lashline with back and forth motions. For the lower lashline, dot the liner at the base of the lashes in the outer corner and blend. For the upper lashline, line as close to the base of the lashes as possible and then diffuse. This brush can also be used to blend eyeshadow into the lower lashline or define the outer V of the eye.
A good blending brush is a must, as blending is the most important step to achieving beautiful eye looks. This blending brush is fluffy and soft. My crease brush that had been made from animal hair was rough and the hairs were almost sharp on my skin. This brush is much more comfortable in the crease. I use this brush to blend transition shades into the crease with windshield wiper motions. I also blend darker shades into the outer corner with circular motions.
The following brushes came from Elf.
Small Angled Brush
I use this brush to fill in my eyebrows with powder. It gives the brows a natural finish, and at the same time is precise and exact.
Defining Eye Brush
This brush is useful for defining the outer V and applying shadow on the lower lashline. I have had it for two years now and the hairs are beginning to fall out. But for a $1 brush, I must say that it has exceeded expectations!
Lash and Brow Combs from Sonia Kashuk
I use the brush side to the right to comb through my brows prior to filling them in. It helps to tame the brows so it is easier to follow their natural shape with a brow pencil or powder. The left side can be used to comb through and separate the lashes to give a more defined look.
Custom Coverage Buffing Brush
I purchased this brush from Ecotools for the purpose of applying facial powder, contouring, applying brush, and hilighting. I like a denser brush with shorter bristles in order to allow me to more precisely apply bronzer into the hollows of my cheekbones. It is also incredibly soft!
This not a brush, but this sponge from Up and Up has become a staple in my makeup routine. I did not want to invest in a beauty blender, but I found that this sponge from Target works just as well. I use it to apply foundation and blend out concealer. The pointed end is perfect for blending out the under eye area and spot treating blemishes.
That’s all of my tools! I hope this post was helpful!