Anyone who wears makeup regularly knows the importance of a good makeup brush. The right brushes make a huge difference in how your makeup looks. There are a lot of makeup brushes out there to choose from: high-end and drugstore brushes, synthetic and non-synthetic, brushes for eye makeup, for blush, for contouring, for foundation, and more. It can be overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out and you don't have a big makeup brush collection yet. You don't have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars at Sephora for a ton of brushes, though. Between a dozen and half a dozen well-made and versatile brushes are all most people need. Personally, I think it's important to have a few good eye shadow brushes for applying and blending eye makeup, a big fluffy brush for powders (like blush and bronzer and setting powder), and a denser kabuki brush for applying liquids like foundation.
Today we're going to focus on the latter; specifically, my favorite kabuki brush. I have a lot of makeup brushes but this one has quickly become my favorite and the one that I use the most because it's so versatile and well-made.
I'm talking about the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush ($24, sigmabeauty.com).
Now, I normally stick to budget brands for my brushes (Real Techniques, e.l.f., and Ecotools all make great brushes at a lower price point) but even though this Sigma brush is a little pricier, I think it's 100 percent worth it.
The Sigma 3DHD Brush has a sturdy handle with gorgeous rose gold details. The brush itself is the really interesting part. It has synthetic bristles that are soft but dense, so it feels great on the skin and deposits makeup evenly. The brustles are also antibacterial and hypoallergenic. The best part, however, is the shape of the brush head.
This brush is cut in a way to make it angled, so that both sides slope upwards and meet in the middle to make a pointed peak. Below is a gif of the brush rotating so you can see what I mean:
And here's what the brush looks like at the top:
The reason why this brush's angled shape is so cool is because it allows you to get very precise with your makeup application. I wasn't sure at first if the shape would make a big difference, but after trying it once, I was convinced. The angles allow you to get into all the nooks and crannies of your face, such as under your eyes...
And alongside your nose.
It's also big enough to cover larger areas, like your forehead or cheeks, quickly and efficiently.
As for how you can use this brush, I personally use it for a lot of different things. That's another reason why I like it: It's versatile as heck. I use it for liquid highlighter (my favorite is Becca Skin Perfecter), my liquid foundation (I use Japonesque Luminous Foundation), and BB creams (such as Colour Prevails CC Creme and bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream). On the rare occasion when I want to contour, I also use this brush to apply the contouring shade under my cheekbones. The angled shape comes in really handy for that.
No matter what I'm using this brush for, it helps me to apply it evenly and quickly. I can get into tricky areas, like the space next to my nostrils or the space between my eye and my nose, with no problem. And it helps me achieve a flawless finish. That's why I use it even for lightweight makeup like BB creams; even though I could apply that with my fingers, I much prefer the result that I get with this brush.
So if you're looking for a new foundation brush, I highly recommend the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush. You'll be surprised at what a big difference it makes.
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Images: Kelly Dougher