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For normal everyday wear – Just 2 brushes;
1: for dusting on setting powder (I wear BB creams) is the large EcoTools face brush
2: If I’m not wearing my fav Stainiac blush by theBalm and I’m wearing some other powdered blush, then I use my MAC 129SE.

Whoops – I thought this meant total brushes used in a daily routine. For face – I use 4 total – foundation, blush and one to blend concealer. For powder, I use a puff to apply and a fluffy brush to wipe off excess.

1 urban decay foundation brush (the new popular one that was promoted with the naked foundation)
1 for face powder from MAC
1 for blush MAC 116
1 for contour white angled brush by MAC
4 total!

I usually don’t wear eyeshadow because I’m in a hurry and running late in the mornings! If i have time I’ll use 2-3 brushes for eyeshadow from MAC.

I really only use 3 face brushes:
1. Crown Brush Deluxe Angled Brush (this is AMAZING for contouring)
2. Real Techniques Contour Brush, which actually works better as a blush brush.
3. EcoTools Powder Brush


I have an old Tarte brush that’s double-sided for crease blending and lids. I also have a blush brush that doubles as a powder brush, because I honestly don’t get the difference. (I am looking to up the quality of my brush, though).

I use Beautyblender for my foundation. Once in a great while, I’ll use an eyeliner brush, but since I started using the Skinny Liners by Eyeko, I haven’t had to.

Oops, just realized you said face brush. So I guess just one.

And lol, just realized “old Tarte brush” sounds sketchy. It’s still in great condition, even after years of regular use. I wish they still made it, ’cause I’d buy more for gifts.

Foundation: If not my hands I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Powder: Real Techniques blush brush

Blush: Real Techniques Stippling (creams) or Mac 116 (powder)

Highlighter: Real Techniques Contour brush

1. blush brush by pixiwoo. i don’t wear foundation usually, use fingers for face concealing, and since i wear glasses, i don’t use undereye concealer.

Usually 3, but sometimes 5, depending. I use tinted moisturizer most days and apply that with my (clean) fingers as well as my concealer. If I am applying foundation, I’ll use either the sigma angled kabuki or the urban decay buffing brush that came out with the naked foundations. I use my real techniques multitask brush for powder, a cozette s150 brush for setting my concealer and for highlighting, and my cozette s130 brush for blush. If I am using bronzer, which lately I’ve been skipping, I’ll use my real techniques egg-shaped blush brush for powder bronzer or a tarte duo fiber blush brush for my chanel cream bronzer.

If I add eye brushes to the mix, the number doubles. I tend to use mainly mac brushes for the eyes and I tend to use quite a few. 😛

i use the 168 to contour and highlight and apply powder,even though all of people only use for contour and or blush use for both and to powder, and it doesn’t ‘t blends beautifullly , 130 to apply foundation, and then I use the 188 to do any extra blending and diffusing of highlight/contour/blushing if needed

About 7 usually, and double that if I am wearing eyeshadow:
– stippling brush for airbrushing in my foundation
– 195 for under eye concealing
– pointed eyeliner brush for blemishes concealing
– tapered brush for loose powder
– 116 for blush
– spoolie
– flat angled brush for brow powder
– flat brush for e/s base
– 239 for e/s
– 224 for the crease
– 217 for blending
– 231 for lower lash line
– flat angled brush for upper lashes liner
– flat brush for brow highlighter

A Kryolan paddle brush (a MAC 190 dupe) for primer, a MAC 187 for liquid foundation, a bare escentuals powder brush for setting powder, and a smaller bare escentuals brush for blush. This question makes me sad because I really want to invest in some better brushes!!

In order of use…
1. Illamasqua powder brush for primer or anything liquid before foundation.
2. Beauty blender for foundation.
3. Tom Ford shade & illuminate brush for cream contour
4. Tom Ford bronzer brush for powder
5. Chanel blush
6. Chanel powder for bronzer

For a basic look, I’ll use Real Techniques multi-task brush (foundation, blush, and sometimes highlighter), the eye shadow brush from their travel set (doubles for eye shadow and concealer), and a powder brush (normally EcoTools) or a cheapie version of the Beauty Blender to finish. If I’m doing something fancier, add in an angled brush (cheapie version again) for eye liner and possibly a crease brush (Stila, I think it’s no. 52?).

I use +- 7-12 brushes;
-brow 1, concealer (1), setting brux for the concealer 1 – on brush (1) in case of acnee.. redness, and my powder bruch 1, and one for bb cream (1)= 6 for face
– for eyes it dependant but 1 (239 mac)- one for my crease (always) 1- but if it’s for smockey eyes i use 5 brushes 🙂

Jane Iredale The Handi (flat top kabuki) for foundation
Jane Iredale Detail brush for concealer
MAC 129 for blush
MAC 165 for contouring
MAC 109 or 188 for highlighting
A flat top kabuki from Hakuhodo to blend (don’t remember name/number)

If I do something special or use a bronzer or a setting spray I might use 2-3 more

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