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Rachel R. Avatar

Real Techniques or EcoTools beauty sponge, BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Total Coverage Powder Brush (the best Kabuki for powder foundation), e.l.f. Contouring Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush (huge, fluffy one with the pink handle), and the natural hair original MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush (for lighter or harder pressed blushes).

Honorable Mention: E.l.f. Small Stipple Brush (cream blushes).

Ana Maria Avatar

MAC 170 – because even if I love applying foundation with my fingers, this is still the best brush!
Real Techniques Setting Brush – the mini multi-tasker that can do it all
MAC 168 – the ideal size for my cheeks
MAC 138 – ideal for concentrated but diffused powder application
Marionnaud N31 – the best powder brush I ever had, I don’t know if it exists anymore, I had it since I lived in Europe (so it’s 7-8 years old by now) and I don’t know what I’ll do when it finally dies

Nikki Avatar

I don’t have five essentials-more like 4 essentials and 1 that I got for fun that works surprisingly well!
Essentials-Essence Makeup & Baking sponge, Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Multi-Tasking makeup sponge, UD x Prince Multitasker brush, CoverGirl Makeup Masters powder puff 3-pack (I don’t use powder often, so I use the CoverGirl puffs to apply foundation, similarly to sponges).
Fun-a makeup brush I bought years ago at Sally Beauty that’s shaped like a rose, with pink and white bristles and a stem-and-thorn-shaped metallic green handle. I use it mainly to apply blush, specifically pink blushes. And yes, when I’m using it I do sometimes mentally ask myself “Will you accept this blush?”

CeeBee Avatar

Nanshy R01 Buffed Base foundation brush
Wayne Goss cheek #12
Wayne Goss cheek #14
Units face powder brush #206
concealer brush of undetermined brand or origin but it’s the ONLY one I use

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