I love eye brushes, and I’m always searching for the next, best great eye brush. Here are my current favorites!
For eyeshadow laydown, I use the MAC 219 and the Hakuhodo K005; the 219 is great for the lid, and the K005 is great for getting in to the inner corners of my eyes.
|Hakuhodo K005, Mac 219|
My favorite detail brushes are the Shu Uemura 5r and the Hakuhodo G5529 BkSL; since I don’t have much lid space, both are great for crease work. I also can use either to highlight the inner corner of the eye. For a comparison of these two brushes, please see this post.
|Shu 5r, Hakuhodo G5529 BkSL|
My favorite eyeliner brushes are the Hakuhodo K007 – which has the finest tip I’ve seen – and the Benefit Get Bent eyeliner brush, which I love because it’s, well, bent – which makes it super easy to use. It’s discontinued, but Sonia Kashuk has a similar bent eyeliner brush.
|Benefit Get Bent, Hakuhodo K007|
Surprisingly, I really love the little eyeliner brush that comes with the L’Oreal Infallible gel liners. I don’t use it to apply eyeliner, but it’s the perfect size and shape for apply eyeshadow on top of eyeliner to either set the liner or smudge it out.
|L’oreal liner brush|
I had to put the last two brushes in a separate photo because the writing went in the other direction, which was driving me crazy!
I received the Smashbox brush in a swap a long time ago. I never use the white flat-tipped side, but the rounded size is absolutely fantastic for a base shade all over the lid/browbone, or to use a highlight shade on the browbone; I use it almost every time I do my makeup. I have no idea where it came from, and it’s not on Smashbox’s website, so I assume it’s discontinued.
|Unknown but awesome Smashbox brush|
The final brush is Laura Mercier’s finishing eye brush, a duo-fiber brush. It is a really great blending brush – it works beautiful, but never overblends. It’s also smaller than brushes like MAC’s 217, which works well on my smaller lids. Sorry that it’s dirty – didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw the close up photo!
|Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush|
Some other brushes I occasionally use – but that didn’t quite make the cut as absolute favorites – are the MAC 217, MAC 219 ELF studio eye contour brush, and ELF studio eyeshadow C brush. I use the 217 and contour brush for cream eyeshadow, and the C brush as an all purpose brush, especially when my favorite brushes are dirty! I used to use the 219 pencil brush for crease work and as a detail brush, but it’s been replaced by the brushes above.
I do realize these are not cheap brushes – though the Hakuhodo brushes may be less expensive than you expect; the three in this post are $15 – 24. I personally find that it’s worth it to splurge for the brushes I love, as it makes applying my makeup, which is something I really enjoy, even more fun for me. But, for those on a budget, I have a some posts coming up with some inexpensive brushes!
Do you use any of my favorite brushes? What are go-to brushes?
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