Walking into the cosmetic brush section of your favourite makeup store can be a bit intimidating. In addition to varying by real estate – eyes, lips, lashes, cheek and face, most makeup brushes are also segmented by what they do – blend, shade, contour, highlight, buff, make you breakfast (if only); by size and application – small, medium, large, pointy, domed, flat – and by what they’re working with (powders, creams and liquids). It’s enough to make you wonder - who even needs all this stuff?
Makeup artists, as it turns out! Brushes are the tools of their trade, and owning a vast array allows for greater flexibility, an invaluable asset when on the job. But just like you don’t need a fully kitted Le Creuset kitchen to whip up a spot of lunch, you can do a full face of makeup on the daily and experiment with your look as much as you like using just a few key brushes.
I turned to Pati Dubroff, who works with Charlize Theron, Kate Bosworth, Julianne Moore and January Jones and who can always be counted on for honest advice, for expert advice on the matter. She’s also responsible for by Terry’s Baume de Rose’s cult popularity, so the lady knows what she’s talking about.
Here are her recommendations on the basic brushes every makeup lover needs, whether you’re looking to cover the daily basics or fancy yourself a bit of a budding pro.