So many brushes, so little time...

How many times have you starred at the pile of brushes (you just bought) and wondered what do I do with these? How many times have you asked yourself (as you reach for one of those brushes), what was this one for again? I know the answer already! This is such a common issue and I truly believe it's what pushes women away from makeup application. Between the cost of these brushes and the lack of training, we end up going home with more brushes than we really need and feeling even more nervous to use them. Trust me, I understand the dilemma...

You'll need; a foundation brush, a full-coverage brush, a concealer brush, a setting brush. You need to have a powder brush, a bronzer brush, a contour brush, a blush brush, a kabuki brush and a fan brush. What about an all-over shadow brush, a flat brush, a crease brush, a blending brush, an eyeliner brush and a smudge brush? Oh, and a cut crease brush (not really what it's called, but you get my point), a brow brush and  of course a lip brush! Your total comes out to $655. How are you going to explain this to the hubby? You get back to your car and cry...Am I being too dramatic? Honestly, no! I work behind a counter, I see these types of women everyday and the salesperson who happily just rung them up! So sad... 

Today's Makeup Monday is dedicated to my fellow moms and not because what I'm about to explain won't benefit anyone else. I took a vow to help and guide other moms just like me. In a busy, hectic day, the last thing we have time for is juggling through a million brushes we never needed in the first place. Whether you are a full glam, all day everyday type of woman (in which you don't need me guiding through anything, heehee)  or a basic t-shirt and jeans kinda gal...we can all agree, that even just 5 minutes to prepare ourselves for the day is a great feeling. Whether it be a full bold lip or a sheer lip-gloss...it all counts for something! You can blow dry and style your hair or tie it in a ponytail. It doesn't matter the size, style or lifestyle of a woman...we all want to feel beautiful. Giving yourself a few minutes each day to do whatever you need to do to feel and look great is an important component in motherhood! I want to see more of my moms practicing this instead of complaining about how frumpy and tired they look! Okay I need to stop, I'm off on one of my tangents again...lets just get to the brushes shall we? 


Deluxe Buffer Brush by Morphe is my go-to when I'm not using my Beauty Blender. Its full, domed shape gives me the density I need when I want more of a full coverage, airbrush finish yet allows me to buff out and soften the look of my foundation leaving a more even, natural finish. I also use this is under my eyes. Once I pat in to my concealer with my fingers, Ill use this buffer to do exactly that. Buff and blend everything out. A small concealer brush is usually recommended for this step, but I don't always have time for that. This works perfectly for what I need accomplishment! 

Deluxe Buffer Brush by Morphe is my go-to when I'm not using my Beauty Blender. Its full, domed shape gives me the density I need when I want more of a full coverage, airbrush finish yet allows me to buff out and soften the look of my foundation leaving a more even, natural finish. I also use this is under my eyes. Once I pat in to my concealer with my fingers, Ill use this brush to buff and blend everything out. 


Bronzer Brush by Bobbi Brown is a great one for just an allover smoother and softer application. It's got super soft hairs and a more rounded head for even distribution. Applies my bronzer evenly and allows me to stipple it into my cheekbones for a slight contour effect as well. Fills two needs with one deed! Can't complain about that!


Angled Cheek Contour Brush by Laura Mercier Is another favorite of mine. It has a slanted, round shape to it which is meant to mimic the contours of your cheekbones. If you have trouble figuring out where your blush goes, this definitely helps to figure it out, You can also use this for highlighting because of its shape and because it applies the shimmer evenly.


Eye Sweep by Bobbi Brown is pretty much the only brush I use on my eyes for my everyday look. This brush is excellent for allover eye shadow. Something like your base color for example. Usually, I apply a base color all over to brighten me up, pop on some mascara and eyeliner in my tight line and my eyes are good to go.

ormally, here all I have left to grab is my favorite lip balm or gloss and be done with my look. Unless, you want some more then continue reading...


ormally, here all I have left to grab is my favorite lip balm or gloss and be done with my look. Unless, you want some more then continue reading...


Eye Shadow Brush by Bobbi Brown is great for applying shadows from lash line to crease because its small and condensed. Perfect for those days when I want a bit more on my eyes. I can go from day to night very easily with this one brush. As mothers, were always looking for quick and effective! 


Fluffy Crease Brush (M332) by Morphe is great for any transition color in the crease. Maybe you need something to smooth out that lower lid color so everything blends together, looking flawless. Maybe you want to pack in some more color for more of an intense look. Whatever it is, fluffy brushes are great! This is a winner for me!


Fluffy Blending Brush by Lancome though is similar to the above Morphe fluffy brush, has more of a unique shape with longer fluffier hairs. Allowing you to blend more softly (using windshield wiper motions) and really get a beautiful transition of color from dark to light. One is denser, packing on the crease color while the other is there to soften and blend everything together.


Flat Eyeliner Brush by BH Cosmetics is great if you’re in the mood for some eyeliner but not necessarily the fuss of a winged or thick line. You can use this on powders and/or gel eyeliners. If it’s easier for you to just tap into a powder and press into your lash-line, then have -at- it! Sometimes that’s all the extra umph needed!


Photo: Bobbi Brown

Brow Definer/Brow Groomer by Bobbi Brown is only useful if you’re actually going to fill in your brows with a powder. The spoolie at the end is great to brush through your brows to soften any harsh lines. It’s also great to just brush eyebrows up and over for a more natural look or to get them ready for some brow gel, which is my signature brow look, lately.


Powder Brush by Bobbi Brown is a great one because it has a tapered head which applies just the right amount of powder, where you need it. I don't always use this because I don't use powder daily, but I still wanted to add it for you guys because when I do, this is the one I like. 


That is it friends! That’s not too bad right? Ten brushes if you’re doing all of it or 4 if you just want something clean and easy, like what I typically do. Don’t let the tools intimidate you and don’t be suckered into buying brushes you know you’ll never use! Get comfortable with what’s in front of you so you’re comfortable achieving the look you desire. Also, very important...don't forget to wash your brushes often. I have a blog on how to wash them, check that out here.

Moms, don’t take this the wrong way! No one said you need makeup to be attractive. It just means that, if something as simple as a pretty lipstick or some concealer is all you need to conquer your day, don’t skip out on that. Go for it! You got this! Do what makes you happy! Put on the makeup, style your hair...or don't, that's okay too! I don't want to hear, "I never have time. I feel so ugly". Put yourself first for once and ask yourself "what do I need to do to feel better about myself today". Fit it into your busy life. Something so simple, like a coat of mascara can really change the way you feel. I know it's not always that easy! Trust me! I just want us all to try to do something, anything, for ourselves too. Agh, here I go on my tangent again...next time, next time! Lol!

XoXo!