What makeup brushes should I invest in?


It’s true, the right brush is just as important as the makeup itself. So what brushes do you need and which are better left at the store.

Here are some of my brushes I brought to glam up 6 gals for a bachelorette party in Napa, California.

Here are some of my brushes I brought to glam up 6 gals for a bachelorette party in Napa, California.

Brushes can be expensive…
Makeup brushes are probably not top of mind when you decided to transition to cruelty-free makeup brands, but they are becoming more and more popular and easy to find because of the attention being brought to the issue! If you can’t find information on what the bristles are made of, then thats a red flag: Many of the soft and fluffy brushes you use are made with the real fur of soft and fluffy animals.

This travel-friendly, dome-shaped brush evenly applies and blends liquid foundation with ease. Made with animal-free, artistry-quality taklon bristles. Vegan and synthetic brushes can actually deliver just as good (if not better) results because their synthetic fibers are hypoallergenic and less expensive. It’s a win-win. 

Using a very small lip brush on the bride-to-be, Stephanie for her lips. Precision is key.

Using a very small lip brush on the bride-to-be, Stephanie for her lips. Precision is key.

Stephanie is wearing Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion after toning with these Rejuvenating Toner Pads.

Did you know that there’s a difference between eyeshadow brushes and eyeshadow CREASE brushes?
This brush is an essential for any makeup-tool collection because it can be used to cover imperfections, define and line eyes, or used as a lip brush! My clients always say they love the feel of this one!

Have you considered how much pressure when applying blush, bronzer or powder? 
You should be using a very light pressure overall. 

Just a little snapshot of my brush collection for weddings and events

Just a little snapshot of my brush collection for weddings and events

How many brushes does one girl need?

I have hundreds but ideally you only need 5-7 good brushes, depending on how much makeup you like to wear. I’ve had this set for a while and LOVE them. Inspired by artist paintbrushes, these brushes are weighted at the bristles to help you apply color in an ergonomic fashion. They also feature an elongated metal ring where the brush head meets the handle to help keep moisture away when washing - and therefore extend the life of your tools.

How often should you clean your brushes? 
At least once a week and immediately if you’ve had a breakout or let other friends use your brushes! It’s also important to clean your makeup brushes to get rid of buildup, dirt, oils, and more importantly bacteria!

I got to glam up these lovely ladies for a bachelorette in Napa and we used a wide variety of brushes because some only needed powder while others needed a cream base and contour brushes for shading.

I got to glam up these lovely ladies for a bachelorette in Napa and we used a wide variety of brushes because some only needed powder while others needed a cream base and contour brushes for shading.

Pro tip: Clean your brushes right away by swiping them on a makeup remover wipe like these ones to help remove the majority of the makeup so you only need to deep cleanse your brushes once or twice a month.

Do you have other questions? 
I’m always happy to help virtually or answer them or have a private lesson to go over what you have, what you can live without and what you might need to apply makeup quickly, efficiently, and correctly! 

 P.S.

A new Clean Beauty podcast episode dropped today, go check it out and tell me what you think over on the Clean Beauty Podcast instagram!

Xo Cassandra 

Cassandra Mcclure