Okay, so the general idea for professional make-up kits is to buy the best quality you can find and afford, but the same doesn’t nessessarily apply to make-up brushes. There are times when you don’t need to pay 25 quid for a single brush!
After asking around, in forums and pestering working MUA’s that I meet, I’ve found that you don’t have to spend a fortune on every brush in your kit which is a great relief seeing as most MUA’s buy a LOT of brushes! It seems that there are some you can save on and some you should splurdge on. For example, the word is that we are better off buying decent foundation brushes as we will get better results, but we can save on lip brushes as they all work pretty much the same way (1.50 pound brushes at EyesLipsFace.co.uk here I come ). Kabuki brushes are best to splurge on, but you can find some really affordable eye shadow brushes in all shapes and sizes. Personally, I’d advise buying a decent crease brush but other than that brushes from the likes of CrownBrush, Avon and even my E.L.F travel kit are standing the test of time for me.
If you want to work in Special Effects Make-up then your brushes will probably get ruined quickly from the various glues, bloods and pastes that you will use, so don’t worry too much about buying from MAC or the likes. You can even find paint brushes that are affordable and good enough quality to use!
I just wanted to put this little post together because I know how daunting it can be to look around at all the brands and prices of brushes, trying to figure out which ones are “the best”. I’m lucky enough to have people in my life who have already been through all this and so I want to let others know that there is room for savings. Starting out in Make-up Artistry can be expensive enough without having to buy a load of expensive brushes when you don’t need to.
Shop around! Do your research before commiting to anything!