4 Must-Have Eyeshadow Brushes, Along with Affordable Dupes


Best Eyeshadow Brushes

Time to jumpstart an updated makeup brush series! I’ll try my best to keep it simple and go in order as much as possible.  We’re going to start with the most requested; must-have eyeshadow brushes.  I can get 90% of the looks I wear done with 4 brushes or less and that’s pushing it.  I’ll explain below.


Large Shader Brush (MAC 252 Brush $32 or Sigma E60  Brush $14)

Use with cream, liquid, or powder – These brushes large paddle shaped with firm yet soft bristles.  If you pick up product using just one side of the brush you can skip reaching for a new brush and simply use the other side to apply the next product (assuming you’re going from a cream eyeshadow base to powder eyeshadow).  Not only will this save time but also money.

Classic Large Eyeshadow Brush (e.l.f Large Eyeshadow Brush $1 or Sonia Kashuk Large Shadow Brush $12.99 at Target)

Use with powder – Even with all the options I have I always get the most use out of this classic eyeshadow brush.  They’re fluffy and dense and you can easily pack on color while utilizing a great deal of eye lid space. Packing is to tap the color on before blending for full max color payoff.

Precision Detail Brush/ Pencil Brush (MAC219 Brush $25 or Morphe Precision Pencil Crease Brush $3.95)

Use with powder – These brushes are short with pointed to slightly domed tapers.  The bristles are very dense.  They work best to smudge product on the lower lash line, soften a cut crease, add a touch of shimmer in the inner corners of the eyes.


Tapered Blending Brush/ Fluffy Blending Brush (Sigma Tapered Blending Brush E40 $14 or MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush $32.00)  

Use to with powder – I rarely use this brush to pick up additional product because it just becomes too much.  I use this brush clean, buff, and blend the overall look.  Not all fluffy brushes are the same and I’ve fallen in love with the MAC 224.

Large Shader Brush for Eyeshadow

Large Shader Brush for Eyeshadow

Large Eyeshadow Brush

Large Eyeshadow Brush

Detail Brush for Eyeshadow

Tapered Blending Brush

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