Everyday Makeup Brush Guide

As a beauty blogger I have A LOT of makeup brushes but obviously I don’t use them all everyday. I have some cute little buckets that I like to store them all in. I have one for face brushes, one for eyebrushes and then a separate one for my everyday brushes. I personally don’t use a brush for foundation and concealer as I prefer the finish a beauty blender gives.

Everyday Makeup Brush Guide Spectrum Zoeva Charlotte Tilbury

I got the cute little container from IKEA. It’s actually a candle holder but it’s the perfect size to fit my essential brushes. I thought I’d put together a little post of my must have everyday makeup brushes and those that I feel are perfect for a starter kit.

Face Brushes

Everyday Makeup Brush Guide Spectrum Zoeva Charlotte Tilbury

Spectrum C03 – Powder

I used a translucent setting powder everyday so a powder brush is an essential for me. I love this one from Spectrum as it’s so fluffy and has a tapered end so it’s great for getting into awkward parts of the face.

Spectrum C04 – Bronzer

Bronzer’s a difficult one for pale girls as they can be very pigmented because of this I like to have a large fluffy bronzer brush. The C04 from Spectrum actually has a slanted side to help buff in the product.

Spectrum A04 – Highlighter

I’m not a fan of fan brushes for highlighter, they’re awkward to work with and don’t pick up enough product for my liking. I love this small tapered brush from Spectrum. It is big enough to highlight cheek bones but you can also use the tip to highlight your Cupid’s bow or nose and pinch it to highlight your brow bone.

Everyday Makeup Brush Guide Spectrum Zoeva Charlotte Tilbury

So Eco Rose Gold Powder Brush – Blush

This is the prettiest blush brush! It’s so soft and fluffy and blends blush like a dream. It’s actually a powder brush but I couldn’t be without it for blush. It’s the perfect size for the apples of my cheeks.

Zoeva Petite Stippling – Contour

This Stippling brush is the newest brush to my collection, I use this to contour. It’s very soft and the bristles aren’t compact so it doesn’t pack on too much product. It also buffs out my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder like a dream.

Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt – Bronzer/Contour

This is technically a second bronzer/contour brush. I’d lusted after this for a while ever since getting the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow and when I finally treated myself to it I wasn’t disappointed! I can use this for both bronzer and contour so it’s a great multi tasking brush. It also blends powder effortlessly.

Eye Brushes

Everyday Makeup Brush Guide Spectrum Zoeva Charlotte Tilbury

Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer

This was one of the first eyeshadow brushes I ever got and it’s a staple. You can use it to work shadow into your crease as well as for blending. It’s soft and fluffy and washes very well. I’ve been able to do full eyemakeup looks with this one brush so it’s perfect for starting out.

Spectrum B06

I bought this brush especially for blending, I’d read so many incredible reviews that I just had to try it. Like all my spectrum brushes it’s insanely soft and really does blend eyeshadow beautifully. I love how long and fluffy it is and you can get it right into the crease.

Everyday Makeup Brush Guide Spectrum Zoeva Charlotte Tilbury

Spectrum C06

I use this little tulip shape brush to pack on shadow to my lid. It picks up a lot of product and is soft enough that it doesn’t ruin the base of my eye shadow look.

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease

Now this was one of the best investments! My sister had this in a Zoeva set and I knew I needed it! It’s the perfect size for blending shadow along the lower lash line. Zoeva make this brush in rose gold (like the one I have), their original black and white or in their bamboo range so you’ve lots of choice!

I hope this post was a helpful insight into a starter makeup brush kit. You can get 15% off Spectrum brushes through this link. What are your essential makeup brushes and favourite makeup brush brands?


  1. December 11, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Your brushes are so pretty! Also making me feel v aware that my brushes are in need of a good clean! Which brush cleanser do you use?

    Abi xx

  2. December 11, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Gorgeous pictures. I recently got the Zoeva Luxe Soft Crease brush and its easily one of the best eye brushes I’ve ever used xxx

  3. December 11, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Great post! Those brushes are beautiful!

  4. December 11, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Beautiful photos and brushes! This is helpful! ♥

  5. December 11, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    So many gorgeous makeup brushes 🙂 I am really loving the Spectrum ones. I don’t own any myself, but would love to get some 🙂
    Clem x

  6. December 11, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I’m getting a Spectrum Brush Set for Christmas from my boyfriend, and I literally cannot wait! This post has made me even more excited.. 😍

  7. December 11, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Hi, what a lovely collection of brushes snd fab photos as always.

  8. December 11, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    This blog post is so SOOOOO useful for makeup novices like me! I have only tried using makeup brushes once, for foundation, and I made such a mess – pretty much all of the product stayed on the brush hahah! I think I was definitely using the wrong type, but with this guide I won’t be making that mistake in future because I can compare the brushes I have with yours in the photos and see how I should actually be using them haha! Thank you!!

    Abbey ❄️ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  9. December 11, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I will be honest, I don’t know much about make up brushes. I pretty much use the same brush for everything haha

    P.S. Your blog photos are beautiful!

  10. December 11, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I definitely need a new makeup brushes. I actually bought mine from eBay last year and they are better than I expected them to be. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  11. December 11, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Wow your make-up brushes are lovely! I’m not big on make-up but I wear a little round my eyes which has me needing only 3 brushes. Although I’m not a beauty/make-up enthusiastic these posts are very insightful into that world. Great post!

  12. December 12, 2017 / 4:41 am

    You have so many great brushes! I don’t think I’ve tried any of these brands. Your bronzer brush looks a lot like the MAC brush I use as well! That shape is great for contouring.

  13. December 12, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Your makeup brushes are so pretty, also the container from ikea is a must have! I usually use my beauty blender for foundation and concealer as well but for the rest of the face I will use my brushes! 💕

  14. December 12, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Great guide to brushes. I wish I had more spectrum brushes.. I have two and I love them. I also really need to clean my brushes desperately.

  15. December 13, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I am a huge fan of spectrum brushes – they are such good quality! X

  16. December 13, 2017 / 10:21 am

    I needed this post! I have been after some new makeup brushes for a while as mine are old and getting a bit tatty, but I didn’t know where to even begin. There are so many brushes on the market now, but I think I might start with these!

    Paige x

  17. December 13, 2017 / 11:56 am

    Goodness me it’s amazing how much you know about make up brushes! I have like 3… and I don’t know what they’re for I just use them for whatever I need haha! It’s quite shameful 🙈 those spectrum brushes are lovely xxx

  18. December 13, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I love this post! Having a nose at what brushes people use is one of my favs! You’re brushes are so pretty as well! X

    Jamie | http://www.jamies-corner.com

  19. December 13, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    I have quite a few Spectrum Brushes and I love them x


  20. December 13, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    This is such a pretty brush collection, the spectrum brushes are gorgeous! I desperately need to update my brush collection! x

  21. December 13, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    The spectrum brushes are so beautiful!! I just picked up some Hakuhodo brushes but other than i pretty much have all Zoeva and a MAC one here or there.

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  22. December 13, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    The Spectrum ones are gorgeous! That blue ombre is just to die for. Also how is the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder? I’ve heard such great things about it and the colour looks so good xx

    Janelle | http://thenellybean.com

  23. December 13, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Love your little brush holder! Right now I have mine hanging out in mason jars, but I’m getting too many! This looks like it would be the perfect size 🙂

    A- simplylovely90.com

  24. December 13, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I use the same brush holder as you rach! I love the rose gold Zoeva brushes, they are my faves x

  25. December 13, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    This was actually really helpful for me as I get completely lost when it comes to brushes! I am interested in this powder fixer you use too?


  26. December 13, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    I wish I was good at make-up, this brushes look beautiful!x

    Francesca | everythingchessie.co.uk 🌿

  27. Emma
    December 14, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Such pretty brushes! I really need to use more of my makeup brushes. I only really use the powder and foundation ones at the moment, which have both been absolutely game changers! x

  28. thenorthernwritesblog
    December 17, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I love the spectrum brushes, especially the eye brushes, I find they just blend so well. I’m still lusting after the CT brush, I may have to treat myself!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | http://www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

  29. December 18, 2017 / 10:56 am

    These brushes are gorgeous colours! Thanks for sharing this guide, I’ve found this really helpful 😀
    I usually use one from Zoeva and real techniques, I’ll definitely check out spectrum now too 🙂


  30. December 18, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    i love zoeva and real techniques brushes! i need to try more spectrum ones Ive heard great things

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