My reason fails me when it comes to makeup brushes, I have this unrestrained curiosity to discover more and more and I don’t think I will ever have enough of them. The worst part is that it’s not going to end soon and due to the newest acquisitions that keep on coming my favorites may change on a regular basis.
When I finally calm down and my wallet gets some peace and quiet you then send me new links and trigger my inner beast again ! I don’t know if I have to thank you or blame you, probably both, but I do enjoy it, a lot.
I am creating this post due to high demand, I received a few emails recently about brushes and thought that it was time for a new post on that topic, it will certainly help me address these questions a little bit more in detail.
Your questions were related to my favorite brushes: whatever the price, whatever the brand. After a few days, weeks actually, of deliberation I came to the conclusion that it would not be easy to answer and the result would involve a lot of them, more than 140 actually, 140 is not the total amount of brushes I have, it’s just the number of brushes that made it into my very top favorites. I did my best to narrow it down to just a very few by category but still, too many.
These are most of my HG brushes :
But these are my top favorites, approx 140 :
I have split them into categories and whenever possible you will see a white and a dark option in each one, this is just to allow more flexibility with personal preferences. I will only briefly comment each category, due to the huge amount of them it makes it impossible for me to cover every single aspect. I am only showing you my HG or top favorites, I have other brushes that I also love but if I feature all of them I would still be writing this post in 2014 !
If you have any questions about these brushes, if you are looking for a dupe, a more affordable option or a more easily accessible brand, don’t hesitate to comment, I’ll do my best to help and to guide you in your research. As you know I have an unbridled passion for makeup brushes, I am not here to show off, nor are my friends and followers, we just want to introduce you to a whole new world of wonders. Not only because they are beautiful to look at but they will make a difference, make you feel good and look good.
Why so many different options (materials, shape, density) for the same function ?
- We all have different needs and preferences. Please keep in mind that these are my personal favorites and although I can give your some recommendations, your own preferences may differ. It’s not because one of these brushes is HG for me that it will necessarily be the same for you but I do hope that my comments and discoveries will help you in your research.
I love white goat brushes, they look beautiful and they are also meant to be used with cream or liquid products since they usually don’t contain dye. The downside is that they require more frequent washes. If you don’t have the time or if you don’t care for white goat brushes that much, you may want to stick to darker ones.
- Goat (or coarser) hair brushes will pick more product and deliver a heavier coverage -in theory-. Some squirrel brushes are just as good and sometimes we are not looking for a heavy coverage but for a more natural and soft application.
- Goat hair brushes will deliver a more polished effect and a more easy blending process but if you have delicate and very dry skin you may want to prefer softer options.
- If you are new to brushes, you may prefer brushes that allow a more diffused application, this may be an important criteria when you are just starting to build a collection. Also important to get great but versatile options to avoid huge budget allocations.
I don’t usually function in “rules”, it’s known that goat hair is better for oily skin and squirrel for dry skin, or that you can get a heavier coverage with goat hair than with squirrel brushes. Yes, it’s often the case but nowadays goat hair can be really soft and squirrel hair can be incredibly efficient, I don’t feel the absolute need to base my selection on these rules. Whatever the brush I will show you here, it is certified soft and efficient. I have very dry skin and they are all pleasant to use, some more than others of course.
The categories below are : eyeliner, eyebrows, concealer, smudge, precision, laydown, small, medium or large crease, base, blending, outer V, lip brush, blush, contour, highlight, bronzer, powder and foundation. You don’t need to own one of each category, it’s obviously directly linked to your own needs and your budget.
It’s probably the most difficult brush to find, I spent years looking for the perfect one for me.
Hakuhodo K007 : For gel liners or liquid liners. I like to draw a very thin line just at the outer corner of my eyes (2/3), not very easy to do it but I can precisely place the product.
Hakuhodo G5515 : For powder lining, I also use it with powder-to-gel liners (when you have to dampen the product with water to use it as a liner), the result will not be as defined but it makes my lashes look fuller without looking like an obvious application of liner.
Hakuhodo G5531 : I use this thicker brush with softer products, like the Suqqu cream/liner pans in the recent quads or also with powder-to-gel liners (Laura Mercier, Becca).
Hakuhodo K005 : I love this brush with any gel liner, I have a great control on the application, I manage a thin(ish) line (~1mm) and it’s much easier to use than the K007.
Hakuhodo S148 : same as above but I find the K005 easier to use since the hair are shorter. I use it also to line the bottom lash line with lighter color texture (to open up the eyes), it’s more forgiving.
If I had to keep only one : the Hakuhodo K005, it has become my daily brush.
I don’t need much precision or much work on my eyebrows, on a daily basis I use the Hokuto, then for more precision I’ll pick the Z-6 or B264. I have been using the cheapest options until a few months ago and I was happy with that, I recently decided to upgrade to better brushes, they do make a difference but it’s not that important at the beginning when you are trying to build your brush collection.
If I had to keep only one : the Hokuto. Suqqu have a similar one but I don’t own it, I was happy to find this one on the Rakuten website at half-price.
It’s mandatory to use very soft brushes around the eyes, I am lucky I don’t have much to conceal but my skin is extremely thin, delicate and dry, if I don’t blend well -but softly- the result would be cakey and unflattering.
The Hakuhodo J122R is fantastic with the application and blending of concealer around the eyes, if you use thicker products you can put pressure without hurting your eyes. It’s made of goat and synthetic fibers.
The Hakuhodo G537s is only available in the Hakuhodo Japanese website, I love the sword shape (kolinsky).
The big Hakuhodo J4005 is the perfect brush to conceal large zones, for example in between your eyes and your nose. I also use it for highlight and place the contour, not blending it, but placing it. It’s a synthetic brush.
If I had to keep only one : the Hakuhodo J122R (or J125R)
One of the most important brushes in my collection, I am always in the hunt for little precision/smudge brushes like these.
The Suqqu S (squirrel) seems to be discontinued but I am trying to find a dupe for it, I have one similar pending in an order at the moment, if and when I get it I will let you know if that could be a dupe.
The Koyudo C011 (goat) is a wonderful pencil brush, much softer than any other goat pencil brushes, long but firm enough, perfect balance and a must-have.
The Tanseido (goat) is a brush that will be cloned in my collection, I need a few of these. I use it nearly every single day either for precise application of eyeshadow or for the application of pencil eyeliner (from the pencil onto the brush and then from the brush onto the lashline).
The Rae Morris 12 (squirrel-ish I believe) is doing the same role as the Tanseido, but I hate magnets in brushes.
If I had to keep only
one two : The Tanseido and the Suqqu S
This is a very important category for me, I need precision so I will try as many brushes as I can, since they have little hair and require less work they aren’t as expensive as others.
I can use all of them to line or smudge the lashline or create more detailed work. Goat, kolinsky (Shu Uemura) or weasel (Hakuhodo S) are also appropriate for cream/liquids. The Billy B is not as soft as the others but it delivers somehow the perfect width and finish (=coverage) on the lower lashline to pair with a dramatic smokey eye
If I had to keep only
one a few: The Tanseido, the Koyudo C011 and the Suqqu S
I found my “dupe” for the Mac 239, a softer version, with this Tanseido YWQ9, another one that I will duplicate in my collection. Not exactly the same size and thickness but to me it delivers equals results with the benefit that it feels softer on the lids and it will allow a more detailed application.
When I saw the YCQ 12s for the first time I wasn’t convinced, it’s very thin and so insanely soft, you can barely feel it on your skin and I was wondering how it could deliver enough intensity, but when I tried it I just could not believe what was happening. It was actually delivering similar intensity as a Mac 239 with the most unbridled softness you could ever dream of. My next mission is to find all the sisters of the YCQ 12s, all shapes and sizes if there are any !
The two Hakuhodo here are great options too, more easily accessible.
If I had to keep only
one two : the two Tanseidos, YCQ12s and YWQ9.
This is a category that will depend on your eyelids, I prefer small crease brushes than larger ones. The more precisely you can place the color the more you can play with the lifting effects. The Nars and the Billy B are not exactly the softest options on earth but they are so incredibly efficient that I could not live without them, they are soft enough for my eyelids though. The Rae Morris shown here is the medium one but since it’s very pointy it will fit smaller eyelids. Although the RM is supposed to be squirrel hair (I think), the Hakuhodo J5529 feels definitely softer.
If I had to keep only one : the Nars 12 (forgot to put the name on the pic, so it’s the one without the name…)
My HG crease is the TF 13, this is all I can wish for in a medium crease brush, perfectly shaped, perfect density, perfect firmness, feels fantastic and blends like no other (goat hair).
The Hakuhodo S122 is the most stunning angled brush I ever saw, after all this time the shape is still the same, it did shed a few hairs but the hair are still tightly and firmly packed together, this gives the brush a lot of power and control and of course it’s really very soft (canadian squirrel).
The Hakuhodo S142 is a fantastic pointy medium crease brush, I use it for a contouring effect in the crease, for more precision I will use a smaller one. It’s not as dense and firm as the TF 13 but it’s a fantastic affordable option (goat hair).
Then you have the other crease brushes, the G5523 (squirrel) is a softer and the more tapered version of the J5523. The BP033 (squirrel) is not exactly as soft and precise than the G5523 but has better blending capabilities. The J5523 is probably the most versatile option, crease application and blending capabilities, very soft, fluffy, great quality.
If I had to keep only one: The Tom Ford 13
These are more blending brushes than crease brushes to me, they are all incredibly well shaped and efficient. If you want the softest version you need to go for the G5522, but the two goat brushes are and feel absolutely divine.
If I had to keep only one : The Hakuhodo J5522
It’s also a very important brush to me, it has to feel very soft, pick enough product and deliver and even application. These brushes are just the most magnificient base application brushes I came across. They are all extremely soft and efficient, they all apply an even coverage, more or less heavy depending on the type of hair. Whatever brush you go for, you will not be disappointed.
If I had to keep only one : …Not possible, I just can’t choose. Probably the one that has the biggest place in my heart is the Chikuhodo 12-6, because of it’s reasonable price and the shape, flexibility of the head.
Blending is the most important part of my makeup routine, I own very pigmented products and I have a very heavy hand, I *NEED* to blend whatever the look, it’s just something I cannot skip. When I want the softest blending I will reach for the Suqqu L but the Fine Kalla is even better to me due to it’s shape, it’s more full and flatter near the surface therefore it makes the blending easier. The other brushes are all incredible blending brushes, the Koyudo here is very dense and could eventually overly blend your application but it’s actually what I want. The Hakuhodo 214 will also do the trick but it’s not as soft as the Koyudo, the other Hakuhodo J214 is excellent and even softer.
If I had to keep only
one three : the Tanseido YWQ12 and the Koyudo BP023 and the Hakuhodo J5523.
I prefer a precise brush but not too pointy, if it’s too pointy it may be too flexible and if it’s too firm it may deliver a too harsh application.
If you have very delicate eyelids there is nothing worst than placing a scratchy brush against the skin in the corner of your eyes, it’s essential for me to use extremely soft brushes in that area. For a precise cut-crease application I will use the TF 12, absolutely amazing the control you have with this brush, I wish I had two of these but the price of the TF brushes is so high, I am in a mission to find a dupe so if by any chance you know of a similar length/width brush that is very soft on the skin, I would love to receive your recommendations !
If I had to keep only
one FOUR: The Suqqu S, Koyudo C011, Tom Ford 12 and Fine Kalla KK-004, but they are all absolutely amazing.
The only way I can pull off a dark lipstick like Mac Ruby Woo, Absolute Power, Pink Parrot or many of the Tom Fords, is if I apply them as a stain with a lipbrush. Although I love the Shu Uemura, I don’t find it very easy to use, the angled point can be tricky to draw a precise application so I prefer the Lunasol or the Hakuhodo.
They are all incredibly pleasant to use, the Hakuhodo is weasel, the other two are Kolinsky but I don’t feel the difference…
If I had to keep only one : the Lunasol. It’s very heavy and it’s more for the handle that I love it so much, compared to the Hakuhodo both work pretty much the same.
To summarize my top HG brushes for eyes/lips/concealer
If you are starting to look for more higher-end brushes for a reasonable price, I would recommend you these :
- Lips: just a normal inexpensive brush would do the trick. This Koyudo is just an example (it was part of a set), I think it’s better to choose a square, firm but soft, but it’s a question of personal preference. If it’s too firm it might hurt your lips.
- Eyeliner : the Hakuhodo K005 is the easiest brush I own.
- Eyebrows : just a simple angled eyebrow brush would do the trick, not necessary to pick the softest brush. This B264 is a fantastic option (mine came with their 2012 Christmas set)
- Concealer : just make sure it’s soft ! The Hakuhodo G540 is a medium size, easy to use. The J125R is amazing for blending concealer and can be a versatile brush, also for cream eyeshadow.
- Precision/smudge : the Koyudo C011 is probably the softest pencil, great price too. The Tanseido YWQ7 is excellent for precision application.
- Outer V : I think the most versatile brush can be the KK-004, extremely soft too and worth every penny (got mine in the Rakuten website).
- Laydown : Hakuhodo J242G, great for powder and cream. If you already have the Mac 239 you may not need this one.
- Base : Tanseido YWQ 10, perfect size for base application, it’s a bit smaller than other similar options for base application so it will fit more eye shapes and sizes. Can also be used to blend.
- Crease : It will totally depend on you, I like to have a small, a medium and a large. The J5522 is fantastic for blending or even for small contouring.
Except for the Kyureido that is squirrel, all the others are appropriate for cream or powder.
Darker cheek brushes
I have extremely delicate skin, using a blush brush is only possible if it’s very soft. The Suqqu Cheek, the 2 Tanseido and the Koyudo are the softest options on this planet. The Koyudo is denser and works with so many type of blushes, more or less pigmented. The 2 Tanseido are not that dense but they are absolutely divine with very pigmented products. The Chikuhodo Z-4 is also a very unique brush, denser than the Suqqu or the Fine Kalla.
The RMK is a gem too, I cannot leave it behind because it’s a wonderful and very efficient option and probably the least expensive one.
If I had to keep only one, well, let’s be difficult : the head of the Koyudo, with the shape of the Z-4 and the handle of the Fine Kalla 😛
White cheek brushes
Below are some options for white blush brushes, if you are like me and love white hair brushes, there are so many fantastic and soft options today !
The Hakuhodo is the most versatile because it will work also for a more diffused application (for bronzer for example), the Tom Ford is extremely soft and dense, of course a HG (but Hakuhodo has cheaper dupe), and the Koyudo BP016 is the most perfectly well balanced cheek brush ever, it has all the qualities I am looking for in a blush brush : softness, perfect size, perfect density, perfect shape.
If I had to keep only one : the Koyudo BP016.
This is a special category for me since I am crazy for tiny cheek brushes. Contour brushes tend to often fall in this category so I simply cannot resist them.
The Billy B is a fantastic little versatile brush (contour, blush, blending), soft enough, but not the softest brush, don’t expect squirrel quality, it’s not, feels like goat blended with soft synthetic fibers but I may be wrong.
It depends what products I will use to contour, if it’s a powder contour and very pigmented I will use a less dense brush like the Billy B, for normal products the Hakuhodo Kokutan or the J5521 are wonders and also very versatile.
The Koyudo BP023 and Chikuhodo Z-3 are extremely dense, I don’t use them very often for contour but I do for blending.
For detailed contouring I’ll use smaller brushes, like the small Tanseido, soft like angel hair, you can barely feel it on your skin.
The Tanseido SS14 has probably the cutest shape ever, insanely soft and fluffy, one of the biggest surprises of 2012 ! You can see it in action here.
If I want great blending capabilities and brushes that will pick a lot of product, I will grab the chikuhodo G-9 or the Koyudo, the Koyudo is much thicker than the Chikuhodo.
The Rae Morris is a funny brush, I am not crazy about the quality, certainly not worth its price, but it’s efficient.
If I had to keep only one : I can’t only pick one but I will definitely be happy if I had the Rae Morris design with the wood of the Hakuhodo Kokutan, the hair of the Hakuhodo J5521…
Again a rather difficult category, it will just depend on the type of product I am using. If it’s very sparkly or creamy I would go for the Hakuhodo J4002. Some new highlight products have textures in between cream and powder (Givenchy croisiere, Dior Nude), these brushes are perfect with them.
For very pigmented highlighters, I love the two tiny Tanseidos, the squirrel AQ14 and the goat YWH12.
The little Maple Kinoko is very dense, just like the J5521, rounded but still pointed for some precision and medium to heavy coverage.
The Hakuhodo S116 (blue squirrel) is amazingly soft, if you love small flat tapered brushes you will be amazed with this little one, delivers a sheer application and you can use it sideways for more precision.
The big Hakuhodo G5537 is more like a fan, not dense at all but I apply just a very subtle wash.
It will be a question of what coverage I want and what precision I will go for.
I tend to use highlight products like Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight or similar textures, for that I can use pretty much any highlighter brush. I often go for the Tanseido YWH 12 just because it’s wonderful on the skin and using it feels very artistic.
The Hakuhodo G5518 is a masterpiece, although it’s incredibly soft, since it’s very dense if you don’t have a light hand you may struggle with it, it’s more for expert users I’ll say, I use it only for highlight.
In comparison the Chikuhodo Z-2 is more tapered and less dense, it will very softly apply any product without altering your foundation at all.
I initially got the Chikuhodo Z-9 to complete my Z-series collection, I really didn’t think I would use it as much as I do today but I have developed some kind of addiction to it. It feels amazingly soft on the skin, it’s huge, actually it feels like a soft lion paw caressing my face…
The result will be sheer and as you can imagine, it’s for an all-over application, the surface it covers is really huge.
The Koyudo H005 will deliver a more heavy coverage but has excellent application and blending capabilities, similar to the Z-1 but this one is a mix of goat and squirrel.
The Tom Ford is gigantic and very soft too, not as soft as the Koyudo white mushroom but extremely soft and pleasant to use. The coverage will be in between the Koyudo H005 and the Z-9.
If I had to choose only one : I would die !
For a more directional or heavy application of bronzer or a diffused application of nudish blush, I am loving these ones below :
I love to apply nude blushes, just to even out my cheeks and give some dimension, the application doesn’t need to be very precise. Just be aware that the Koyudo is goat, it’s not coarse at all, but it’s not soft like other baby goat brushes would be, the shape and the efficiency is out of this world though.
The Chikuhodo G-9 is goat and squirrel, I have been looking for a similar shape brush for a long time, glad I found it ! I am loving how it’s fluffy and tapered, quite dense and the application is easy and can be built up.
The Chikuhodo Z-8 is my precious baby, creepy. Since it was the first one I bought from the Z-Series I am very attached to it. Great for blush (maybe too big for some of you) and great for bronzer or powder.
The Chikuhodo Z-1 is another masterpiece, this one is much more useful than the Suqqu powder brush and it’s cheaper, expensive but worth every penny.
If I had to choose only one (well… two) : the Chikuhodo Z-1 and Z-8.
I don’t often powder my face, I have very dry skin and I just don’t need to. If I powder it will be a “glowy” powdering mode, with Rouge Bunny Rouge Sweet to touch or a similar type of product that, instead of setting my foundation, it will set it but still deliver a glowy finish.
Today with Guerlain Meteorites I use the big RMK powder, it’s so dense and full, a really amazing brush for the price. It’s a blend of goat and squirrel hair.
The Tanseido EQ28 is Hosomitsu goat hair, extremely fine -and expensive- but sooo soft !
The Chikuhodo MK-2 is a masterpiece, extremely soft too (grey squirrel), the design gives so much personality to this brush , I just wish I could find a brush made with a handle similar to the MK-2 with hair like the Tanseido EQ28 ! that is my dream !
The Hakuhodo K002 is blue squirrel, extremely soft too but not as dense as the MK-2.
If I had to choose only one : Chikuhodo MK-2 and Tanseido EQ28’s baby…
Some favorite Kabukis
If like me you have the kabuki fever, these are my favorites :
Kabukis are not an essential part of your brush collection, it is for me but it’s also pure therapy 🙂
Most of them here are insanely expensive, but they are also absolute wonders. I think they are irresistible in their little home…
I just recently bought the Real Techiques Face expert, it’s very easy to use, soft and very cheap, probably the best value for money you could ever find.
The Rae Morris 23 is a very pleasant brush, very delicate with my dry skin. I just have a problem with it, when Rae created the sets, she did not send the same brush in all sets, the one in her website is a 23 completely different. I have both, this 23 and the other 23, the other 23 sheds like crazy and the quality is terrible. Look here for a comparison of both.
The Koyudo BP013 is a brush I love to use with thicker cream foundations or powder foundations but the coverage I will be targeting is sheer to medium, it’s very big so not really the best to achieve precise work but it’s just the perfect one for me.
The Rae Morris Radiance is the best blending brush ever. They have just released a new version of this one and it’s on its way to me now. I will keep you updated with the comparison.
These are other very loved options, all for foundation application. Unfortunately I mostly use liquid foundation, at this moment I cannot wear powder foundation so I am not able to give you a proper feedback on that topic. The more gentle option is probably the Hakuhodo J544 , it blends without any exfoliation whatsoever. The Koyudo Fu-pa05 are also a great option for my sometimes flaky skin.
If I had to pick only one : my favorites are the Radiance, Hakuhodo J544 and Koyudo fu-pas, I need all of them, each one for different type of application so I won’t pick just one.
Since I also got questions on what brushes I was using for cream shadow application and blending, these are the ones I use :
If the product has a thick consistency, the Shu 10 is the one I prefer. If the product is more similar to a mousse consistency, I like the flat crease brushes from Hakuhodo for blending and the simple laydown Mac 239 for applying. Probably that the most versatile is the angled duo-fibre ones (J122R, J125R), must-haves. I don’t use synthetic brushes on the eyes, but just because I prefer these Hakuhodo, I find them much more gentle with my eyelids.
I have actually ordered some of the new Makeup For ever brushes for using with powder or cream products, I should be getting them beginning of next week. I will let you know how they compare to these Hakuhodo.
If I had to pick just one : hmmmm, not only one but three : the two Shu and the J125R (or J122R)
I use a lot of cream contour, mostly Hourglass and Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate, I like them to be fluffy and blend very well. These are my favorites brushes for that :
The Shu 18 has a Koyudo and a Chikuhodo dupe. The Hakuhodo J4005 is to place the contour on specific places but then I will blend with a round brush.
If I had to keep one, I would keep the Koyudo.
For more liquid textures like Daniel Sandler or Kett, I like to use the Hakuhodo J544. For thicker textures the Tom Ford or the Hakuhodo J5543 are fantastic.
The Tanseido is a recent discovery, it’s meant to be a foundation brush but I love it with cream blush, really amazing flawless application and just the perfect size for my cheeks.
If I had to choose only one : Although I love all of them, I feel very attached to the Hakuhodo J544.
To summarize, my HG face brushes
Face brush recommendations for beginners
- Powder/bronzer : Hakuhodo J531, incredibly soft and fluffy, a similar brush to the Tom Ford bronzer. J110 will also be an option, since it’s fluffy enough.
- Blush : The S110 is smaller than the J110, the J110 is much softer than the S110 but the S110 will deliver a more precise and polished application.
- Blush/contour : The Hakuhodo J4003, beautiful versatile option.
- Contour/highlight : The Hakuhodo G511, very soft and very easy to use. The J5521 is also an excellent versatile brush.
- Foundation : Real Techniques Expert face and Hakuhodo J544, obviously the RT will delivery a heavier coverage. The J544 is incredibly versatile (foundation, cream blush, cream contour, highlighter…)
- Highlighter : The Hakuhodo J5521 or the J116, both absolute wonders.
If you are looking for affordable synthetic and multipurpose brushes, I totally recommend you the Real Techniques Core Set, you will get a lot from this little set and I love to use it with cream products.
I also got many questions on what brushes I take with me on a trip, obviously versatile brushes. I know I take too many brushes, this is an example :
But it depends if the trip is just for a few days or weeks, my selection will be totally different. It also depends what brush roll I take with me, if it’s long, I don’t need to limit myself to shorter brushes.
I would also like to share a few travel brush holders I use, I don’t have that many but at least I can show you a few that I really love.
This Piccasso has been sent to me as gift with purchase. I could not find it on their website at all, if you are interested I can maybe ask them where to get it.
The great thing about it is that it’s long, therefore you don’t need to restrain your choices to shorter brushes. I can fit all the brushes above in this same pouch :
It’s a fantastic idea these separators, it prevents the brushes from rubbing against each other. Unfortunately I have to insert several brushes in the same compartment and would have preferred to have each one in its own little home…
I got this Illamasqua belt when I was with my friend Dena in London, it’s not leather but I love it, you can fit A LOT of brushes there ! Two rows have separators for each brush and two rows have larger compartments. When I take it with me I can hang it in somewhere while I am doing my makeup.
I can also fit all the brushes you see above (and many more) :
This is the soft Hakuhodo case, it could fit all the brushes but the kabukis and other thicker ones will have to travel somewhere else.
I don’t really like the beads hanging in the cords, they are very heavy and when I am at the hotel getting ready they tend to slide down, fall and make a terrible noise when they hit something.
This is a set more appropriate for a weekend, it doesn’t hold many brushes. It’s from Hakuhodo too, it’s not the one being sold separately (the side pockets are different), this is the one from their Christmas 2012 set but it’s the same dimensions.
Another option is the Sigma holders but they take a lot of place in my luggage, this is the smaller version :
You can fit brushes as long as the Hakuhodo J544 in this little Sigma holder :
Koyudo have small pouches for their foundation brushes, too small for any eyeshadow brush but nice for other very short ones.
If you want some other “non-beauty” options, I often get myself a few school pencil rolls or pouches, this is really fun and handy :
This one is handy but not as cute, I like the idea of the two separate compartments :
Daily beauty bag
To complete this huge brush post, I can show you what I have in my daily beauty bag, although I don’t really have much, I never do touch-ups ! I often throw these little two from Suqqu that came with palettes and keep them always with me in case of emergency.
If I think I will really need more, I will just pick any blush brush that works with most blushes like the RMK S cheek brush.
For the eyes, I will pick a little versatile one like this Chikuhodo M-5, a Hakuhodo 210 for blending and the Koyudo BP033 for the crease.
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I hope you have survived the post and that you are not suffering from brush indigestion 😀
I have tried to address as many questions as possible in here, if you are not familiar with these brands and need some help, don’t hesitate to ask !