Good grief, this one was hard! I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s bordering on cruel.
I use so many different brushes, and I can think of good reasons to use each and every one of them, too, like, could you even imagine having to do your eye makeup without an angled brush?
Well, I’m sure you can imagine it because you’ve probably done it before, but doesn’t an angled brush make it easier? I use them for so much of my eye makeup heavy lifting, like tightlining, filling in my brows and creating the little flicks at the end of my cat liner.
Straight up, without an angled brush, my makeup life would be a colder, harder, more desolate place. Picture rocky, storm-battered canyons with me huddled on an empty plateau under angry clouds shouting “WHY?!” at the sky as thunder roared and black mascara streaked down my face.
Yeah, bad place.
Buuut, since we’re doing this anyway, let’s see…
If I were forced to pare down to just one brush (GOOD LORD!), I guess it would be something versatile, like a domed blending brush. Like the MAC 217. I use mine to…
- Apply cream shadows on my lids
- Buff and blend out any edges
- Sweep color into the crease
- Dust highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones
- Apply and blend under-eye concealer
- Pat loose and pressed powders on my face and cheeks
And I’m sure (I’d hope) as time went on I’d discover more ways to use it and more makeup hacks, like maybe bundling a bunch of them together like sticks with a rubber band and using that as a powder or bronzing brush.
OK…I dunno about that one, LOL!
Dastardly dilemmas: You can only have one makeup brush for the rest of your life. Which brush is it?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,