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Back-to-School Makeup Essentials Part 8: Brushes

backtoschoolseries2015New year, new you; back to school season is the perfect excuse to experiment with new looks! If you’re wanting to dip your toes into the world of makeup these are just a few of the must-have essentials I think everyone should have in their repertoire. This is the eighth in a nine part series that will show you some of the very best splurges and steal to include in your makeup bag for the fall.

Soft, Fluffy Brushes: You may have the best makeup in the world, but how it translates on your face also depends on the tools you use! Investing in good quality brushes will make a huge difference in how your makeup looks and feels, and will save you from dealing with messy fingers every morning.


  • Blush Brush (helps to subtly deposit color)
    • Splurge- NARS Blush Brush #20 ($40 at Sephora)
    • Steal- Ecotools Bamboo Blush Brush ($8.49 at Ulta)


  • Eyeshadow Brush (for our purposes here these are the bestall purposeeye brushes)
    • Splurge- Hourglass All Over Shadow Brush ($30 at Barney’s)
    • Steal- iT Brushes For Ulta All-Over Shadow Brush #119 ($14 at Ulta)


  • Makeup Blending Sponge (flawless coverage; perfect forconcealer, foundation, or powder)
    • Splurge- Original Beauty Blender ($20 at Sephora)
    • Steal- Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6 at Kohl’s)


  • Starter Brush Kit (good set that includes all the basics for your full face)
    • Splurge- Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set ($65 at Macy’s)
    • Steal- Ecotools Six Piece Starter Bamboo Brush Set ($8.99 at Walmart)


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