If you’re just getting into makeup or if you’ve been a long time addict, one of the best things to invest in are good quality cosmetic brushes. Once you have a great set of brushes, you’ll be able to create and easily achieve different looks and finishes.

I thought I would share some of my favourite and essential makeup brushes and hopefully you’ll be able to pick up the same ones or find comparable matches.

Images: Macys

Images: Macys

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush ($32) – This is a great brush to use when applying powdered bronzer or blush to the hallows of your cheeks.

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42) – This is by far my favourite brush of all time and I have 2 of them in my collection. This is an all around great brush to use for either face powder, blush or even bronzer. It gives a beautiful, soft focus finish. I use it mostly for mineralized foundation application.

MAC 150 Large Powder Brush ($42) – A great brush to use for face powder application. The large size makes it easy to cover large areas without caking on too much product.

MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush ($34) – This is a fantastic brush to use for blush application. It’s a great size to hit the apples of your cheeks.

MAC 182 Buffer Brush ($45) – If you use mineral makeup this brush is essential. It’s a lot softer and denser than the other buffer or kabuki brushes out there and it gives a beautiful soft finish to your face.

Images: Macys

Images: Macys

MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush ($28) – If you love playing with different eye shadow colours and need to be able to blend out harsh lines, this is the brush for you. It works amazingly and fits perfectly on the crease area.

MAC 219 Pencil Brush ($23) – If you love smoky eye looks or want an easy way to smudge liners, this brush will do the job. Another way you can use this brush is to add shadow to your lower lash line and inner corners.

MAC 226 Small Angle Brush ($19.50) – Most people use this as a brow brush but I love it for applying gel eyeliners. It is stiff and the angle is perfect to create winged or cat eyeliner looks.

MAC 227 Large Fluff Brush ($30) – This is the best brush I’ve used for adding a highlight colour to brow bones. It even works to blend the highlight shade with the contour or crease shadow perfectly. It also is great for sweeping eye shadow across your whole lid effortlessly.

As you can probably tell, these aren’t exactly cheap brushes but they make great investments! If you take care of them, they should last for years.

You can purchase all of these MAC Cosmetic brushes at their official online store or at counters. Better yet, if you want to see much better/detailed photos of the all the brushes I mentioned above, head over to the Macy’s website.