Confession: I own enough full brush sets that I could high-key fool anyone touring my bathroom into thinking I'm a professional makeup artist instead of a beauty reporter. The truth is actually the total opposite.
While I love beauty products and spend enough time in Sephora that I should probably purchase some stock shares, I'm still nobody's makeup artist. In fact, despite the four or five brush sets in my bathroom cabinets and displayed on my counters, I actually do not get much use out of every single brush in my collection. I just really, really love makeup brushes.
Mostly, I love them for nostalgic reasons. The nine-year-old inside of me will always gush over a Disney-themed brush set; one that is beautifully made is as good as mine. I also cannot deny myself a set at a ridiculously good price — like the brushes that are always on sale by BH Cosmetics. If brushes come with an eye shadow palette, I'm also more likely to indulge. Sometimes I give them away as gifts, but I keep a lot of them for display or for getting around to using eventually.I still don't get too much use out of every single brush in every single set. It's partly because I have so dang many, but it's also due to the fact that I admittedly do not always know what each brush is meant for. On a full-beat day, I use the brushes that are specifically for foundation blending, applying setting powder, contouring (which I use for applying my blush because I don't contour anymore), and the highlighting (if I don't just go in with my fingers).
There are tons of tiny brushes in my collections that I barely touch. Luckily, the Revelist team did a deep dive into exactly what every single brush is meant to do and how to use them all. It's time to dust off my brushes and get to work!