First up are the face brushes..
Sigma Duo Fibre F50 Stippling Brush (£12.99 here)
I now use this soley for powder as it dusts just the right amount over my face and doesn’t leave me feeling over-made up and cakey but it is also suitable for applying liquid foundation.
ELF Powder Brush (£3.50 here)
Could be used for liquid or powder foundation, buffs in easily for an airbrushed finish and covers a large surface area.. It would be my number one for liquid foundation if I was to apply with a brush.
Benefit Slant Powder Brush (£4.85 here)
I actually purchased this from eBay a year or so ago.. I have no idea if it’s genuine but it’s lasted well and doesn’t shed. It’s the perfect shape to sculpt my cheeks with Blush/Bronzer.
Sigma E40 Blending Brush (£7.95 here)
This is my absolute holy grail brush. If I had to pick only one eye brush it would be this! You can use it to put a wash of shadow across the lid, lightly define your crease and above all… blend blend blend!
Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush (part of the starter set £20.99 here)
This is a close second to the E40. It will lay down shadow and blend if you’re in a pinch. It’s the best multitasker in the Sam Chapman starter set.
ELF Crease Brush (£1.50 here)
This is possibly my favourite crease brush and one I reach for often. For £1.50 you need this! It’s just a great shaped brush that’s easy to use.
Angled Eyeliner Brush (£3.50 here)
The only liner brush I’ve ever liked. You can use it wet to line with shadows or with gel or cream formulas. It’s fine enough to get a precise line and thick enough to line quickly.
Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Brow Brush (part of the starter set £20.99 here)
This replaced my angled brush from QVS I used to use for my brows. It’s short but thick so will hold a good amount of powder if you favour bold brows or quickly fill in lighter ones.
Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Accent Brush (part of the starter set £20.99 here)
Last but not least. I love this. Another great multitasker from the Sam Chapman starter set. I generally use this to define my eyes with a darker shadow or smudge my eyeliner for a smokey look.
There are so many more brushes I have and would recommend but these are my must-have-can’t-live-without ones. You could definitely live with a smaller selection at first though. I’d say you need a good powder brush (this could double up as a blush brush if it’s not too large), Something like the Sam Chapman Base Shadow Brush (that you can shade, define and blend with) and an brow brush (if shading in your brows is your thing). If you choose wisely you could live with a few hard working brushes.