Quick Makeup Tip: The Best Brush for Effortless Powder Blush or Bronzer

Feeling rushed? This blush and bronzer brush is your new BFF.

You can’t go wrong with a duo fibre synthetic brush when applying powder blush or bronzer. This type of brush lays down a sheer layer of product, so matter how rushed you’re feeling, you’ll always apply just enough color — but not too much! When I have a very narrow window of time to apply makeup, it’s the brush I reach for when I do my cheeks.

I used it today for a 10-minute makeup look that I did before a video work call. I layered Laura Mercier Ginger Blush and MAC Give Me Sun MSF Powder for a sheer, warm flush on my cheeks.

You might hear this blush referred to sometimes as “skunk brush.” Lots of brands make them; I have one by MAC (the 188) which I’ve used and loved for ages. It’s in the pic above! What I like about it is that width of the brush head. It’s on the smaller side, so it’s easier to control exactly where the color goes.

Makeup worn in this look

Here’s everything I’m wearing in the 10-minute look above, in the order in which I applied the products.

  1. MAC Omega Eyeshadow – In my brows.
  2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Wheat – Dotted all over and blended with fingers.
  3. Ilia Dusk Gel Liner – Waterlines and lash roots.
  4. Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid in Sand – Under my eyes and round my mouth.
  5. MAC Medium Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Golden – I applied the sheerest layer to my under eyes, cheek, between my brows and around my mouth
  6. Ilia Cool Nude Eyeshadow Palette – Just the taupe shade, Infinity, applied with a finger and blended out with a tapered brush.
  7. Ilia Fullest Volumizing Mascara – Upper lashes, but to be honest I’ll be ditching this soon. It’s thick and hard to control.
  8. Lilah B Lip Oil in Be Remarkable – Lips, applied with the wand and then blended in with a finger.
  9. Laura Mercier Ginger Blush – Did this first for a light flush of color.
  10. MAC Give Me Sun Mineralize Skinifinish – Layer this on for instant warmth. Also works fab as a crease color!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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