Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a blog post on something highly requested…makeup brush must haves! I’m also including my makeup brush cleaning routine at the end of the post, so keep on reading ūüôā

In order to apply a flawless face of makeup, you need to have the right tools to work with. It is so important to invest in good quality brushes because they will apply your makeup more evenly and beautifully, and they will also last you a lifetime if you take good care of them.¬†You can spend $70 on a foundation, but if you are not applying it with the correct brush, it won’t look as flawless as it could with the right brush. Below, I will explain which brushes I use and why, and I will link each one¬†so you can shop them!

Foundation Brush & Beauty Blender


This foundation brush is not only SUPER affordable, but it is the best foundation brush I’ve ever come across (shout out to Jaclyn Hill for the recommendation!) This brush has synthetic hair and the roundness of the brush makes it so easy to buff your foundation in. I put¬†2-3 pumps of foundation on my hand and dip the brush in the foundation and start buffing away. I always start buffing my foundation in on one cheek, move to my other cheek, then apply it to¬†my forehead, nose,¬†chin, and then I go over any other spots that need a little more coverage. Once my foundation is applied, I use my damp beauty blender and and bounce it all over my face where I applied my foundation. This step has changed my foundation game completely! The beauty blender makes the foundation look absolutely flawless and it will soak up any excess product if you applied a little too much…no one wants a cake face! After that, I will apply my concealer under my eyes and on the high points of my face and use the beauty blender to blend those areas in.

Powder Brush & Tapered Highlighter Brush


I’m in love with these two powder brushes! I use the Morphe brush to set my whole face with powder after my foundation is applied. The other brush is technically¬†a highlighter brush, but I use it to set my under eye concealer with powder. Do you ever wonder why you have black makeup under your eyes after a long day and you look even MORE tired than you actually are? That is probably because you are not setting your concealer with powder, and your concealer is soaking up your mascara, leaving you with black under eyes. When you set your under eyes with powder, that problem will magically disappear! Try it out, I promise it works wonders!

Bronzer Brush & Contour Brush


Bronzing is one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine. Who doesn’t love adding some dimension and bronzey goodness to their face?! These brushes are amazing for contouring and bronzing up the face. If I’m doing my everyday makeup, I will just use the Morphe brush to apply my bronzer and it works great. If I have something special planned, I will first go in with the Tarte brush and contour my cheekbones, forehead, and jawline. After that, I will take the Morphe bronzer brush and add a little bit more bronzer to my cheeks and other parts of my face¬†that need to be a little more tanned. The Tarte brush hairs are SO soft and the¬†brush makes contouring a breeze!

Blush Brush & Highlighter Brush


The blush and highlighter brushes are the last ones I use in my face makeup routine. Although the e.l.f brush says it’s a blush brush, I use it for my highlight (I’m such a rule breaker…) The best part about this brush is that it costs $3!! Yes, you read that correctly. You don’t have to break the bank to find amazing, high quality brushes. After the¬†foundation is done, set with powder, and bronzer/contour is applied, it is time to add blush to the apples of your cheeks. I have used this BareMinerals blush brush since high school and it still does the job! I love applying my highlight with the e.l.f brush to the top of my cheekbones and tip of my nose. I always top my makeup off by spritzing my face with a setting spray, and that’s it!

Continue reading to find out how I keep my makeup brushes and beauty blender clean.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Routine

Castile Soap & Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat


The Castile soap and Sigma Brush cleaning mat are the only two things you need to make your brushes and beauty blender squeaky clean! I have tried SO many different brush cleaners in my life and nothing has come close to working as well as Castile soap.


Step one: Apply the Sigma mat to your sink. There are suction cups on the back of the mat, so you just need to press the mat down and it will stick to your sink.


Step two: Wet the brush you are wanting to clean.


Step three: Apply several drops of the Castile soap to your wet makeup brush.


Step four: Rub your brush onto your Sigma mat until all of the makeup is off the brush. You may need to add a little bit more Castile soap to your brush during this step.


Step five: Rinse your brush completely and set aside to dry.

This five step process works exactly the same for the Beauty Blender! Just be careful not to scrub the Beauty Blender too hard on the Sigma mat because the Beauty Blender can rip. I like to clean my Beauty Blender after 2-3 uses.

It is so important to keep your makeup brushes clean for many reasons. Your makeup will apply much more beautifully when you are using a brush that doesn’t have tons of build up in it. Dirty makeup brushes can spread bacteria on your face and cause break outs…I know no one wants that! This makeup brush cleaning process I discovered is so fast and easy, and I actually look forward to it! Try it out and let me know what you think!!

Thanks for stopping by!


6 Comments on Must Have Makeup Brushes + Brush Cleaning Routine

  1. Katie D.
    August 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow ‚ÄĒ I’d never seen that makeup brush cleaning mat before! I’ve recently bought new makeup brushes and a brush cleanser, but I’ll have to try your Castile soap method and compare them.

  2. Kimmie
    August 9, 2016 at 8:11 am (1 year ago)

    The mat is seriously amazing and really speeds up the cleaning process! I would be interested to hear what you think about the brush cleanser you got vs. the Castile soap! Let me know which one you like better! Thanks for reading, Katie! ūüôā xo, Kimmie

  3. Estee
    October 19, 2016 at 11:33 pm (10 months ago)

    Thanks for the article. I always use my hands (inner parts of my fingers) when cleaning brushes. While this works just fine, my hands always gets pretty dry afterwards. Now i’m considering the sigma mat.

  4. Kimmie
    October 20, 2016 at 8:08 am (10 months ago)

    You should definitely give the mat a try! All of the ridges on the mat help deep clean your brushes better than your fingers can! I used to use my fingers and would also have makeup all over me afterwards. Give it a try and see what you think!! xo, Kimmie

  5. makeup brush holder @ Makeup Brush holder
    November 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm (9 months ago)

    Happy to read your article and i really love that “”makeup brush cleaning mat”” have no idea..I clean my brush every 6 to 7 use, is this ok? I like your blog Kimmie.. Thanks for answering my question.

  6. Kimmie
    November 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi- thanks for your question! Yes, it is totally fine to clean your brushes every 6-7 uses, I suggest cleaning them at least once a month! xo, Kimmie

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