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Photographer

Wertheim Photography

Posts: 279

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hello All,

I want to buy a MUA that i've been working with for a number of years a complete set of new brushes.

Cost isn't really an issue, what would you recommend??

Dec 31 12 04:29 pm Link

Makeup Artist

About Faces-Lynn

Posts: 957

Detroit, Michigan, US

If cost really isn't an issue these are some of the best brushes out there!

http://www.hakuhodousa.com  Very high quality and last forever.  I have some of the K series and I am building a set of them.

Others that I would not hesitate to recommend that are not as pricey but very good quality:

Royal & Langnickel Revolution Brushes and or Royal & Langnickel Pro Silk Series.

http://host0111.csmhosting.com/IW_Produ … TEM_SUBMIT

I have all of these and they are excellant.

Dec 31 12 04:45 pm Link

Photographer

Wertheim Photography

Posts: 279

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About Faces-Lynn wrote:
If cost really isn't an issue these are some of the best brushes out there!

http://www.hakuhodousa.com  Very high quality and last forever.  I have some of the K series and I am building a set of them.

Others that I would not hesitate to recommend that are not as pricey but very good quality:

Royal & Langnickel Revolution Brushes and or Royal & Langnickel Pro Silk Series.

http://host0111.csmhosting.com/IW_Produ … TEM_SUBMIT

I have all of these and they are excellant.

Let me rephrase,

I'm willing to spend in the ballpark of $300 on a set of brushes

Dec 31 12 04:59 pm Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 4009

Corona, California, US

Makeup brush sets in  my kit - all under your budget:

A Design
http://www.adesignbrushes.com/products/collections.html

OCC
http://www.occmakeup.com/brushes.html

Miscellanesous from Crown
http://www.crownbrush.com/

Dec 31 12 05:33 pm Link

Photographer

Wertheim Photography

Posts: 279

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I'm looking for something high quality with natural hair.

I'm looking for a 20+ kit

Thanks for the advice so far

With the crown brushes, I found the exact same kit with the EXACT same picture on the Morphe brushes site. The sites, info and layout are almost exactly the same so I think they are the same company

On the more expensive side

http://www.a-squirrel.com/makeup-artist … plies.html

The Makeup Artist Master Brush Set (Professional Use)

Anyone use these or know anything about A-squirrel??

Dec 31 12 07:04 pm Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 4009

Corona, California, US

Natural hair isn't always the *best* choice for certain applications and products.....

Many Pro lines are all synthetic or combination.

Dec 31 12 07:48 pm Link

Photographer

Wertheim Photography

Posts: 279

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lisa Berczel wrote:
Natural hair isn't always the *best* choice for certain applications and products.....

Many Pro lines are all synthetic or combination.

From what i've read over the last couple of hours on many sites, for facial makeup they are the best choice.

But i'm open to advice

Dec 31 12 07:53 pm Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 4009

Corona, California, US

Wertheim Photography wrote:
From what i've read over the last couple of hours on many sites, for facial makeup they are the best choice.

But i'm open to advice

Depends on the product, the coverage area and personal preference.

Gone are the days when synthetic automatically equaled inferior.

There are many more good-quality *green* and *animal friendly* products available today then there were even a few years ago.

As a full time artist and body painter who does makeup and is a devout carnivore... I find myself moving more and more to synthetic because of their responsiveness with the products I use. Unless I'm pin striping - then it's squirrel for the win.

I'm always on the lookout for my new favorite brush - and can't wait to check out KJB's new brushes at IMATS in a couple of weeks.

Dec 31 12 08:11 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Linda Chudomelova

Posts: 133

Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Mayhaps, if you are working with that MUA for years, they might give you clues about the brushes they'd like to get themselves? Try starting a casual talk about their brushes/kit with them, what they're investing in or what the new super cool stuff that they are dying to get their hands on is?

I'm very appreciative of the sentiment and I think it is incredibly nice of you to want to buy them anything, but most people are very particular about the stuff that they buy and invest in. And maybe your MUA is very happy with their brushes - they probably spent years building that brush set - but would like to try... whatever. New foundation or skincare range. Maybe they need or want a new case more than brushes.

I'm sure they would be ecstatic to receive a brush set, but what if they hate it? If that happened to me, I'd be twice dismayed - first because someone thought of me enough to buy me an expensive gift that I hate and don't know what will happen when that person notices that I'm not using it and therefore the money were spent in vain and second when I'd realize that the money spent on the brushes could have bought me a lot of items from my long-ass "to buy for my kit" wishlist.

Again, I reiterate that I think it's incredibly nice of you to want to invest in the MUA, but maybe try to find out first if it's brushes they want in the first place? Try having a look at what brand they're using (if it's legible from the handles) or try to ask them what brushes they use for what, when and why. That way you may get a better idea of the brushes they may want.

I hope they are super pleased with the gift in the end. smile

Jan 01 13 04:03 am Link

Photographer

Wertheim Photography

Posts: 279

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anyone else have any recommendations??

Jan 01 13 10:59 am Link

Makeup Artist

Cynna Stylz MUA

Posts: 217

New York, New York, US

These are some of my favorite sets.
reviews from - http://inmykit.com/makeup_brushes.htm

Cozzette "Divinity" Brushes https://www.roquecozzette.com/

*Makeup artist Roque Cozzette has come up with a set of cruelty-free synthetic brushes so heavenly they had to be called "The Divinity Collection". Made from the finest quality synthetic fibers, in the most thoughtful shapes for professional makeup application. The gorgeous purple laquer handles (sustainable wood) are a perfectly divine final touch.

Royal & Langnickel Brushes http://www.royalbrush.com/welcome/intro.php

*Quality, value and an eye for emerging trends makes Royal one of the busiest professional brush companies at every major trade show. They've been manufacturing professional makeup brushes for less than 5 years, but the company has been one the largest and most respected providers of artistic brushes and art supplies to the world for decades.
The "Silk" collection is their pro performance series. Make sure to check out their new synthetics (they look and act just like the highest quality natural hair...for real!)

Sigma Beauty http://www.sigmabeauty.com/

*Sigma is a relatively new player in the professional brush business, but they're doing it smart and slick. They've taken a certain "Pro" makeup company's entire brush line and reproduced it, almost exactly...but with better quality, at a fraction of the price. Can I hear an Ah-Ha!
We are seriously impressed with the new long handle Synthetic Kabuki Brushes

      Other brushes I cannot live without on a shoot.

list of my favorites.

MAC 150 -  Large powder brush
MAC 138 -  Tapered face brush

Sonia Kashuk brushes - (dark curvy handle) blusher brush, flat top brush, domed multi- purpose brush, small multi-purpose brush, shader brush.

Sigma Brushes - New Synthetic Essential Kit 10 Brushes / F05 - Small Contour / F35 - Tapered Highlighter / Travel Kit - Mrs. Bunny

E.L.F. - Kabuki brush ( so soft)

Real Techniques - Powder Brush / Core Collection set/ Expert Face Brush / Setting Brush

Japonesque - HD Dual Sided Brush #130
   
BX-SET6     [R]evolution Pro Complexion 6p -
Royal & Langnickel Brushes


Eco Tools -Recycled Aluminum Retractable Kabuki Brush/ Bamboo Smudge Eyeliner Brush / Buffing Brush / Bamboo Bronzer Brush / 4 piece [eye] Cosmetic Set

Coastal Scents - Classic Buffer Large Synthetic / Pro Blending Fluff / Classic Pointed Precision Synthetic / Classic Detail Mini Natural/ Classic Shadow Small Synthetic / Classic Shadow Medium Synthetic / Classic Blender Pointed Natural/ Classic Angled Liner Natural/

If your gonna buy online search for online coupon codes and discount deals.

Jan 01 13 11:30 am Link

Makeup Artist

Simire MUA

Posts: 91

London, England, United Kingdom

Extremely nice and rare gesture i must say. i agree with the brands recommended above....however have you considered a gift voucher of some sort for her to purchase what she prefers? It would be devastating to invest like this with a negative outcome. MUA's can be extremely pedantic about their customised make up kit which tends to have been built up over a number of years.

An alternative which was mentioned above would be to try talking to the MUA discretely and at length to ascertain what brush she really wants for her kit. No point buying brand x when she loathes it and has been dying to get her hands on brand y.

Jan 02 13 01:09 am Link

Photographer

S de Varax

Posts: 7271

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

know a couple of makeup artists here getting the full rae morris line. looks stunning.

Jan 02 13 02:10 am Link

Makeup Artist

Vanita MUA

Posts: 57

Seattle, Washington, US

About Faces-Lynn wrote:
If cost really isn't an issue these are some of the best brushes out there!

http://www.hakuhodousa.com  Very high quality and last forever.  I have some of the K series and I am building a set of them.

I second Hakuhodo. Great quality and well made. If you don't mind the price, go for the blue squirrel brushes, you will spend well over $300.

Jan 02 13 12:43 pm Link