My Essential Sigma Brushes

by Sarah

“What are some essential makeup brushes I should invest in?” Amongst the many beauty related questions I receive, this one comes up quite often. In all honesty, I have a variety of different brands and brushes in my kit that I absolutely love, however, when I’m asked to recommend essentials, I find Sigma Beauty ticks a lot of boxes.

So today, I thought I’d compile a handful of my Sigma favorites. Along with my list, Sigma Beauty has a huge range of makeup brushes available so be sure to check their site for your specific brush needs or pre-packaged sets.

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Sigma Essential Brushes

Sigma Beauty Essential Brushes

Before we delve into the details, let me put a reminder that as with makeup products, there are also no rules when it comes to makeup brushes. Don’t be too hung up on the name of a brush. If you feel comfortable using an eyeliner brush to draw on your nose contour, then be it. As you’ll see in the below descriptions, I use my brushes for all sorts of different jobs and products.

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F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush

This brush is probably the most loved foundation brush of all time…and with good reason too. Designed to flawlessly airbrush liquid and cream products, the flat top and densely packed bristles provide a quick and even coverage. It really does make the blending process a breeze.

This brush is also great for applying cream contour products as the cut of the bristles help draw sharp lines under the cheekbones, jawline and around the forehead.

Check out Sigma’s other foundation brushes here




3D HD Precision Brush

The 3D shape was pioneered by Sigma and although it also comes in a foundation brush, I find this smaller version to be perfect for concealer and color correcting. The angle that the bristles are cut at ensures precise application and blending of concealer or color correcting products. This brush is also great for cleaning up around winged liners or eyeshadows to achieve sharp lines, as well as contouring around the nose or under cheekbones.

Check out Sigma’s other concealer brushes here




F10 Powder/Blush Brush

This F10 brush is a perfect example of a multi-tasker. The shape, size and tapering of the bristles is perfect for setting the face with powder, applying bronzer, buffing out contour or highlight powders as well as precise application of blush. So, if you’re going to buy just one face brush for powder products, F10 is it!

Check out Sigma’s other powder brushes here




F35 Tapered Highlighter

I love this brush! Although it says “highlighter brush”, this is also another multi tasker as I set my under eye concealer and use it to contour around the nose and under the cheeks. The pointy tapering and super soft bristles of this brush gives great control of where and how much highlighter, powder or contouring products to apply. Definite must have!

Check out Sigma’s other highlight/contour brushes here


Moving onto eye makeup brushes! Keep in mind, different styles of eye makeup may need different brushes, however I find the combination of the following brushes tackle pretty much every look from the easy everyday to the most dramatic. Blending is definitely key to achieving great results when it comes to eye makeup so the first 4 brushes really help make the process a breeze.

Check out Sigma’s full range of blending brushes here; and lid brushes here



E25 Blending Brush

One of Sigma’s all time best sellers, this blending brush is the perfect size and shape to ensure all your eyeshadows are diffused to seamless perfection. I didn’t include a flat shader brush in this mix, purely because I use the sides of this blending brush to pack on color – again, making it a double-duty brush.

If you prefer a flat shader brush however, I highly recommend the E55 flat shader brush




E40 Tapered Blending Brush

The difference between the E40 and the E25 blending brushes, other than color is the size. Whilst the E25 allows for more controlled blending of eyeshadows, the E40 being much larger with a wider bristle span really helps even out the eyeshadow application. I use this brush quite often when working with darker color eyeshadows as it diffuses the colors evenly.





E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush

If you do a lot of crease work, especially building up transition colors or classic smoky eyes, the perfect point of this brush helps apply the eyeshadow and blend them beautifully.

If you’re a fan of cut-crease looks or smoking out the bottom lash line, you’ll love this baby. Apply shadow to the side of brush, angle the brush upwards whilst the product side touches the skin and swipe back and forth along the crease line. This creates a gradient along the crease without touching the lid so you can get that perfect cut crease look.



E36 Performance Blending Brush

This delicate brush is one of my go-to’s especially if I’m layering a lot of eyeshadows and need to have better control of the area I’m blending.

The bristles, being much longer makes this brush quite flexible so whilst you can pin point the area you want to blend, you get to diffuse it seamlessly without interfering with other colors.




E30 Pencil Brush

Another absolute must have! You can use this brush to apply eyeshadows into the crease or outer V of the eye to build color, but its main function is to blend out eyeliners or eyeshadows along the top and bottom lash lines. Its precise point helps smudge eyeliners and the tapering of the bristles smoke out the colors at the same time.

This brush is perfect for creating those smoky sultry looks and you can also use it to apply a hint of sparkle into the inner corners of the eyes.



E21 Smudge Brush

Whilst the E30 Pencil brush is great for achieving an overall smoky effect around the lash line, some looks require more precision and control when it comes to the “smudging” process. This is where this little but powerful smudge brush comes into play.

Especially helpful when blending long wearing liners as you can get right into the lashline. Also great for smudging your eyeliner into a perfect wing.




E05 Eyeliner Brush

A brush with a sharp point and perfect bristle density is key to getting the dreaded winged liner right. This E05 liner brush ticks all the boxes as it helps draw perfect lines as thick or thin as you like, with a single swipe. If you remember to rest your elbow or hand in a steady position, coupled with this brush, you’ll become a winged liner pro in no time.

This brush is also great for precision concealing and correction of blemishes and acne scars.

Check out Sigma’s other liner brushes here



E65 Small Angle Brush

This brush is again multi-use. If pointy brushes such as the E05 is not your favorite style when it comes to creating winged liners, you can most certainly use a small angle brush like this E65. Due to the bristles being cut at an angle, some people find it easier to rest this brush on the outer corner of the eye and pull the eyeliner up towards the end of the brows to help create a steady base for a wing. You can also use this angle brush to create perfect brows. Whether with eyebrow powders or pomades, the size of this brush really helps create natural strokes to shape or fill in the brows.


That pretty much sums up the basic essential brushes I usually recommend to those who ask about building a brush kit. As well as many individual brush options for pretty much every makeup task imaginable, Sigma Beauty also has great value sets. Check them out here and Use Code: SIGMA2016 for 10% Off

I hope this was helpful; please leave any questions you may have in the comments below :)


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Emily May 18, 2016 - 1:57 pm

Hi Sarah
Of the blending brushes you recommended which two would be absolute must have? I want good blending brushes but I can’t do very detailed looks. Thanks for your help.

Sarah May 18, 2016 - 6:32 pm

Hi Emily, definitely the E25 and the E45. Those two would provide a good balance of blending and precision :)

jessica Newman May 17, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Hi Sarah, great post as always. I have the F80 kabuki and E25 blending which I love both. I’ll have to look at your other suggestions, they all sound great! thanks heaps xx

Sarah May 18, 2016 - 6:32 pm

Thanks Jessica! :)

MelissaD May 17, 2016 - 3:40 pm

Sarah! This is great! Thank you for so much detail, super helpful! (:

Sarah May 18, 2016 - 6:33 pm

My pleasure :) Thanks Melissa xx


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