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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

My Most Used Make Up Brushes

I came to make up quite late, most of my friends in high school were wearing the works but me...well I just couldn't be bothered. I liked make up, but I didn't want to spend my mornings before having to walk to school applying a full face of it. I would occasionally wear some eye liner or mascara but on a daily basis not much more than that.

Over time I have fallen more and more in love with it and I would say I have become quite good at applying it too, I am no make up artist but it is all about playing around and practising until you get better. It wasn't until my late teens/early twenties that I started using brushes to apply products, before then it was all done with my fingers. While I still do that, I have a small group of brushes that have become my favourite and most used of all my brushes over time, so I wanted to share them with you.

Foundation - Real Techniques Buffing Brush

It will depend on the foundation I am using but most of them, I like to apply with this brush. It does the job well and really helps to buff product right into you skin so it looks as natural as possible.

Highlight/Blush/Contour - Real Techniques Contour Brush

I'm sure I should probably use different brushes for each of the above but this one is just so perfect for them all. It is a really great size to apply a small amount of highlight to specific areas, to add blush beautifully on the apples of your cheeks and for small amounts of contour if I feel like doing it...which isn't every day. The tapered shape of the brush just gives the best soft finish and if I have to do my make up on the go, I only need one brush.

Concealer - Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush

I apply concealer two ways - 1. if it is a thick creamy concealer, such as Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer , I will use my fingers. I think it helps to warm up the product a little. 2. if it is a wetter consistency I use this brush and it is perfect. It is just the right size can work in the concealer to any areas you want. I like to think of it as my tiny Buffing Brush. It is a good one for keeping in your make up bag too, if you need to reapply or you have a little flaking from your mascara you can touch it up with this. It is much more hygienic than using your fingers if you have been out for a while.

Eyeshadow - MAC 217 & Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush

These two brushes are pretty much all I use for shadow, I find that I can do so much with both of them. They are both great for applying product to your lids and also for blending it out for a smokey effect. I also like them for adding a little under my eye.

Eye Liner/Eyebrows  - Very Old Bourjois brush

I am not exactly sure where this brush came from because I haven't seen Bourjois brushes in a long time. I have had this for so long and I use it almost every day, this little thing is the reason I have never felt the need to buy another angled brush. I used to only wear pencil and liquid liners but one day I started using eye shadow instead and that is what I usually go for now. I much prefer the not so perfect look of shadow, compared to the perfect line of a liquid liner. So this brush is what I use to do this, because it is also quite dense it is also great to smudge out the shadow too. I find it is also perfect for my eyebrows, another multi use brush for on the go. I have always been an eyeshadow fan when it comes to brow products and I just find this brush applies it very nicely. It is small enough to give a natural finish and can add tiny hair details.


  1. I was the same way with makeup. Nothing more than eyeliner in high school for me lol.
    I'm loving the brushes you use! I'm tempted to try out Real Techniques brushes. My Sigma flat top kabuki has been shedding like crazy lately :(

    1. I have always wanted to try the Sigma brushes, I'm not sure if they sell them in the UK. The Real Techniques brushes are amazing, I have been using mine for such a long time now and I have had shedding what so ever. They also wash really well...when I remember to wash them lol. xx


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