All About Brushes.. My favourite make up brushes

Wednesday, April 03, 2013


You could use the best of the best make up, and still look like a frog... this is how not to look like a frog, simples. I apologise for that outburst, that was my boyfriend Henry who now thinks he could be a beauty blogger. Today I won't be talking about how to look less like an amphibian. I'm talking about make up brushes, as I tried to start with above, you could use real high end make up but still have it look rubbish if you're not using the right brushes. I think back to when I used to use real shoddy brushes and to now and how much better my make up looks. I think make up brushes can be a bit over looked, I mean without them, the application of our make up would look totally different. It's taken me a while, but I feel I finally have a good set of brushes in my collection. Of course they're not all from the same brand but they're all pretty darn good.

So let's talk about the brushes I use every day..

Real Techniques Buffing Brush: Of course you probably use this brush too for your foundation. This buffs the foundation into your skin meaning it looks more natural and makes your foundation look like your skin. It's a pretty good brush, of course it comes part of the Core Collection set, but Real Techniques have released a Expert Face Brush which looks very similar! I mean the Core Collection is worth buying for the buffing brush and contour brush alone.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: Ah the broccoli brush, don't ask me why it reminds me of broccoli. Talking of broccoli I had some the other day for like the first time in 15 years and it was actually okay. I must be getting old as you always start to like vegetables when your old. Back to the brush, I use this one for my bronzer. It's big and fluffy and is fab for blending. It makes your bronzer look really natural and is great for blending any harsh lines.

Jemma Kidd Blush Brush* I love the shape of this brush for blush, but it sheds so badly. After washing it a good few times it's not as bad but if you're not careful you could end up with a hairy face. So not cool. Of course Jemma Kidd has gone into administration, but you can get similar shape brushes from all over the place.

Crown Small Duo Fibre Brush: ooh you can't beat a stippling brush and I thought this mini version would be a gem to work with liquid highlighter and cream blush. So far not so keen on it with powder highlighter, but for the price it's a good little brush!

Real Techniques Contour Brush: I mentioned this little brush before, and it's a good un. I like to use this for applying powder highlighter, it's also good for under your eyes and for well contouring.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush: This is what I use when I'm using a cream blusher, it stipples the blush into your skin, not disturbing your foundation and making it look really natural. Can you tell I like Real Techniques brushes?

Let's move onto eyes...

No.7 Blend and Contour Brush: This little brush is what I can see as a very good dupe of the Mac 217 brush. Fluffy and great for blending. I always used to stock up on these when it was £5 No.7 voucher time. These days it's more like £3 vouchers but for £4 you can't knock it.

Nars God Created Woman Brush: I've been really enjoying using this brush since I got it with my Nars palette. It's really soft and is great for adding a swash of colour to your lids.

Japonesque Eye Smudger Brush*: This brush is great for applying colour to your crease. It's really small so gets right in there, it's also fab for applying colour to your lower lashline.

Crown Deluxe Round Angle Stippler: I bought this brush for it's angled brush, it's perfect for creating a winged eye look which I am quite partial to from time to time. It's also great for applying colour to your crease again. It's really soft which is amazing considering how cheap it was!

Crown Deluxe Crease Brush: This brush is soooo fluffy and is amazing for blending your eyeshadow. I'm really enjoying using it and it was such a steal! Winner winner..

Crown Stiff Tapered Brush: I thought this would be a good brush to have in my collection, unfortunately it does shed a bit so hopefully now I've washed it this might help. I think though this may be my new under eye concealer brush. Watch this space.

I do of course have other brushes, but these are the brushes that I use most days! I keep all my brushes in a Cath Kidston mug and I try to wash them every couple of weeks. Of course this is easier said than done! But I always use Dr Bronners magic soap which is amazing for cleaning your brushes!! I hope you're all well and had a lovely Easter! I hope you all ate too much chocolate and roast dinner :)

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