My Favourite Brushes

Skin

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L-R: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Stippling Brush and Duo-Fibre Face Brush

The brush I use most often for my base (if not my fingers) is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I find that it’s the best for achieving a light, even coverage; I really don’t like my foundation heavy. If do want more coverage, however, I go for the Expert Face Brush. It’s shorter, more dense hairs make for a more perfected finish and make it easier to build coverage. I rarely powder my skin, but if I’m looking particularly shiny I like to use the Duo-Fibre Face Brush for a light dusting of powder on my T-zone.

Cheeks

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L-R: e.l.f Studio Small Stippling Brush, Seventeen Powder and Blush Brush, RT Cheek Brush and RT Blush Brush

For cream cheek products my go-to brush is also a stippling brush. The small stippling brush from e.l.f I like a lot; because of it’s size you have more control over where you’re applying your cheek colour. For powders my new favourite brush is the Seventeen Powder and Blush Brush, which I love for the same reason, it’s size. It’s also very, very soft, especially considering it’s price (£2.99!) so it applies powders beautifully. If I’m going for a sculpted look and I’m using bronzer I generally use the Real Techniques Cheek brush from the Nic’s Picks collection. It’s a lovely size and shape for contouring. I like the Real Techniques Blush Brush for both blush and bronzer. Because of it’s tapered shape it blends powders really well so you only need to apply product to the very tip of the brush.

Eyes

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L-R: Barry M Angled Eyeliner Brush, RT Base Shadow Brush, RT Deluxe Crease Brush, e.l.f Contour Brush, Coastal Scents BR-C-N09, Coastal Scents BR-C-N08

The first on the left is my go-to brow brush (either this or the RT Eyeliner Brush from tthe Nic’s Picks Collection) when I’m using my NYX Eyebrow Gel. You can achieve a really natural look with it because the brush head is so tiny. This is a great one to look out for if you’re on a budget, it also cost me only £2.99. For general eyeshadow application I use a RT Base Shadow Brush (I have a couple of them), then it all gets blended beautifully by the Deluxe Crease Brush, or the Coastal Scent N08 which is a little fluffier. The e.l.f Contour brush and the Coastal Scents N09 are what I tend to reach for when I need a bit more detail; excellent at darkening up a smokey eye or adding a hint of glitter.

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