I have a huge collection of brushes and use a lot of them on a daily basis. I use to have a few basic brushes and used them over and over. After watching YouTube videos I decided to treat myself to a few new brushes and I noticed a huge difference. I realised that each brush is made for a particular use and has benefits such as shorter bristles, softer bristles, angled bristles etc.. My makeup improved a great deal.
Bit by bit I have built my collection up using a variety of expensive and cheaper brushes. When I travel my friends always laugh at how many brushes I take, but they soon starting asking what they all do and how to use them.
These are the brushes I tend to use on a daily basis.
Foundation: Lamora Kabuki Brush – This has really soft bristles and applies the foundation evenly across my face. (£6.90 from Amazon)
Concealer: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – This is great for foundation too. It blends out liquids and powders for a flawless yet light finish. You use it damp for liquids and dry for powders. The flat side and edges allow it to fit into the contours of your eyes and nose. The rounded side is good for covering larger areas. (£5.99 from Superdrug)
Contour: Zoeva 109 Face Brush – Sharp edge allows you to get a good line for the contour and then the soft bristles blend powder. (£13.00 from www.beautybay.com)
Bronzer: Real Techniques Blush Brush – Great for multi tasking. I actually use it on all areas of my face and when traveling only take this brush. The bristles are so soft on this brush. (£9.99 from Superdrug.)
Pressed powder: Real Techniques Contour Brush – I use this with my powder to set the concealer under my eyes. (Part of Core Face Collection £11.43 from Amazon (contains 4 great face brushes).
I use the large white handled brush for setting the rest of my face. I don’t know the brand. It was part of a large brush set from Boots I got for Christmas. It has a really large head with lots of really soft bristles.
Blusher: Real Techniques Cheek Brush – This is a chunky soft brush with compact bristles, making it perfect for blusher. It is from the Nic’s Picks Real Technique Brush Set mentioned below.
Highlighter: Real Techniques Setting brush – Small brush with really soft bristles, is also good to set face. (£7.99 from Superdrug)
Blending and Crease: MAC 217 Blending Brush – This was one of my more expensive brushes. Everyone used it online and I can see why as it is without a doubt my favourite brush ever – I literally couldn’t live without this brush. It is the perfect shape and size for applying the crease colour and blending all eye shadows on my eyes. (£20.00 from MAC)
Main Colour: I use the white handled flat brush to lay the main colour onto my eyelids. I don’t know the brand but any flat brush will do.
Definition: Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush – I use this to add definition such as the darker outer corner or creating a halo style eye. This is also part of a special edition Nic’s Picks Brush set. This contains a good collection of eye and face brushes. The cheek brush and base shadow brush mentioned in this post are also from this collection. (£24.99 from Amazon.)
Under eyes: MAC 219 Pencil Brush – This is perfect for smudging under my eye, or creating a cut crease on my lid. (£21.00 from MAC)
If starting out I would definitely recommend the Real Techniques’ brushes. They are such good quality and really affordable. The sets are great as they give you the basics you need such as the Core Face Collection and Eye shadow Beginners set. I hope this has been helpful and enjoy trying new brushes. Thanks for reading…