Hello my lovelies,
So this is a topic I don’t often speak about on my blog, I’m not sure why because make up tools are so important. I told myself this year that I would speak more about this topic and I thought I would talk about the tools I just simply can’t live without. When it comes to tools there are a few companies that I have been quite loyal to including: of Real Techniques and Zoeva. For me they are affordable and pretty impressive. I have been delving into the world Spectrum and I have been quickly falling in love them. I do have other brands but really most of my brushes lie with those three brands.
I can’t stress how important having good brushes and tools are when applying make up. I’m not saying you should invest £100’s in brushes but just a few key tools will stand you in good stead. Make Up will never look flawless without the right tools!
Spectrum – A00 Brush see here
So annoyingly you can only pick this up a set but their sets are really good value for money. This works out to around £8 which for me is actually a bit of a bargain. Now, I use this for powder, and I love the density of this. It’s not too flimsy but it manages to apply powder with ease on the face whether this it is pressed or loose. I love the finish it gives me, and to be honest can we all appreciate how blooming gorgeous it is!?
Real Techniques – Contour Brush see here
Annoyingly this you can also only buy in a set – why do they do this!? To be honest Real Technique brushes were the first brushes I brought and they are still a hit with so many people now. The contour brush I do actually use for contouring, I find it the perfect shape to get into the hollows of my cheeks. It just seems to do all the work for me as I am awful at contouring but with this brush I just let the brush do it’s thing and actually it always looks decent – what more could you want?
Real Techniques – Setting Brush see here
This brush is amazing. I was really struggling to find the right brush for me with regards to highlight. Nothing did the job until I used this bad boy. I originally used this for powder under the eyes which was great but then I saw someone use this for highlight and it changed everything. It is the perfect shape for all of your highlighting needs and it is the only brush I will use. Luckily you can buy this individually and to be honest it’s well worth the money!
Zoeva – 317 Wing Liner Brush see here
I actually have a couple of these brushes in my collection as they work so well for brow application. I have so many different brushes in this shape but nothing seems to compare to this little baby. I find a lot of eyebrow brushes very stiff which makes it difficult to create a nice shape, this is fairly flexible which allows the movement to create the shape you need for the perfect brow. Again, so affordable and Zoeva have such a wide selection of brushes in different designs.
Crown Brush – C510 Pro Oval Shader Brush see here
I find this type of brush so hard to get hold of and for whatever reason brands just don’t believe this is an essential – but for me it definitely is. How are you meant to apply glitters or the main shadow on your lid? This little baby is perfect for both, I use it literally every day and to be honest I think I have around 4 of the same brush. To be honest I normally buy these from IMATS where you get a discount but £6 for this brush is amazing in my eyes – complete life saver.
Real Techniques – Powder Brush see here
So I don’t actually use this for setting powder in fact I use this for bronzer. I’m not to careful with application of bronzer, and this is the perfect brush to evenly distribute the powder. As it has so many hairs it effortlessly runs over my face creating a flawless, even base. I don’t to be honest have any other bronzing brush so I heavily rely on this little baby to see me through.
Zoeva – 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush see here
Another beautiful looking brush! I love the rose golden collection from Zoeva, they all look so damn pretty. So I use this brush for powdering under the eyes and setting my concealer into place. For me a large powder brush just doesn’t do the trick and it needs to be smaller and a little dainty when it comes to the eye area. In comes this brush, it is the perfect size and it is so damn soft! This brush is pretty versatile and I am sure you could use it for other things like highlight but I keep to one use per brush.
Beauty Blender – Sponge, Original see here
So I am sure everyone has heard of these. In recent years they have well and truly took the beauty world by storm. Now, yes they are a little pricey but in my opinion well worth the investment. I know a lot of people prefer the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponges but for me the original beauty blender just trumps it. The finish I get is amazing and I find that it gives such a better finish than any brush I have tried. I also use this to apply my concealer.
As I am sure you are aware, the best way to use this is to wet your blender, it works like an absolute treat and I don’t know where I would be without this little baby.
Real Techniques – Accent Brush see here
I don’t actually think this is sold anymore but the one in this set is very similar. I didn’t use this brush for years but recently I have been putting eye shadow on my lower lash line and every brush I tried just wasn’t do the right job. I wanted it to be precise I didn’t want to look like I had just been punched in the face. In walks this brush, I tried it one day and now I am in love. I use it near enough every day. My mum also has this brush and she have never used it so I now have two of these babies to alternate with. It’s such a good brush when it comes to detailing, so I supposed it can be used to multiple things. I’m sure there are a few of you out there that have this brush sitting unused, well here is your chance to whip it out – trust me life saver!
MAC – 221S Brush see here
Now this is a brush that I have mentioned a few times on my blog. You know the 217 brush that EVERYONE has – was you like me and a little disappointed by what it had to offer? I mean for a blending brush it’s alright but I have a lot cheaper brushes that do the same thing. Last summer I was lucky enough to have my make up done by a MAC MUA and she introduced me to this brush and to be honest I have never looked back. This is the perfect crease brush, in softness, size, blending power EVERYTHING. I honestly don’t know how I did my make up previously without this brush.
My only annoyance is that it is pretty pricey for a brush in my opinion, however I say that but I have recently picked up a second because I was scared to loose it. I mean some say a fool and their money are soon parted. I just say I know what I like and sometimes you just need to invest! Sometimes certain brushes are worth the investment and for me this is a massive winner on that front. Do I think all MAC brushes are worth their price tag, no. But this one I can’t just about justify.
Real Techniques – Cheek Brush
Sadly this was part of a limited edition collection which is no longer sold, I’m sorry! If you are after an alternative I would suggest the Spectrum C07 Luxe Tapered Sculptor Moving onto this baby, to be honest I have had this for years and always think this is the perfect brush when it comes to applying blusher. it is the perfect size for the apple of my cheeks and every blusher just seems to work well with the brush. It also is the perfect density so you never have to much on your brush and you look like a tomato which is great when you are heavy handed like me!
Let me know if you have used any of these tools before and what your thoughts are on them. What are your favourite brushes to use? I’m always open to welcome more brushes into my life!