It recently occurred to me that whilst I have waxed lyrical about every makeup item I own, I haven’t written very much about the brushes that I use to apply it with! Well, that changes today, I’m going to share what some of my favourite makeup brushes are. I use brushes from a wide variety of brands, and the majority are from fairly affordable brands such as Eco Tools and Real Techniques. I’ve decided to split this into two different posts because otherwise it would be an excessively long, so today is all about the FACE.
The majority of the time, I apply foundation with my XO Beauty Flat Top Face Brush. I have written an entire post about it, and the summary is that it’s great. I previously had used normal paddle type foundation brushes and found that they give me a kind of streaky application, whereas this is far more flawless. Another tool I use to apply foundation is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which is similar to the famous Beauty Blender. The reason I bought this over the Beauty Blender is the price – it’s $5.99 from iHerb and a BB is like triple the price!
To apply powder I always use my Eco Tools Retractable Kabuki Brush – I actually own two of these, one lives in my hand bag and the other is for home use. I purchased them from iHerb for $8 which is an incredible bargain for lovely soft brushes. It works well if I want to buff in a powder foundation, but I can also use it to just lightly apply a setting powder also – it’s very versatile.
For blush and bronzer I use brushes that came in a set from Sephora about three years ago, which isn’t a terribly useful recommendation. I recently bought my mum some brushes to replace hers which were probably as old as me (I wish that I was exaggerating!), and she really likes the ELF Cosmetics Blush Brush. Good brushes are essential for all makeup, but I think blush is one that particularly needs it, since using the type of little brush that that comes with a blush compact is unlikely to result in a subtle application. Stripes of blush are flattering on no one!
When I bought my NARS Albatross highlighting blush, I asked the helpful people of Twitter what brush I should use to apply it, and the answer was overwhelmingly the Real Techniques Setting Brush. I am very glad that I listened to their advice, as it’s wonderful for lightly applying a highlight on my cheeks. I have also used it to apply my Makeup Forever HD powder to set undereye concealer, and it does a lovely job.
Just kidding – does anyone regularly use a lip brush? I own one because it came in a set but I have probably only used it a couple of times because it’s just not very practical.
You may notice that none of the brushes I use were bought in NZ stores, and that’s because we really don’t have a great range available here, or at least didn’t until recently. Farmers sells Artiste by Manicare brushes which are okay but they’re so not worth $20-30 each when you consider what you can buy online for that price. Real Techniques and Eco Tools can be bought in store, but for highly inflated prices. Some of my brushes were bought from Sephora which now has New Zealand and Australian online stores.Then the next level up is brushes from MAC or similar brands, but they are far beyond my budget.
To read about eye makeup brushes, click here.