Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Brush Brush


"You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools" ~ François Nars

Brushes.
They come in all sizes, thin, angles, pointed. The development of cuts and shapes are endless. Here are my selection as a result of many years of Selfridges splurges and Instagram envy...
 Real Techniques. Urban Decay. MAC.Charlotte Tilbury.
I may not have the biggest collection but they certainly do the trick for me.


Real Techniques

Lets begin with the 'traditional' Real Techniques brushes, and one of the first I ever bought; the Shading Brush. I personally don't always follow what brushes are really for, but this I do in fact use to 'enhance the eyes'. Usually, after applying light eye shadow the lid, I'll switch to this brush and add dark eye shadow to the crease. Its just the perfect size to bring my eyes to life, without adding too much product, marvellous! Second is the Blush brush, a perfectly shaped cut, which can be used in more than one way. I usually use the tip to actually add the colour to my cheeks and use the sides to blend it out more, if I feel I've put too much is on my cheeks - it certainly has saved me from some clown-looking disasters in the past!
The next two Real Techniques are Bold Metals and are in fact new buys. I have to ask you, aren't they just the most beautifully designed brushes, like ever? hahaha ok, dramatics over. Still, they look so elegant and classy that I couldn't resist buying them in a heartbeat. Since buying them recently, I've found the silver Oval Shadow brush to be perfect for concealer under the eyes, yes it technically for eye shadow, but if the shoe fits.. 
Finally, is the rose gold Tapered Blush brush. As I already have a blush brush, I *technically* didn't need this, oh well to late now (wink wink) I've decided this will do for applying sun cream on my face in the summer, as I've figured applying sun cream with fingers isn't very hygienic and I literally will do anything to avoid making my acne worse! I do have two holiday this year though so, this'll definitely get its use!


MAC. Charlotte Tilbury.

Here, I firstly have the MAC 168 brush, an angled contour brush. Again, I don't use this for what it's supposed to, I use it for applying powder under my eyes. As it's angled, it a lot easier to fit under my eyes, and soft enough not to apply too much. I have to admit, I'm not much of a MAC lover, which is funny because half the worlds population seems to rave about everything MAC, I must have heard the words 'Lady Danger' or 'Russian Red' about a million times when watching Youtube! Still, I just don't find there cosmetics that inspiring and probably because the brand is hyped so much, I think its put me off looking into more they have to offer. I think I'll just stick to this brush for now... sorry MAC x
Also pictured is the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Blender Brush - the best and my personal favourite make up brush. ever. The design is so elegant, and it has practically saved me from having panda-eye style dramas! I use it after I've applied eye shadow to the crease. It works so effortlessly in blending out the shadow and makes it look seamless. I can't emphasis how much I love this brush, it's the best.


Urban Decay.

Finally, these two Urban Decay brush, which are given with the Naked and Naked 3 palettes.
 The silver brush on the right came with the original Naked palette and I absolutely love it! I used it for applying the main part of my eye shadow, over the whole lid. Its just the perfect size and applies enough product, meaning you can build up the eye shadow relatively quickly. Usually when a makeup tool is given with eye shadow, its generally not very good, but this is such a good addition to the palette and just makes me love the original Naked palette even more!
Finally finally (last brush I promise!!) is the gold brush given with the Naked 3 palette. The palette itself is absolutely gorgeous and this brush is not too shabby either. One end has a big eye shadow brush, that I usually use to dust a glitter of pigment over the lids at the end. As the bristles aren't as compacted compared to the brush given with the Naked palette, it doesn't apply shadow as heavily, meaning if you were to use it to apply shadow all over the lids it would take a lot longer to build up. On the other side of the brush, the brush is a lot smaller, and has more of a pointed tip. I find this works best to apply either a darker, more precise colour to the crease, or use it with shadow as an alternative to liquid eyeliner. On the whole though, its a genuinely great brush to have alongside the palette.

And there we have it, ma brushes people.
If you, reading this have any brushes you feel deserves more limelight, comment below.

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2 comments

  1. Great post and beautiful pictures! I really want to try the bold metals brush as I love real techniques and have pretty much seen them everywhere!

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  2. Thank you! Defintely try the Bold Metals, there such good quality for the price! xx

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