Sunday, 10 January 2016

FAVOURITE MAKEUP TOOLS

Recently I've been really happy with how my makeup brush collection has been building up and I finally feel like I've got the right brush for each different step of my makeup routine. I thought I would talk through my favourites and what I use them for, and also why I love using them in particular.

Most of my makeup brushes are from the same brand (Real Techniques), but thats because they work really well for me and I love the way that they apply makeup. They're also really affordable, easily accessible and high quality.

FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER:


On a daily basis I love to use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply foundation and concealer, which is a great dupe for the American Beauty Blender. This works best on the skin when it's damp and so I run it under cold water for a minute and then squeeze out the excess water. It blends out foundation and concealer so easily and makes the skin appear flawless and healthy. It also takes away any excess product for a more natural look and spreads the product evenly around the face. I didn't think I would get on with using a sponge to apply my base products, but since I've bought it I haven't looked back!

For a night out, or an occasion where I would like a heavier coverage on my skin, I like to use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush because it's a more densely packed brush which can be used to build up the layers of foundation. It blends really well because of the density and really works the product into your skin which doesn't leave you looking cakey. I like to use this in circular motions around the face with my foundation to make sure there are no harsh lines.

POWDER AND BRONZER:


For powder I like to use the Real Techniques Powder Brush because its a huge dome shaped brush which is really quick and easy to use. It helps to lightly dust the powder across the forehead, nose and chin which is where I like to use the product the most. It's also great for loose powder as well as pressed powder because the size of the brush distributes the product lightly and evenly instead of being concentrated in one area. 

For bronzer I've been using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush because I find that this is a great size for the cheek area and is very soft. Also, because the brush isn't so densely packed, it doesn't put too much product on your face at once and you can build the product up to how you like it. I like to use powder bronzers as I think they are lighter on the skin but I'm sure this would work just as well with cream bronzers as this brush is made for buffing!

BLUSHER, HIGHLIGHTER AND CONTOUR:


For blusher I use the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush because its quite a wide domed, soft brush which is a great size for dusting over the apples of your cheek. It gives off the right amount of product which is good for blush as some can be very pigmented and bright. The wide dome shape also gives a blended out finish which mean you won't have pink circles on your face and it blends in with the rest of your makeup.

For highlighter I use the Real Techniques Setting Brush because this is the perfect size for dusting highlight over the cheekbones and making sure the product doesn't go in the places you don't want to highlight and accentuate. This brush is also great for setting powder underneath the eyes or applying a sharper contour line.

Contour is something that I've only really gotten into recently and so I'm still practising this, but I use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush which is great for this. It's a narrow dense brush which is great for getting in the hollows of the cheek and blends product away very easily. It's hard to go wrong really when using this brush and I've heard it's also great for foundation too.

EYES AND BROWS:


Finally onto eye brushes and for applying shadow all over the lid I use the Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush because its a soft fluffy domed brush which is great for distributing product on a wider area.

For brows I use another Eco Tools brush which has an angled eye definer brush on it which is really firm and so great for applying product on the brows and getting a defined shape.

For defining the crease and applying a darker shadow to my lash line I use my double-ended eye brush from Eco Tools because at one end you've got a pointed brush which is great for getting into the crease and blending the colour out, and on the other end is a shorter narrow dense brush which is great for defining the top and bottom lash lines.

Then for blending out all of the eyeshadow colours I go in with my MAC 217 Brush which is a big fluffy blending brush and this is great for blending the hard lines and making sure the shadows are seamless on the eye.

I hope you found this post useful if you're looking for some new brushes, and I would love to hear your recommendations of any brushes you love to use which you think I should have in my collection!

Love Emily
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