Monday, 11 July 2016

Makeup Brushes I Cannot Live Without

If you know me, then you know that I have a vast amount of makeup brushes and the reason for so is that I try to put off washing my makeup brushes for as long as I can. This is quite easily done for me now as I've accumulated so many the past few years that I can easily use a new brush every day and I still will have clean brushes a month later. Having a lot of makeup brushes also means that I have discovered some real gems.

My favourite brush of all time, and of my holy grails, is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I much prefer this brush over the Buffing Brush which I think is too hype up, however the Expert Face Brush is 100x better. It seamlessly blends my foundation in without soaking it up in the bristles. I also love the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush too for my foundation. I originally bought it for 'sculpting' my face but I found it too dense for that, so I apply my foundation with it instead. I find the Sculpting Brush denser than the Expert Face Brush, so the application is just that tad quicker. Another makeup brush that I think everyone needs is the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush. I'd say that this brush is the softest out of the three and is the quickest at blending my foundation in. I definitely will be purchasing another one of this brush and the Sculpting Brush.

For colour correcting concealer, which I do before my foundation, Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush is perfect for this. It's like a mini version of the 102 Silk Finish Brush. I apply my concealer with this brush and blend it out before applying my foundation on top. I've yet to find the perfect brush for my actual concealer, so I'm currently just using any small brush for this.

Usually after doing my foundation and concealer, I check to see if everything is blended. The Zoeva 107 Powder Polish Brush is perfect for this, as it's like a very dense powder brush so a quick once over and it blends everything is blended. The Real Techniques Contour Brush is the best brush out there for setting your undereyes, it's the perfect size and it sets my undereyes without using too much product. Since I have oily skin, I have tried a lot of powder brushes and my favourite for setting my entire face is the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush. It's not too big for my face but it's not too small that it'll take a year and a half to set my entire face. It has the perfect density too so it sets my foundation without moving my foundation because I absolutely hate it when any of my brushes do that.

The last two brushes for my face are the Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish Brush which is fab for contouring. I love how its slightly rounded on top as I feel like this helps when contouring my face. The Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush is amazing for overall bronzing of the face. Whilst I can use this brush for contouring, I feel like the bristles are a tad too long for it so it's much better suited for bronzing in my opinion.

I always do my eyebrows after my foundation and for that Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush has been my go to. I didn't really know how to use this brush at first but Jame Genevieve used this brush on her eyebrows on her youtube channel and so I thought I would. This brush speeds up the process of doing my brows and I recommend this brush to everything. Obviously I use a spoolie brush but I bought mine off of eBay for 99p and it does the job just as good.

Onto eyes, I use the Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush to blend out my eye primer. If I want to really pack on my eyeshadow, usually a bronze shade, then the Zoeva 226 Smudger Brush is perfect for this. I pack on the eyeshadow and press against my eyelid to get a true colour. For applying my transition colour, I use a tiny blending brush which, again, I bought from eBay for just 99p. This brush applies the transition colour precisely to one area. The Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush is perfect for applying a transition colour too; I use this one when I want my eyeshadow to go all along my crease rather than one specific spot. For overall blending or just a wash of colour, the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush is perfect for this. It's a bigger and less dense-r version of the 231 brush. Regardless, everyone needs them both!

What are some of makeup brushes you cannot live without?

Nazia xo

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