Essential Face Brushes For Your Makeup Kit

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Essential makeup brushes

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Following on from my top 10 eye makeup brushes post, I said I would chat through my favourite face makeup brushes. I've tried and tested many makeup brushes and the following are the ones that stood out to me. 

I used to use a lot more Real Techniques brushes but over the last few months, I've been loving Zoeva and Blank Canvas. I might do a whole blog post about my RT brushes sometime as I do still love them very much. 

Blank Canvas brush review

                                                          Real Techniques                                                                   

Miracle Complexion Sponge: The current standout from Real Techniques is their Miracle Complexion Sponge. I had always wanted to try the Beauty Blender but I can't justify that amount of money on one sponge. I bought the RT version back in April and before then I had never used a sponge to apply my foundation. However when I used this for foundation I absolutely hated it; I don't know if I was using it correctly or not but it left me with an uneven, patchy finish and it took a lot longer than a brush. 

I decided to use it for concealer instead and I've never looked back! I always use it damp or I spray it with some Mac fix+ and blend my under eye concealer and cream highlight. It blends concealer really well and because it's damp it helps reduce puffy, tired eyes. 
It's also great for cleaning up eyeshadow and it's what I use to get that sharp finish on eye makeup which you can see in my 'Get Ready With Me' using the Morphe 35p palette

Blush Brush: Another favourite of mine is the blush brush. Despite the name I never use it for blush as I think it's too big and easy to over apply product {hello clown makeup!!} I like to use it for powder as it's smaller than the average powder brush which is great for me as I like to avoid specific areas where I have dry skin.


Concealer: There are 2 brushes from Zoeva that I like to use for concealer: 142 Concealer Buffer and 110 Face Shape. The 142 is great for covering up big spots as it's quite stiff so it's easy to concentrate the product on to a spot and build up a few layers of concealer. I like to use the 110 for concealing larger areas such as my cheeks and nose where I get a lot of redness from eczema.

Contour: For powder contouring, I always use the 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek brush. This brush is a bit smaller than the Blank Canvas angled brush so it fits in the hollow of my cheeks better for a precise application.

Zoeva rose gold brush review

                                                                Blank Canvas                                                                 

Foundation: My holy grail foundation brush is the F20 from Blank Canvas. The density of this brush is excellent and my foundation just smoothly glides on. This brush is effortless to use and I can always get my base done very quickly when I use this brush. It's a flat-topped dense brush which gives a flawless finish to the skin. 

My sister always struggles with her foundation and whenever I recommend a foundation to her she always complains that it never looks as nice as mine - but it's honestly down to this brush! I keep telling her to get it but I might have to buy it for her for Christmas because it's honestly life-changing!

Highlight: Another brush that was life-changing is the F28. I like to use it to apply highlighter as it picks up a good amount of product. It's also a great shape for applying highlight down the centre of my nose and my cupid's bow. 

Blush: For blush, I like to use angled brushes similar to the Zoeva one I mentioned above and my brush of choice is the F04. These type of brushes are great for applying blush as the angled shape makes it easy to apply the product to the apples of my cheeks. 

These brushes can bought from the Blank Canvas website or Cloud 10 Beauty 

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