Beauty Must Haves : Make-Up Tools & Brushes
When I look at the size of my make-up collection, I'm a little bit horrified when I start to add up how much money I have spent on it! But then I remember how much I love make-up. Trying out new products is fun; Over the last year I have become a fully-fledged fan of YouTube and I really enjoy hearing about the new products some of my favourites vloggers have been loving. Look out for a post next week where I will share with you my favourite Influencers & why they inspire me. You never know they might inspire you too.
Now to share my discoveries in make-up brushes and of my rather large collection, which are my favourites that I just can't live without & why...
This is a super soft brush with a great shape to make applying blusher super easy. It's also pretty good for contour and I use it to apply my bronzer all the time. As always with Real Techniques, the synthetic bristles blend flawlessly. And of course, I love the pink handle!
Almost 6 years ago, as part of bridesmaid prep, I visited the Benefit counter in Selfridges. I discovered, the importance of defining brows and have been searching for the perfect product ever since. I prefer to use a powder and had been searching for the perfect brush. This brush from Zoeva is brilliant; it's a good size and is reasonably stiff without being rigid. It makes creating perfect brows easy for just about anyone.
I use this brush for so many things: I use it to apply powder to set make up under my eyes (always a problem area for me, I must need more sleep!), to apply blusher when I want a more precise application, to sweep a bronzer across my eyelids when I'm going for a relaxed & easy look and finally to apply highlight. It really is a brush I use a lot. I have three!
A great all-rounder for eye shadow, this is the brush I reach for the most when doing my eye make-up. It's great for applying a base colour plus, as the name suggests, it's wonderful for blending. Mac brushes are great quality but they are a little on the pricey side.
I am currently using the Lily Lolo Spoolie & Angled Brow Brush but if I'm honest it's not the best. I am yet to find a really good one despite the fact I use one every day. The spoolie end on this brush is fine but the angled brow brush is so fat I find it totally useless so it seems a bit of a waste to only be able to use 50% of the product! Any recommendations so I can complete my current collection?
I switch it up between a brush, a sponge or even just my fingers to apply foundation or tinted moisturiser depending on the coverage I'm after or simply just the mood I'm in! When I opt for a brush, this is always the one I use. The synthetic bristles don't absorb too much product meaning most of the product ends up on your skin as it should do.
A big, round and very soft brush perfect for all over powder or bronzer. We all need a big make up brush in our collection and this is one of the best I have used.
I've never been very good at liquid eyeliner but this helps me achieve a similar look without the need for a very steady hand, so for me that makes it worth the price tag! I use it with a long wear gel eye liner, which is especially good when I really want to make sure my eye liner lasts all day long. This brush is by far the best to apply it as it just doesn't work the same with any other brush. Worth the investment if you want a strong eye liner look but struggle with liquid liner.
This is pretty pricey but I love this great little brush as it's perfect for a smoky eye look. I use the pointy end for applying a darker shadow along the upper lash line and the wider bit at the bottom to smudge the line in which just gives a softer look.
I have used both the famous Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I find both work better when they are damp as they absorb less product that way. But, if I'm honest, when it came to replacing my beauty blender I opted for the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge because, in my opinion, they do a very similar job and, let's be fair, I can almost buy three for the price of one! If you're trying to decide which to go for, I'm really not convinced the Beauty Blender is worth the extra cash.
Last but not least if you're going to invest in your make-up brushes you're going to want to keep them in tip top condition. I use the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette as it's really easy to use. It's made from silicone with a multi-textured surface so depending on the size of your brush, there's the perfect bit to rub the bristles against. I use a brush cleansing gel with a bit of water (you get a little tester with the palette), rinse them thoroughly, shake off the excess water and wrap in a towel before laying all the brushes out flat on my window sill to dry. As good as new!
If you are looking for good quality but affordable make up brushes Zoeva & Real Techniques are some of the best. Also, one of the brands on my list to try is Morphe so it's worth taking a look at those too. If you live in the UK, the best range of Zoeva & Morphe brushes are on Cult Beauty. Real Techniques are available in Boots & Superdrug as well as through various online retailers and are regularly on offer so it's worth shopping around.
This is the first in a series on My Beauty Must Haves so keep an eye out for the next one in a few weeks' time. I would love to hear from you if you have any recommendations for beauty must haves that I should try, general feedback or even a suggestion on things you would like to read about so do get in touch.
Thanks for reading. Until next Sunday....
From Charlotte x
Prices correct July 2017