THE BRUSH OFF
By most beauty blogger standards, I have a fairly small makeup brush collection, but to me that just means I’ve found my favourite selection of tools and have a strict edit that I know I can use everyday for great results. Here’s my favourite few…
I have a new-found love for the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. After a couple of years of using the Expert Face Brush, I toyed with this one and loved the results so much more. The Expert Face Brush is great for dense coverage, but the Buffing Brush gives a light, glowy finish to whatever base product you’re using. I find it so quick to blend out foundation with this brush and it always leaves a soft, natural result.
Also from Real Techniques, I adore the Stippling Brush. I use this to apply cream blush for the most natural flush of colour; it’s so easy to blend product and super quick too. I’d always preferred using my fingers for cream blushes until I used this brush – it gives a result like no other! Their Powder Brush is perfect for dusting on a light layer of translucent powder to set my makeup too.
My ELF Bronzing Brush is one of those that I’d forgotten about for so, so long, until I picked it up for trying out a new powder highlighter with. Cue a soft-focus, shimmering glow, perfectly blended out and diffused. The bristles on this brush are super soft and light, meaning blending is so quick, light and easy, and doesn’t affect the base underneath. It picks up product nicely and makes light work of application. For the price, this is crazily good!
I got the Bellapierre Kabuki Brush in a beauty box last year, and I was super impressed with the quality. It’s a completely cruelty-free brush and the bristles are incredibly soft and gentle. I use this with my highlighter palette, to sweep a light dusting of shimmer all over my face for a subtly glowing effect. It’s much pricer than my other options here but really worth it if you’re looking for a great all-rounder.
I’ve been super impressed with the brushes that I recently picked up from the H&M Beauty line in their Oxford Circus store. Desperate to try out a new brow wand (my ELF Brow Wand has seen better days!) I picked up the Brow & Lash Brush (styled like Bobbi Brown’s brushes, so lush) and have been so impressed with the quality. I use a brow wand every day, even no makeup days, to tame my brows and attempt to look mildly groomed, and it keeps any applied product looking natural. I also picked up the Large Shading Brush and I am so in love with this – it makes applying eyeshadow a breeze! Super soft bristles, a great domed shape and packed full to make blending out a dream. Total bargain too.
What are your most-used brushes? Are there any I should be trying?