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Sunday, 28 February 2016

My Top 5 Make Up Brushes

If you love your make up you should also love your brushes too!

Good brushes are really important to have as part of your make up kit, and having the right set of tools will make such a difference to how your face looks. Application and blending is essential to making your face look flawless, so I wanted to share with you my 5 favourite make up brushes that I love using to help me achieve a seamless finish.

1. Beauty Blender

I know I know, it's not a brush I haven't exactly started this off well BUT of course I had to include it. It is by far my most favourite item to apply make up to my face. When it first came through the post I freaked thinking I'd received the mini beauty blender but it was only when I ran it under water it absorbed to it's regular size, phew! The beauty blender does exactly what the name says, it blends! and does so amazingly. I've used drug store sponges in the past but realised the sponges would soak up too much product and leave my face patchy sometimes. If you're looking to get a make up sponge, the original beauty blender is £16 but completely worth the price you pay, plus their brand is cruelty free.

2. Mac 130 Duo Fibre Brush

I really do like this brush for cream and foundation products! The black bristles in this flat headed brush are said to be made out of natural bristles and the white bristle are made from synthetic fibres. In particularly, this tool is perfect to buff into those hard to get places especially with foundation around the nose and concealer under the eyes. When using this brush I find it's best used applying product in a lightly pressed circular motion which then leaves a smooth finish - streak free! I also find this brush works really well when blending in a cream contour into the hollows of my cheeks before dabbing over with a beauty blender.


3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Eyebrow #14

 I absolutely love this brand and I have to say their products are one of my favourites! Anastasia Beverly Hills are an animal-friendly (cruelty free) company and are best known for their eyebrow products so of course I had to get one of their eyebrow tools. The bristles on this brush are super soft but dense to create those perfect and precise lines. Not only that, but it comes with a spooley too, to groom your eyebrows into shape before using your products. This brush is best used with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade or any creamy brow product. Another alternative is the #12 which is a popular brush and perfect to use for those precise lines with their shorter bristles. However I'm happy sticking with my #14 as the longer bristles help to blend in the product nicely giving a more natural look. For a powder product a bigger brush like the #7 is ideal for application.

4. Zoeva Luxe Face Paint 109

For all my powder contours this is my go to brush! With the flat rectangular shape it makes it easy to brush into the hollows of your cheeks and along the jawline; sculpting your face into the perfect contour. It applies similarly to the (£43) NARS ITA brush however the ITA differs in size and are made with natural bristles. Recently Zoeva have become one of my absolute favourite brush brands; their qualities are amazing, the prices are affordable and the brushes are made of soft synthetic bristles which means they're animal cruelty free. As this brush is synthetic, the shape will continue to stay in good condition for a longer period of time and will hardly lose any hair bristles. The only downside to these Zoeva brushes previously was the the shipping fee costing an arm and leg to be delivered from Germany (Zoeva is a german brand). However, the good news is, they are now selling in England on Beauty Bay! 


5. Zoeva Luxe Soft Definer 227

Finally last but not least, the Zoeva 227 luxe soft definer. I really love this eye make up brush; the bristles are so nice and soft and I find myself using it all the time to create different eye looks. The oval shape makes it perfect to apply along the crease line and to blend away any harsh lines around the eyes. I've had Zoeva brushes since the beginning of December, consistently using them nearly every day and have found these brushes still look in near mint condition after cleaning. This brush is also identical to the large fluff brush #217 by Mac that costs £20. This Zoeva soft definer only costs £6.95.

With my dry and sensitive skin it's really important to have a good set of brushes to help me achieve an airbrush look and keep my skin in good condition. Synthetic brushes attract less dirt so they are less likely to give your skin breakouts, and are easier to wash away any bacteria caught in between the bristles.
All 5 of these brushes(and sponge) are essentials tools I use everyday to help create a smooth and well blended in look. If you have any favourites brushes you would like to share please let me know.

Thankyou for reading x


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