Despite having a degree in fine art and knowing the value of a good paintbrush, I have always been a little lazy when it comes to make up brushes. I have always been the kind of girl to apply most items with my fingers. From foundations to concealers, to cream blushers; I’m not afraid to get my hands in! I will use brushes for eyeshadow, powder blushers and face powder, but not much eyes.
It’s probably not the best in terms of hygiene, but also it probably doesn’t give the best over all effect. I learnt to apply make up not from YouTube tutorials, but from It’s Bliss magazine and trial and error, my beauty icon was ’94 Courtney Love and I wanted to look rock ‘n’ roll. Don’t get my wrong? it’s a cool look, but now I’m getting older, I try to go for something a little more polished. Whilst I still rock a stong eyeliner and red lip, I now realise the importance of making it all look a little more groomed and polished.
Which is where make up brushes come in handy, a good make up brush isn’t cheap, some can be almost nearing the £100 mark. Which to be fair, doesn’t shock me, as a paint brush was never cheap. There are some great brushes on the market which are a much more sensible price and I have been using Real Techniques brushes. There has been a lot of hype about these brushes, they were developed by the YouTuber sisters, Sam & Nic Chapman and they have created online tutorials to help you get the best out of using their brushes. A stroke of genius!
These Real Techniques brushes are super pretty, the metallic pink with the black and white brush is so nice, as someone who take a lot of photos, it’s nice to have products which look good and these really good. There are three brushes in this set; one Sculpting brush to help create contours, one Setting brush to add a little highlight and one Fan brush sweep away any excess powders and give an even finish. If I’m honest, the fan brush is good, but I could live without it, the sculpting brush and the setting brush are what makes this set an essential. The sculpting brush is the perfect shape and thickness to create a great contour, easily. The brush I have been using previously was just a little too thick, this is perfect as it does the work for you and gives you a little more precision. The highlighter brush is great too, it makes it east to work just a little highlighter into those tight spaces, which make so much difference to the overall look. I know there are more expensive versions of these brushes on the market, but I’m super happy with these brushes and I think they are amazing value.
What are your tools of the trade?
I really need to get my hands on that set! The metallic pink is super gorgeous! I love RT brushes, they really are great quality at an amazing price!
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I love my MAC brushes and if you look after brushes they do last. My first ever MAC eyeshadow brush is still going strong a good 8+ years later. They are expensive, but well worth it. I have a set of Sigma brushes travel size which are also really good. I don’t recommend MAC travel brushes though, they aren’t made to last like the full size ones. I use all sorts of brushes – eyeshadow, crease brush, blending brush, smudge brush, foundation brush (sometimes sponge – beauty blender), kabuki, face blender, highlighting brush, and powder brush (and I’m sure there are more). SO many, but it makes the whole ritual of putting on make up enjoyable, and when it’s something you do every day, it’s worth the extra effort to make it fun.
I also have an EcoTools brush in my work kit and it’s fabulous. I’ll buy more from that brand when I need more, and they are really affordable (Boots).