Today I will be writing about makeup brushes you must add your makeup collection. I will be showing you the brushes that are part of my own makeup brush collection, we will discuss how I use them and clean them.
This is sort of a follow-on Post to My January Make-Up Routine. Since where would we be makeup-wise without our trusty brushes.
I must say for a long time I was too stingy to invest in these. But I finally stuck my neck out and what a world of difference they have made.
Having good quality brushes, not only allows your makeup application to be hundred times better they also make it so much easier. Here is a list of my current favorite makeup brushes that I can’t live without.
MY MAKE-UP BRUSH COLLECTIONS
At this point I own three collections of make-up brushes. Unfortunately I have found that once you own a couple, you want more. They really change the way you put your Make-Up on and everything seems a whole lot easier. You discover new ways of using them. It sort of becomes a bit of an addiction. So I need to curb my enthusiasm and remind myself that what I own now works well for me.
The very first set of Brushes I bought were these six EcoTool Brushes. For those of you who don’t know, Ecotools manufacture there brushes cruelty free from all natural or recycled material. This set was originally supposed to be a back-up present, but it never made it that far. I don’t believe this particular set is available anymore since I bought it quite a while back, but the brushes certainly are. All six brushes are compact in size and therefore ideally suited for your handbag. This set includes a Lash and Brow Groomer, two Large Eye Brushes, two flat Eyeliner brush and a foam applicator Brush. My favourite brushes in this set are the Large Eye Brushes. They have the perfect shape to fit onto my Eyelids.
REAL TECHNIQUES CORE COLLECTION
This Christmas I treated myself to three new sets of brushes. So many people have been raving about these and I believe most Beauty Bloggers are the proud owners of at least one set of Real Techniques Brushes. The first set I decided to get was the Real Techniques Core Collection. This set includes a Buffer Brush, a contour brush, a pointed foundation brush and a detailer brush. Basically everything you need to get your primer, foundation, concealer and blushes on your face. The stand out in this set has to be the Buffer Brush. With it’s soft hairs and dome shape it performs perfectly.
REAL TECHNIQUES STARTER COLLECTION
The second set I bought was the Real Techniques Starter Collection. This Set includes five brushes: the Accent Brush, the Base Shadow Brush, the Deluxe Crease Brush, the Brow Brush and the Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush. My favourite brush in the bunch must be Deluxe Crease Brush. In my personal opinion it’s the perfect brush to buff my Eyeshadow.
REAL TECHNIQUES DUO FIBRE COLLECTION
Finally I purchased the Duo Fibre Collection to complete my Brush Collection. I needed a nice airy brush to apply the Bare Minerals Foundation Powder. These seemed perfect. The set includes a Face Brush, a Contour Brush and an Eye Brush.
MY MAKEUP BRUSH “ROUTINE”
REAL TECHNIQUES “DETAILER BRUSH”
I start off my makeup routine with a little liquid foundation. Then I apply some concealer under my eyes and on any spots that need some attention. The Detailer Brush from the Real Techniques Collection I perfect for this job. Due to its small size and flexible hairs I can get right into the corner of my eye. I then use the Buffer Brush from the same collection to buff in the concealer. Here I find that light tapping movements work best.
REAL TECHNIQUES “DUO FIBRE CONTOUR BRUSH”
Next I use the Contour Brush from the Duo Fibre Collection to apply my bronzer and contour my face. The bristles in this brush are light and sparse. They don’t pick-up too much bronzer and therefore, allow me to slowly build-up the bronzer. I also use this brush to apply my blusher. With any other brush, I run the risk of applying too much. Instead, these light fluffy brushes help me create a much more natural look.
REAL TECHNIQUES “BUFFER BRUSH”
Of all the brushes in my collection the buffer brush from the core collection must be my favourite. I use it religiously to buff in my foundation, concealer, bronzer, blusher and highlighter. It has exactly the right size to cover enough of my face while still fitting under my cheekbone, under my jaw and around my temples. The brush is very dense but extremely soft. Furthermore so far I have not had to worry about stray hairs finding their way onto my face. it gives me a flawless full coverage and blends any edges of the bronzer and blusher.
REAL TECHNIQUES “CONTOUR BRUSH”
Next I brush some highlighter onto my cheekbones, nose and chin with the Contour Brush from the Core Collection. The brush is pretty compact and it’s size works really well for these areas. furthermore as well as applying the powder the soft bristles smoothly blend in the highlighter.
REAL TECHNIQUES “FACE BRUSH”
URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW BRUSH
Once my face is ready is time to highlight my eyes. I use four different brushes for this purpose. A brush I forgot to mention earlier is the Eyeshadow brush that came with the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Unlike most brushes included in Eyeshadow Palettes, this is actually a pretty decent brush. This brush I is tow sided. I use the brush with the longer bristles to apply the base Shade across my entire Eyelid and the flat brush with the short brush to line my eye with a dark shade.
ECOTOOLS LARGE EYESHADOW BRUSH
I generally add a dusting of pink EyeShadow with one of the Large Eye Brushes from the Ecotool set and then accentuate my crease with a darker shade with the Second Eye Brush from the Set. I love the round flat shape of these Brushes. They perfectly fit onto my Eyelid and into the crease of my Eye.
MAKEUP BRUSH MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING
It’s generally a good idea to wash your brushes regularly to stop them from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. This doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need is a glass of water, some shampoo and some paper towels. Add a couple of drops of shampoo to the water and swirl your brush in the liquid. then swirl it on the paper towel. Repeat the process until the brush leaves no more traces on the paper. Then let your brushes dry. Do this horizontally to stop the water from dripping into the shaft and the brush from losing its shape. Do this weekly or at least, every month. Your brushes and your skin will thank you for it.