Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Beauty: Top 5 Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are a vital part of your everyday makeup routine. Without proper, good quality brushes, your makeup will not look the best that it can be. All of the brushes that I am going to be talking about today are by Real Techniques. If you are unaware of the brand, it was created by Sam & Nic Chapman, also known as pixiwoo on YouTube. They are two of the best makeup artists in the UK and they have an incredibly large online audience. If you would like to know more about the overall range, then you can visit their website, or their YouTube channel, where I'm sure you will find more information!
Firstly, I'm going to be talking about the Real Techniques 'Buffing Brush', which is part of the core collection. I find this brush works the best at applying foundation and really working it into the skin to create an even, flawless coverage. When I apply any product using this brush, there is never any creasing, so I know that it's working well. I also use this brush to apply concealer under my eyes, or in any flawed areas and it works equally as well with those issues too. I find that it works perfectly, regardless of the product, whether it be a full coverage foundation, a BB cream, a CC cream, or a concealer. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a proper, professional quality base brush.

For powder-based products, I use the Real Techniques 'Blush Brush', which is described as being used to 'contour, define and shade'. I use this brush whenever I wish to apply bronzer, blush, or powder to my face, without doing so too heavily. It blends the products fantastically, the bristles are incredibly soft and 100% cruelty free, as are all brushes from the entire collection and it achieves high definition results. Seeing as the brush is quite large, it means that if you are applying powder to a wider area of your face, you are guaranteed to still receive full coverage, as the bristles can expand to all the areas and distribute the product evenly. I find it works best with applying powder through your t-zone, as it ensures that every area is reached, but as I mentioned, it is perfect for all type of face makeup.

Next up, I use the Real Techniques 'Setting Brush' for highlighter, if I ever wear it! I would also suggest using it for powder under the eyes, or in smaller areas of your face, as it would reach easier than the blush brush, which is quite large and dense in comparison. It ensures that there is a controlled dusting of the product over your face and it helps to create a glowing complexion.

For my eye makeup, I start off by using the Real Techniques 'Shading Brush', in order to apply the base of my eye shadow. Whether it's a powder, or a cream formula, this brush always applies the product in the most flawless way. I find that it packs on colour really well, rather than blending the product, because it's a flat brush, not a blending brush. It's hand cut, designed for precision results, so that you can get the highest definition look possible. You can use it to cut in a crease, or push the shadow onto the lid and it can be used to create a neutral, daytime look, or a dramatic, night-time look.

Finally, I use the Real Techniques 'Base Shadow Brush' to blend all of my eye shadow looks properly. It's the perfect brush for getting into the crease and ensuring that all of the shadow is looking it's best. In one of Samantha Chapman's demo video's, she uses this brush to blend the top line of her eye shadow looks. It helps to demonstrate an effortless, flawless finish to all of your makeup styles.

I hope that this post helped some of you! What are your favourite makeup brushes to use?

Lots of love,


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