It’s taken me years to build up my collection of makeup brushes but I think I can finally say that I’m happy with it. Having said that there will always be new and exciting brands appearing that I will want to try. For example I’m desperate to try the Artis brushes, you know the weird toothbrush looking ones. And due to the mail situation in Dubai (or lack of) I haven’t tried any of the Morphe brushes yet. However for now these are my holy grail, can’t-live-without brushes that I use everyday:
I was always a fan of the Real Techniques buffing brush for foundation and I still like it (I’ve found a better use for it though, which I’ll get to), and I toyed with the Real Techniques expert face brush for a while too. Last year though I found “The One” – the Illamasqua highlighter brush. It seems quite small for a foundation brush but I think that’s what I love the most about it, it’s the perfect size to get around all of the curves and corners of the face. It has synthetic hairs which I love because not only is it cruelty free but it means that it can be used for liquid, cream or powder foundations.
As much as I love this brush I will say foundation brushes are where I’m the most fickle. I’m always convinced there’s something even better out there to help me achieve the flawless barbie-like skin I desire. For now though the Illamasqua highlighter brush has my heart, teamed with the Illamasqua skin base foundation = perfection!
Usually when it comes to eyebrows I don’t bother with a brush at all, I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz and it’s quick and brush free. Sometimes though when I want a bolder brow or I’m working on someone else then I’ll use an angled brush. The best for the job is without a doubt is the Anastasia number 7 brush. Anastasia really is the go to brand for all things eyebrow – that woman is a genius!
Eyes are the are we tend to use the most brushes so I won’t include them all. I do have two brushes though that I use each and everyday for my eyes. The first is the Tom Ford number 13 brush. It’s ludicrously expensive but it is so soft and perfect for applying a transition colour to the crease and blending out the deeper shades. It’s big enough to be used to apply an all over colour too. For the days that I’m in a hurry (everyday) I use it to apply a light beige shade to the lid and then use the same brush to softly blend it out.
My other must have is the MAC 222 brush. It’s similar to the Tom Ford brush but smaller and more tapered. I love this brush for applying a crease colour, or for more precise blending than the Tom Ford number 13. It’s also great for smoking out the lower lash line when you’re going for a more dramatic look.
There are of course other brushes I use regularly for my eyes, I like to have a flat stiff bristled brush for applying colour or pigments and an angled brush for the lash line and to create shape. I’m not loyal to any particular brush for these things though, I like the Real Techniques brushes, especially the purple eye starter set but I chop and change with what I use.
I’m not a huge fan of a harsh contour, I have quite a long face and no cheek bones to speak of so I think it can look a little bit bizarre on me. I do like to add a bit of shape to my face though and my favourite brush to do this is the Charlotte Tilbury powder & sculpt brush. It is small and tapered so it applies the colour precisely where you want it with the tip of the brush and then blends the edges of the line you have placed with the shorter outer bristles. This leaves you with a soft, subtle contour. I also like to use this brush to apply blush to the cheeks. I use the side of the brush to apply the colour to the apple of the cheek and then the tip of the brush to softly blend. I like a brush with multiple uses, it saves a lot of space in your kit.
It’s another Tom Ford brush I’m afraid. This brush retails at $115 so around 450dhs or £85 so it certainly isn’t cheap. It’s such good quality though and I really do believe in investing in good quality brushes as they can last a life time if you treat them well, so it’s worth living off beans on toast for a month in my opinion. I didn’t think I was going to love this brush as much as I do when I bought it. It’s a huge brush which I originally thought I wouldn’t have a lot of use for but it’s size is actually what I like the most about it because it means you can get a good, even distribution of powder on the face so that you avoid stripes and patches of product.
I think I could get by quite nicely on a desert island with this set of brushes, obviously it’s nice to have options but this is what I consider my must haves.
Thanks so much for reading everyone!