Makeup brushes can be as important as the products themselves and something I enjoy quite the love affair with. But you don’t need a big stash to get by. These are my favourite five – most used, most loved brushes.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £11.99 here
Let’s face it Real Techniques brushes are brilliant, period! But this is my personal fave. My go-to for cream brush. It’s firm and very directional. It picks up the right amount of product and blends it like a dream. Can also be used for foundation and other cream products, but I dedicate it to cream blush.
MAC 217 Blending Brush £18 here
This isn’t a brush, it’s a magic wand. An extension of my right hand since I got it. It’s a real do it all brush, in fact my other eye brushes have hardly had a look in since this one came on the scene. Application, shading, blending – it does it all. The bristles are really soft and it’s just the right size to cup my lid and fill the crease perfectly.Autograph Angled Blush Brush £7.50 here
This brush has the softest synthetic hair I’ve ever encountered. It’s actually softer than the MAC Kabuki Brush – I kid you not. Don’t be fooled by the “blush” tag. The flat, angled head makes it the perfect contour/bronzing brush. It’s a treat to sweep around the face and really good for adding some chiselled cheek bones.
MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush £30 here
You need this in your arsenal. It’s my best companion for cream products – foundation, concealer, cream highlighter. It’s a short, round, dual fibre brush with a flat head composed of both natural bristles and synthetic fibres. Because it’s small and fairly short it gives you great control and navigates the small areas with ease – under the eye, around the nose etc. My favourite use is under eye concealer – helps airbrush away those bags like magic.
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush £16.50 here
I begrudgingly bought this brush in a panic after I lost my HD Brow brush. Fortunately it’s the perfect tool for filling eyebrows. It’s angled, small and very firm. Gets in the gaps easily and helps to extend the arch. Also great for eyeliner! Allows you get to get right into the lash line and create a very neat, precise line.
Which brushes do you love most?