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Tools of the Trade- Brushes

17th December 2011 in Uncategorised - 20 Comments - 4 min read

Tools of the Trade- Brushes

17th December 2011 in Uncategorised - 20 Comments - 4 min read

Hey Beauties <3
I have had people asking me what are the best brushes to use and i use a variety of brushes from different brands.
I feel MAC has great quality brushes because they have the a lot of choice and the brushes are as soft but also dense when need be. I often find having good quality brushes affects the way you do your makeup or how it applies, but good quality doesn’t mean expensive just what works for you really:

    • A Foundation Brush– I like the MAC 190(used it but dont have it) and the 187. My favourite right now has to be the Royal Cosmetic Connections Foundation Brush it was like £2 and that’s the brush i keep going back to because its stiff but not to floppy it doesn’t streak the foundation and it blends amazingly. The MAC 187 is a great brush for stippling on your foundation to give a “airbrushed” look, it is also really good for powders like mineral foundations.                                                     

Royal Cosmetic Connections Foundation Brush
MAC 187
The 187 is a duo fibre brush and i did a post on those here if you want to know more

    • Concealer- I dont really use concealer that much but when i do i either use the Body Shop Lip and Concealer Brush, Boots own brand concealer brush or the MAC 231(Small Shader Brush) which can be used for Concealer, Lips, Eyeliner etc
MAC 231
Boots Concealer Brush
    • Blush or Contour– I really like using a slanted brush for blush because i feel it gives a better control but its upto yourself because you can use a traditional brush for Blush or a Slanted Blush Brush.  For Contouring i like using the MAC 109 as it is small and round to help get into the hollow’s of your cheeks
Calvin Klein Blush Brush 
MAC 168
Illamasqua Blush Brush 2
MAC 109 (Contour)
    • Powder Brush- For Powder i like to use big fluffy brushes but not to fluffy but a little stiff, i also like Kabuki Brushes, which are amazing for buffing foundation/powder into the skin to give a more flawless look. ((wouldnt recommend buffing foundation if you have dry skin))
Royal and Langnickel Essentials Powder Brush
ELF Kabuki Face Brush
    • Lips-For lips I like to use either a Body Shop lip brush or a no name one because they both are small and able to control the lip colour well. I also find that using pointed brushes for when doing darker colours helps a lot in controlling where the colour is placed

Body Shop Lip and Concealer Brush
No Name Lip Brush
    • Eye Brushes- 
          • Shader Brush- These brushes are used for putting colour onto the lid i tend to use the Illamasqua Eyeshadow Brush or the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Brush. The UD brush is good for defining if you want to do a cut crease this is a great brush, The Illamasqua Brush is great for placing colour and blending out at the same time
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Brush
Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush- Similar to the MAC 239

Illamasqua Eyeshadow Brush
          • Blending Brush-  I think everyone should have a blending brush because blending is key to a look unless the look is clean and sharp lines. Blending brushes are good for blending out colours to make them look as they fade out. I like to use the MAC 217 which is good for blending in the crease/socket or the 224 which is good for blending on the brow bone or adding highlight as it is fluffier
MAC 224  -Tapered Blending

MAC 217
          • Pencil Brush- I like to use the MAC 219 as its one of the best ive found its stiff and it applies colour amazingly, i use it under my eyes as it is amazing there and can also be used in the crease to add colour or in the outer edges of the eye


MAC 219


          • Eyeliner Brush- These are good for applying gel liner to the lid near the lashes or to the waterline, i have tried a quite a few liner brushes but i find that the Chanel Pinceau Eyeliner N°13
Chanel Pinceau Eyeliner N°13
The next few kinds of brushes are optional:
    • Slanted Brush- These can be used for anything, I like using these kinds of brushes for either Liner, Eyebrows or Lips because they have such defined edges makes for creating defined lines.
Calvin Klein Slanted Eyeliner Brush

Illamasqua Brow Brush

Illamasqua Brow Brush

Royal Brush (actually a paintbrush)

Royal Brush (actually a paintbrush)



What are your favourite kinds of brushes?
Do good quality brushes make a difference to your application?
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Andrew James

Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.

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