Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Cookie & Disclosure Policy

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 >/div>

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?
Leave a Comment!

Im happy to answer any and all questions.
For requests or questions not about the post, please visit:@beautyandtheboy
Thanks for Reading!
MrAJBx3
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.

All posts

Subscribe & Follow

Welcome to fellow skintellectuals to The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends. All posts marked * have been sent to The Skincare Savior for consideration for review. All opinions on these products are my own. Read More

Andrew

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Cookie & Disclosure Policy
Follow

Popular Links

WINNER OF THE SCOTTISH HAIR AND BEAUTY AWARDS “BEST BEAUTY BLOGGER”

Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards

As Featured In:

As Featured In:

Latest Posts

Instagram

  • I don't often talk about my AM routine but if I had to choose one thing that I think makes a big difference it would be the powerhouse combination of sunscreen and vitamin c.

Whilst the sunscreen protects against the UV rays, the vitamin v helps to prevent oxidative damage through out the day. 
Vitamin c doesn't just prevent oxidative damage it also helps to lighten and brighten the skin. Lately I've been using the @skinceuticals_uki CE ferulic acid. I am absolutely loving this combination it's the first L-ascorbic acid product I've use that skin hasn't hated! 😭🙌🏼😱
.
.
.
.
.
.
#bbloggers #beautyblogger #scottishbloggers #skincarejunkie #beautyblog #glasgowblogger #skincare #beautyguru #beautyjunkie #beautyblog #beautyblogger 
#scottishbloggers  #shinyhappybloggers  #skincare  #wakeupandmakeup #skincareaddict #skincarecommunity #skincareingredients #skincareroutine  #skincarescience #vitamincserum #sunscreen #ceferulic #ceferulicacid
  • Hyaluronic Acid is probably one of my most favourite ingredients in skincare. 
I feel like a lot of people tend to underestimate how important hydration can be for the skin! It's the difference between looking plump and not.

Hyaluronic acid is really fascinating it can hold 1000 times it's own molecular weight in start. HA occurs naturally in the skin and helps not only with the firm, plumpness of our skin (think of it like a sponge) HA also helps to maintain our skims elasticity and help to regenerate the skins protective barrier. 
HA comes in different forms namingly high and low molecular weight. High molecular weight works on the surface level of the skin and helps to hydrate the skin where as low molecular weight works deeper in the epidermal layers.

While HA occurs naturally in the skin it's often found in many products created either naturally or synthetically. I have to mention one is not better than the other they are molecularly the same natural HA is not better or worse than synthetically made HA.

When looking for products containing HA look for both low and high molecular weights this will give a more rounded. 
Anyone can use Hyaluronic acid as it's not the same kind of acid as a glycolic or lactic. The most sensitive, reactive skin types can really benefit from HA.

There is one caution though if you are living in a dry arid country be careful as HA is hygroscopic it will draw moisture from the air into your skin but when there is no moisture in the air it will draw it from deeper in your skin causing dryness to get worse. 
To combat this I would suggest using HA and while your skin is still "wet" use a moisturiser on top to seal everything in this way the HA has something to draw from. (Credit to @incidecodercom for the image)
.
.
.
.
.
#bbloggers #beautyblogger #scottishbloggers #skincarejunkie #beautyblog #glasgowblogger #skincare #beautyguru #beautyjunkie #beautyblog #beautyblogger 
#scottishbloggers  #shinyhappybloggers  #skincare  #wakeupandmakeup #skincareaddict #skincarecommunity #skincareingredients #skincareroutine  #skincarescience #newpost #hyaluronicacid
  • It's just amazes me the amount of misinformation there is around  natural brands these days.

No matter what a brand says to you, no matter how scientific it sounds, 
NATURAL DOES NOT MEAN BETTER OR SAFER AND SYNTHETIC DOES NOT MEAN TOXIC OR WORSE FOR YOUR SKIN

It really does annoys me when I see brands talking about how natural and how safe their products are. The one that gets me the most is "chemical free" nothing is chemical free because it's impossible even natural products contain combinations of tons of different chemicals.
Chemical is not synonyms with toxic or dangerous. 
As well with the term synthetic just because something is synthetic it doesn't mean it's dangerous or worse than natural, brands just want you to think this so you'll buy their products 
If you take something like zinc for example if you found it in nature and then made it in the lab synthetically when you examine them they will be chemically the same because zinc is zinc no matter how it was created if the zinc that was created synthetically was different then it wouldn't be zinc anymore 
Where brands often say natural skincare is better for sensitive or highly reactive skin this just insnt trust the opposite is often true when you create ingredients synthetically you can edit out any allergens or irritants where as you wouldn't be able do this with natural products because in nature there is always going to be deviations because nothing is the same.
.
.
.
.
#bbloggers #beautyblogger #scottishbloggers #skincarejunkie #beautyblog #glasgowblogger #skincare #beautyguru #beautyjunkie #beautyblog #beautyblogger 
#scottishbloggers  #shinyhappybloggers  #skincare  #wakeupandmakeup #skincareaddict #skincarecommunity #skincareingredients #skincareroutine  #skincarescience #cleanskincare
#nontoxicskincare
  • *UPDATED SKINCARE ROUTINE* 
I think most of the products in my routine have changed apart from the @stubborncosmetics  Custom Made Moisturiser

Cleanser - @merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm - This is only a sample size but I love it! I love the texture of it which is a big thing for me. It makes a great first cleanse for removing makeup and SPF.

Exfoliator - @drdennisgross.uk  Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel *gifted* - I've used this a few times now and if I'm honest it's not as strong as I would have expected, don't get me wrong the results are great it really does smooth out the skin beautifully.

Serum - @skinceuticals_uki H.A Intensifier *gifted - This is completely new brand to me. So instead of being a bog standard hyaluronic acid this serum actually helps to amplify the skins natural hyaluronic acid levels which I find fascinating. It contains high levels of HA as well as Proxylane and purple rice extract.

Treatment - Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Serum Intense *gifted - Now this is a combination of retinol and vitamin c usually I would apply vitamin c in the morning which I still do but it's nice to get an extra hit of vitamin c. I don't know if it's because I'm used to retinol now but I honestly don't feel any irritation or see any redness from using this.

Moisturiser - @stubborncosmetics
Custom Made Moisturiser *gifted - I have said this many times but I'll say it again, I have so much love for this moisturiser it's so good to find something customised to you rather than just hoping something will work. .
.
.
.
.
#bbloggers #beautyblogger #scottishbloggers #skincarejunkie #beautyblog #glasgowblogger #skincare #beautyguru #beautyjunkie #beautyblog #beautyblogger 
#scottishbloggers  #shinyhappybloggers  #skincare  #wakeupandmakeup #skincareaddict #skincarecommunity #skincareingredients #skincareroutine  #skincarescience #newpost #moisturiser #stubborncosmetics #skinceuticals #drdennisgross #katesomerville #retinol #vitamincserum #hyaluronicacid #merumaya
  • I don't know about you but I don't like the term "clean" not only because of the implications that it means other skincare ingredients are "dirty" but brands often use term clean skincare to play on people's fears.

There is no such thing as clean skincare it's basically a new version of the "natural Vs synthetic" argument.

The idea that there are toxins in skincare products is completely unfounded and uses people's fear to sell products as does using clean it plays on people's fears of toxins to sell products
.
.
.
.
.
#bbloggers #beautyblogger #scottishbloggers #skincarejunkie #beautyblog #glasgowblogger #skincare #beautyguru #beautyjunkie #beautyblog #beautyblogger 
#scottishbloggers  #shinyhappybloggers  #skincare  #wakeupandmakeup #skincareaddict #skincarecommunity #skincareingredients #skincareroutine  #skincarescience #cleanskincare
#nontoxicskincare
  • New post up on the blog all about the absolutely amazing moisturiser from @stubborncosmetics and @skinperspective 
It's so nice to finally have a moisturiser customised to me! 
Link is in the bio or bit.ly/2MahGdv

Check it out and leave me a comment of what you think! ❤️
.
.
.
.
#bbloggers #beautyblogger #scottishbloggers #skincarejunkie #beautyblog #glasgowblogger #skincare #beautyguru #beautyjunkie #beautyblog #beautyblogger 
#scottishbloggers  #shinyhappybloggers  #skincare  #wakeupandmakeup #skincareaddict #skincarecommunity #skincareingredients #skincareroutine  #skincarescience #newblogpost #newpost #moisturiser #stubborncosmetics

Follow @theskincaresaviour

Twitter Feed

×