Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Cookie & Disclosure Policy

Must Have Makeup Brushes

14th July 2017 in Brushes, Makeup - 8 Comments - 5 min read

Must Have Makeup Brushes

14th July 2017 in Brushes, Makeup - 8 Comments - 5 min read >/div>

Hey Beauties!

When you’re starting out with makeup knowing what makeup brush does what can be a bit mind-boggling, so I thought I would list my must have makeup brushes, what they do and how I use them
You might find that with makeup brushes the packaging might say its say for example a concealer brush, but it might be used for something completely different like laying down eyeshadow or filling in your lips.

I use a variety of different brushes from high-end brands to high street. Right now my favourite brand for brushes is Real Techniques as they offer great quality brushes at affordable prices. If you take good care of your brushes and wash them regularly they can last years at a time as ive had the MAC 217 for at least 5 or 6 years.

  1. MAC 109 (£28) – This is a contour brush which is fantastic for powder products, it has tightly packed hairs so it will pick up a lot of pigment. I usually use this with something like MAC Harmony Blush or Smashbox Contour Powder. I wouldn’t use this for anything other than contouring as it does tend to pick up a lot of colour and you don’t want clown cheeks if you do use it with blush.
  2. Royal Foundation Brush – I found this brush by complete accident when I was looking at Watt Brothers a few years back. It’s ridiculously cheap like £2.99 or something like that, but it has been one of my favourite brushes to use for foundations since around 2013. There’s just something about the bristles that just applies foundation flawlessly. If I’m honest, I actually prefer this over the MAC 190 Foundation Brush I bought last year. This type of foundation brush is best for things like creams and liquids, it’s also really good for cream contour if you want really sharp definition
  3. Real Techniques Setting Brush (£7.99) – This is my favourite setting brush ever! I remember I used to always use massive powder brushes that were almost as big as your entire face. I think I came about this brush when I was watching a YouTube video by Pixiwoo and they were saying how it’s better to use a small setting brush as you can control where you want the powder instead of setting your entire face. You’ll find this brush is really good for setting under the eyes because of its size not to mention it makes a good contour brush as well if you don’t want a really stark contour this will be perfect for you.
  4. MAC 217 (£20) – The 217 was one of my first makeup brushes from back in 2010 and to be fair, yes its expensive but for a 6-year-old brush its held up pretty well. Back in 2010 I don’t think there was anything like the 217 to me anyway it was one of a kind and I didn’t use anything else. The 217 is fantastic for a number of things like applying sheer washes of colour to blending out colours seamlessly and sometimes I used it for face powders around the nose and under the eyes. The only thing I didn’t like about the 217 was, it wasn’t synthetic so I couldn’t use creams with it and I tend to use a lot of creams on the eyes.
  5. MAC 266 (£16.50) – This is the real hair version of the MAC 263 which is synthetic, I’ve never really use cream products on brows so it just stood to reason I should get the 266 as its good with powders. I’ve had this brush for 4 years now I think and its in as good of condition as the day I bought it. The 266 is a great brow angled brush for applying powders because of the sharp angle you get really clean and crisp brows which has always been a favourite of mine.
  6. Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush (£26) – Now this is a brush I have never used for eyes, ive always used this for either under eye concealing or for under eye setting as the brush is so small it gets right in to the places a large brush couldn’t.  The sculpted fibers act as a reservoir to pick up and release product while gently buffing and delivering colour to provide smooth, even coverage. I always tend to use this with the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder as it applies enough product and never too much.
  7. Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush (£5.99) –  Literally one of the best eyeliner brushes i have ever used simply because it really is very fine so you get really crisp lines, I usually pair this up with the Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner in Infinity and you get the most beautiful liner.
  8. Real Techniques Pointed Liner Brush (Comes as part of a set) – This is one of my newest brushes that i recently got as part of the Collector’s Edition Eyelining Set. As the name suggests it’s quite a stiff and pointed brush which for me works best when applying liner in the waterline. I haven’t really tried applying eyeliner the way i would with the Fine Liner brush but it seems like it would apply a great line.
  9. Daniel Sandler Concealer Brush (£12.25) – This brush is also quite new but I find myself reaching for this more than i would my MAC 195, there is just something about it that makes applying concealer a breeze. I find using it for under eye concealing and highlighting the best. Its think I love it because its like it mimics the shape of your little finger to gently disguise under-eye dark circles when you use it with concealer.
  10. Bdellium Tools 772 Small Shader (£7.50) – I love this brush for putting on colour to the lid as it picks up a lot of colour and blends it at the same time, it’s almost like the MAC 239 but fluffier. I’m not sure if this is synthetic or not but it does seem to work well with cream eyeshadows. There’s not really much I can say about this brush other than I really like using it.
Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush
Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush
Daniel Sandler Concealer Brush
Daniel Sandler Concealer Brush
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush

What are your favourite brushes?
Have you used any of the above?
Leave a Comment! 

Follow

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

×