It's hard to believe that once upon a time, I used to apply my foundation with my fingers and blend my rather overpowering bronzer with the cheapest brush I could find that had bristles that would fall out with every swipe. Nowadays, choosing my tools wisely is one of the most important parts in my beauty routine as I feel that a good sponge or brush can completely transform the application and finished look of my makeup. I thought I'd share a few of my favourite brushes and the ones I feel that everyone should have in their collection.
REAL TECHINIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE: Known as a dupe for the original Beauty Blender, this does a brilliant job at applying foundation smoothly & evenly, especially when damp. [top tip: use a setting spray instead of water if you want your makeup to last longer]. I actually prefer this version in comparison to the original as it's a lot firmer and easier to work with due to its flat side. This is a great alternative to a makeup brush if you're sometimes lazy like me and fail at keeping on top of cleaning your brushes weekly.
ICONIC LONDON EVO 002: I was seriously impressed at how quick and easy it is to apply foundation with one of these when I used it for the first time. I've always been intrigued by the way the EVO brushes look but naively assumed they were just another hyped up tool that wouldn't reach my expectations. Well, I was completely wrong and would recommend anyone giving these a go. The soft, but dense bristles are perfect for blending foundation and apply cream products such as blusher like a dream, leaving a smooth and flawless finish to the complexion. They're specifically designed to adapt to the contours of the face which results in a almost an airbrushed look. I have definitely been converted.
ICONIC LONDON EVO 004: This one is a smaller version to the above that can be used in more precise areas to apply cream products such as concealer and liquid highlight. I've been using this for concealer as well as blending my Iconic London Illuminator drops and was instantly impressed with the fact that it doesn't 'drag' or remove any foundation applied underneath in the process.
ICONIC LONDON BUFFER: Another one of my favourite tools to apply base products such as foundation. This one from Iconic London is perfect for creating a fresh-faced look due to its firm bristles that are designed to buff the product into the skin allowing a natural looking but also buildable coverage. You don't need to spend loads on one of these as there are many drugstore brands that offer good quality versions.
ZOEVA 106 POWDER: This has been a staple in my makeup bag for a good couple of years now and I haven't been tempted to use another powder brush since. If you're looking for something super soft that applies loose and pressed powder beautifully and doesn't lose its shape in the process, this is one that I'd recommend. It's just the right size to cover the whole face with a few swipes to create that desired finish.
ZOEVA 126 LUXE CHEEK FINISH: Another one that has held a firm place in my brush collection is the Luxe Cheek finish by Zoeva. This is a multi-functional tool that can be used to apply powder products such as bronzer, blushers and highlighters. When using brushes for this purpose, I tend to reach for something light and fluffy to allow ultra-soft contouring and shading. This one in particular does a brilliant job at blending even the smallest amount of product to creates a natural & subtle or buildable finish.
ZOEVA 129 LUXE FAN: Fan brushes are my favourite for applying powder highlight as they tend to prevent too much product being added to the cheeks due to their wide-spread fluffy bristles [much to my disappointment on those days I want to cover my whole face in highlight]. This one from Zoeva is one of the most-used in my collection as it's also great for erasing product fall out with just a few simple swipes.
ZOEVA 228 LUXE CREASE & 231 PETIT CREASE: Most of the Zoeva eyeshadow brushes are multi-tasking and can be used however you prefer, but these two are the ones that I'll find myself reaching for on a daily basis. The Luxe Crease is designed to effortless blend shadows to create crease definition and perfect eye contour, whilst the Petit Crease is used for accentuating the crease of the eye.
MAC 226: A multi-functional, angled brush that can be used for winged liner, liquid eyeliner and even for brows due to its precise tip that can create sharp and accurate lines. I use this in combination with my NYX Tame & Frame brow pomade as it creates a gorgeous tapered finish.
Which brushes do you think everyone should have in their collection?