Up until about 6 years ago, I rarely used brushed to apply my makeup and stuck my fingers in any old product and slap it on my face. These days I very rarely opt for fingers and generally reach for these 5 the most out of my brush collection. No eye shadow brushes have made it in my top 5, partly because I don't wear eyeshadow that often anymore and because I've got a million eyeshadow brushes so its hard to choose which ones I like best!
So here goes with my top 5.
I'll start off with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This is my favorite tool for applying foundation and cream based products. The reason this sponge made the cut and the classic Beauty Blender didn't is because of its unique shape. Its got a pointy end perfect for around the nose and under the eyes, its curved edges are great for packing foundation on and blending, and the flat side is perfect for patting on just the right amount of cream blush or highlight. Mine's getting pretty manky now, so it's about time I picked up, but for £5.99, it's a bargain!
Next up, the Tapered Finishing Brush from Spectrum - how stunning is this brush? But looks aside, this brush is made from the softest fibers ever and is perfect for setting finely milled powers - I even use this with my powder blush - it blends out evenly and its just gorgeous to use. I'll hopefully be picking up more of the brushes from the Spectrum collection soon!
I love the Real Techniques Powder Brush for all types of powder, but I mainly use this with my Mineralize Skin Finish. It picks up the perfect amount of product and gives a matte but not flat finish to the skin. It’s soft, fluffy and perfect for finishing your makeup off.
I never actually knew how to use the Real techniques Contour Brush, because I rarely contour, but found that this brush is absolutely perfect for under eye concealing. It’s the perfect size, fluffiness and denseness to get under the eye and blend out all types of concealer. I also use this to set my under eyes with powder too. The Real Techniques brushes are ridiculously easy to clean too. I’ve had mine for a while now, and they’re still as good as new. No loose hairs when you wash them, and they dry pretty quickly too.
The latest addition to my beauty tool kit has been the mini Beauty Blender. Look at it. Have you ever seen anything cuter in your entire life? A fraction of the size of the regular beauty blender, this is perfect for smaller areas or more detailed areas, such as under the eyes, around the nose, around the lips and eyebrows. I personally love it for under the eyes. Just like the original beauty blender, it expands when you put it under water, but this one is much more spongy and soft compared to the original. This makes is even nicer to use in the delicate under eye area and blends out concealer flawlessly.
What are your top 5 beauty tools?