My Favourite Makeup Brushes and Why

We all know, to achieve a flawless makeup look you need good quality makeup brushes.  However, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive brushes out there, as they aren’t necessarily the best.  Also, good quality brushes can have more than one use.  For instance, sometimes I use a particular eyeshadow brush to help me contour and/or highlight. It’s all about experimenting and what works for you and the look you are trying to achieve.

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So let’s start!

Foundation Brushes

Beauty Blender – ok, this isn’t a brush but it is the best invention ever and I hardly ever use anything else to apply my foundation. You will not get a more flawless look than with the beauty blender.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – so this is a brush and is the best brush I have ever used to apply foundation.  It will never leave a streaky finish which I find a lot of foundation brushes do, which is really annoying as you have to to go back in and try and smooth out the streaks with either your fingers or another brush.  Way too much hassle for me! You will not get this problem with the Face Expert Brush and is not expensive at all!

Over the years, I have collected and used a number of foundation brushes but these are the only two I ever use now.

Powder/Blush Brushes

Mac 129 Brush – I use this brush to apply blusher or sometimes face powder.  It just depends on the phase I am going through.  For either purpose, this brush has been a firm favourite for nearly 10 years and is still going strong.

MAC 182 Kabuki Brush – I love this brush, I use this to apply blusher, or bronzer.  Again perfect application of the right amount of product is achieved with this brush.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – this is one of the softest brushes I own and like to use this for all over setting powder.  It deposits the right amount of powder to your face which avoid the cakey look.

Eyeshadow Brushes

Mac 224 Fluffy Brush – I use this brush for literally so many different things.  I use it to apply eyeshadow, highlighter, contouring (when I want to achieve a very defined contour) under eye setting powder…what else? I could not live without this brush and if I was stranded on a desert island with only one makeup brush, this would be the one!

MAC 219 Pencil Brush – This is great for smoking out eyeliner, or adding highlight to the inner corner of your eyes.  So soft and is the perfect size for both these purposes.

Makeup Forever Angled Brush [product number has rubbed off] – Amazing for winged eyeliner, but I used this religiously to fill in my eyebrows.  It’s so soft which ensures I don’t fill in my eyebrows too harshly and are just the perfect natural shape.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

I do have one more brush, which I invested in recently and I love it.  I searched everywhere for it as I believe it is sold out or discontinued.  It is the Nars Contour Brush.  I cannot explain how perfect your contour comes out by using this brush and it’s the easiest brush to use for contouring! It deposits the right amount of product in the right place and can be achieved in literally seconds.  I am so glad I came across this little beauty wonder, as I know it will be in my favourites collection for life.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

What are your favourite brushes and do some of your brushes have multi-purpose uses like mine? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

 

Kim Kardashian’s Glowing Golden Makeup

 

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So I am not a massive fan of Kim Kardashian herself, but I am a little obsessed with her makeup, I mean come on, which girly girl isn’t right?  Have you noticed how much softer Kim Kardashian’s day to day make up is recently? She has great features and looks like such a yummy mummy with the new makeup looks she is sporting these days.  So much so, she had inspired me to wear less too.  Don’t get me wrong, she still wears a full face of makeup but it’s much lighter and fresher and she certainly seems to have ditched the smokey eyes during the day! Yay!  It’s all about the fresh face with golden and bronzed tones.. I am in love with these looks.. Some of the products she has been using are:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation  – one of her all time favs and gives a completely flawless look.  She mixes a couple of different shades to get the perfect tone for her complexion. Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation is also another favourite of hers but is a bit more pricey but worth it if you fancy a splurge and photographs really well. I’ve tried it and it goes on extremely well and doesn’t budge.  Of course, I only save this for nights out as it’s one of my luxury products.  Tom Ford Eye Shadow Palette in Cognac Sable is what she likes to use on her eyes to achieve that golden/bronze glow.  Again another splurge, but consists of gorgeous soft gold and bronze shades. A little goes a long way, trust me! To achieve the all over bronzed I’ve just got back from the beach look, Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel is something you cannot go wrong with! It’s so creamy and goes on naturally with no harsh orange tones, an excellent investment and I use this bronzer every day!

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In terms of mascara, Kim has ditched the full on lashes and now opts for a few individual lashes followed by a coat of mascara.  She likes to use her own brand mascara.  I personally haven’t tried it but suggest Benefit’s, They’re Real which is my all time favourite mascara and cannot live without it.  It really opens up your eyes without looking too full on and the best thing.. no falsies needed!

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Kim is known for her love of MAC’s lipstick in the shade Angel, however she is also known to like the nude shades from the Charlotte Tilsbury range which are creamy and very natural looking.

So, that is how to achieve her current soft and golden look.  I know some of the products are a little on the expensive side but I can vouch for them, totally worth it!

What do you think?  Do you have any makeup products that give you an amazing glow without looking over the top? I would love to hear about them.  I’ll see you soon. X.O.