Today I want to talk to you about brushes! I went for dinner with my bestie last night and we were talking about my blog. She was telling me what she found useful for her. We got talking about brushes and how she now wants a foundation brush from reading my blog! I’m sorry ladies I’m probably not helping your bank balances am I? Anyway I thought I would write about the best tools of the trade and where to buy them. To cut it short, I really rate body shop brushes, they all compliment eachother and are great quality, last pretty much forever and are easy to clean.
Of course you can use your fingers and the small spongy applicators that often come with make-up sets to apply your make-up. But I find them awkward to use and quite cumbersome. Having a decent set of brushes will last you a life-time and well worth the money.
If you’re a regular to my blog then you’ll know that I champion foundation brushes. In short they make your foundation last longer, easier to apply and more evenly! For more information on foundation application have a read of my How to guide on applying streak free foundation.
This is probably my most used brush, it’s a big round sponge, great for applying base layers of eyeshadow or if you’re just using one shade. It’s really easy to clean and using it damp is really effective for having stronger and darker and more vibrant eye shadow. You’ll find most eyeshadows are more effective applied with a damp / wet brush. Give it a try it may not work for all but I can tell you all body shop eye shadows can be used wet. One downside to this brush, as it’s not like the other brushes with bristles it doesn’t last so long and is likely to need replacing.
This is great for doing more complicated make up looks. Dampen the brush and apply eye shadow to the brush and it creates a really strong colour. You can use this brush to create a smokey eyed look by building up your colour in the outer corners of your eyes. Then use the blender brush (below) to blend it in with the colour on the rest of your eye socket. Only downside of this brush is that the metal top part can come away from the plastic handle, however this is easily fixed with a bit of super glue!!
This brush does exactly what it says on the tin, it’s for blending. As mentioned above you can apply strong make-up using the above brushes and this brush will help to blend the colours together but also blending upwards towards your eyebrow to avoid that drag queen look!!
Lipstick and Concealer Brush
Yes it might seem strange that I’m adding this brush under eye shadow brushes, but I find it great for applying wet eye shadow to create eyeliner. It’s particularly fab for vibrant colours like emerald greens and purples. As a lip and concealer brush it’s great too. Its narrow enough to be able to easily apply either product and will make your make-up last so much longer than if you were applying it directly.
Face and Body Brush
I love this brush! It feels so lovely on your skin and applying blusher with it is so simple, a couple of wipes of this brush across your cheeks and you’re done. They add the body part because you can bronze your cleveage and arms with this too!
Whilst you can use the face and body brush for applying blusher, the blusher brush works much better for high lighting cheek bones and putting your blusher in the right place. (Just under your cheek bones in a smiley face shape up to your temple). Then just blend with the face and body brush.
Line Softner (no image available but has a spongy nib on the end of a normal brush handle)
If you’re not brilliant at applying eye liner then this tool is definitely for you. Apply any eye liner / pencil and use this to soften the line and smudge it in. It helps to stop your eye liner spreading down your face and it’s much easier to create a soft lane with this. Oh and it’s great for smokey eyes too!
Well that’s your kit, if you want my top 3 of these I’d go for the Face and Body brush, Smudger brush and foundation brush! It’s worth looking to see if body shop are offering any christmas brush gift sets this year – they often do. You can often buy 5 brushes for half the normal price around christmas time so worth a look.
Just a quick note about cleaning your brushes…
Obviously I use mine on other people so I very reguarly wash my brushes. I use either fairy liquid and hot water (should be quite hot to kill any germs) or handwash is fine too. You just will find that the water needs to be hot to effectively clean away any greasy make-up products like foundation and lippy!
If you have any questions drop me a line! xxx