Saturday, 10 January 2015

Daily Make Up Brushes

Daily Make Up Brushes


I love reading blog posts on daily make up and go-to products, but lately I've seen more of a focus on brushes and it's something I've really been drawn to. Good brushes are usually a bit of an investment and can cost a fair penny if you want them to last. In the past year or so I've focused a bit more on finding the perfect brushes that will last me longer than a year. I used to think cheap brushes were just as good without the longevity, but after discovering the MAC 217 brush, I started to see the difference in higher end brushes.

I've now got a collection of brushes (mainly MAC) that I'm pretty happy with and would definitely recommend to everyone, hence the post! Because I work in make up I do wear quite a lot of make up every day, which means quite a lot of brushes!

Daily Make Up Brushes


For my base, I either use MAC's 159 Duo Fibre Brush, or the Pro Performance Sponge. The sponge is amazing for creamy/gel based products and gives a really even and flawless finish. The brush is good for thinner liquid products as I can buff and pat them in to stop any pesky application lines. Both are also good for a cream/liquid contour as they have pointed tips to gently blur harsh lines without over applying product. The only issue I have with the sponge is I can never seem to clean it properly! 

For a powder contour I love the Crown Jumbo Kubuki brush. It's massive and fanned out, meaning I can evenly spread out product over my cheeks, jawline and forehead without any harsh lines.

I use one brush for blusher and highlighter, the MAC 109 Small Contour Brush. I used to use this for my contour, but after switching to the Crown brush, I've started using the 109 in small circular dabbing motions to apply a pop of colour to the apples of the cheeks, then blend up my cheekbone. Then I dab highlighter along my cheekbones and onto my temples to give my skin a healthy glow.

For eyes, I either use the MAC 217 blending brush for a heavy application or one of the tapered brushes I got on my course (it's quite like the Crown C139) for blending out shadows. I also use the MAC 219 Pencil Brush to apply colour into the inner corner or the undereye area.

I use gel on my brows and the best brush I've found is the Ecotools Slanted Eyeliner. It's quite firm so perfectly distributes product without creating harsh lines. To brush the gel through after I have a generic spoolie brush.

The last brush that I use daily is a paint brush from Hobbycraft, which I use for eyeliner. It's teeny tiny bristles and softness help to create a smooth line with eyeliner, making it much easier! Plus, it only cost me a couple of pounds!

Phew, I didn't realise how many brushes I use on a regular basis! On last thing I want to say on the subject of brushes is that you shouldn't just use brushes for the purpose stated on the website/package! Lot's of brushes, especially duo fibre brushes are great for both liquids and powders! I use eyeshadow brushes for concealer, foundation brushes for powder etc etc!

What are your favourite brushes and how do you use them?





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  1. Loving the Mac Eyeshadow brushes! I need a good blending brush x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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    1. The MAC eye brushes are fab, especially the 217! I could never be without it now.

      Hannah
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  2. Your Make Up Brushes put mine to shame! ^ ^

    www.thedailydollyblog.com

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    1. Haha I just went a little bit brush mad last year!

      Hannah
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  3. Mac 217 changed the make up game for me completely! It is my holy grail, I would highly recommend it. Otherwise, I am obsessed with Real Techniques brushes- the buffing brush is amazing!

    www.thebeautypostbyana.co.uk

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    1. I always thought I didn't need high end brushes until I tried the 217, it really is that good! I'm not a massive fan of Real Techniques to be honest, but I think I'm the only person who isn't haha

      Hannah
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