I was around 14 when I first started getting into makeup properly. This was around 1996/7 and things were slightly different back then. Foam sponges were the applicator of choice for applying foundation, and the foam ended applicators that came with eyeshadow palettes were used frequently. My first ever set of makeup brushes were from Seventeen and although they were fluffy to start with, they soon became scratchy with a lot of loose fibres coming from the brushes. As we didn’t know about the importance of washing makeup brushes, these scratchy and frayed brushes were used to the point of destruction. I didn’t know what different brushes did, except I had a few for eyes and my face. The learning curve of makeup that occurred in the 90s doesn’t seem to happen now, with most teenagers having makeup skills to rival most due to YouTube and makeup videos that weren’t widely available. I’ve since learnt the importance of makeup brushes and the difference between a flat shader, a tapered blender and a pencil brush. As my knowledge grew, so did my makeup brush collection and wash day is daunting to say the least. Expanding further, I have chosen a few new sets of both face and eye brushes that cover all bases with beautiful fibres and unique brush heads that I feel that you will need.
The biggest trend this year has been the introduction of the oval face brushes and I wanted to hate these so much. At first, I thought they were a gimmick until I tried them. The most amazing brushes in the world that give a flawless finish and make makeup glide on the face with ease. The Iconic EVO Face brush collection has to be not only a gorgeous set, with its diamond shaped handles and rose gold accents, but probably the best set of oval brushes that I have tried. Starting with the largest brush, the set includes; 001 for foundation, bronzer and setting powder, 002 for foundation and blending out powder, 003 for contouring cheekbones, 004 for highlighting and concealing, 005 for eyeline, brows and lips and 006 for concealing. I love using cream and liquid products with the EVO brushes as I find that they go on like velvet and blend out beautifully as the brushes curve to the face with the flexible head.
Since trying Sigma Beauty brushes, I have been converted and I have yet to find a brush that I haven’t liked. Expanding my collection of Sigma brushes, the Essential Basic Eyes Kit has been added to my stash. With seven brushes in the kit, each one will help create some beautiful eye make up looks. I have a slight love towards the pencil brush which is great for smudging out eyeliner and adding depth to the under eye. In the set you’ll find brushes for eyeliner (E05), pencil (E30), Tapered Blending (E40), Eye Shading (E55), Large Shader (E60), Small Angle (E65), and a Medium Angled Shader (E70). To say that I will get use out of all of these is an understatement as each one of these brushes has a day to day use in my makeup application.
I’ve had to add these beautiful rose gold So Eco brushes into the mix. Sustainably sourced, eco friendly and hand cut, they whole brand ethos is just wonderful. The handles are made from ethically sourced bamboo, with the ferrules from recycled aluminium, each bristle is cruelty free and even the packaging uses natural cotton and vegetarian inks. The multi tasking brush and stippling brush can both be used on cream, liquid and powder products and due to the colour of the bristles you can see just how much product is being used. They’re so soft and the stippling brush makes light work of applying cream blusher, which is my worst nightmare to apply.
As part of the Christmas collection and to coincide with the release of the new book and DVD by makeup gurus Pixiwoos, the Real Techniques Bold Metals Spotlight Essentials Kit is such a perfect present to start someone on their makeup brush journey. The set contains a beautiful white brush roll which holds five brushes (which is exactly the number that I have), as well as three of the best brushes. The tapered brush is perfect for applying highlight, whilst the triangle concealer brush helps to get into the smallest of areas for a flawless finish. Finally, the tapered shadow brush is one of the best blending brushes that I have tried from Real Techniques. The set was £40 in Boots, but I’ve found it for just £22 at iHerb.
To expand my eye brush collection even further, I’ve added another cruelty free brand to the collection. Having used Nanshy in the past, I have been really excited to try even more brushes from them. The Eye Brush Set contains 7 eye brushes; a large shader, a tapered crease, an eye crease, a blending shadow brush, a flat definer brush, an angled detailer brush and a precise bent liner brush. Although some of the Nanshy brushes double up with what the Sigma brush set has, I do like that the bent liner and flat definer brush is included. The bent liner brush makes applying gel liner a breeze whilst the flat definer makes creating a cut crease so easy that you’d wonder why you were scared of trying it. The bristles are so soft yet have that expensive feel, although the price point is more than affordable. They come beautifully packaged up, and would make a great present for someone who wants to learn more about what different brushes can achieve.
I’ve basically replaced a lot of old makeup brushes with my new ones and I’m very satisfied that I have just what I need for top notch makeup application. It certainly is a far cry from loose bristled, scratchy brushes that I started out with. Which are your favourite makeup brushes? Have you tried any of these?
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