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The Starting Off Project *Week Ten* Tools

I’m so sad. Its the final week of The Starting Off Project. I hope everyone has had a great time reading all these posts made by over 130+ beauty bloggers on how to start off in make up and beauty. Without Steph from Stephs Inside Voice, none of this may have been possible. I have enjoyed this project immensely and I’m hoping that you have too!

For the final part, I will be talking about tools and what I use personally to create my make up looks on a day to day basis. There is no right or wrong way to apply your make up, nor is the brush that you decide to you. For example, some of my Real Techniques brushes may have the name written on the side but I use them for entirely different things! Its all down to personal preference and most importantly, what you feel comfortable with using.

When I was first starting off I remember owning a cheap brush set with blue plastic handles. The bristles were coarse and I used to scrub my blusher and bronzer on with these horrible bristles. Fast forward 15 years or so and I now have an enviable collection of brushes, mainly by MAC and Real Techniques, with a few Chanel and Dior thrown in for good measure! When we talk about tools, it doesn’t just stop at brushes. My tool kit contains pieces like wipes and antibacterial sanitizer, sponges, powder puffs, lash curlers and pencil sharpeners.


A lip scrub and a toothbrush are essentials for me as I suffer from dry skin on my lips. I use a lip balm and the toothbrush to gently scrub any dry patches away or use my lip scrub on a regular basis. This one from Lush is made up of sugar and jojoba oil and is perfect for a quick fix. Plus, you can lick it off your lips and eat it too! Pampers wipes are my favourite wipes to have to hand. Apart from them only costing 99p, they are lovely for quick fixes and wiping your hands, brushes and anything else that you need to wipe. I don’t use eyelash curlers very often and I never really have, however these ones from Revlon cost £3.99 and are great…when I remember to use them!

My favourite brushes are the ones by MAC however I have a handful of Real Techniques that I use every single day. You don’t necessarily have to use brushes to apply your make up. If you are happy with using your hands and fingers, then do. I use the MAC 187 to apply my base, and a Real Techniques to apply bronzer and blush. I love the Powder and Stippling brush by Real Techniques.


I like to apply my shadows with MAC 217, 239 and the 224 brushes. I personally think these are well worth the investment and I have a few of each brush as I use them so frequently.

Real Techniques are a fabulous way of building up your make up brush set. They are affordable, are of a great quality and they also wash well with little to no shedding. If you haven’t already, then I’d get the Core Collection and the Starter kit on your Christmas list!

If you have any questions about any of the tools that you think you need, or have been querying, please don’t hesitate to ask. Also, don’t forget to search #theSOproject on Twitter to see all the other fab posts.

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