Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Makeup Brush Stock

The touch of a makeup artist can turn my daily slap from mediocre to stunning. And that is the true power of makeup. Snapping back to reality, I don't have a live in makeup artist or hairstylist; I think the last time I even got my hair cut was five months ago. Albeit, I like to think that I can get that magical makeup mark at home with the help of some good makeup brushes. My complexion may still not be Lisa Eldridge-worthy, but it's a step in the right direction. As I've gathered makeup application tools, I've separated the constituents into two categories: the daily brushes and the extra ones. The daily options are the ones that I reach for, as the name suggests, everyday. The other ones are nice, but either I have a duplicate of better quality or its fitting makeup product isn't used everyday.

A large part of the everyday stock is courtesy of Real Techniques. The collection as a whole is effective, easy on the change purse, and high-quality. My longest love is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which buffs any base product with ease. I use it with my foundation and tinted moisturizers when I'm not getting my hands dirty and always use to to press my concealer into the skin. The next layer in the base sandwich is powder, and the Real Techniques Powder Brush applies just that. I was concerned that this would be too big--especially in comparison to my rather petite face body--but it's actually a nice size and gets that step done in a few seconds time. I also use it for bronzer, so things don't get too Jersey Shore on my face. The last of the daily grabs is the MAC 129 brush which I use for blush or contour, either cream or powder. It's the perfect size for dolloping and blending over the cheekbone, as well as eeking itself into the (practically nonexistent) hollows created by my cheekbones.

Other contour tools that I don't reach for as often is the Models Own Angled Blush Brush--but that angle is actually quite handy--and the Elf Complexion Brush, which is also handy for powder. In dire complexion situations, I use the Real Techniques Detailer Brush to pinpoint conceal and sometimes use the Real Techniques Contour Brush for blending heavy covering pigment, as well. Another blush option that works a stunning job, specifically, with RMS cheek products, as well as highlighter of any texture is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush which is fantastic at blending or applying small amounts of product in concentrated areas; an all-rounder, you could say. I only have three eye brushes, two of which I don't think I could live without when it comes to eye makeup, but the other is a little extraneous. The two wonders is the MAC 217--everyone's favorite--which is perfect for all over shading or crease work, as well as the Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush, which, for a light-wash-lover like me, is idea at applying a shade all over or blending. The slightly more frivolous option is the Sigma E70 Medium Angled Shading Brush, which, although I'm naming it in the pejorative, is nice for packing color onto the lid or applying highlight on the brow bone. 

I'd say I'm pretty covered on the makeup brush front and my daily grabs are a minimal few; that goes to show you have much makeup I wear on a daily basis. So that's my stash, that is until Ms. Eldridge recommends some new wonder. I'll hide my wallet now. 


  1. I'd love to own the Suqqu cheek brush - another Lisa Eldridge favourite. Unfortunately it's not within my budget, haha :)

    xx babette

  2. Sounds like you have a lovely selection of brushes :)

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  3. I am a BIG fan of Real Techniques brushes! I have the buffing brush and that poor thing has to multi-task each day! I want to get the powder or multi task brush.. they sound pretty good! Besides I haven't been able to get any Sigma brushes which so many people rave about! How many brushes do I need exactly again? :P

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  4. Realtechniques are pretty much the only brushes I use, they are so good though! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  5. Gotta love real techniques!!


  6. I have had my eye on the MAC 129 for ages now, I must pick it up when I am next out shopping <3


  7. ELF has amazing brushes for such affordable prices! Yes please.

    Janine Maral from http://www.janinemaral.com/

  8. I absolutely adore the Real Techniques collection - I had the same thoughts too about the powder brush being too big, but it really is just right! xx

  9. Haha! Yes, my Buffing Brush is definitely getting its use. x

  10. It sounds amazing, and I can speak from it's so-called duplicate that it's functionally great, too. x

  11. I agree. We need to change this misconception. x


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