11 December 2011

My go to face brushes

To achieve a perfect makeup application doesn't only depend on the products you are using, but what also needs to be taken into consideration are the tools in which you use to apply those products. 

It has taken me the past few years to build up my brush collection as good quality brushes do require a little investment. I started out with a few basics, but soon came to the conclusion that a girl can never have too many makeup brushes as each brush has a different purpose and a different way of use. I wanted to share with you not my entire brush collection, but my favourite face brushes of the moment and which products I apply using them. 


Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki - F80

Probably my favourite makeup brush to date. I use this brush to apply my liquid foundation, in a stippling technique first to transfer the product on to my skin and distribute evenly, and then gradually turning into a blending motion to buff the excess in. The soft, dense, synthetic bristles create such a flawless, airbrushed finish, almost like a second skin.



MAC 182 Buffer Brush

Extra soft, natural goat hair bristles form this full, dome shaped kabuki brush. Designed to easily blend powder into the skin, for a flawless application and a longer lasting finish. I use this brush to apply my loose mineral foundation as a base alone or to swirl into baked powder and apply over the top of my liquid foundation to set it.


MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush 

Made up of tapered, soft fibres to form a small, dome shape, this brush is originally designed for controlled eye shadow application and blending. However, after applying concealer under my eyes and to cover any blemishes using my fingers, I take this brush to buff the product into my skin for more of a natural look. 



MAC 150 Large Powder Brush

Soft fibres form this full and dense, round shaped brush. As well as using this brush to dust a light application of bronzer all over the face to create a sun kissed glow, I often use this brush to apply pressed powder for a less heavy and more sheer finish compared to what the kabuki brush gives.


Sigma Tapered Face F25 Brush

Built up with tapered, synthetic bristles to form a slightly pointed tip and round, chiselled sides, this brush is perfect for contouring cheekbones and temples for a sculptured look, and sides of the nose for a slimmer overall appearance.



MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush

Formed with two layers of short, dense natural goat hair and long, sparse synthetic bristles, I use this flat top brush to pick up cream blush as it allows you to build layers and add texture, light pressure results in a sheer finish where as heavier pressure gives more of a satin finish. I also use this brush to blend in cream or liquid highlighter after applying it first using my fingers, for a subtle, radiant glow. 

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush

This soft, round tipped dome brush is made up of natural fibres and gives perfect application for powder blush but would also work well to apply and blend contour products. 


Now, let's not lie, there are plenty more brushes I would like to try and add to my collection, but for now it's sufficient! Stay tuned for an upcoming post on my favourite eye brushes and how I like to use them. I hope you found this helpful, especially if you are on the look out for some new makeup tools! :-)

All items mentioned are available to purchase online at either the MAC or Sigma sites.

Jessica

4 comments:

  1. I'm building up my brush collection so these have all been added to my list! x

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  2. great post, thank you for sharing/educating!!

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  3. I really need a foundation brush like yours, aswell as the concaler brush you use. However I'm not sure what kind of brush is best to use with Studio Sculpt Mac foundation, as it has quick a thick texture rather than the runny foundations in the glass bottles. Might have to update my foundations, I've been using the same for far too long!
    xxx

    www.inordinatelyplush.blogspot.com

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