Makeup brushes are a fundamental part of my day-to-day routine. I couldn’t apply my makeup without them, from the base, to eyes, to touching up throughout the day. I’ve tried and tested many brands since my teens and I’m pretty content with the collection I’ve acquired. I’ve picked out four of my most loved; and I really had to whittle this down!
First up is a brush that is probably in every females’ makeup collection; yes, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I’ve been using Real Techniques brushes for years, and a couple of years ago I was very lucky to bump into Nic Chapman on a night out. Yes, I told her how much I adored her and asked for a photo… and I can’t even blame the vodka. Back to the brush, and the reason why I love this one is pretty much everything about it. The super soft bristles are kind on my skin, the shape allows the brush to sit flat on my face to allow easy application, and there are no brush marks. I much prefer this over the Buffing Brush, as it suits the application of foundation far better. (And it’s cheaper and easier to get hold of!)
Next is another Real Techniques favourite; the Arched Powder Brush from the Bold Metals Collection. These brushes are definitely on the luxury side; at £25 alone, I couldn’t justify buying it myself, which is why I was so lucky to receive it for Christmas! The Arched Powder Brush is one that does exactly what it says on the tin. With the dome shape designed to seamlessly sweep across the face, I use this to set my makeup with an all over face powder. The flat sides also make for patting with precision on those extra shiny areas. I just wish the bristles were darker! The white top shows the mucky orange powder which causes me to wash it more often… a bad thing? Maybe not.
Now for a couple of Zoeva favourites… I treated myself to the Rose Gold Complete Eye Set a couple of years ago and it was one of the best investments I think I’ve ever made. My first most loved from the set is the 110 Face Shape Brush, which I use to contour. The small, compact and rounded shape gives precision to direct the cream product exactly where I want, to effectively draw lines on my face. I then buff it in slightly before setting with powder.
The other Zoeva beauty is the 317 Wing Liner Brush; my go-to for filling in the eyebrows. The sharp angle is perfect for creating symmetry and soft enough to buff in with powder. What I love most about the Zoeva brushes is not solely the packaging (yes, they are lovely just to look at), but the ability to wash them! They are so easy to remove product from, making the long process of brush cleaning a much easier task.
So those are my most loved brushes! Have you tried any of the ones mentioned?