Investing in key items and avoid buying junk is something I aim to make a habit in 2015. An essential item which I think is an awesome investment are makeup brushes. The whole theory, an artist needs the right tools…somethin’ like that. I’m not sure if I 100% believe it, a part of me thinks that an artist would have the ability to make anything look good even if they have minimal tools available. However, when I wake up in the morning and I feel pretty shitty about the grey skies, wiping a soft brush across my face just makes me feel a bit better about life.
I’ve chosen my top 5 brushes of 2014, I contemplated about putting real-techniques in here as I love them quite dearly, but I thought everyone has pretty much heard of them and I wanted to pick something different, maybe I’ll schedule my top 5 real technique brushes?
Sephora brushes are the bomb.dot.com literally the softest bristles I have ever tried. I own quite a few different types, however my favourite one is no.55. It works perfect with my Dior BB cream and my By Terry Cover Expert. The long handle can be a pain at times as it doesn’t fit into make-up bags that easily. Not available in the UK but if you haven’t heard already, Sephora ships to the U.K. *woo*
Japonesque stippling brush –Japaonesque were a discovery of mine back in early 2014. I find that when you use a stippling brush the foundation has to be a light-medium coverage. If you use a heavy thick coverage which dries up quickly the stippling brush doesn’t perform as well. This worked particularly well with Nars sheer glow and Dior Star skin foundations. Quite hard to get your hands on these brushes but I managed to get my hands on it from John Lewis. If you’re after a dewy finish then this is the one for you.
The Louise young ly24 was a purchase made when I saw Anna from viviannadoesmakeup.com used it on a couple of her tutorials on YT. The brush is quite firm with slightly thicker bristles and provides a flawless coverage really quickly. It’s definitely one to pick up when you’re on the go and need to apply a base without worrying too much. I’ve seen myself pick up this up on days where I have 10mins to get ready, which means a 3mins face.
Hourglass no.2 is the ultimate brush that I use when I want to feel glam. I take my time with this brush, each brushstroke feels like silk being layered onto my skin. I use with my Giorgio Armani Luminous silk. If I was forced to pick one out of the 5, it would be this one. The only problem I found is that it doesn’t wash back to its original bristles.
My last offering is the Zoeva 102 Buffer brush, it works really well with pretty much all liquid foundations, bb creams, tinted moisturises – the lot. I have washed this brush so many times and it washes like a beauty, back to its original colour, doesn’t shed hair. Want to know the best bit? It’s the cheapest out of the lot. There are a lot of Zoeva brushes on offer which are high quality – my eye is on the rose gold eye-brush set. Another one quite hard to get your hands on but the Zoeva website deliver worldwide.
So there we have it folks, my top makeup brushes for 2014. I don’t know how much will change in 2015. What else do I need to add to my collection?