As another regular series, along with Colour of the Week and Budget vs Premium Beauty Essentials, I decided I’d also share the beauty tools and products that I use on a regular basis, and swear by!
First up, the tools of the trade, my favourite make up brushes! All of my brushes are either The Body Shop, or Real Techniques. You can spend an absolute fortune on brushes, but I really think these beauties do the job just as well as the high-end products, and I use them every day and LOVE them!
1. Real Techniques Foundation Brush 1402 – £9.99
I have tried soooo many foundation brushes, and this is the first one I’ve been really impressed with! It is quite a thin brush, which is great for building coverage without absolutely caking your face, and the angled cut of the brush is great for precision, or topping up hard to reach places (like under your eyes once you’ve applied all of your eye make up). It does sometimes leave a few streaks but these are easily rectified, or can be tackled using the Stippling Brush, which is next on my list!!
2. The Body Shop Lipstick and Concealer Brush – £9.00
I only use a lipstick brush for precision when applying particularly dark or bright lipstick, and I love the gorgeous, thin, soft brush. It is advertised as a lipstick and concealer brush, however I do only use it for lipstick (I don’t fancy risking bright red under eyes and having to start the whole makeup process again if I haven’t cleaned the brush properly..!!)
3. Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush – £6.99
An eyeliner brush is a very new addition to my makeup brush collection. I used to love L’Oreal Paris Super Liner gel eyeliner, which came with a perfect thin and precise eyeliner brush. However, this line seems to have been discontinued (I have no idea why, because it was fab!) and all of the gel eyeliners I have bought since have come with applicators that are more like eyeshadow brushes than eyeliner brushes. Not a good look at all. So I decided to team my current eyeliner – Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner – which is a fab product but again came with a ridiculously thick brush, with this little Real Techniques number. And the result is great! The long, thin brush allows for smooth and precise application, which you can build up as much or as little as you want, and creates perfect flicks and cat-eyes every time!
4. The Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush – £9.00
I have had the same eyeshadow brush for 5 years now, and I still absolutely love it!! All of The Body Shop brushes are super soft, so feel lovely on your eyes and face. This eyeshadow brush is just the right size for even, quick and smooth application, and the tapered head allows for more precise application than square shaped brushes.
5. The Body Shop Eyeshadow Blender Brush – £10.00
Again, another lovely soft brush from The Body Shop! This wider brush is great for blending the eyeshadow you’ve already applied, and as it’s so soft it doesn’t remove the shadow while it’s blending. The fact that it is larger means the results are slightly less precise, so you need to make sure you’re paying attention while you’re blending so you don’t ruin the shape you’ve already made with your eyeshadow brush!
6: The Body Shop Brow & Lash Brush & Comb – £8.00
This nifty little number is great for separating lashes that have clumped together with mascara, and taming and tidying your brows. I am very lax when it comes to brow maintenance (I have very fair brows so you can barely see them, and they are normally hiding behind my fringe!) but I do give them a little brush over with this when I’ve applied all my makeup to make them look slightly more presentable (and to remove any foundation that might have crept onto my brows!) This is the only brush from the Body Shop that isn’t softy soft, but then I guess it wouldn’t do the job properly if it were.
7. Real Techniques Powder Brush 1401 – £12.99
This lovely large soft powder brush finishes your face perfectly. As it’s just the right size you only need a couple of sweeps of powder with this brush to set your foundation, and it also feels great! Much better than some of the smaller powder brushes I’ve had in the past!
8. The Body Shop Blusher Brush – £12.00
Like my eyeshadow brush, I’ve had this blusher brush for half a decade now and it’s still going strong!! Years of dance shows and being lugged around in overly-full makeup bags have lead the bristles to separate a little, but that hasn’t affected the application yet! And like all the others in this range, it’s super soft and feels great on my cheeks!
Katie Scarlett xx