Most Used Brushes

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hello ladies, I hope your day is going great. 
Today I want to talk you through my most used brushes (plus a sponge and a makeup tool). I decided to divide them in two categories; the ones that I use on a daily basis and the ones that I use whenever I'm going somewhere and doing a full face of makeup.
At the end I also have a few alternatives for some brushes that are going to be mentioned.
I apologize in advance that the brushes aren't clean, but I'm quite lazy when it comes to washing them and I know I'll be washing them next week before I leave for London (bad, bad, bad blogger).

I store my makeup brushes in three Skurar candle holders from Ikea.
In the first one I have all of my brushes for the eyes and brows, in the last one I have all of the face brushes and in the middle one a few miscellaneous ones that I don't use that often.
I wouldn't say I have an excessive amount of brushes although I always curse myself for buying new ones when it's time to clean them. 

I currently don't wear makeup as often as I used to, but when I do wear it these are the brushes that I use most often.
On a day to day basis I tend to avoid wearing foundation or BB creams, so I only use concealer under my eyes and on any spots that I might have. For blending in the concealer, my preferred option for the last couple of months is using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
Since it's so soft & squishy and since I don't have dry skin, I find that this one works great dry or damped. This is also the one ''brush'' that I clean every day, because I think that it doesn't perform as well if there's a lot of old product in it.
The next step is setting the concealer and for that I use the Real Techniques Setting Brush. I already mentioned this one a few times and it's one of my favourite brushes. There's just something about it that makes your skin look airbrushed and it's also great for covering up your pores. Since it's so small and soft it's also great for apply highlighters.
Next step is doing the brows and for that I use a brush that unfortunately isn't available any more. It's the Essence Duo Eyebrow Styler from TE Bloom Me Up Tools collection. I'll show you an alternative for this one at the end, but I prefer using this one since it has a spoolie on one end and an angled brush on the other. The brush is really thin and dense so it's great for filling in the brows and creating a very natural look. And the spoolie is a bit harsher than the ones I had before, but it's much more effective when it comes to making your brows look as natural as possible when you draw them in with a pencil which I do on most days.
Since I don't use foundation but still like to get rid of the shine and even out my skin tone a bit, I use a setting powder with the Ecotools Domed Bronzer Brush.  I can't imagine bronzing up my face with this one since it's humongous, but it works great with setting powders. 
The last step is usually blusher and I use my trusty Real Techniques Blush Brush for this. I had it for over two years now and it's still going strong. I love it because it's quite fluffy and you don't have to worry about packing on way too much product, but it still grabs just enough of it. It's also a bit pointed so it's great for getting the apples of the cheeks or for bronzing up your face. I'm actually planning on getting another one to use it only with my bronzer. 
If I feel like it, or if I have some errands to run, I'll usually define my eye crease a bit and for that I use the MAC 217. I was very sceptical whether or not I want to spend so much money on a small eye brush, but trust me when I say that this makes a world of a difference. It makes blending effortless and it's also great for packing on the eyeshadows all over your lid. It's an all in one brush and I don't regret buying it at all.

Whenever I'm going somewhere a bit more ''special'' I like to add a few more steps into my makeup routine and for that I need a few more brushes.
Firstly I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply my foundation or BB creams. I go through different phases when sometimes I'll only use my fingers to do so, then I'll only use a makeup sponge and for some time now, I've only been using this brush. It blends everything into your skin very well and it does it really quickly. I find that  I always apply my foundation the fastest when I use this brush.
I'll also contour and I love using the Real Techniques Contour Brush for that. At first I wasn't too keen on using this one for contouring, and I preferred it for blending in the concealer or highlighting. But it somehow grew on me and is now my favourite brush for contouring. It's quite small (but bigger than the Setting brush), quite dense and also a bit pointed so it fits perfectly into the hollows of your cheeks.
Both of these two brushes are from Real Techniques Core Collection set.
To blend in my contour, blusher and occasionally also highlight, I use the E. L. F. Stipple Brush. This one is too soft and the bristles are too far apart for me to use it for stippling in the foundation or cream blushes, but it works like a dream for blending everything together and getting rid of any harsh lines or clown cheeks.
I tend to also add another step in my brow routine and I actually just talked about the Urban Decay Naked 3/ Naked 2 brush in my September favourites. I use the fluffy side for blending in the eyebrow highlighting pencil, and the flat side for my inner eye highlight or for packing on pigments.
My eyelashes are naturally curled so I use an eyelash curler every now and again. Currently I use one from Manhattan and it does its job. 

Now I also have some alternatives for a few brushes that I've mentioned.
First we have the Body & Soul Angled brush that I used to use for contouring before I got the RT Contour Brush. I still use it occasionally and I also like to use it for highlighting my cheeks. It again fits right into the hollows of my cheeks and since it's angled it makes contouring very easy. This one tends to grab on a bit more product than the Contour Brush.
I mentioned that I have an alternative for the Essence brush that's not available any more, and it's the Body & Soul spoolie and the UBU No. 31 angled brush.
They work as great as the Essence one, the only difference is that these are two separate brushes.
Last but not least I have an Ebay bargain; the 217 dupe. I have 5 of these and they're seriously amazing. They blend as good as the MAC 217, they're great at packing on the colour and they cost only 0.99£. Yes, you read that right.
The only difference is that they're a bit bigger & fluffier and with time they become less dense and some bristles start to stick out on the sides. I bought mine from this seller.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my most used brushes and I wish you a lovely weekend.
I would also like to apologize for the lack of my Sunday posts, I've been working on one that I just can't seem to finish.

Which brushes do you use most often?

Sanja ♥

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10 komentarji

  1. Setting Brush od RT je res super :) Meni je pa tale Essence LE čopič za obrvi ful slab :S preveč je širok oziroma debel, ne vem kako je tebi tanek :D sem navajena tanjših čopičev za obrvi.
    Bi pa ful imela tale RT contour čopič, ker zgleda fajn.

    1. A res se ti zdi preveč debel? Zanimivo, meni se pa zdi ravno dovolj tanek. Je pa res, da imam js dokaj široke obrvi, mogoče zato :)
      Contour čopič je pa super, mogoče je nadležno edino to da moraš celoten set kupit.

  2. I love the Real Techniques brushes! That blush brush is amazing! :)

    1. Blush brush is great, if you love RT brushesh you need this one too :D

  3. Veliko čopičev imaš istih kot jaz :) Tale Setting brush moram že enkrat kupit, pa tile 217 fejki izgledajo zanimivo :)

    1. Le nabavi oboje, pomoje ti ne bo žal :D

  4. RT gobico & setting brush sem si ravno ta teden kupila in sem čisto navdušena nad gobico, nanos pudra je z njo popoln. Setting brush pa še nisem uspela sprobat, ampak vidim da je tebe navdušil :)

    1. O super nakup! Upam, da bo tudi tebi setting brush všeč :)

  5. wow, imaš a kar zajetno zbirko. moja je malce manjša, a vseeno zadovoljiva. :) nanos pupdra z gobico je pa res popoln. obožujem te gobice, imam dve od models own in sta top. :3

    1. Jaz imam tudi še par drugih, a mi nobena ni tako všeč kot ta. Mogoče bi morala sprobati še to od Models own :)


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