Wednesday 26 June 2013

My Favourite Foundation Brushes

'Your make up is only as good as your brushes' or so the saying goes. But when it comes to foundation it's definitely important to use the right tools. The right brush not only makes sure that your make up looks good but it can also save you time and prevent you from overusing or wasting your foundation.

I have used many foundation brushes and as a make up artist I'm obsessed with adding to my collection but as of late I have settled on a couple of new favourites.

I've noticed that recently foundation brushes have moved away from the flat paddle brushes that used to be the trusted applicator for all mediums of foundation. These are still great and I love my Bobbi Brown foundation brush below, I have 3 in my kit. These brushes are great for application. Unlike sponges, flat paddle foundation brushes were synthetic and so didn't soak up liquid foundations, saving us from wasting our favourite foundation formulas.

Then there was the stippling brush. The MAC small duo fibre brush was a favourite for a lot of beauty junkies including myself. I did buy this brush for the purpose of applying foundation but I found that with liquid formulas, the tips on the brush sometimes just moved the formula round in circles on my skin. I didn't ever feel like it blended the product very well and often went over my face with another brush or my hands. It is, however, great for applying loose powder products and for blending powder blush.

Brushes are always improving though and a lot of companies are able to produce good quality brushes with synthetic fibres. Synthetic brushes have always been a must for liquid and cream products and for a while it seemed that synthetic brushes were always flat so not great for getting around the contours of the face. But now I've noticed that synthetic brushes are being produced for the use of all products which means we now have access to a variety of shapes and sizes of brushes for applying foundation.

Currently my favourite brushes are the Illamasqua Highlighter Brush and the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush.

The Illamasqua Highlighter Brush although designed for it's namesake is also perfect for blending liquid foundation onto the skin. Small in size and shaped into a dome, this brush gets product around areas like the nose and mouth evenly. It's also my absolute favourite for applying cream blush as I feel like it practically blends the product for me. No harsh lines or blotches of extreme colour when I use this for cream blush.

The Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush is an absolute dream for applying and blending liquid foundation. When I first used this brush for foundation I thought 'where have you been all my life!' Of course it's made from synthetic fibres but it feels like velvet. It's great not only for applying foundation but it blends make up onto the skin flawlessly and with minimum effort. For those of you who aren't so great at blending, this brush does all the hard work for you! You just pick up a small amount of product and buff it onto the skin. You'll even find that you will probably use less product as the brush clings on to hardly any of the foundation meaning that what goes onto the brush, goes onto the face. Minimum product is wasted and so your foundation goes further. And best of all it's quick. It blends as you go along so you don't have to keep going over and over your face until the product blends away.

So there you have it, my current favourite foundation brushes. And I say current as make up companies are always bringing out new and wonderful brushes so no doubt I'll have a new list of favourites eventually. I hope so anyway :)

Have you used any of these brushes? Let me know what you think of them and what your favourite foundation brushes are.

Just love

Rina xoxo


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