All About Brushes


I never used to understand the impact brushes could have on your makeup. In fact, for the longest time, my go-to application method was a hand-me-down Estée Lauder Kabuki Brush and my fingers (not to say that I don’t use my fingers anymore – after all, they are natures original makeup brush).

It wasn’t until recently that I made a much needed investment in beauty tools. It started off with a set of Real Techniques brushes, and has grown to include a variety of high-end and drugstore options, that I now could not live without.

While I wouldn’t say my collection is complete, in fact, I have a wish list of brushes that I’m saving up for. These few have really stood out as some of the best of the best for me.

For my base, and arguably the most important part of my beauty routine, I start off with foundation and the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush. And while an honourable mention goes to the Beauty Blender in this category, I feel like this Bobbi Brown brush just gets me. For concealer I always go back to the Real Techniques Contour Brush (from that original set I started out with). Because who uses brushes for what they’re made for anyways? Seriously, this is the best brush for under the eyes. I set everything with my 2015 Best of Beauty favourite, the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush.

When it comes to my face, I’m finding it hard to go a day without contour. For that I use the NARS Ita Brush, and when it comes to blush, it’s NARS again with the Yachiyo. On days when I’m feeling the highlight, I go budget with the Sonia Kashuk Fan Brush. And while I’m not convinced that this is my favourite, it will do for now.

For my brows, it’s all about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Angled/Spooley 7. And nothing else.

Finally, when it comes to eyes, I like to switch things up. If I’m looking to pack on shadow, that MAC 239 is my go-to. For a crease brush, my trusty MAC 217 and Sephora Classic Blending Eye Brush 71 (which is sadly discontinued) do the trick, and if I want to blend out any harsh lines, I go for the Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush (though I’m thinking of replacing this with the Bobbi Brown Blender Brush, if I ever get my hands on it).

Finally, I couldn’t live without my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. Seriously, I’ve tried so many different kinds of curlers, but these ones are hands down the best.

BONUS: I’ve recently acquired this amazing High Hopes Brush Roll (pictured above) from Maggs London, to keep everything safe and sound when I travel!

What are your favourite brushes? Let me know @CourtneyParkes

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