Brushes or fingers? If there ever was a debate within the realm of beauty it would be this. Proponents of the former argue that makeup application is precise and that brushes give the skin a polished look while ‘slap-it-on’ is often the mantra for advocates of the latter. Although some things just naturally call a quick dab of the fingers i.e. cream eye shadow, my inner germaphobe makes me brush inclined, but despite this I’ll openly admit that I’m a complete novice when it comes to which brushes to use and how. I pour through makeup tutorials on YouTube and the bits about using this fluffy brush for blending eye shadow and that kabuki for bronzer just go straight over my head. However, things have been changing lately, and I’ve been brushing up on my brushes:
Real Techniques Contour Brush – I’ve always admired the ‘art’ of contouring from afar, and until very recently I was too afraid to dip my toes into its waters for fear of looking like I had two brown streaks running down my face. However, a couple of YouTube videos, MAC Studio Tech NW55 and a Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush later and I’m glad to report that things aren’t as scary as I’d previously imagined. The Tom Ford offering is every bit of luxury, but for a fraction of the price the Real Techniques Contour Brush, part of their Core Collection, has a shape that makes for super easy contouring.
NARS Eyeshadow Brush 40* and Diffusing Brush 41* – While NARS boasts the #1 spot in my favourite makeup brands of all time, surprisingly enough it was only last year that I became the proud owner of a couple of their brushes when NARS kindly sent me some things as a thanks for being a fully fledged NARSissist. My starting point into NARS‘ extensive brush collection was the 40 which is great for patting on loose eye pigment and blending shadow into the crease, and the 41 which is slightly ambiguous in that it’s perfect for absolutely everything from applying highlighter to sweeping shadow across the lids.
Estée Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush* – Launched alongside the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Foundation* my initial sentiments towards this brush were a mix of intrigue, scepticism and excitement, if that makes any sense. Upon using the foundation brush my scepticism was done away with, and that’s because it’s an ergonomic dream – the brush allows you to get into every nook and cranny around the eyes and nose, plus the angled shape is great for contouring.
What are some of your favourite makeup brushes?