My Desert Island Beauty Picks - Makeup Brushes

In all my desert island beauty series, I have featured at least three of each product. Whilst it is mainly due to my makeup obsession, it is completely unnecessary. Unless you are a makeup artist, we do not really need to have excessive amounts of one type of beauty product - and that includes beauty tools. For obvious reasons, a makeup artist has a plethora of different brushes in their kit, for sanitary purposes and for creating varied, editorial or commercial looks. But do I really need more than a couple brushes?

Makeup Brushes

Foundation or Concealer Brush

Regardless of how much makeup you wear, foundation, concealer or both is most likely in everyone’s routine. Whilst you can always blend out concealer or foundation with your fingers, most often using a brush is much faster - you also then don’t have to worry about remembering that you have concealer on your hand and not to touch your clothes. Yes, that has happened to me many times.

For me personally, I have been using the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7 for a while now and I find it is great for both. It has a foundation and concealer buffing brush ends (although I use the foundation end for both), and literally takes seconds to blend out. I know a lot of people prefer to use a sponge such as the Beauty Blender or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I prefer a brush as I find it easier to clean, and can get away with it not being clean for longer - I know, I’m gross. 

Eyeshadow Brush

When it comes to having a lot of brushes just of one type, for me it is eyeshadow brushes. I think this further fuels my laziness with cleaning. If one eyeshadow brush has been used for one colour, I’ll just use this one.. And so the cycle continues. For an everyday makeup look, you can get away with just using one. 

The brush that I continually go back to is the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush. I actually have two - one for cool, one for warm eyeshadows. They are great for applying and blending out eyeshadow. As they are synthetic, they are also really easy to clean, and dry quicker with no staining.

 Powder Brush

I will admit that I was torn when it came to powder brushes. If I was being even more stringent, I would have only one. Do I really need three brushes just to apply some powders? However, I thought that whilst using the same brush for bronzer, and powder you can get away with, depending on what blusher you are using - you might want a seperate brush.

I’ve got a few brushes that I switch between for powder, but they all have a similar brush head shape. Almost like an oval. I find this allows you to place the powder very specifically, and can also be used under the eyes, without applying too much. Some of my favourites include the Bobbi Brown Blush Brush and the My Kit Co Powder Brush

Angled Cheek Brush

As I said above, you don't necessarily need a separate blush brush, but if you are used pigmented blushes, you might not want to use the same brush. For applying blush, I like using an angled brush. I feel like you get more precision, and you aren't spreading the pigment all across your cheek, but just along the place you want it. 

Angled brushes are also great for contouring, either with bronzer or contour powder. I like the angled brush from Spectrum Collections.

What brushes would you take?

Ellyn xx

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