My Favourite Makeup Brushes ♡

Hello there!

Brushes are possibly your most important makeup tool! They ensure your makeup is blended to perfection and evenly applied. Brushes come in a range of shapes, sizes, prices and materials – and the selection can sometimes be overwhelming. The best quality ones aren’t always the most expensive, but looking for soft and dense brushes is usually the way to go. Here are my favourite brushes for the face and the eyes, and how I like to use them!

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I use brushes from a range of brands and price-tags, and love them all! I am always on the lookout for ones that are soft, dense and long-lasting (that it’s hairs don’t start falling out after a week)! If you’re looking for new brushes for your collection or are looking to buy your first ones ever, I definitely recommend all of these well-loved brushes. They have all been tried and tested, and I can say they are all good quality and will last you a long time.

– Face Brushes –

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Foundation: Real Technique’s ‘expert face brush’ – this brush is amazing for blending out your foundation to a flawless and even finish. It’s soft and gentle on the skin, and honestly makes applying foundation so much easier – it’s quick and ensures the foundation is spread evenly. If you’re a beginner to using foundation brushes, I definitely recommend this one – it’s very hard to use wrong!

Concealer: Artiste ‘Foundation/Concealer brush (50)’  – perfect for blending concealer into the inner corner or any other areas of the face that are difficult to reach.

Powder: Ecotools ‘Large powder brush’ – a super soft brush that applies just the right amount of powder! It’s nice and big too so applying face powder is really quick.

Blush: Artiste ‘blush brush (21)’ – I love the angle of this brush, it makes applying blush along your cheeks really simple and I find turning it on it’s side gives the most precise application.

Bronzer: Artiste ‘Stippling brush (17) – having fair skin, applying bronzer can be difficult as I don’t want to apply too much! I find this brush perfect as it’s duo-fibre meaning it’s going to apply less product and really blend the bronzer out.

– Eye brushes – 

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Eye-brows: ‘Brow brush’ (p014) – this brush is super dense so it’s perfect for applying a powder to your brows. I don’t like my brows to be too precise or defined, and this brush is perfect for quickly filling them in.

Lid: MAC 239 ‘Eye shader brush’ – while it’s lovely and soft, this brush packs the eyeshadow on! I find it’s shape perfect for the lid and it really makes your eyeshadow apply with full pigmentation.

Socket: Louise Young ‘Large socket brush (LY12)’ – this little dense brush is great for really putting on lots of product, especially when using darker colours. I use this brush in the socket, particularly at the outer edges of my eyes to really build colour and depth.

Crease (definition): Artiste ‘Rounded crease brush (33) – I love how thin this brush is making it ideal for defining the crease. I use this when applying dark colours in the crease to really create a dark and precise shadow.

Crease (blending): MAC 217 ‘Blending brush’ & Sigma ‘Tapered blending brush (E35)’ – I love using these two brushes to blend out my eyeshadow. I will usually use the MAC brush first to initially blend as it’s smaller, and then when it starts to get too much product on it – I’ll switch to the Sigma brush. This way my eyeshadow is really well blended and I have no harsh lines. They are both soft, fluffy and very good quality (I’ve had the MAC brush for almost four years!)

Where I buy some of my brushes 

Artiste (from Priceline): https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/cosmetic-accessories/cosmetic-brushes-and-applicators

MAC: http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/flash/brush_finder/index.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT1751

Sigma: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Individual_Brushes_s/51.htm

I absolutely love these brushes and if you have any you’ve been loving, let me know in the comments below! ♥

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Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palette ♡

Hello there!

I firstly have to say, eyeshadow palettes just happen to be my ‘splurge’ makeup product, and the product I get most excited about trying! I mean is there anything better than the feeling of swatching creamy, shimmery eyesdahows and lusting over the gorgeous colours? There are plenty of stunning palettes out there, but one that I have wanted for the longest time is Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ palette which I have heard nothing but good things about. However due to both the price and living in Australia where Urban Decay isn’t sold, I have never been able to purchase one…until a bright sunny day last month whilst in a LA Sephora! And boy, was it worth the wait.

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First up, the packaging is stunning! I love the furry brown exterior which makes the palette ideal for travel, as this will act as a soft protective layer which will prevent the eyeshadows from crumbling. The palette also comes with a double-ended brush, one end of the brush is dense (perfect for application) and the other end is duo-fibre (ideal for blending in the crease).

I wish I had purchased this palette online sooner! The variety of colours and quality of the shadows means it can replace a whole bunch of other palettes as you’re ‘go-to’ for all kinds of makeup looks. I usually use the first 6 during the day, and the last 6 for more dramatic night-time smokey eyes!

Eyeshadow swatches: 

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This palette has a great variety of both shimmery and matte shades, so you don’t need to use another palette to create a balanced look (which I find with some other palettes). Here is how I like to use the colours:

Highlight shades (inner corner and brow bone): Virgin, Sin

Lid shades (day): Sidecar, Half Baked, Toasted

Lid shades (night): Smog, Darkhorse, Gunmetal

Crease shades: Naked & Buck (day), Hustle & Creep (night)

My absolute favourite shades are Sidecar, Half Baked & Darkhorse – I’m a sucker for creamy shimmery shades for the lid and these beauties are definitely well-loved and well-used.

Pros:

  • packaging – not only does it look lovely but is also ideal for travel
  • range of colours and tones – day-to-night palette with matte and shimmery shades
  • quality – the eyeshadows themselves are creamy, pigmented and long-lasting
  • added double-ended brush – one side for application and one duo-fibre for blending

Cons:

  • price – the palette retails for $54, but I think it is totally worth the money
  • availability – if like me, you live in Australia or a country where Urban Decay products aren’t sold, you will have to order it online

I absolutely recommend this palette, whether you’re a beginner to using eyeshadows or are well experienced in the field. As far as the palette itself goes, it’s faultless in my eyes and worth the investment!

Purchase the palette from Sephora online: http://www.sephora.com/naked-palette-P267200

Let me know what you’re all time favourite eyeshadow palette is in the comments (and if you love the ‘Naked’ palette too)! ♥