Lately, I’ve really been appreciating just how much of a difference good tools can make when it comes to makeup application. I’ve been using the same old brushes for so long now that I thought it was time to add some fresh tools into the routine – although they’re all very different, I’m loving each of them for very different reasons.
Sigma Beauty F56 Accentuate Highlighter Brush* –
When I first opened this one up I was a little confused about how I was meant to be applying my highlighter with it and although it’s taken a bit of getting used to, I’ve got to admit this brush is a revelation. With this beauty, Sigma have managed to create something that I didn’t even know I wanted or needed.
The curved shape of the bristles fits perfectly on my cheekbone, meaning I get a precise and glowing application of highlighter every time. The dense bristles can make application pretty intense so if things start looking a little crazy (this rarely happens, I’m a strong believer of never having too much highlighter) I quickly blend it out with a fluffier brush.
The name of this brush had me a little intimidated when I started off using it – I’m not really one to contour on a daily basis, I haven’t quite found the perfect product that gives me gorgeous cheekbones with none of the muddiness, but even I can admit that this brush makes contouring that little bit easier.
The bristles are long but very dense so it works well for both initially applying the contour shade and then doing a bit to blend it out without losing too much of the structure. I can actually see this brush working particularly well with cream contour products…
The new, super luxurious looking collection of brushes from Nude by Nature caught my eye the second that they landed in stores. I stood in front of the stand trying to decide between the blush brush in the line and this big, fluffy powder brush – the softness of this one eventually won out.
I’ve been using this every single day to set my face with powder and each time I fall a little more in love. The bristles are so, so soft and the slightly rounded shape has made it perfect for all over powder application. It does a beautiful job of blending out any powders so there’s no cakiness left behind. Maybe I’ll have to go back for that blush brush after all…
Of course, at the latest Priceline sale, I found myself scoping out the brush section at the Models Prefer counter again… After my success with the Airbrush Concealer Brush, this Airbrush Foundation Brush caught my eye.
But little did I know that I had almost the exact same brush sitting at home – the Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 Brush is exactly the same, adding more fuel to the fire of the rumours that the brushes for Models Prefer and Sephora are actually made in the same factory. The bristles are different colours but I think that’s more due to the Sephora brush being washed quite a bit since I first bought it. The only difference I can discern is that Sephora’s brushes have the names carved into the handle whereas MP just has theirs printed.
Nevertheless, for slightly thicker bases, this has been working really well to really buff it into the skin, particularly around the nose and chin areas. It also does a great job of really building up coverage.
I’m not even really sorry that my brush collection takes over about half of my desk at this stage… Luxurious makeup brushes are always a great purchase, I think, and they make my makeup apply so much better.
What are your favourite makeup brushes?
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