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So heads down and let's keep cracking for the rest of the week!
A very common question I get is around the brushes I use and what, if people are buying them, should they make sure is in their starter kit. Foundation and blush brushes are probably a whole separate topic - but let's assume that you can get where you need to there with fingers in a pinch, so I'm going to concentrate on eyes.
I've put these, top to bottom, in the order I think they make most sense to buy. Intended and alternative uses included below so hopefully my rationale is clear! My little ones have been on the go a long time and the maker is now liquidated, but I've included links to other brushes for you to check out.
1. Socket / crease brush - If you want to deepen the colour in your crease this brush will literally do the work for you. A tiny bit of product and sweep through crease and voila.
Alternatively, you can use to sweep on across the lid if you don't have a fluffy shadow brush (#4). Good examples can be found from Zoeva for very reasonable prices and to try out.
2. C shadow brush - this brush has short, dense bristles and is really useful for blending and enhancing a smoky eye. Alternatively, great at packing on glitter or a loose pigment.
I end up using mine to do a lot of the highlighting work on my inner corner / brow bone. ELF's Studio range do a good example of one.
3. Blender - meant to do what it says on the tin. The shorter, tighter bristles mean that I also use it for depositing colour in the crease which I then blend out with a clean crease brush.
This is probably one of my favourite brushes ever - I use it with cream shadow, powders and blending out liner. Zoeva seem to have a similar brush here.
4. Fat, fluffy eyeshadow brush - for a wash of colour. Available in lots of places, Real Techniques is great on the High Street and I also like EcoTools.
5. Pencil brush - great for smoking out liner and blending around the lash line. Mine is from Zoeva, here.
Please note that MAC and other high end brands do great brushes - I've just not included them here, because I think realistically there are great offerings out there online which give brilliant performance but needn't cost £20 a brush.
That's not really necessary (in my opinion) where brushes are for personal use rather than professional.
I hope this was helpful ladies - let me know if any issues / queries or comments, below.
Til tomorrow - love, hugs and sweeping motions to blend, kittens!
xx Josephine xx