Last month Calum and I took what we expected to be a fairly short trip to visit my family along the south coast. In actual fact, we ended up staying for three weeks. I felt completely at home and blissfully relaxed. The only downside? I'd packed light. I tend not to take too much with me anyway as the threat of having to drag more luggage than I need across central London is enough to encourage me to slim down to a minimal wardrobe. Still, my choice to pack just five makeup brushes for the trip was a triumph even for me. Picked for their multitasking abilities, I ended up being more than happy with the few that I'd taken and didn't find myself missing any of those left behind.
Used for: applying powder, thoroughly blending cheek products
Although I find this brush a little too large to use for it's original purpose, it's a really great option for adding powder all over the face. Paired with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, I was able to remove any excess oil from the skin without leaving the finish looking completely matte and one dimensional. Its large size makes it brilliant for sweeping over the top of cheek products too, ensuring that everything is thoroughly blended.
Used for: applying foundation, BB cream and blending concealer
If you're after a super speedy, flawless application of foundation then this is definitely a brush to look into. It's one of the softest face brushes I own and is able to work product into the eye socket and around the nose in a way that a buffing brush never could. On better skin days I'd use it to gently blend a little of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer across any patches of redness or pigmentation, too.
Used for: applying bronzer, blusher and blending cream highlighter
Although the Crown website recommends the C472 brush for applying foundation, I've actually found it to be the ideal shape and size for applying and blending cheek products. I used my beloved Max Factor Creme Puff Blush everyday during the trip and found that this applied just the right amount of product each time.
Used for: brows
So I may have just slightly cheated with this one. I also used the spoolie attached to an eyebrow pencil before and after applying the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. Shoot me. If this MAC option had a spoolie attached it would be the perfect brush for the job. It's small and dense, allowing for a precise application of product and giving you the ability to finely draw on individual brow hairs where needed.
Used for: blending cream eyeshadow and undereye concealer, pinpoint concealing
Since having finally lost my Zoeva virginity a couple of months back, the 228 brush has become a staple in my daily routine. I wrote about my experiences of using it for pinpoint concealing here and, although I'd also recommend investing in a good quality fine liner brush, it does the perfect job of seamlessly blending any tell-tale edges. It's also great at blending eyeshadows. The MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork is actually the only one I bought along with me and using this to buff the product over the lid provided a subtle wash of colour that lasted all day.