A basic rundown of the brushes I use on an everyday basis; I don't actually own that many brushes but I love the ones I do have and use them all to apply different products. Almost all of them are by Real Techniques and come from either the Starter Kit or the Core Collection, although I've included some exceptions too!
Detailer Brush - this brush is tiny, making it perfect for applying concealer precisely to specific blemishes. I have also found a use for it as a lip brush; explaining the reason why it's so dirty in the picture! I use this with lipstick in order to get a neater finish than I tend to when applying straight from the bullet.
Pointed Foundation Brush - like many people I find this brush way too small to apply foundation with. Traditional foundation brushes don't usually appeal to me as I'm put off by the feeling of 'painting' my base on; instead preferring to buff make up into the skin. I use this to blend concealer under my eyes instead as the pointed end makes it perfect to reach any difficult nooks and crannies and I find that it's just the right size for the job!
Expert Face Brush - this was the first RT brush I ever purchased. Unlike the others it isn't sold as part of the Core Collection and instead comes completely on its own. I used to apply foundation with this but find that the shape sometimes makes it a little too stiff for that, however it's ideal for buffing in cream blush and liquid highlighter.
Buffing Brush - this is possibly the most 'well known' brush of the lot. Highly regarded as the perfect tool to use with liquid foundation, I warm the product up slightly on my hand to begin with and then use this to work it into the skin. I find that it gives a really beautiful, natural finish whilst still providing as much coverage as possible.
Contour Brush - this slightly pointed brush is the ideal shape for contouring and adding definition. Using a contouring colour such as MAC's Blush in 'Harmony', I sweep this under my cheekbones to attempt to make my chubby cheeks appear a little more chiseled!
(L-R) Base Shadow Brush, Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush, Accent Brush, Brow Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush
Base Shadow Brush - using a natural, nude shade I pat shadow into the lid with this brush in order to create a flawless base. Blending additional shades becomes super easy with this, too!
Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush - too flimsy for applying neat liner, but perfect for adding shadow to the eye crease. I use this with dark shadow to add extra depth and definition.
Accent Brush - perfect for adding specific detail to eye looks, I use this primarily to line under the eyes gently with shadow. It's great for highlighting along the brow bone, too!
Brow Brush - this angled brush makes filling in my brows a dream. I use it with my MUA Brow Kit to just add some definition to my naturally bushy brows, shaping them with a tiny bit of brow gel to keep them in place.
Deluxe Crease Brush - the fattest of all the brushes in the RT starter set, I use this to apply darker shadow to the outer corner of my eye and blending it. My signature eye look is a slight ombré from the inner to outer corner of my eye, so this is perfect as blending is key!
E.L.F Stipple Brush - I've owned a fair amount of E.L.F brushes in my time but this is the only one that has lasted in my collection. I was initially so impressed with this, finding that it made my complexion look flawless when I stippled my make up on. The only hang up I have about E.L.F brushes is that they really don't wash we'll at all! Even when using a super gentle shampoo and handling the brush really delicately I find that the bristles splay and the brushes just lose their effectiveness; not good, but fairly expected considering the low price tag. I'd recommend E.L.F brushes 100%, but only if you don't mind them being slightly disposable!
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