8 Staple Beauty Tools
The real heroes when it comes to my makeup application is my team of wonderful brushes. Over the years, I've collected some real gems and I can imagine myself still using them for many years to come, as they create an absolutely seamless and foolproof look with ease. So here are 8 of my staple beauty tools (and yes I have a thing for Zoeva brushes...)
ZOEVA 102 SILK FINISH: Since I received this last year I haven't used any other brush to apply my base, which is quite the statement considering how much I adore both the RT Buffing Brush and Expert Face Brush. There isn't a base out there that doesn't seem to work in combination with it and it makes light work of buffing and blending so even with minimal effort you are left with a flawless complexion. It's got the perfect density to fluffiness ratio, so it's super kind to the skin, which is key to any base brush and doesn't leave any pesky hairs behind.
ZOEVA 110 FACE SHAPE: For a long time I was using two brushes for my concealer, but now I just use this. It's a shrunk down version of the Silk Finish Brush so it's perfect for really working the product into the skin and is small enough to get into those hard to reach areas like around the nose. The density of the brush is great for when you've got blemishes to cover as by using a gentle patting and buffing motion, it can cover pretty much anything without being too heavy on the skin.
ZOEVA 126 LUXE CHEEK FINISH*: The quest for the perfect powder brush has been a long one, but I think this might be the one for me. One of my biggest issues on the hunt for the perfect brush, is that they either pick up too much product, or that the product doesn't stay on the bristles and ends up all over me instead. This manages to get it just right and as it's a little smaller that some of my other options can easily be taken on the go if needs be.
REAL TECHNIQUES STIPPLING BRUSH: This isn't your typical blusher brush option, but it's the best that I've ever found. Whether it's in combination with a powder or cream formulation it works perfectly at dispensing the product on the cheek without disturbing your base. The only downside to this brush is that it's fallen apart and has had to be superglued back together but as Real Techniques is such an affordable brand it's not going to be too eye-watering to replace.
ZOEVA 227 LUXE SOFT DEFINER: Being the eyeshadow novice that I am I need a brush that can do all the heavy lifting for me. This brush from Zoeva has been heralded as a dupe for the classic MAC 217 and if that is correct then it's a complete bargain as MAC brushes do tend to be quite pricey. This is the perfect brush for packing shadow onto the lid and then blending away, it can also be used for applying shadow in the crease too if you're in a pinch.
REAL TECHNIQUES ANGLED BRUSH: I would say that I'm pretty indifferent when it comes to the whole eyebrow thing, but I'm quite picky when it comes to which brush I use to apply powder through them. If the brush is too soft it's basically useless and if it's too dense then my brows end up looking like I've gone to town on them with a sharpie. Luckily this option from the Real Techniques Eye Kit (only downside to it) sits perfectly in the middle and deposits colour in the most natural way possible.
E.L.F EYEBROW SPOOLIE: If I could only have one beauty tool it would be this. A spoolie is an integral part of my routine as I've got a severe case of sad brows and then need brushing into shape almost hourly if I've not applied some sort of brow gel. I think I only paid £1 for this brush from E.L.F and it's lasted years so definitely worth picking up if you to suffer from sad brow syndrome.
SHU UEMURA EYELASH CURLERS: These curlers are famous within the beauty industry and it's easy to see why, they are awesome! I've come to the end of the road with my current cushion for them so need to pick up some more or I might stray away from my beloved curlers and try out the Nars offering.