My everyday makeup brushes & where to buy them

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion  and is not sponsored or paid by any brand. The brushes I will be speaking about today are all in use in my personal makeup and not used professionally. Some are affordable and some are inexpensive and ill let you know why I find them the best for the job and also what I use them for as I don’t always use brushes for what they were intended for!

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

The MAC 130 is a short, round, flat-topped duo fibre brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations and creams. This brush is just the right size to work primer into the areas where it is most needed, mainly my T-zone, cheeks & under eyes and chin. The duo fibre bristles don’t pick up too much product and disperses  the primer evenly on my skin.

MAC 130 Duo Fibre Brush

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your brushes then Zoeva have a dupe, the 122 petit stippling brush which is £10.99 at Feelunique.com


Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush, (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

The RT deluxe crease brush is ideal for covering blemishes and getting into creases etc. The domed small soft head of the brush is great at blending in the product and soft enough not to drag the concealer over your skin. The brush is soft enough to disperse the under eye concealer as the brush is so soft that again it gently blends the product with out moving it around your face. I bought the Everyday Essentials kit from Superdrug as I use 3 of the 4 brushes and also the beauty blender.


Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

The Tarte Cosmetics brush is my current favourite brush as it evenly distributes the foundation over your skin and does actually give you a flawless finish. It flawlessly blends and buffs your foundation that does actually give you an airbrushes finish. It also looks cute with its floral handle. Before I purchased this brush my go to foundation brush was my Zoeva 102 silk finish brush in rose gold. I still use this brush occasionally and it still sits in my brush pot however I do prefer the Tarte brush at the moment. The Zoeva brush is £12.99 from cultbeauty.com.


Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I bought the Everyday Essentials brush set just after Christmas as I loved the look of the brushes and my favourite brush out of the set is the Blush brush. It has long super soft bristles for applying powder to large areas of the face without it caking.


Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I know many people like to bake their under eyes and use a beauty blender to apply the powder however I am a bit older now (in my 40’s (shhhhhhhhhh) and I find that baking leaves my under eyes to dry and the product sticks to and accentuates my fine lines. I therefore like to set my under eyes with a small fluffy brush which doesn’t add too much powder to my under eye area but also deposits enough powder to set the concealer in place so it stays where it was put!


Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

This brush is gorgeous and comes in different colours. I have the rose gold however if you prefer your brushes to look professional then it also comes in black. This is the most gorgous shaped brush and picks up just the right amount of highlighter. It has a slight taper at the top for finer application and when used on its side, is perfect for the tops of your cheekbones. As an older woman with a round face, big enough nose etc., I don’t highlight my nose or forehead but you can use a smaller version of this brush for those areas.


Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

I personally prefer a powder contour as it is more subtle and suits my style of makeup and the brush I use is intended for use with powder products. I use the Zoeva cheek finish brush for contouring my cheekbones, forehead and double chin! For contouring my nose I prefer a smaller brush and so use the extra soft Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush which is perfect fro smaller areas and a softer finish.


Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

As you can see from the photo at the bottom of this post, I have been using this brush for quite a while and I actually prefer it now that the bristles have splayed a little as I get a softer application of product rather than when it was new, which deposited a bit more blusher. I prefer to build blusher rather than loading on too much and looking like a doll !!!!


Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Depending upon what look I am going for I use one of 3 brushes for eyeliner. The My Kit Co feliner is perfect for a fine line, and a wing, and also for powder liner and tight lining my upper lash line. This is probably my all time favourite eyeliner brush.


Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

I love both of these brushes to apply both powder and pomade to my brows. The brushes are fine enough that you can create individual hair strokes but soft enough that the lines don’t look too harsh.


“It’s sharply angled with just the right amount of flex allowing for the best application of both cream and powder product”.


Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

I only need to use these 4 brushes for my eye makeup and these are the 4 that I always go to and are my current favourites. Each brush is designed to apply the shadow in the areas which it is designed for and create a beautiful result.


Breakdown of the cost of my brushes and where to buy them

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

The total cost for my makeup brushes is £199.22 (I do have Pro Makeup Artist discounts for some of the brushes and so the amount stated is the retail value) however if you look after your brushes you will have them for many many years and they will just get better and better with use.

Please excuse my brushes as they are getting a clean this afternoon!

Once I decide that I love a brush for a certain purpose it becomes my personal favourite and is also replicated in my professional makeup kit however some of the brushes may be different brands or professional brands.

If you have any favourite makeup brushes, please let me know about them in the comments as I love makeup brushes and may even invest/swap it for one which I use currently.


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Bright Lips – Wearing the spring and summer trend

Sporting a super pigmented bright lip is one of the hottest trends for Spring and Summer – for good reason! It’s a universally flattering look with just one rule: make sure your bright lip colour takes centre stage. There is something quite classic yet trendy about keeping the bold, bright lip your focus and the rest of your makeup subtle. Make your lip look an attention grabber (in the right way) with these simple steps.


Smooth the canvas

Your lips are an extension of your skin on your face so you need to exfoliate them in the same way to remove any dry skin. Use finely granulated lip scrub (or caster sugar mixed with coconut oil) and rub it around your pouted lips in a circular motion. Then, apply an SPF lip moisturising treatment for conditioning.


Lock in the look

Firstly apply a lip liner around the outer edge of your lips then colour them in with your pencil. When applying you colour, put some of the lip stick onto your ring finger and press it into your lips. This will keep the lip stick in place for the long haul.

Firstly apply a lip liner around the outer edge of your lips then colour them in with your pencil. When applying you colour, put some of the lip stick onto your ring finger and press it into your lips. This will keep the lip stick in place for the long haul.

For extra assurance, split a tissue into single sheets and place over your lips. Dust with powder like MAC’s Select Sheer Loose powder in translucent over your lipstick and then reapply the colour. The layering affect will keep your bright lips going strong for a couple of extra hours.


Embrace au-naturel eyes

Remember, your bold lips are the focal point of your look so keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Try nudes, golds and peach colours on your eyes and a few sweeps of mascara to complete the look.


Some of my favourite bright and colourful lip sticks

There are literally thousands of bright shades on the market at the moment so have fun shopping. For a closer look at the above pictures and for more bright lip ideas, please follow my Pinterest Board – Bright Lips.


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Makeup Mistakes That Are Ageing You (and How to Fix Them)

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Makeup Mistakes That are Ageing you, and how to fix them

A pinch of color on your cheeks or a rich flattering lipstick shade can easily erase years off your face, but the wrong makeup can do just the opposite.

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Woman before and after makeup

Seemingly harmless blunders, like overdoing barely-there brows or adding too much powder to eliminate shine are just a few of the many surprising reasons why your face is looking tired and older lately. Myself and several makeup artists weigh in on the most common mistakes you’re committing that are aging you, as well as how you can prevent them from hiding your natural glow:

Going Too Light (or Dark) with Concealerdemi-lovato-makeup-fail-white-light-concealer

Concealer is the perfect go-to product for hiding fine lines, blemishes, and dark circles under the eyes however the wrong color can also make you look older instantly. When carrying out makeup lessons I have found that many women are too heavy in the application of under eye concealer and often choose shades that are far too light for them as seen on Demi Lovato below. The aim of a concealer is to conceal and not to highlight as per the picture on the right. Always use a creamy concealer that matches your shade of foundation which will give the result of concealing and correcting in a way that leaves you looking awake and recharged instead exaggerated!

Woman applying concealer

Powder Overload

Powders help in setting your makeup, and eliminating shine, but applying too much of it throughout the day can result in the product settling into fine lines, accentuating wrinkles and sitting on top of your skin making it look strange and dry! as seen below on Nicole Kidman.  If you have oily skin then use a moisture control primer such as MAC’s Oil Control Lotion which is “an oil-free moisturiser that offers lightweight hydration and no-shine oil control”.

Another great product to keep in your bag is you have oily skin are blot papers. They’re great for on-the-go touch-ups as they manage oil without disturbing makeup or clogging skin with layers of product.

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Skipping Creamy Cosmetics

As women mature, the skin on the face and neck becomes dryer, resulting in a loss of radiance. To prolong a youthful appearance, swap your powder foundation for a liquid foundation and maybe try using a cream blush instead of a powder. Powders tend to sit on the skin’s surface, drawing attention to fine lines and wrinkles and the glow from a creamy product gives the appearance of youth.

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Creating Harsh Lines

Everyone knows eyeliner can make eyes appear brighter and more awake, but applying too dark, harsh lines can also accentuate crow’s feet and wrinkles on the delicate eye area. Remember to change from a black to brown/black or brown eyeliner as you get older for a softer (but still dark) look as below. Also, make sure you smudge it out instead of creating a solid line and keep it mostly on the top lid. Your eyes will look defined, but not weighed down. The result is a lift on the upper eye, which always makes you look fresher and younger, however heavy lines under the eyes make them look tired and accentuate lines and wrinkles whilst making the eyes look smaller.

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Extreme EyebrowsExtreme Eyebrows

Not everyone is born with lush, full, perfectly arched eyebrows, and most of us are guilty of over plucking them at some time in our life however filling them in with a too dark colour is a definite no! (As seen below) You can create thicker, more beautiful brows with a pencil or powder, but the key is choosing the perfect shade. The key is to choose one shade lighter than your hair color if you’re brunette and one shade slightly darker if you’re blonde or a redhead. Remember that you’re not drawing on new eyebrows but filling in any gaps you may have, concentrating on the arch and tail end.

Wearing Metallics

Intense metallic and glitter shades on the eye can be challenging for older women. I prefer using shadows with a soft shimmer that makes your eyes twinkle and more youthful rather than emphasising lines.

Over Doing the Blush

Unless your goal is to look like a cartoon version of yourself, (See Drew Barrymore below) go light on blush in a color that flatters your skin tone. When applying blush, smile, and blend directly on the apples of your cheeks and blend out towards your temples. Correctly applied blush can add a youthful glow and take years off a face, but too much in a darker shade or too pale pink can add years onto your face. Those with olive and darker skin tones should choose a warm shade, with those with fair skin must look out for rosy tones.

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If the thought of changing your makeup routine and products as you get older seems daunting, then why not book a makeup lesson to teach you the tip and tricks of the trade in the comfort of your own home? For more info, please visit  – Makeup Lessons

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