Beauty Tools of the Trade

Mimi ON Aug 10, 2012 AT 11:49 am

Beauty Tools of the Trade

Using fingers to smudge, blend and buff make up onto skin requires a seriously skilled hand, dextrous fingers and a light touch – which is undoubtedly why make up mega-star Pat McGrath prefers to use hers when creating looks on shoots and at the shows. For the rest of us however, we have to rely on the precision of brushes to create flawless lines, seamless colour blending and even coverage.Worth investing in, the good ones will last you a lifetime. Read on for our pick of the best brushes;

Beauty Blender £14 If you like the idea of using your fingers to apply liquid foundation but just can’t seem to get the consistency and coverage as even as you’d like, then this is the tool for you, giving your face a flawless, smooth finish. Pro tip; if you have dry skin moisten the sponge with water before applying for a hydrated base.

MAC Foundation Brush £26 Foundation brushes are the foolproof way to apply both liquid and cream foundations, the densely packed hairs allow you to work product into skin without any streaks, whilst the thinned-out tip helps to get into the nooks around the nose and mouth.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush £18.50 Used as a finishing tool, this wispy super-soft bristled brush is best buffed over the face once base, bronzer and blush has been applied to give an airbrushed effect.

Chanel no.2 Angled Powder Brush £42 With its slanted tip, slightly domed shape and mid-density fluffiness the No.2 is ideal for buffing powder blush and bronzer onto the skin. The angled shape makes cheekbone contouring seriously simple, and works perfectly to create the modern blush looks where colour is swept over the cheekbone and up to the temple, rather than concentrated on the apple of the cheek.

Shu Uemura 24k Gold Eyelash Curler £20  I’d happily forego mascara, foundation or lipstick (in fact make that any beauty must-have) for a simple, curl of my lashes and few rival the cult Shu Uemura’s curler. Imparting the perfect gentle curve without fear of harsh bends or plucked lashes, this is a make up bag essential.

Nars Botan Kabuki Brush £56 The image above in no way showcases just how big this brush is! Made from goat hair, the flat topped, densely packed dome shaped brush has revolutionised my powder application. It really works powder into the skin, buffing in bronzer and mineral powders.

Smashbox Arced Eyeliner Brush £16 Even the most steady of hand can find lining eyes something of a hardship. One eye always tends to look a little more angled/ straight/ perfect (delete as appropriate) than the other. This cleverly angled tool enables you to create perfect, even and symmetrical liner shapes.

Givenchy Le Pinceau Blusher Brush £27 A new offering from Givenchy, this rounded blusher brush takes the hassle out of precision blushing. Soft, fluffy and a joy to sweep.

Bobbi Brown Eye Sweep Brush £25 The width of this wispy eyeshadow brush allows you to easily blend eyeshadows from above the contour down to the lashline in one fail swoop. Ideally used when creating smokey eye looks and for buffing multiple shades seamlessly.

Benefit Powder Shadow Brush £17.50 Dense and soft, this brush is a stand out for its ability to pick up and lay down powder pigments like no other. Made with real hair, the bristles are the perfect medium length and the gentle angle makes blending liner and layered shadows easy.

 

 

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