Saved By The BRUSH

Hiyerrrr.

I’m gonna do a bit of a brush lowdown today because I’m still seeing flat foundation brushes knocking around and it’s making my teeth itch.

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Real Techniques Buffing Brush

The Real techniques range are the best brushes on the High Street in my opinion and actually stack up pretty well off the H.S too. The quality is excellent and they’re v. reasonably priced. They’re the brainchild of Makeup Artist and YouTuber Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo fame and the brand is growing more and more. This buffing brush has been my go to foundation brush for ages now and it is my all time favourite face brush. Soft dense bristles that are tightly packed but fan out enough to blend foundation seamlessly. It comes in the ‘Core Collection’ set with the contour brush (mentioned below) a small detail brush which makes a good lip brush and a flat foundation brush which you can throw out straight away. Its an award winning set at a great price so go buy it now from Boots, Superdrug or online.

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Morphe E6 Flat Top Buffing Brush

Because I watch a lot of YouTubers from the US I tend to want to try a lot of the stuff that they use out there and boy do they all rave about Morphe brushes. Luckily there are some UK sites that have started stocking a selection so you don’t have to pay for shipping, I got mine from Cocktail Cosmetics. They are crazy cheap in the US, I think they’re a bit more pricey from here (but again you save on shipping) but are still super reasonable and really good quality. I bought this just to try an alternative to the above, I’ve seen a lot of YouTubers using flat top brushes and I do really like it, the bristles are ridic soft and does a good job of blending. I would say you definitely don’t need this if you buy the Real Tekkers one but I’m obsessed with buying brushes and really wanted to try it so I flit between the two.

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Morphe E53

I love this brush for using powder to set the area under my eyes, it’s the perfect size and shape thanks to the tapered end. It would also work really well for contour application and blending and also blusher.

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Real Techniques Contour Brush

I use this brush to apply and blend out concealer under my eyes, on my nose, forehead and chin and then anywhere I have blemishes. Again its a really good size. I apply the concealer with the wand or my finger and then use a combo of a dabbing & sweeping motion to blend out, if you just sweep you’ll rub the product off. Also would work well for contour as the name suggests but think it would be better with creams rather than powders. It comes in a set with the Buffing Brush (above) and a couple of others.

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Real Techniques Dup Fibre Powder Brush

I’m not sure if this particular Duo Fibre set was limited edition or not but tbh any Real Tech powder brush is gonna be good. I use it to apply finishing powder and then if I need to tone down blushes or contour I’ll blend it away with this. I like it because it doesn’t pick up too much product so you’re not caked and it blends well too. Would also work well as a bronzer brush.

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Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush*

I use this brush for powder contour, its perfect because it has a tapered end to fit into areas where it needs to and its fluffy so good for blending. It would also work well for highlight but I think it’s pretty expensive (I was luck enough to get it for free) and you can probably find a dupe that’s just as good. It is good quality though.

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Real Techniques Blush Brush

I’ve tried a lot of blusher brushes and this is the only one I really like, I do think it’s slightly big but it is tapered and the bristle are packed in a way that it picks up and deposits a good amount of product but also blends really well and it’s really soft. Would also work well with finishing powder or bronzer.

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I wash all of my brushes with hand soap (gel) but baby shampoo or a gentle, non stripping clarifying shampoo would be a bit better, I also use a rubber brush cleaning glove with little bumps that I found on eBay (swirl the soapy brush around in it, the bumps get out all the remaining product). Hold them upside down so you don’t get water in the ferrel (it’ll fuck with the glue). Gently squeeze out excess water then wrap the end in a sheet of paper towel and leave on their sides to dry. I dry mine upside down in a brush holder that I also found on eBizzle. Make sure you wash all the soap out thoroughly or the brushes will be kind of sticky when they dry. I only use my brushes on myself so I’m kind of lazy with how often I do it as it’s a ball ache but obviously I’ll always wash them if I’m going to be using them on someone else.

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Flip Reverse It- Believe The Hype!

Yes, that’s right, there are 1.5 song titles in the title of this blog. The first is by the tracksuit wearing, rain drop haired Blazin’ Squad and the half is, of course by everyone’s favourite gang of skallywags, Public Enemy. It’s only a half cause obvi. the actual title is Don’t Believe The Hype but the 2 tips I’m about to let you in on do actually deliver so BELIEVE IT PEOPLE!

Tip one comes form the utter G that is Wayne Goss. If you don’t know, get to know because this guy is full of honest reviews and game changing make up tips, one of which is just quite something and I real think everyone needs to try it out and see for themsleves. So, the next time you do your make up do it like this:

  • Moisturise as normal
  • Then use primer and/ or any serums
  • Then use POWDER be it tinted or translucent or whatevaa
  • THEN apply foundation or tinted moisturiser or BB cream or whatever the hell you’re using with your hands or a brush or a blender blah blah blah

Yes y’all, you heard me right, powder BEFORE your foundation! It sounds crazy, sure but believe me you will never go back, even if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin (like moi) you may need a slight dusting of powder again to finish. Applying the powder first creates this beautiful matte base so that foundation doesn’t sink into the skin too much (but it doesn’t just sit on top either, don’t worry) so not only do you need less but also it lasts longer! I can’t explain it, it just works. Well it has for me anyway and judging by Twitter, countless others too. Just try it.

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The second tip is the reverse shampoo. You’ve probably read about it somewhere or other, it has had a bit of a buzz so I decided to try it myself. The idea is that when you get in the shower you condition your hair first, leave it in, go about your other business and then shampoo as the final step. Weird, I know. But appaz doing it this way round means that while your hair is still getting all the good nourishing shizz form the conditioner, washing it out with shampoo means it doesn’t leave behind any dulling residue which makes hair limp and lackluster. Also if you use conditioner on your scalp (which I was always told you should never do so have always avoided) washing it out with shampoo technically means it won’t get greasy as quickly and will leave you with more volume as there’s is nothing weighing it down. Sounds miraculous no?
Due to the long life beef I have with my curly, frizzy barnet I’ll try anything. I have to say, it’s pretty good. I didn’t personally see a change in the volume or body of my hair but I think it’s because I skip conditioning my scalp. I’m not too fussed as, as much as I wish I could rock it, big hair doesn’t look that great on me for some reason. Maybe because I’ve got a pretty sizable head already… anyway what I did notice was that my hair felt SQUEAKY clean after shampooing and it dried faster too. After blow drying my hair was noticeably less frizzy and softer and straightening even took less time. It feels glossier and more lightweight, I’ve had a few people commenting in how good it looks and asking if I’ve had it done. I will totally be washing my hair this way from now on! It feels kind of weird putting conditioner onto dirty hair the first time you do it but I got over it my the second time and am really happy with the results.

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So yeah, reversing the order you do your hair and make up? BELIEVE. THE. HYPE!

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