If you’re thinking you might want to up your makeup game for 2016, the one thing that makes a huge difference is using the right tools. I’ve picked three of my current fave brands, in case you’re dropping any last minute hints…
Studio 10’s Brushes have long been on my radar, ever since they launched, in fact. They’re super soft, feel so luxurious on the skin and they work so well. Really powerhouses when it comes to makeup application, each one is double-ended and, although each one is labelled for the purpose, they all multi-task beautifully so they take minimal space in your makeup bag. For Christmas, they’ve put all five of their double-ended brushes (which makes ten, really) in a gorgeous faux-snakeskin pouch for the Brush Up set, making a great gift for the makeup lover in your life. The set comes in at £75 but when you consider that bought separately, the five brushes would cost £154, then it’s quite a bargain!
For a spot of guilt free shopping head to charity Look Good Feel Better’s Brushes. Soft synthetic brushes that make applying makeup a breeze; I’m especially in love with the hugely fluffy Powder Brush. The LGFB charity is all about helping cancer sufferers deal with the visible signs treatment. There are 12 bushes in the set, including this Blush Brush, Powder Brush, a lovely pointed Foundation Brush that is a great dupe for my Louise Young Foundation Brush, an Angled Eyeshadow Blending Brush and Angled Contour Brush, Proceeds from the sales (between 8%-12%) go to the charity.
I’ve recently discovered the joys of the Crown Brush range – how on earth did I not before? So well priced and such a large range of brushes, these are the perfect gift both for someone starting out in makeup and for someone adding to their brush collection. I’m in love with their Studio Pro Contour C473 at only £9.99 and their new C475 Silicon Angle Liner ‘brush’ is perfect for applying my gel eyeliner and so easy to keep clean! My other faves include the C431 Precision Pencil Brush to lay down colour in the crease, SS027 DLX Blending Crease Brush to blend it out (which has totally replaced by MAC 217), and the C456 Pointed Blender, perfect for getting concealer into those hard-to-get-to areas around the nose and around the inner eye corner.
Is it time to upgrade your makeup brush collection?
Studio 10 Brush Collection, buy here
Look Good Feel Better Brushes, buy here
Crown Brush range, buy here