Stroke of Genius

There’s no doubt that brushes are a crucial part of any makeup lover’s collection, but knowing which ones to use for what can be difficult if you don’t know much about makeup. So, I thought I would do a blog post letting you know what my favourite essential brushes are and what I use them for!

Over the past few years, I have accumulated a lot of makeup brushes, mostly from Real Techniques, so I feel like I have the right expertise to guide you.

Let’s start with base: I usually apply my foundation or tinted moisturiser with either the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Real Techniques Cheek Brush. These brushes are very similar but do give a different effect to the skin. If I’m looking for a full coverage base, then I will use the buffing brush, as it’s dense and provides an even layer of product. Whereas, if I’m looking for more of a natural finish, I’ll use the Cheek Brush, as it glides the product on nicely.

After foundation, I will always use a cream bronzer and the brush I love to use for this is the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 brush. I received this in a Glossy Box a few months ago and I must admit, it’s a great brush. This brush allows my bronzer to apply evenly on my cheeks and it blends well! Trying more brushes from this brand is at the top of my to do list.

Usually, I’ll blend my under-eye concealer with my finger, as I find that it blends in best that way. However, straight after I will set my undereye concealer with the Real Techniques Angled Highlighter Brush; this is perfect for packing loose powder under my eyes! It grabs a good amount of powder and allows me to lightly bake the concealer! (I also like to use this brush to apply loose powder under my contour!)

Sticking with the powder theme, I have recently been using and loving the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush, which is large, fluffy, and slightly fanned, making it perfect for a light dusting of powder!

Once powdered I will highlight my face, obviously, with the Real Techniques Contour Brush! This brush allows my highlighter to really pop! If you haven’t tried this to highlight, then you need too!

My final favourite face brush has to be the Real Techniques Blush Brush; I LOVE THIS. I’ve been using this brush for over 5 years now and it’s still a firm favourite. Although I don’t use it for blush, it’s the best brush to apply bronzer, as it’s fluffy and tapered which allows for a seamless application!


Left to right- Buffing Brush, Cheek Brush, F20, Angled Highlighter Brush, Multi Task Brush, Blush Brush and Contour Brush.

Now, onto eyes… I usually start my eyes by applying a base cream shadow with the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush; I can’t use this as a crease brush as it’s too big but I find it very easy to use with cream shadows!

Another Real Techniques brush, that I love for the eyes is the Base Shadow Brush. I find this works well for applying shadow on top of the cream to set it down.

Since blending is key, my favourite blending brush of all time has to be the Paula Dorf Sheer Crease Brush. I received this brush as a gift when I travelled to Florida and I love it! It’s so soft and blends my transition shade beautifully into my crease! To deepen my crease, I will then go in with the Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush. I like that this brush is small enough to add a darker detail to my crease or any part of the eye, as the tapered point makes it easier to do detailed work.

Finally, to add detail under my eyes I always reach for Eco Tools Duo Ended Brush; this is perfect to blend product to my undereye area. I use the thinner end to add colour to my lash line and I use the fluffy end to blend it out whilst adding shimmer to my inner corner! I love Eco Tools brushes and I definitely need to purchase more!


Left to right- Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow Brush, Sheer Crease, Base Shadow Brush, Studio Brush, Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush and Eco Tools.

If you can’t tell, I absolutely LOVE Real Techniques brushes. They’re affordable, easy to clean, and good quality – I couldn’t recommend the brand any more! Let me know on Twitter what your favourite makeup brushes are! @Emstagramr

5 thoughts on “Stroke of Genius

  1. Your blog is amazing! I love the Real Techniques brushes but I honestly adore my Primark ones – who would have guessed?! I have heard so much about Eco Tools but I have yet to try them 😦 xx


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