Thursday, 2 April 2015

My Holy Grail Eye Brushes

Makeup tools are so important, and an absolute necessity, you cannot expect to achieve a gorgeous smoky eye by blending eyeshadows with your fingers, unless your an absolute pro. Today I thought I would share with you my holy grail eye brushes that I use on a daily basis, and tell you why I love them so much.

I haven't gone into great detail on how to use each brush and what each brush can do, however if you do want me to do this in a follow up post I will be more than happy to.

Left - Right | Zoeva 228 | Zoeva 227 | Sigma E45 | MAC 217

Zoeva 227 Soft Definer Brush // £6.95
I love this brush for firstly setting my eye primer, and secondly for buffing at the edges of my eye shadow to ensure there's no tell tale harsh lines hanging around. This brush is super soft and very fluffy so is ideal for none precise work like blurring out edges. I use this every day, even it's its just to set the concealer on my lids.  I under stand if your baffled at the thought of setting your eye primer, but trust me when I say the blending time and effort will be halved.

Zoeva 228 Crease Brush // £6.95
I use this brush to apply my transition, or bridge shades, this is a large fluffy brush which has a very subtle tapered end. It defuses product in the upper crease perfectly and essentially blends as you go. The bristles are soft, fluffy and not densely packed together, which means the eye shadow will apply more sheer, making applying transition shades fool proof.

MAC 217 // £19
This is hands down my favourite crease brush of life, I have tried others but I always come back to this. I know the price point is quite steep but it is 100% worth every penny. The bristles are short, stiff and densely packed, this allows you to place the product more precisely and with more pigment. I have washed and rewashed this brush hundreds of times, to the point where it has fallen apart, if you watch my YouTube tutorials I'm sure you'll have spotted it being held together by surgical tape.

Sigma E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush // £10.95
The bristles on this brush are pear shaped, thickest at the base of the brush and gradually tapering to a small precise point. I use this mostly when applying dark shades, as I really want my colours to be blended out and seamless. This pointed tip means you can pin point where you want to blend, it also means you dont over blend and take the colour too high up past the crease and towards the brow bone.
Left - Right | NYX B21 | No. 7 | Zoeva 232 | Zoeva 230

Zoeva 232 Classic Shader Brush // £6.95
You need this brush in your life when working with pigments wet or dry, or when your want to densely pack on a colour. Its bristles are shaped into an almond making applying colour up to your crease an easy task. The bristles are synthetic, flat and extremely densely packed, this means it will not steal any product from you when applying to the lid. If you ever wonder why your eye shadows are not as pigmented as when you swatch it, try switching your brush and I'm sure you'll notice a huge difference.

No 7 Eye Shadow Brush // Really Old
This is probably the most classic and historical shape eye brush, one I'm sure you all have in your makeup stash. This brush is ideal for applying a wash of colour, the bristles are less densely packed and more fluffy meaning it will steal some product from you and not deposit it all. This is great if you do not want to commit to a full colour or if you just want a hint of a colour on the lids.

NYX B21 // £6.50
This is techniqually an eyeliner brush but I use it to pack colour underneath my lower lashes, I find when working with dark or bold colours it's much more effective than a pencil brush. The bristles are synthetic, flat and squared off making it the ideal shape to press colour under your lashes.

Zoeva 230 Luxe Pencil Brush // £6.95
I use this brush for a multitude of things, crease work, blending, smudging, highlighting, you name it. This is a petite tapered ended brush making it ideal for adding and blending small amount of product. It works great for very precise blending, where you want to blend the colour without diffusing it around. It also works great for smudging and blending under the lower lashes, as well as adding a subtle wash of colour.

What are your holy grail eye brushes and why?
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