Clients are always asking me what brushes to use on particular areas of the face and also which ones they need to invest in, so I've decided to put together a piece explaining which ones I recommend to get, and what exactly they are used for.
I'm using Mac products for this post as I worked with the brand for years and the majority of the brushes in my kit are Mac. I really rate their brush collection but there are loads of other more affordable brands which I have mentioned here if your budget won't stretch this far.
I've selected a few brushes that you can buy to achieve pretty much any eye make up look easily.
And I would possibly suggest buying these individually, instead of going for a set, as nine times out of ten, the sets will leave you with brushes you never use.
It's also vital to invest in a good brush cleaner. When you look after your brushes, they will last you a lifetime. I've my brushes for about eight years and they are still going strong because I mind them. So look out for my article on how to look after them that will be coming soon.
Here are the four brushes that I wouldn't leave home without.
#217 Blending Brush (€26)
This one is possibly my favourite brush of all time. I have about five of them, most worn down from all the make up and faces I have worked on over the years but all still usable.
Your blending brush is vital as it's the brush you use to create that seamless smoky effect. It is used in the socket line of your eye in a small circular motion, clockwise and anti clockwise which of course we know is referred to as 'blending'.
And it's also a lovely brush to use to buff in your under eye concealer and to clean up under the eye area.
#219 Pencil Brush (€28)
Your pencil brush is used for defining the crease, inner corner (tear duct) and under the eye detail. Again it's an important brush to have for intricate detail in your eye make up.
#239 Eye Shader Brush (€28)
Your eye shader brush is for 'packing' on your shadow. You will get a much fuller coverage with a flat brush than you will with a fluffy one. It's used for applying your base, and shadow on to the lid and under the brow bone.
#263 Small Angle Brush (€22)
Your angle brush is for shaping and filling in your brows and also for applying eye liner. It's great for a prefect wing liner effect, or for fine detail under the lower lash line/inside the water line, both upper and lower.
With these four brushes you can pretty much create any eye make up look you will ever need to do. We will be launching our video tutorials in the new year and I can't wait to do one based on this article.
And if there are any techniques that you would like to see in particular, make sure to comment in the box below and let me know!
How many brushes are you in your kit? Which ones do you use the most? And are you as brush obsessed as I am? To the comments!