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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Starting Off: Makeup Tools

Heyyy beauts!  Aww, can't believe it's the final week of #theSOproject.  What is going on?  10 weeks have passed in an absolute blur!  It's gonna be Christmas before we know it!  Anyhow, last but not least we have Makeup Tools.  Without the right tools, we will all look like fools.  Hehehehhhh see what I did there?Awful, just awful! ha!  No seriously though, when it comes to makeup, choosing the right tools is essential.  For this post I'm not gonna ramble on about every single makeup brush/tool out there as quite frankly I don't even know them all and it would take until next October just to comprise the list.  For this post, I'll give a rundown of the basic tools I think you would need in your starter kit.

Basic Tools for a good #SO kit

Stippling/Buffing Brush - Now I wouldn't say this is essential, but I wanted to put it in as I literally couldn't live without my buffing brush to apply my liquid foundation.  Like I said, not essential as you could just use your fingers (like I did for many years), but a brush honestly makes your foundation apply and look so much better.

L to R - MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush - £33.50
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (part of the Core Collection) - £21.99
E.L.F. Studio StippleBrush - £3.75

Powder Brush - A good powder brush is a must, especially for those with oily skin who need to use powder to set their makeup. You can get them that aren't too big that can be used for all over face powder, blusher, bronzer.  A good multi tasker.

L to R - Mac 150 Large Powder Brush - £33.50
Real Techniques Powder Brush £10.99
Seventeen Powder Brush - £3

Blusher Brush - Everyone loves a bit of blusher don't they.  This can also be doubled up for bronzing and contouring to begin with.

L to R - MAC 116 Blush Brush - £27
The Body Shop Blusher Brush - £12
Real Techniques Blush Brush - £9.99


Flat Eyeshadow Brush - For packing on that all important colour onto the eye lid.

L to R - MAC 213 Fluff Brush - £18
Real Techniques Shading Brush - £7.99
E.L.F Flat Eyeshadow Brush - £1.50

Domed Eyeshadow Blending Brush -  For blending out any harsh lines, crease work and can even be used for concealer.

L to R - MAC 217 Blending Brush - £18
The Body Shop Eyeshadow Blender Brush - £10
E.L.F. Blending Eye Brush - £1.50

I'm sure many people will argue that there's a few others that deserve to be in the beginners lineup, but for me, this is all I need for a basic kit.  For instance, I could easily manage on holiday if I just took these along with me.  Theres a couple of brushes (for example; contour brush) that I use on a regular basis, but I could manage without it by multitasking with the others.  My favourite face brushes are the Real Techniques ones.  I have one MAC brush that I absolutely LOVE but of course I just can't afford them all.  The Real Techniques ones are AMAZING quality at such an affordable price.  There's a reason that everyone who's anyone in blog world owns at least one RT brush.

Sooo.. thats it.  Hope it makes sense and hope I haven't left any major brushes out of the mix haha.  I know I've already said this but can't believe this wonderful project has come to an end.  I've really enjoyed making these posts and I've honestly learnt a lot whilst reading up on each topic and reading everyone else's.  Hope you've enjoyed reading and look forward to the next project... ;-)

Pssst .. #TheWinterProject - a follow up to #theSOproject organised by the lovely Kellie over at Bold95Beauty starts next week!  Keep an eye out for the new posts and if you can... GET INVOLVED! :)


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