Deep Cleaning Brushes

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I know cleaning makeup brushes isn’t the most enjoyable task in the would of makeup but it is necessary. I clean my brushes two ways, I deep clean with shampoo to get rid of makeup, oil and moisturiser and I spot clean my brushes, mainly eye brushes. To deep clean my brushes I generally use baby shampoo because it’s gentle and thorough but you can use any shampoo you have in your bathroom. I think it’s best to clean face brushes, especially foundation and concealer brushes regularly to prevent breakouts. I tend to wash these brushes every other day because I really don’t want blemishes but every week is generally advised. Foundation brushes sometimes need to cleaned a few times before it’s completely clean of all product.

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes?


New Real Techniques Launches

Real Techniques is probably the best budget brush range and in my opinion can rival some high end brush ranges. If you watch the Pixiwoo Sisters, you’ll know that Nicola has recently joined her sister in the brush range and there are going to be some new launches. From what I can gather online some of the new launches have already hit US shops, there seems to be four new brushes added to the original line up. I found them on the Ulta website so if your going to States it might be worth checking to see if you can get your hands on them.

The most of interesting of the brushes is the Silicone Eye Liner Brush which is designed to make gel and cream liner application smoother and gentler on the eyelid. I’ve never heard of a silicone eye liner brush but I’m intrigued to give it a try. The other three brushes in the range are retractable which are great for chucking in handbags because they have lids to keep them clean. There is a retractable Kabuki Brush, Bronzing Brush and Lip Brush (this would be great for applying concealer on the go).

I don’t know when or if these are going to hit UK shops but hopefully it will be soon.

I can’t find a link for the lip brush.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

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RT Stippling Brush 2 with title

I, like most people, love the Real Techniques brushes. I have a quite few of them already and I use them almost everyday. The Stippling Brush is the latest edition to my collection. I used to have the Sigma stippling brush and I really wasn’t a fan because it made foundation look heavy and cakey. I decided to get the Real Techniques version to apply cream blusher.

The Real Techniques brushes are my favourites because they’re synthetic, I’m not a fan of natural bristles. I’ve found this brush is the best way to apply cream blush because it applies easily and blends into skin to look like a natural flush.

I also used to apply foundation and its amazing. This brush made my foundation look flawless but completely natural and unperceivable on the skin. I was so pleased with the results, I’ve bought another just for foundation.

Like all Real Techniques brushes, it’s really easy to clean and it dries super quick.

The Stippling Brush is £11.99, which I think is a great price for brush of such good quality

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

real techniques experrt face brushI’m a huge fan of Real Techniques make up brushes, like everyone else. The quality of the brushes are brilliant and the price is pretty good too.

I’ve been the Expert Face brush to apply foundation for quite a while and I love it, I bought a second one to keep in my bag. I use it every morning to apply either foundation or tinted moisturiser (I’m not a massive fan of using my fingers) and to blend in foundation or correct cream blusher. I wanted a second one to carry around with me because I only carry a little pot of foundation in case of make-up emergencies and heap of concealers and this brush will just help perfect everything on the go.

Sometimes during the day make-up can start to look patchy or just generally a bit tired so I like to apply concealer to the areas which need a helping hand (around the nose, blemishes and dark circles) and quickly blend with the brush.

The brush is made from synthetic fibres which means it doesn’t soak up product and it’s very easy to clean and quick to dry. The bristles are tightly packed which means foundation just disappears into the skin for a completely flawless finish.