I was almost running out of MAC when I bought my first bottle of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I love it. More on why I love it later. The assistant said I should apply with a brush to get a more finished look, and that's how I ended up with the Chanel mini brush set. Sigh there goes my bank account again. Seriously, why am I not on Citibank's valued customer list is beyond me. They earn way too much from me every month.
-- Available at chanel.com
Anyway since the purchase I've been checking out videos and guides on how to apply foundation with a brush and everyone emphasises on the importance of good brushes. Good brushes from MAC and makeup brands cost an arm and leg! I'm too much of a novice to appreciate them so regular brushes will do for me.
Got a big bushy ecotool brush for all over powder.
I know it says blush brush but I'm going to use it for setting powder on my face anyway. :/ I usually dust translucent powder when I wear liquid foundation because I have oily skin and no amount of superior product will keep the shine away. Powder helps.
The brush looks big and fluffy doesn't it?
The Kate eyeliner is great but since I'm such a klutz at makeup it doesn't seem to do much for me. Hmmmmm... It's a fine tipped pen so it's easier for me to fix if I draw a mess.
I've watched enough Lisa Eldridge's videos to know that an angled brush (wrong name?) is great for applying blush. Like she explained, the little fan brush thingy that comes with the blush will probably put blush all over the cheeks instead of just the apples. Absolutely agree with that. I want to look fresh and rosy, not flushed and flustered.
So I bought a real, angled blush brush when I went to Korea! It's fabulous. It's from Nature Republic and only costs 5900won so that's maybe $7. The bristles are a little coarse but it's cheap and good enough for this makeup newb. I'll probably graduate to a more expensive/better brush when I'm better at applying makeup.
I've since gotten some brushes from the Sephora Professional range for concealing and they are very good! I'm still hopeless at eye makeup so that's a whole other set of brushes I don't need to get.
Now comes the big question. How do you clean these brushes? Don't think I should get the entire brush wet with soap. I know I have to wash them once a week but truthfully, I can't remember the last time I washed my makeup sponges. Eeek!
Thankfully there are videos on how to do everything on YouTube!
(Apparently shampoo does the trick!)