Tools of The Trade: Choosing the best make-up brushes for you


When it comes to a flawless face, its not just all about the make-up!!  Gorgeous make-up is as much about the tools you use as the products you apply.  Make-up brushes make all the difference when it comes to achieving perfect flawless application but with so many brands and different types of brushes on the market, its hard to decide which tools are the best for you.  I have to admit up until a few years ago I was one of those people who bought a cheap budget set with around 5 or 6 brushes and probably only ever used 2 of them because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.  

There are so many considerations when taking the plunge and investing in a good set of brushes. How do you choose the best brushes for you??  What’s the difference between synthetic and natural brushes??  Below are some tips to get you started:

Natural Brushes

Made from:  These brushes are made of natural animal hair.

Benefits:  Natural hair contains cuticles, which have great pick-up and blending properties. Cuticles help lift and absorb powdery pigment along with your skin’s oils and blend them seamlessly across the face, creating a natural, non-blotchy look. The hair is also super soft and makes for easy blending on the face.  Natural brushes are extremely durable, getting better the more you use them.

Best Use: Works best for powder products from bronzers to eyeshadows, setting powder, highlight and everything in between – great for blending.

Synthetic Brushes

Made From:  These brushes are typically made of man-made materials like nylon, taklon or polyester fibres.

Benefits:  Unlike natural brushes, synthetic brushes don’t have any cuticles – the bristles naturally gravitate toward each other, allowing for more precise, smooth and streak-free application.

Best Use:  Synthetic brushes are best used with liquid or cream products, such as foundation, concealer, cream blush, cream eyeshadows and gel eyeliner – they won’t trap make-up which will save you money in the long run as they use less product.


These are a few of my favourite brushes on the market:

Zoeva Luxe Complete Set

I love Zoeva brushes and at £99 this set is quite pricey but a great investment, with the Luxe Complete Set you get the best of both with 15 professional brushes for face and eyes made of both, natural and synthetic bristles.  

Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set

For a good quality, durable brush set, look no further than Sephora.  Sephora currently doesn’t have any stores in the UK so I picked up this set when I was on holiday in Miami a couple of years ago.  These brushes are synthetic and around £40, a bargain considering what you get for your money – that’s just over £5 per brush!!  Sephora stores are in most countries outside the UK, however, shipping is available at a cost.

Crown Brush 501 Master Set

If your looking to splash out on more of a complete set of brushes then Crown Brush has some fantastic options.  I invested in this master set which is made up of both natural and synthetic brushes.  This has everything you need to get started, the brushes are great quality and extremely durable.  The 501 Master Set is £122.99, quite expensive but with 30 brushes its a great investment.

Real Techniques Core Collection 1403

Looking for something small and inexpensive to get you started?  Real Techniques have a great selection of brushes, you can also buy individual brushes to top up your collection.  You will find Real Techniques at most Boots and Superdrug stores on the high street.  This Core Collection set is a great way to get started and a bargain at £21.99!!

Tips+icon+jpeg Top Tip:  Always make time to wash your brushes, there are lots of solutions and products available online but I find Johnson’s Baby Shampoo does the job just fine – use a pea sized amount with luke warm water and rinse thoroughly.


Until next time,

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