The final week is tools, to be honest it wasn't until a few years ago that I even owned any make up tools other than brushes that came free with eyeshadows/blushers and a pair of tweezers! I used to apply all my base make up with fingers and only ever used pencil eyeliners. While there's nothing wrong with using your fingers, as long as their clean, I find I get a much better finish from brushes. My favourite brands are Real Techniques, MAC and No7 also do some good brushes. I think your better off spending that bit more especially on foundation/powder brushes as the cheaper ones tend to shed leaving you with little hairs all over your face and they are never as soft. Eyeshadow/eyeliner brushes you could get away with budget versions.
These are my favourite brushes for base products. I use a Real Techniques buffing brush or expert face brush for my foundation, the pointed foundation brush for concealer and a MAC 167 for powder. Before I began using Real Techniques brushes I used flat foundation brushes, I much prefer using a buffing style brush as the product doesn't feel as cakey on your face and the finish is so much better! My MAC brush is brilliant, it picks up the right amount of powder/bronzer and has't shed at all.
To contour, highlight and apply blusher I use these three brushes - Real Techniques contour brush and stippling brush and a MAC 166. The contour brush is just the right size for creating depth on your cheeks and is really soft. If I'm wearing cream blusher or highlighter I apply it using the stippling brush and for powder versions a MAC 166. The 166 is angled which makes it much easier to be more precise with powder highlighters.
And finally eye tools - lots of brushes and eyelash curlers but no Real Techniques in sight! I would like to try their starter set with 5 eye brushes in though but I don't think I really need anymore. I don't use tweezers anymore because I have my brows threaded and waxed but I really recommend the Boots own version. I've never tried Tweezerman so can't compare them but the slanted Boots ones are really good, they get even the smallest of hairs and used to last me ages. To apply eyeshadow I use a MAC 217 and No7 Blend & Contour which is a brilliant 217 dupe if you want something a bit more budget friendly. Both are really soft and make applying and blending eyeshadow really easy. To apply eyeshadow along my lower lash line I prefer to use a MAC 239 as it's smaller and flatter so easy to control. To fill in my brows I use a Topshop brush, I'm not sure if this has a name as it just says eyes on the brush! The brush next to it, which is from Asda, is actually for eyebrows but I get a more natural result using a smaller brush so now use this to apply eyeliner along my lash line if I am blending it into a smokey eye. To create winged eyeliner with gel eyeliner I use MAC 210, this tiny brush creates a really precise line. The eyelash curlers are from a past Glossybox, to be honest I hardly use eyelash curlers and can't say I noticed much difference using these from a pair of Boots No7 ones I had.
What brands brushes are your favourites? Hope you have enjoyed my SO Project posts!