Blogstar entry: a brush with perfection
I have always been a makeup addict. Some of my earliest memories involve raiding my mother’s Avon case, adorning my cheeks with feverishly pink circles and trying to put lipstick on the cat. This early experience taught me two things: one - cats do not like lipstick, or being sat on while it is applied, and two –makeup is like a toy you never have to give up.
I love the ritual of starting with a clean face and spending quiet “me time”. I love the possibilities, deciding between a smoky eye, a bright lip, a fresh no-makeup look – who will I be today? I love the idea that I can enhance my features and increase my confidence, all in a seemingly very grown-up way, when all the while I am secretly indulging in playtime, fuelled by bright colours and soft brushes reminiscent of kindergarten.
Over the years I have amassed a wonderful “toy box” of every conceivable cosmetic, collecting enough to sink a ship (or make up several thousand uncooperative cats), but my favourites would have to be my brushes. I discovered brushes quite late, I figured I was doing fine without them so why would I bother? One day I tried a foundation brush and I realised what all the hype was about - it made application quicker and easier, I used less product, and my skin looked amazing. I was hooked! I bought some eye brushes and found the same thing; I could achieve a better result in a quarter of the time, just by using the right tools for the job.
Of course, being obsessed means I bought WAY too many brushes, and have found my favourites over time. Most come down to personal preference, but for the uninitiated I would recommend starting with a great foundation brush, and a couple of eye brushes.
My number one? My Sigma F80 foundation brush – airbrushed perfection! I have never found another brush that compares.
For eyes: If you use the sponge applicators for eye shadow, that’s cool, but to make your life easier I can recommend a pencil brush like the mac 219, which is great for smoky lining and precise shading, and a tapered blending brush like mac’s 217, which quickly and perfectly applies shadows in and above the crease, something that takes forever with sponge applicators.
Since starting my collection I have gradually moved up the quality ladder to indulge myself in some truly heavenly Hakuhodo brushes that are some of my most prized possessions. My grandmother always told me to buy the best sheets and the fluffiest towels, because you use these things every day, and they make ordinary daily activities feel like luxury. My brushes make applying my makeup easier, better, and more fun. It feels indulgent and special. It also makes me feel like the kid with the best toys!
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