If you have been floating around the internet for a while now, you'll most likely have heard of the MAC 217, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and the Sigma E45. These are all amazing brushes, well deserving of the copious accolades they have received. However, I'm here today to tell you about some often overlooked but, equally amazing brushes that you never knew you needed (but, most definitely do). Credit cards at the ready, ladies, things are about to get spendy!
Louise Young LY20 Super Fan Brush - This supersized fan brush may seem a bit on the ridiculous side but, it's cut and tapered in such a way that it makes achieving that perfect highlight a doddle. It's thicker, looser and softer than most fan brushes and this imparts a beautiful candlelit glow effect on the skin. It's also incredibly versatile and works well with both powder and bronzer.
Make Up For Ever 130 Large Powder Brush - Pricey at €50, you might be hesitant to shell out for this big bad boy but, trust me, this is the best powder brush on the market. Super soft and super big, it collects and deposits just the right amount of powder that ensures you look naturally mattified and not overly cakey. This is effortless make-up at its best.
Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush - Another ridiculously large brush but, a must-have for this very reason. Pair this with any foundation and you will achieve flawless, perfect coverage every time in next to no time at all. You can buff, blend and pull foundation across the skin thanks to its longer, loosely packed bristles and domed top. It's the best of every type of foundation brush in one.
MAC 127 Large Fluff Brush - I've long extolled the virtues of this domed shadow brush. It is the brush for creating a perfect browbone highlight as its densely packed, truncated fan shape fits perfectly into the arch of the brow while the larger size automatically blends colour into highlight for a perfect gradiated shading.
MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush - When this brush first launched it was limited edition and so, like the fool that I was for MAC, I bought it without doing any research. It sat idle in my brush caddy until one day in late 2013 I decided to try and blend out my undereye concealer with it. The rest, as they say, is history. This is a stunted duo fibre that is tightly packed and has little give through the bristles, except at the very tips where a combination of dragging and buffing motions will yield a very airbrushed, perfected finish. I can't recommend it enough for correcting and concealing those pesky bags.