I thought I’d wrap up the year with a series of posts about my Favorite Things, in the world of makeup and skin care. We’ll start with Brushes:
I found two real gems this year, the most recent just last week. Topping my list of favorite foundation brushes are the Cover FX Powder Foundation Buffing Brush, and the Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.
I like them both for different reasons. Both require a minimal amount of product to deliver maximum results. Both have essentially the same shape, and are made from the same material (goat hair), but differ in size. I love the Cover FX version for ‘all over’ sweeping coverage. I love the Tom Ford version for precision coverage. Both offer an ‘airbrushed’ finish with cream and liquid foundations. I imagine the Cover FX one would also work with powder foundation, as I believe that’s what it’s actually designed for. But I love them both… and to tell you the truth… I may never go back to a traditional ‘flat’ foundation brush again.
Bobbi Brown Powder Brush
This was one of the first professional brushes that I bought (back in 1997) when I decided to get serious about my craft. I still have it. It’s phenomenal for precision work, and delivers just enough powder to specific areas. I prefer it to ‘fluffy’ powder brushes because I can really deposit product where I need it, without worrying that it’ll end up somewhere I don’t want it.
Haughty Cosmetics ‘Put Your Game Face On’
This brush blows away it’s better known competition (see: Shu Uemura and Chanel) for two reasons: Density and precision. The ‘curve’ of the bristles (they go ‘in’ instead of splaying ‘out’) allows me to deposit color right where I need it. And because the brush head is so dense, I pick up a ‘lot’ of product on the first try. No need to layer.
Plus I love the name. Put Your Game Face On… indeed!
Armani Brush in #14 (small head)
This is listed as a ‘concealer’ brush, but I find it works well with pigments and for precision work with powder and cream eyeshadows.
Armani #21 (medium head)
Love this brush for sweeping color across the lids. Does well with blending too, thanks to its dense head.
Chanel #11 (large head)
I’m not even sure if they make this brush anymore. I love it for getting a lot of product on a wide space. It covers much of the lid (and part of the crease) nicely.
Armani #27 (crease)
The head on this brush is much smaller in person, and really gets into the crease. It’s replaced my former favorite (MAC Pencil Brush) because the hairs are softer and easier on the eyes.
MAC 210 (liner)
I have yet to find a better liner brush than this. I’ve had mine for YEARS, and it never disappoints. The line is always sharp and precise. I love it.
By Terry Angled Brush (brows):
I don’t know how By Terry did it, but while many of my angled brushes have begun to fray… the hairs on this brush remain stiff and highly precise. I use this brush more often than not… it always gets the line sharp and right where I need it.
Armani #22 (fluffy crease brush)
I like this one because despite its ‘fluffy’ nature, my blending always comes out very precise with this brush. I use it to soften hard lines or blend colors together. Love it.
Shu Uemura 6M
Now, I’m pretty sure that my brush is sable. This one (in the picture) is synthetic. I think that Shu Uemura may have changed their brush heads over the years. Mine is more than 10 years old… LOL But it still performs beautifully.
Like the By Terry brush, the angle on this brush continues to stay sharp. It always gives me the perfect contour, on myself or clients. Despite the many many MANY times I’ve used and cleaned it, it’s never lost its shape.
NARS Ita Kabuki Brush
This is a recent discovery. I had no idea that this brush would work so well for highlighting. But I find that brushing ‘down’ the highlight with this flat brush (instead of blending ‘up’ like most people tend to do), puts the highlight right where I need it, and keeps it from traveling too far into the eye area, or covering the actual apples of the cheeks. It’s very precise, and it’s definitely one of my favorites.
That’s it! Those are my top picks for Brushes for 2011. Ciao for now!