So we are familiar with the fact I love blush yes? If I can just take one makeup item with me on a desert island it would likely be blush – just don’t make me choose which one!
No really, don’t! :P
So, what brushes do I use on a daily basis to apply my blushes? Here is an insight into the ones I use regularly.
Ecotools Bamboo Blush Brush (link to review)
This one’s a winner in my book. I use it for every single blush, whether it is a pigmented one or a non pigmented one. For pigmented blushes, I just tap it on the surface and apply with a light hand to buff it in. For less pigmented blushes, I swipe it across the powder and the buff it in.
It works like a charm and I am really thinking of getting a backup. Its quite perfect for the price. You can read my previous review by clicking on the link above.
Shu Uemura #17 Pony Blush Brush
I have a love-hate relationship with this one. I bought it many years ago in Hong Kong (it was cheaper there) but what I really wanted was the #20 which is bigger and fluffier. However, I’ve since learned through experimentation, that this little flat brush works very well for precise placement of blush on the cheekbones and it works for me with pigmented blushes. I like taking this one along when I travel because its small. I can’t recall the price anymore (but its likely to have gone up anyway)
Anna Sui Flat Top blush brush #2 (discontinued) (link to review)
Its sad that this brush is discontinued, because its a great brush for use with light or lesser pigmented blushes. It applies powder blush more densely hence working better with powder blushes that are light and the flat top makes it easy to buff in the blush for a beautiful glowy look.
Lumiere Duo Fibre/Skunk brush (link to review)
I do not use this very regularly. When I do use it, its with very very strong blushes or cream blushes. I’m experimenting with the latter and this gives a natural glowy look without depositing too much colour.
All that said, I usually only use 1 blush brush nearly everyday and that’s the one by Ecotools shown above. Personally, I’d recommend it, if you just want 1 blush brush. Its inexpensive, longlasting, and works with a multitude of blushes depending on how you use it. I can even use it with strong coloured blushes. Here’s how.
How I use regular blush brushes with strong colored blush
I TAP not swipe or press the brush on the surface of the blush, shake off excess powder and apply it on the skin, blending as I go. I add colour if I need it and I make sure I blend like crazy – thats the key. This way, I’ve never found a real need for a duo fibre/skunk brush even though I do own 2.
So these are the blush brushes in my current rotation. Most mornings, I pick my blush first then reach for the brush from my brush holder. Most times, I don’t even bother thinking about which brush goes with which blush – I just make them work as I go.
What blush brushes are your favourite? Do you have a blush brush you’d like to rave about?