Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Blending Brushes You Need

L-R: Zoeva's '221 Luxe Soft Crease', Zoeva's '227 Luxe Soft Definer', Smashbox 'Full Exposure' & Royal & Langnickel's 'Crease' Brush.

Making the best of your make-up starts with having the right tools. Whether you're a frequent eyeshadow wearer or just one for that little sweep on occasion then may I introduce you to your new best friend - The blending brush. 

As far as make-up application is concerned, 9 times out of 10 you need to blend you shadows and blend them real good. Harsh lines aren't very flattering and even if you think you can cut corners by thinking this is only needed when you are wearing different shades - think again. Softening out the edges are crucial for a professional and more pristine look to your eye make-up. So, enough of why you need to do it and now onto what you do it with..

If you aren't aware of the industry's holy grail brush it goes by the number '217' from MAC. A slightly tapered, fluffy white brush, this baby may be the answer to all of your blending prayers but it doesn't come cheap. I found myself investing in that very brush a few years ago but have rarely even used it since falling in love with not just more affordable but also, more effective versions. The basic requirements are small to medium sized, fluffy, tapered, slightly dense and soft to the touch. Yes all of the above look very different not just from each other but also in comparison to the 217 but dependant on the look you're going for or the blended finish you're after - this will vary. The Royal and Langnickle brush is amazing for a really diffused finish but distributes the colour further out whereas the Zoeva variations don't take the colour very far since they cover a smaller surface area. Not forgetting the Smashbox brush which is made to sit comfortably through the crease and is FREE with one of my favourite palettes of all time - Full Exposure.

That may seem a lot to take in but the moral of the story is that yes, you need good quality tools for good quality make-up but at the same token - it doesn't need to cost your soul.

- Rupinder xo


  1. I really need to invest into some good blending brush soon!

  2. Another great mac 217 'dupe' is no7 blend and contour with a voucher you can get it as cheap as £3 plus 3 for 2 so £6 for 3 brushes!! I love mine!!

    Great post, might need to invest in some of these, a girl can't have enough blending brushes.