Beauty brushes 101
Kabuki, stippling, angled, silicone... there are SO many bushes in our beauty tool arsenal - and we know it can be a little confusing if you don't know how to use them all. So, to help you make more informed choices - and aid in the discovery of your new favourite foundation applicator - we've a full run down of our range. From names to functions, and tips to techniques, you'll be a beauty buff in no time.
Before we commence, let’s talk about how gorge these babies are to look at. With it’s on-trend rose gold-tone hardware and sleek, matte black shaft, our latest range will lend a glamorous edge to any beauty bag. But what are we even saying? You can see for yourself what a striking set these beautifying instruments make...
Powder foundation brush £1.50, double end smokey brush £1.50, foundation brush £1.50, eyebrow & lash groomer £1, stippling brush £1.50
Powder foundation brush
It’s officially illegal to use a liquid foundation brush to apply powder foundation... Okay, maybe not exactly ‘illegal’, but it's definitely a no-no. This brush is designed for powdered cosmetics, which means liquid foundation will not sit well with the bristles. We beg you, allow this brush to fulfil its destiny - don’t dabble in cosmetic cross-contamination!
Double-end smokey eye brush
Whether it’s a red carpet-worthy blend of charcoal hues, or a shimmer of neutral shades for day, this double-end eye shadow brush will help you perfect the smokey eye. Use the small brush to apply dark colours along the crease of your eyelid, and then blend with the larger brush.
Double-end concealer & foundation brush
And for those of you who find cosmetic cross-contamination an all-too-likely eventuality, or you’re committed to a ‘one brush suits all’ approach, this one’s for you. Our double-ended foundation and concealer brush is an on-the-go saviour, and will curb your naughty one-brush habit. Best of all, two tools in one means you can save space in your beauty bag for more make-up!
Eyebrow and lash groomer
This old faithful remains a staple for most make-up mavericks. Designed for combing brows and keeping your lashes bat-worthy, the double-ended essential is a make-up bag mainstay.
This relative newbie on the brush scene is a bit of chameleon. The bristles are densely packed at the base, but disperse neatly into a soft brush, making it ideal for liquid-based products that need to be evenly distributed. Depending how firm you are, the stippling brush can provide natural-looking coverage, or an all-out airbrushed finish. Use in sweeping circular motions to buff products onto your skin for a flawless a finish.
Our blusher brush features soft, widespread bristles to allow for a light dusting of powder-based blush – sweep across cheeks gently for a natural look, or firmly for a more pronounced finish.
Blusher brush £2, silicone foundation brush £1.50, stippling brush £1.50, concealer brush £1, angled brow brush £1
This spatula-like silicone tool is another newcomer. Its strengths lie in its ability to smoothly apply thick, heavy-duty liquid products with ease. We love this little saviour – it’s great for occasion make-up and nights out, when selfies are non-optional!
If you’re using your foundation brush to apply concealer too, you might want to sit up and listen. The consistencies of these two base products are not compatible with the same brush! Although similar to a foundation brush, with its tightly packed bristles, our concealer brush is designed to provide strong coverage. The bristles on a foundation brush are less dense, which means concealer will be dispersed, and have less of an impact when applied.
Angled brow brush
Eyebrows are still commanding a lot of attention in the beauty industry and our obsession with perfect brows has spawned an array of accessories. Our angled brow brush serves two nifty purposes – to brush and fill brows.
If you didn’t already know, our beauty department’s offer far exceeds the above. As well as insanely good cosmetics, we’ve a plethora of handy knick-knacks and accessories. From travel-size decanters, to face wipes and hygiene essentials, you can get your bathroom cabinet well and truly stocked. See more must-haves below, and be sure to flick through our How To series for inspo!