Sunday, 22 September 2013

Insight my Kit: Brushes

After many requests asking me to post about what I use in terms of brushes, I've finally found the time and succumbed. Brushes are integral to any makeup artist and I'd like to point out that what I use for myself doesn't necessarily mean it's suitable for others. But since you asked, here it is!
These are my babies and forms only a portion of my collection. I am what you can crudely refer to as a brush whore! I simply adore them! I collect them as I travel and develop throughout my career. I cannot and will not feature every single brush but here's a selection of what I find myself using day to day on jobs at the moment. There's quite a few so let's start shall we?

Skin/Complexion Brushes
(L-R) MAC 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush, MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush, MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush, Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Face Brush, Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer, Shu Uemura 18 Brush, Shu Uemura 14 Synthetic Brush, Shu Uemura 10 Synthetic Brush.

These are what I'd call complexion brushes simply because I use them for foundation or perfecting the complexion. Use to stroke, buff, stipple & polish till your desired finish.

Complexion Colour Brushes
(L-R) MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, Daniel Sandler Waterbrush, Old Lancome Duo Fibre Blush Brush, Shiseido Blush Brush.

I use these to add colour to the face so it includes blush, bronzer, contour and highlighter.

Complexion Finishing Brushes
(L-R) SUQQU Face Brush, Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush, Shu Uemura 17 Powder Brush, Wayne Goss No 2 Powder Brush, Stillazi Large Shadow Brush, Paris-Berlin No 30 Blush Dome.

The selection above I use for overall powdering, polishing and spot application of powder products to the face.

Eye/Detail Brushes
(L-R) MAC 217 Blending Brush,  MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, MAC 231 Small Shader Brush, MAC 219 Pencil Brush, old MAC Angled Brush, MAC 266 Small Angle Brush, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, old Shu Uemura Brow Brush.
(L-R) Madina Eye Contour Brush, Laura Mercier Eye Crease Travel Brush, Raphael Brushes for the next 6, Shiseido Eye Shadow Brush, SUQQU Eye Shadow Brush F.

These are some of my most used brushes for detail work on eyes. Some of them are not designed for makeup but I've found to be perfect for my techniques.

Lip Brushes

(L-R) Numeric Proof 120, Ruby & Millie Lip Brush, Shu Uemura Lip Brush.

Of all the lip brushes I always keep coming back to these three. They suit my technique and have served me well for years. 

So there you go, my most used brushes at this current stage in my career. I have lots more to test and many will make it to my daily routine, many will not. I am sure there will be more undiscovered ones. I hope you've enjoyed this post and I'd love to hear your thoughts so please comment! 


  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to share that Kenneth. What a fascinating collection! We think you've gone a long way to de-mystify makeup brushes - people get worried about having the exact right brushes for the job. After reading your post and seeing your awesome photos, the best advice would seem to be "Build a collection, use them and love them". Thanks again!

    1. Thanks for the kind comment. Def love your brushes, I've had some of mine since I started 20 years ago and they're still in great condition. X

  2. Hello,

    Do you have any recommendations for lip brushes to give a nice crisp line (like in this image:

    Or would you recommend using a lip pencil for this kind of look?
    I want to go for the wine lipstick look, but not look like I stained my face with a glass of merlot :x
    And on that note... do you know of any lipsticks similar to the shade in the photo? The colour is gorgeous!!
    Thank you so much

    1. Hi Celine, there's so many brands all doing that shade. When I did shows in London, Milan & Paris, it didn't matter which brush you used, we all achieved that same crisp line. I think it means that it's all about the practice and yes using a liner first def helps. Just make sure you colour in the lips first before applying the lipstick. As for the shade, the best thing is to go try them at a beauty hall. It depends on your skintone etc. Just go cooler with a blue tone shade so it doesn't make your teeth look yellow. Anything with wine, bourdeaux, claret are all good guides. x

    2. Hi Kenneth,
      Thank you for your advice! I'll definitely be making a trip to the beauty hall now :)
      p.s. I only recently discovered your blog and I love it! I'm currently reading all your backdated entries heehee :p

    3. Thanks Celine that's really kind of you to say! Glad someone's reading my blabberings! Lol x

  3. So happy you are back!

    1. I'm so glad to be back, it's just been crazy with work to juggle both. Thanks x

  4. What do you suggest are the best products for preping your skin (oily+acne prone) on everyday basis?

    1. It really depends. We have to strip it all the way down to skincare. Make sure you moisturise with a good mosituriser that doesn't give too much shine. Try brands like La Roche-Posay and Bioderma. And it's about applying products like primers that either control shine or pore refine. There's quite a few out there but the above 2 brands both great & affordabel ranges for oily skin types. I hope that helps.

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    1. Of course! I love them but the handles are a bit bulky so I only carry them with me when I have special usage for them. They're not in my everyday kit.