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My Top 10 Make Up Brushes from Blank Canvas

When I first started doing make up you were quite limited when it came to buying affordable make up brushes. My first set of brushes were MAC brushes which are good but a bit on the pricey side.

Over the last few years a few new make up brush ranges came in to my radar and Blank Canvas was one of them. The first brush I tried was their best selling F20 brush which is still my ultimate favourite foundation brush to use both on myself and on my clients.

I am always asked to share my 'must have' make up brushes so I have compiled  a list of my top 10. Not everyone reading this is a make up artist (who can never have enough brushes) so with that in mind the list is also a complete set of make up brush essentials that will make up a full set for the average lady.

I am collaborating with meaghers.ie for this blog as they are offering 20% off brushes until  Feb 26th.

  1.F20 Buffer Brush

As I said this was the first Blank Canvas brush I tried and the one that got me in to the brand in the first place. It is an amazing foundation brush that will make blending extremely easy even for a complete novice.

14.99€

2. F15 Small Tapered

I use this brush for blusher mainly and I love the tapered tip. It is also a good one for applying your powder highlighters too.

14.99€

3. F28 Fluffy Powder/ Contour brush

I use this brush for a few different reasons, mainly highlighting using powders. if you need to apply extra coverage anywhere using a powder this is the brush I would use. its also a great large fluffy brush for blending eyeshadow too.

7.99€

4. F39 Dome Powder Brush

A fluffy powder brush is essential for achieving a flawless finish to your skin. Once your foundation is on you need to set it with a translucent powder and this is the brush for the job. You can also use this brush for a really soft contour using a matte bronzer.

14.99€

5. F13 Small face/eye blending brush

This is one of my favourite brush to use for conceal and adding extra coverage using a cream concealer. I use it to blend under the eyes and also for buffing over spots for amazing full coverage. This style brush is much better to use then a flat concealer brush for coverage in my opinion.

7.99€

6.E28 Ultra Fine liner brush

This brush is my favourite liner brush to use when I am using gel liners like the Inglot gel liner no.77. It has a really fine pointed top so makes a tricky thing to do a little bit easier.

6.99€

7. E25 Round Top Blending Brush

If you are going to buy one brush for your eyes make it this one. It makes blending so easy and iterally does the hard work for you. There is nothing worse then harsh unblended eyeshadow and this brush will ensure a soft blended finish.

7.99€

8. E24 flat Shader/ Lay down brush

The dense firm bristles will ensure the eyeshadow is picked up with little or no fall out. I use this brush for placing my eyeshadow on before I start to blend with a fluffy brush.

7.99€

9. E44 Flat Brush

This is the main brush I use for brows. I love the flat top as it helps to achieve definition under the brow. The bristles are firm so its also a good brush for applying eyeshadow under the eye and also for eyeliner if you want a soft line using a brown or black eyeshadow.

7.99€

10. E10 Small socket Blender

This is the perfect brush for smaller eyes and also for blending right into the socket to add definition. Its a small fluffy brush so it is a good size for blending under the eyes too.

6.99€

 

Tara x
Disclaimer  This post has  been sponsored by Meaghers.ie and as always all opinions are my own.

Primark, Set, Go!

First things first, Happy valentines Day!

Today was stage two of The Primark, Set, Go Campaign that myself and some fellow bloggers are involved in. Last months event was very intense with a full HIT workout and we were really put through our paces. Today  was a lot more chilled starting with a Detox Talk with LifeCleanse which was really interesting. We learnt all about some simple ways to detox including oil pulling, tongue scrapping, drinking more water and lots more!

 

After that we did some aerial yoga with Siaerial Dance, I googled it beforehand and had already decided that I wouldn't be able to do it as it looks impossible, but after some help and encouragement I was literally hanging upside down and loved it! That is something that I definitely like to try again.

I only like to wear high waisted leggings when I am working out and these floral print ones came up over my waist so even though I may have been hanging upside down I didn't feel self concious.

The day then finished with a juicing workshop with LifeCleanse, which was really interesting as it involved mainly vegetables, seeds and roots which wouldn't be what I would usually use but they still tasted nice. The last one was my favourite though as it was the one for people with a sweet tooth, It was a couple of frozen bananas, Pumpkin seeds, 2 table spoons of almond butter and almond milk..yum!

  Disclaimer This post is sponsored in collaboration with Primark, As always all opinions are my own.  

The Hit List : My Favourite Foundations

I have decided to do a series of blogs called 'The Hit list' where I will choose a product type ie; foundations and share the 5 that have been hits for me.

Coming from the perspective of a make up artist this will hopefully give you all a good insight on foundations that will suit different skin types and not just my own ( which is normal/oily). Working as  a make up artist I have to have a selection of different foundations in my kit, I have tried so many different brands over the years and of course have a few favourites.

 
  1. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat

Coverage : Buildable, you can definitely build it up to a medium coverage. It will definitely tone down redness and conceal blemishes.

Finish : Luminous, anyone following me will know I love a dewy glow to the skin and this definitely will give you that.

Skin Type : As I said, I have oily skin and this last well on my skin, that said I would only every wear it over a good primer and set it with a translucent powder. This is a foundation that I find myself using on most skin types, it will work well on dry and mature skin types as it will leave them looking luminous and feels weightless on the skin.

Price : €42

Why I love it? : I love my skin to look like skin but obviously still need coverage in some areas, this foundation will give you the coverage you want without looking heavy.

 

2. Bare Minerals Original Foundation

Coverage : Buildable from a completely sheer finish up to maximum coverage.

Finish : Radiant and healthy glow.

Skin Type : Although it is a non drying formula I do find this works best on normal or oily skin. One thing I will point out is that if like me you have open pores on your t-zone you will need to use a good primer underneath this ( I use Benefit Porefessional) as without a primer it makes my pores look  bigger.It would be my first choice of foundation for people with acne prone or problem skin as it gives excellent coverage and won't aggravate the skin.

Price : €29.50

Why I love it? : I have been using this foundation for at least 7 years now and still love it. When I started using it I had problem skin that broke out when I used other foundations. It takes a while to get used to the mineral formula if you are used to using a liquid foundation but it is worth giving it a go.

3. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Coverage : Medium

Finish : I would describe it as a natural satin finish that definitely blurs the appearance of pores.

Skin Type : Again I find it works well on my skin and has good lasting power especially if your skin is on the oilier side but that said I would recommend a primer underneath and a setting powder on top. It is a great one for dry skin types as it is hydrating and doesn't feel tight on the skin.

Price : €10.49

Why I Love it? : I am a fan of Rimmel foundations in general and also like the Wake Me Up foundation for more of a dewy finish but this one is my favourite. It is so affordable but also excellent quality so I alway recommend this one as your 'weekday' foundation and save your pricier one for weekends and special occasions.

4. Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Coverage : Full Coverage

Finish : Matte , I personally don't like a matte finish so I always mix a bit of liquid illuminator with this.

Skin Type : This is a an oil-free foundation so is particularly good for those of you with oily skin it will mattify the skin an also absorbs oil so will prevent shine too. This is one of the most pigmented foundations that I have used so if you have acne or anything that needs to be concealed this is a good option for you. I wouldn't use this on someone with dry skin but it is a great one to go for if your skin is oily.

Price : €34

Why I Love it ? : It has great last power and as someone with oily skin that is important. I love using this on someone that has oily and acne prone skin as the coverage is amazing and leaves the skin looking flawless.

5. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 

Coverage : light to medium

Finish : Radiant finish leaving skin looking fresh and natural

Skin Type : This a great one for those of you that like  a natural looking base or normally go for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. It would be best suited to those of you with normal to dry skin as it will give the skin a boost of radiance and is enriched with vitamins that will refresh dull skin. Its also a good one for older ladies with more mature skin.

Price : € 14.95

Why I love it? : Sometimes less is more and it is nice to use something that will even out the skin and just go in with extra coverage where ever necessary. When my skin isn't looking too healthy or feeling dehydrated this is the one I go for.  

I could have listed another 5 foundations that I love as there are lots of great foundations out there but it is just a matter of finding the right one for you and your skin type. We also all have difference preferences when it comes to coverage or foundation finishes so I hope I have covered one that will be right for you.

I do recommend when going for a more expensive foundation that you maybe try a sample first and make sure  that you love it before you part with your money.

I hope that was useful and as I said I will be doing more of this type of blog so stay tuned!

Tara x


Disclaimer

 

These are foundations that I always re-buy for my kit and for personal use. This post has not been sponsored and as always all opinions are my own.