12/08/2015

Affordable Makeup Starter Kit | Brushes and Tools

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I know most of you reading this post will already have an extensive makeup collection but I thought this mini series could be helpful for younger readers or to anyone starting out with makeup! Having said that, it is always nice to save money where possible so even if your makeup collection is well-stocked you might come across some products that you haven't tried before which won't break the bank. As always, please leave some comments letting me know your favourite affordable makeup items and share any links to posts you've written/read that might mention products not discussed here!


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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, £5.99: I've raved about this sponge multiple times before and I’d recommend it to anybody. It is affordable (especially compared to the Beauty Blender) and in my opinion a must-have in anyone’s makeup collection. If you find your foundation or concealer ever looks cakey or patchy or flakey then you need to try this! There are loads of YouTube videos on how to use a sponge in your routine and lots of ‘beauty gurus’ show how they use them to create a flawless base. There are loads of sponges on the market, many inspired by the original Beauty Blender, and I've only tried a couple but would really recommend this one!

Eyelash Curlers: I love my lash curlers from The Vintage Cosmetics Company (£7.00) and use them on a daily basis, it makes such a difference to your lashes! You can pay a whole range of prices for lash curlers (think elf up to Shu Uemura) but whatever your budget I’d recommend picking up a pair and seeing what a difference it makes to your makeup look.

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Real Techniques brushes: now I know Real Techniques aren't technically the cheapest brushes out there but from what I've tried I'd say they are the best value for money, especially when it comes to face brushes. If you’re on a tight budget why not ask for one of the sets for your birthday or Christmas or something? Alternatively, do what I did and use your Boots points to invest in the higher-priced sets. I'd highly recommend the Core Collection (mainly for the buffing brush and contour brush), the Blush Brush and the Setting Brush (which can also be bought as part of the Sculpting Set).

Amazon brushes: when I see people in the beauty community discussing these brushes there sometimes seems to be controversy surrounding them so apologies in advance if this offends anyone for whatever reason… Anywho. I love the brush set I have from Amazon (similar one here) – super affordable for both face and eye brushes that work really well. The eye brushes aren't as fluffly as they could be but they are great for sweeping a base colour and transition shades all over the lid, without breaking the bank.

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Elf cosmetics, Eco Tools and Wilko are all great for affordable makeup brushes! Elf cosmetics were great until the UK website closed down earlier this year, however it looks as though it could be up and running again in the near (or distant) future so if it is then I'd totally recommend checking them out. Eco Tools make some lovely brushes that are great to add to your kit if you have a bit more cash to splash (I particularly like the Blush brush and the Flat Eyeliner brush). I have the Eye Make Up Smudger brush from Wilko and it is a great dense brush for eyeshadow. Wilko are a hidden gem when it comes to brushes and makeup (essence lipliners anyone?!) and I'd definitely recommend heading to your local store to have a look. 

What are your favourite brushes and tools? The next post in this mini-series will be about my favourite drugstore base products, so check back next week for that!

Don't forget that this week I am posting every day until Saturday to make up for things being quiet around here recently! Monday's post was a skincare wishlist and yesterday's was all about my new Emma Hardie skincare. Come back at 6pm tomorrow to read about all the empty products I've accumulated over the past few months.

Nicola x
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