My Best Eye Brushes
These six eye brushes make it quick and easy to achieve your desired eye look with a more professional finish. All bar one are multi-purpose and all are fantastically designed and crafted. However, before putting this post together, I hadn't realised so many of my eye brushes were of natural hair. I have stated the material at the beginning of each product review so you can see straight away if it is suitable for you. If I were building a synthetic-only collection today, I would look to affordable brands like Real Techniques, e.l.f and Zoeva.
REAL TECHNIQUES SHADING BRUSH (£4.70)
Synthetic, small, densely-packed with a tapered dome. This is an all purpose brush. With it you can achieve pigmented application all over the lid, close to the upper and lower lash line, on the brow bone and inner corner. You can also use it for precise blending of edges and liner making it so useful I have two of them.
LOUISE YOUNG LY38B SMALL TAPERED BRUSH (£15)
Very slim, tapered brush of natural hairs. A unique brush in my collection for applying and blending colour specifically in the crease (and under the eye) in the most softest of ways. Having a small tip, you can be precise with your application of colour to the socket area and build up intensity if you wish. But its real beauty lies in its ability to effortless blend out, making your transition colour look seamless.
MAC 217S BLENDING BRUSH (£21)
Large oval shaped brush with tapered tip made from goat-hair. Does what it is supposed to - blend! Diffuses edges with ease. But the 217 is also great for when you want to use a single eyeshadow colour all over the lid and take it far below the lower lash line because it applies a colour wash in a sheer and even way - useful for a quick everyday look.
ZOEVA LUXE PENCIL BRUSH #230 (£8.99)
Blend of natural and synthetic bristles, a small, dense, triangular-shaped brush. I use this to apply my inner-corner highlight because it does so precisely and keeps the power of the pigment. I then drag what's left on the brush over the brow bone.
SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO SMUDGE #11 (approx. £13.50)
Narrow, densely-packed pony-hair brush with domed tip. This is a real quality brush for applying dry or wet shadow close to the upper or lower lash line and moreover, smudging product out for that smokey look.
FERO SOCKET BRUSH (£7.60)
Long, fluffy, tapered brush of natural hair. I use this brush exclusively for blending colours together and blending egdes. It's actually so effective that you need to use a light hand as it can lift too much of the pigment away.