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One of the beauty products I get asked about the most is brushes. I understand how makeup brushes can be mystifying– there are so many to choose from! Which ones should I pick up? How do I use them? What brand is the best for the price? These are all questions I get from beginners and busy beauty lovers alike. I always have one go-to recommendation: Real Techniques.
Founded by YouTubers Sam and Nic Chapman, Real Techniques took over the drugstore makeup brush scene with their professional quality and low prices. More than half of my personal brush collection is made up of the brand, with a brush for every makeup need. Whether you pick up individual brushes or their sets, you can create a well-rounded brush collection on a budget.
Having met Sam myself and chatting about the brand last year, I know first hand the thought that goes into every tool. They are always addressing the latest trends, making them attainable for anyone. Even for beginners, application is a breeze with the soft bristles and thoughtful angles. The best part is that every Real Techniques tool comes with tips and inspiration to help you learn how to use it best and achieve the latest trends. The videos are all about everyday beauty that you can achieve in a snap.
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You’ll notice from a lot of their product tip videos that many of their tools can be used for a variety of purposes. That’s what makes them perfect for busy women on the go. Even if you don’t want to juggle too many tools, you can master the look. Some of my favorite double-duty Real Techniques brushes include:
Miracle Complexion Sponge | I love using this blending sponge for liquid and cream products. Its pointed shape with the flat surface makes it extremely multi-functional. The sponge can be used to apply foundation, concealer, contour and blush.
Expert Face Brush | Use this all-in-one brush with powders, liquids or creams. The brush layers product on a little thicker than the sponge for full coverage.
Blush Brush | Blend blush softly onto the face using this large, domed brush. Its size and flexibility also makes it a go-to of mine for applying setting powder!
I also highly recommend any of their sets, which usually come with everything you need to complete a part of your routine. Their new Sculpting Set 2.0 comes with three brushes you can incorporate into your routine in many ways. I like using the Medium Sculpting Brush for contouring, though it can also be used for blush and bronzer. The Fan Brush is great for dusting a highlight lightly onto the high points of the face. The Setting Brush can be used for setting concealer with powder, or to highlight as well.
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Above I demonstrate how you can use four Real Techniques brushes to achieve the fresh face makeup trend for Spring. This look was inspired by the easy and wearable looks Sam and Nic create with their tools in their own demos.
- Apply a luminous foundation using the Miracle Complexion Sponge.
- Fill in your brows as you normally would, then contour with the Medium Sculpting Brush from the Sculpting Set 2.0
- Use the blush brush to apply a vibrant pink blush to the cheeks.
- Choose a champagne highlighting powder to apply with the Fan Brush from the Sculpting Set 2.0
Finish with a bright lip color and a coat of mascara, and you’re wearing the biggest makeup style for Spring in less than 10 minutes!
Real Techniques brushes are available at Walmart, where there is currently a promotion running in the Shopkick app. Available for iPhone and Android, Shopkick rewards you for the shopping, letting you earn free gift cards as you scan in receipts and products. Until the end of this week (4/3), you can earn 15 kicks for scanning Real Techniques products and 150 for uploading your receipt when you purchase them at Walmart.
What are your favorite Real Techniques Brushes?
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