Tuesday, 5 November 2013

An Introduction to Real Techniques

Hello lovelies! I hope you're having a good week and coping with the drop in temperature. Seriously, how cold has it been recently?! Anyway, this post has been a long time coming - a LOOONG time coming. As you already know, the whole beauty blogging world adore the Real Techniques makeup brush range - myself included. Over the past year or so, I've accumulated quite a collection. I love the variety, the application, and obviously the more affordable price tag! While I do own a couple of higher end brushes (MAC, Louise Young, and Bobbi Brown mostly) I've found that Real Techniques has taken over my cute IKEA brush pot - not even kidding.

I feel it's my duty to give you all a little background, even if you're not a newbie to these brushes. The line was created by fabulous makeup artist Samantha Chapman - one half of the amazing Pixiwoo duo on YouTube. I honestly owe most of my makeup looks to these two, and have cut down my morning prep by simply following their techniques. They make everything look so easy and break steps down in their tutorials so even the novices can have a good go! Now, the brushes themselves have been created to make that airbrushed look seem effortless. As you can see from the photograph above, the brushes have a colour-coded system to correspond to the key stages of application: gold for your base, purple for your eyes, and pink for your finish. The white brushes you see are the newer duo-fibre collection, which are equally soft and flawless! All the brushes have synthetic bristles and they feel so silky on your skin - they really are such a treat to use. I also find it super handy to have the names of the brushes printed on the handles which makes for easy reference when you're in a hurry to get your makeup done before shooting out to where ever you need to be. 

To learn more about the Real Techniques range, you can visit their website by clicking here.

With such amazing success with their original brushes, Real Techniques have since released a duo-fibre collection (as mentioned before) and now their wonderful Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have never really been a huge fan of sponge applicators; I always associated sponges with clown makeup or face painting to be honest! But the Miracle Complexion Sponge definitely lives up to its name, in that it made my skin look so much better. For £5.99, you get a 3-in-1 multi-functional sponge that will seriously improve your foundation application. The shape of the sponge optimises the process, with rounded sides to blend large areas of the face by way of stippling; a precision tip to cover blemishes; and a flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose. I also find it's great for correcting imperfections and buffing in bronzer if I think I've accidentally popped too much on.

I have yet to discover a Real Techniques brush/sponge that I don't get on with. I'm delighted to announce that these beauties are here to stay!

The Real Techniques range is available to purchase from the Real Techniques website and Boots.

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