|OK so there are seven items here, but bear with me :-)|
More glorious brushes :-) This time the turn of the brushes I use for powder - by this I mean finishing powder, blotting powder, mattifying powder... although I will mention mineralised powder foundation a little bit lower down...
For a flawless, professional, just-not-gonna-budge finish, it's got to be a powder puff.
This is an old-school way of applying finishing powder, but it really really does work, especially if you want to absolutely categorically most definitely no-two-ways-about-it get rid of shine and set your makeup in place. Forever. (Or at least, for a long while). Using the old press-and-roll method, apply the puff to the powder, then press onto the face, then roll it. Keep going until you're finished. Use a soft powder brush to get rid of excess on the skin. It's the fastest and easiest method for brides, long-wear makeup, or makeup that's going to need to withstand up-close-and-personal flash photography (head shots etc).
|My five favourites are here...|
L -> R: Crown, Lauren Luke, Louise Young, Chanel, Inglot, Japonesque
After that, take your pick... My five favourites are, in order of preference:
- Japonesque 234 Large Eyeshadow Fluff <- see the link for exactly why :-)
- Chanel #2 Brush
- Louise Young SY20 Super Fan Brush
- Lauren Luke Powder Brush
- Crown IB101 Dome Powder Brush
In general, I'm tending towards smaller brushes all the time - I am not sure why, but I am! I find you get more precision with them, I guess. This is why my choice of powder brush is actually a large eyeshadow fluff. This is far too large a brush for eyeshadow (unless you are whacking a really quick base on the lids) but it's perfect for setting concealer under the eyes and around the nose and chin; the only places that I really find I need to powder. Japoneque brushes are brilliant, and this is one of my absolute favourite brushes of all time.
|L -> R: Inglot 4SS, Japonesque 234|
Although I haven't mentioned it above, the Inglot 4SS could be used in a similar vein to the above Japonesque brush. Although the shapes are different, they're similarly soft and fluffy - when I don't have access to one, I'll use the other.
In general, I tend to use the large brushes shown above above for dusting powder off, rather than on; when I use a powder puff, I use these brushes to dust the excess off the skin, although they could also be used to apply a light dusting of powder to a more normal-dry skin.
What about mineralised &/or powder-based foundations?
|L -> R: Crown*, MAC|
*I believe that the one on the left is a Crown brush, but I'm not 100% sure because it doesn't have a name/brand/label on it. The differences between that, and the MAC 182 (on the right) are (a) flat top v domed top, (b) synthetic v natural fibres. My preference is the MAC 182. It's also a really super-fast way of whacking a powder-based foundation onto a large area if required.
And what about HD Powders?
HD Powders (like those reviewed here) really need to be buffed in. Its important to use a buffing brush (similar to those mentioned above) in order to avoid the dreaded white-flash effect that these powders produce in flash photography situations where they haven't been properly buffed-in. For normal day-to-day use of these, I will just use my Japonesque 234, but then again I don't have to run the gauntlet of a red carpet en route into my desk at work every day.
If you like smaller brushes, the Japonesque 234. If you prefer a larger brush, the Chanel #2 - expensive but beautifully soft. If you like a bargain, Lauren Luke (assuming still in business, not sure as a lot of the brushes have been marked Out Of Stock on the website for some time). The Crown brush is ok, but a little harsh. And either the MAC 182 or 109 as a buffer brush.