It took me a long time to realise that half the art of make-up is in the tools. I’m pleased in some ways that it took so long for the penny to drop because I’m still in appreciation stage and marvelling at the difference the right brush can make to an application, although I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t say that I still use my fingertips from time to time!
I’ve had a little while now to play around with Tweezerman Brush iQ Makeup brushes – they’re more famed for their tweezers (of which I have an embarrassing number!) – and it wasn’t hard to come up with a couple of firm favourites. It’s a brand new 12 brush line-up heading into Boots and currently on a 3 for 2 offer (in case you have your points saved up!) HERE.
One of the things about Tweezerman Brush iQ Makeup Brushes that I really do love is that they’re not made with animal hair – I remember getting really squeamish about a brand that made theirs with squirrel hair; it put me off completely. With such clever artificial bristle technology (from DuPont Natrafil), there isn’t any need for animal hair at all any more. Some are slightly firmer to the touch than animal fibres, but, particularly in the case of the Concealer Brush (£12.95), gives precision application without going all floppy! When it comes to the Powder Brush (£29.95), it’s like being stroked with velvet – a huge, fulsome stroke at that! It’s a mega-brush that delivers product evenly and finely.
Pick up on the Line Glider (£11.95) brush is excellent – it took me a little while to get the angle right for a very fine line with powder (I used Dolce & Gabbana), but once I’d realised that you need a feather-light touch while applying, it’s all delivered in one clean stroke – and has gone straight into the favourite pile!
Once again, with the Shader Brush (£12.95), the pick-up and distribution is excellent – however, a tip for the Tweezerman Brush iQ Makeup Brushes is that you do not need to over-dip your brush. I made the mistake of really ploughing into an eye-shadow, and there was drop. When I tried it again, more or less just whispering the brush over the colour, it was a complete success – less is more here, definitely!
I never thought I’d end up being a brush geek – but learning my way around these tools has taught me that all brushes are not equal and that individual ranges have individual quirks. I’d say that Tweezerman brushes need a light touch; they do all they’re supposed to do, and extremely well at that, but don’t plough in there!
I’ve got another post coming up later in the week on the foundation brushes – I haven’t tested these yet, so I’m looking forward to seeing whether they can convert me from fingertip application.
Oh, and in case you want to see them in action, there are a few videos on the Boots website HERE.
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated