As much as I love new products and finds, the tools I rely on daily to apply them are equally important in determining how well they work I find. These are the brushes (big fan of Real Techniques you can see!) I use the most, how I like to use them, and why I like them so much.
The Eye Blender
For blending and creating a soft finish I use the Tapered Shadow Brush from the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection. This line is slightly more premium quality than the main range of brushes and of the ones I've purchased, this is the one I get the most use out of. The shape and size is ideal for blurring the edges of eyeshadows for a more natural result. I like it just as much (if not more) than my MAC 217 which is similar in price. They both perform the same function, but the 203 has kept its shape slightly better after washing and the weighted handle makes it slightly easier to hold and use.
The All Over Wash Brush
To apply a wash of powder shadow, my favourite brush is the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush which is part of the Starter Set. The flatter shape is great for laying down colour and the size means I can precisely place colour.
The Perfect Size for Powder
I used to be a fan of large powder brushes because I thought applying it quickly all over was best. However, big brushes actually aren't ideal for smaller areas of the face like under my eyes and around my nose. The one I use now is the Duo Fiber Contour Brush from the Duo Fiber Collection. I wasn't aware this brush was intended for sculpting until now, and actually I tend to ignore brush names and rather base how I use a brush on the shape and size. The duo fiber bristles pick up slightly less product which help me to not over apply. I like the size because I can apply powder to just down the center of my face and under my eyes where I need it most.
The Base Multi-Tasker
Lastly, the brush I can't do without - the RT Expert Face Brush. I actually own a few of these so I have enough for a clean one every day of the week! The size is perfect for blending under my eyes and around my nose, yet it doesn't take too long to apply products to the larger areas of my face either. As well as applying my foundation and concealer, I also use this brush to blend the edges of powder and cream cheek products.
What brushes or tools do you use the most?