I love wearing stripey t-shirts. It makes me feel like I’m in Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York City. There’s so many photos of Andy and his acolytes wearing stripey tees, looking all chic and arty. But while I adore stripes on my body, I loathe having them on my face. Bands of blush, chunks of eyeshadow, blocks of powder – no thanks.
The key to avoiding this is to apply your makeup using proper makeup brushes. And I’ve found the perfect makeup brush set for the starving artist (or mum on a budget, which is me): the EcoTools Six Piece Starter Set, for $18.28, which I bought from my local supermarket. That’s just a little over $3 per item (5 brushes and a handy cotton pouch). I promise this isn’t a sponsored post! I just compulsively buy beauty products with my weekly grocery shop, and then HAVE to tell you when I find an amazing product like these makeup brushes!
And to think, I used to spend around $30 on EACH LITTLE BRUSH! And I had an eyeshadow brush, blush brush, powder brush…argh, this is the kind of maths that is not nice, not nice at all.
(In case you’re wondering what happened to the aforementioned $30 brushes, I was a total idiot and soaked them one day in a bucket filled with rubbing alcohol and hot water. All of the bristles fell out, but in a very subtle way, so that every time I applied my makeup it looked like I’d also grown three long, stray hairs on my face, and I wouldn’t realise until it was too late. Never wash your makeup brushes in rubbing alcohol, as it loosens the glue that attaches the brush bristles to the stick thingy! Just rub them back and forth with a bar of soap and rinse them under the tap instead.)
I have been using my EcoTools brushes for several months now, and they have all proven to be bouncy, fabulous and hugely likeable, much like a good chocolate cake. The blush brush is so soft and fluffy that I want to constantly pat and it – which is possibly linked to my current NEED for a puppy. Anyway, it applies my powder blusher in a beautifully sheer wash.