My Everyday Makeup Tools: MAC, Zoeva, Real Techniques + more!


I’ve been meaning to do a post like this for a while – today I’m sharing with you the different brushes that I use every day and where to get them!

real techniques hakuhodo MAC elf Zoeva makeup brushes za furless cosmetics

real techniques miracle complexion sponge
I HIGHLY prefer using a shaped sponge for applying foundation – I just can’t seem to get brushes to give me that same flawless, skinlike finish. I also use non-name brand sponges and find that they work just fine, too. I’ll also sometimes use sponges to ‘bake’ my makeup if I am taking the time to do it that day.
furless cosmetics makeup brush eleanor dorn
Powder Brush: Furless Cosmetics Couture Brush (AU $29.99)
I previously reviewed this brush + the set it came with here. This is the largest size brush, and it’s perfectly fluffy and dense for applying setting powder.  
Highlighter Brush: Eleanor Dorn #19 Pointed Face Brush (NZ $18)
I simply adore this brush for highlighting – it’s perfectly shaped, and hasn’t splayed or lost any bristles at all. It’s my go-to highlighting brush! It’s also the perfect size for setting undereye concealer. 
za eyelash curler eleanor dorn brow spoolie brush
Eyelash Curler: Za Eyelash Curler
I actually received this in a set with a mascara to review from BeautyReview, so I’m not sure how much it is and Google isn’t being much help. I found the mascara to be so-so, but I really, really like the curler! It’s a great fit for my eye shape, and what I like to do to help get a better curl is warm the curler for a few minutes by sticking it in my bra or in the band of my pants. 
Spoolie/Brow Brush: Eleanor Dorn #18 Brow Brush (NZ $14)
I think that spoolie brushes are absolutely essential, even if I’m not necessarily putting product in my brows – they help to smooth and groom eyebrows, which really finishes a look. I got this when I purchased the Eleanor Dorn Eye Set, and I’ve used it pretty much every day since. 
angled eyeliner brush elf eleanor dorn
I think it’s important to have multiple angled brushes, as I use them for so many things – gel eyeliner, eyebrows, and even tidying up my lipstick application with a little bit of concealer. The e.l.f. brush is GREAT value for money! Like the spoolie brush, I got the Eleanor Dorn brush in the Eye Set and have used it daily ever since. 
mac 239 zoeva 234 makeup brush
Flat Shader Brush: MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush (US $25 / NZ $73) / Zoeva 234 Luxe Smokey Shader (NZ $16.25)
I typically use these brushes for patting highlight into the inner corner of my eyes, my cupid’s bow, and my eyebrow highlight. If I’m using eyeshadow in my look, I’ll use them to apply the base colour. 
mac 217 hakuhodo j5523 makeup brush
Blending Brush: MAC 217 (US $25 / NZ $48) / Hakuhodo J5523 (US $19)
These brushes make blending eyeshadow so unbelievably effortless! For a more complex look I might use more than just a blending brush, but these are perfect for every day. 
So there you have it! What brushes/tools do you use every day?
Lexie xx
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