However, if I was told I was only allowed to use on make of brushes both in my kit and on myself there's no question that Louise Young Cosmetics is the brand I'd go for. And I'm not alone. Her brushes are found in kits all over the world - in TV studios, film sets, bridal specialists and the backstage areas at all top fashion shows. And with good reason. These brushes are handmade in the UK (you can see how in the video link below) and all created by Louise, one of the hardest working artists in the business and a complete perfectionist. All the brushes (and the make-up in her range) are made for her, they are things she wants to use when she's working. Which means I've yet to use one of her brushes and not really get why it's in the range.
|Left to Right - LY34, LY38, LY49A, LY51, LY51A, LY28|
First to the face brushes and her bestseller the LY34 Super Foundation brush (£24) which features in my kit and my own brush pot. This synthetic brush not only applies and blends foundation but you can use it for powders too so if you are someone who does their base with their hands then this is good for blushers and bronzers too. The LY48 Mini Super Foundation (£19) is another great synthetic all rounder and more suited to those with a smaller face. I love this for cream contouring. The LY49A Deluxe Small Powder Brush (£27) is one of the softest brushes I've felt and new to Louise's collection. This is natural hair so good for powder based products - my go-to brush for blusher application. They LY51 (£20) and LY51A (£19) are basically the same Buffing Brush but the LY51 is natural hair while the LY51A is synthetic (and I use it for cream blushers - as you can see from the pinky peach tinge in the picture!) The LY28 (£9) is actually a flat lip brush but I love this for precision concealing and as it's synthetic it works well with any kind of creamy concealer.
|L-R - LY19, LY39, LY38, LY38B, LY37, LY31, LY30, LY13, LY16, LY17, LY23, LY24B, LY24A, LY22|
|L-R - LY23, LY24A, LY24B|
|L-R - the LY26 and LY27|
The versatility of these brushes is a large part of their appeal. Lip brushes for concealing, foundation brushes that do blushers, buffing and contouring. They are a great length and beautifully weighted. When my goddaughter is old enough I will be buying her a set of these, everyone who's into make-up should have some.
If you are interested in seeing how these brushes are made then you can check out the video on Louise's facebook page here. All her products are cruelty free
If you need help on how to clean your brushes you can see my video here.
You can check out the full Louise Young range of brushes here.