Friday, 18 July 2014

Real Techniques


How do you create the perfect makeup look? 

Well having makeup that suits your complexion is a good start. Getting your hands on the perfect tools and having someone to show you how to make the best of what you have all helps. 

Sam and Nic Chapman who started out as makeup artists and who helped design Real Techniques are well aware that the end result is only as good as your techniques and tools. They have their own blog and YouTube channel too, Pixiwoo offering tips; tools and techniques.

I recently replaced some of my beauty tools; mainly because they were about to grow legs and walk out of my makeup bag by themselves. They were that old. 

Choosing makeup tools is a mind field, sometimes too much choice is not a good thing.

I decided on Real Techniques for a few reasons; their brushes; sponges and makeup come highly recommended; they are 100% cruelty free and they don't over complicate things. 



Each brush comes colour coded corresponding with: base coat; eyes and finish.

I am so glad I settled on these beauties, on doing so I have found some beautiful new tools that have really helped me to perfect my makeup look.

The two items purchased: 

1.The Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99)
Miracle Complexion Sponge

I have always used a sponge to apply my foundation and my view was always what difference does the shape make. Opting often for the cheap little triangles that come in a multi pack.  

How wrong I was; I now use the rounded sides of the sponge to blend my foundation perfectly around the contours of my face. Using the flat edge of the sponge in a dabbing motion to cover up dark circles under my eyes. The precision tip also comes in useful to cover up blemishes.
Miracle Complexion Sponge

If your keen to see it in action check out this clip. 


2. Expert Face Brush (£9.99)

Expert Face Brush
Brushes I have an entirely different view of. I have learnt from experience that a cheap brush gives a cheap uneven finish. The powder brush is aluminium;  has soft bristles that don't fall out on applying and the result is a great flawless finish.


Expert Face Brush

Have a look at this clip to see it in action. 


I am really looking forward to using many more of the Real Techniques range, they do beautiful beauty products and I can see why everyone raves about them. 

Next purchase has to be the limited edition makeupkit

What other tips do you have to share? Wishing everyone a lovely weekend. Any nice plans?

Realtechniques.com

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34 comments:

  1. I love using sponges to apply makeup, I've seen a lot of real technique brushes but I've never seen their sponge, I'll have to have a look on amazon and see if they have it.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. It really does make it easier to apply foundation as it contours to the natural shape of your face. I am sure amazon will sell them and boots. Have a nice weekend Lucy x

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  2. I love using sponges to apply my foundation, at the moment I'm using one from Topshop :) I really want to get my hands on the Expert Face Brush though, I haven't heard a bad word about it! Great post :) xx

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    1. Beth if you want a good quality brush that the brissles don't fall out and you get even coverage this is it. A great brush at a reasonable price Lucy x

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  3. I haven't had the chance to try them yet, but at the moment I'm loving the Custom Coverage Buffing Brush and the Flat Foundation Brush, both by EcoTools! :D

    http://cups-and-roses.blogspot.gr/

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    1. I will have to have a look at Ecotools thanks for sharing Lucy

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  4. I could definitely do with some new brushes and sponges! Thanks for the tips!

    Marie X
    titchytombie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You really can't go wrong with techniques they are great value and great quality Lucy x

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  5. I've had this sponge in my basket for ages but haven't bought it yet! Think this has convinced me to!!

    http://blonde--vision.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You won't regret it Lauren it makes applying foundation so easy Lucy

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  6. i love the RT brushes! they're so good

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

    ps. there's a cute Dahlia trench coat giveaway on my blog at the moment, click here!

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    1. I for ages resisted the hype about real techniques but they really are as good as everyone says Lucu

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  7. Real techniques is a great brand. Oddly enough, I have the exact same brush a you. I love using it!

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    1. We obviously have good taste the brush is so good for applying foundation and powder. It is a real pleasure to use. Lucy x

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  8. We love Pixiwoo! Very knowledgeable professionals :-) The 'Miracle Complexion Sponge' is a fab product! You're right, make up itself is hard enough to choose between let alone getting the right tools...but when you find ones you love, it all becomes worth it. Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

    x Roch & Tash x
    www.next-route-style.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Very wise words ladies. Had a lovely weekend thanks. How are you both? Lucy x

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    2. Glad you had a lovely weekend. We're good thank you, hope you are too. Still enjoying the beautiful long summer evenings :-) xx

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  9. I am such a Pixiwoo fan and I love their brushes too I use them every day! I prefer them to a lot of expensive brushes on the market :) xx

    www.lulabelloves.com

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    1. I am definitely a convert now I waited for ages to buy them as often people get swallowed up in the hype but this time it would seem it is very much deserved. Lucy x

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  10. I absolutely love my real techniques brushes!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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    1. They are lovely and really help to perfect my makeup Lucy x

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  11. Great post! I love these brushes, I'm still yet to try the sponge :)

    Style Sunrise

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    x

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    1. The sponge is great for applying foundation quickly and easily I love it Lucy x

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  12. such a great post !
    Really love it <3

    http://margarethaliong.blogspot.com/

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  13. I really want to try some real techniques brushes, I will have to treat myself :)

    ohmystyle.co.uk

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    1. They are a good investment as they work so well. Lucy x

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  14. I see these advertised a lot but are always a bit reluctant to try them but this was a great review of the products, especially the sponge, I've always wanted to try one out but was never sure how you use it properly so thanks for sharing! I might treat myself next time I'm out ;)

    www.violetdaffodils.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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    1. You won't regret purchasing one and you have all the YouTube videos to show you how to use them Lucy x

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    1. I definitely would like more and asking as a birthday present is a great idea Lucy x

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  16. I have been wanting to try the sponge for ages, but I've been using mineral make up a lot lately so I haven't really needed it. I will get it soon though. I can really recommend the Real technique eye brushes. I love how they're cruelty free. x

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    1. Mineral makeup is great and with it your right you dont normally need foundation. Thanks for the tip on the eye shadow brush. I normally apply withy finger and this often is uneven Lucy x

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  17. Thank you for the sponge shape tip! Previously, I've used the cheap ones, thinking the same thing you did. Tips I can share are- always spend extra money on foundation because the formulas are quite different. However, cheap mascara is acceptable. Often companies that have both luxury and more affordable brands use nearly the same formula for their mascara mixture.

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