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Brushes with greatness; Want to perfect those make-up techniques? First get the tools, says Katie Wright.

Byline: Katie Wright

osmeticsobsessed Cvloggers (video bloggers), like Tanya Burr and Zoe Sugg, have taken the world by storm with their YouTube make-up tutorials. But pulling off a perfectly blended smoky eye, or sharpening up cheekbones requires more than just a fingertip smudge here and there.

It's all about the brushes. This definitive A to Z guide is here to help you find the best ones...

Angled approach THE slanted handle of the Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush, PS16 (, allows precise eyeliner application.

Best for blusher THE Bobbi Brown Blush Brush, PS35 ( is soft, sturdy and perfectly shaped for buffing on blusher.

Contouring LOOK for a mid-sized head and pointed tip, like Charlotte Tilbury's Powder & Sculpt Brush, PS35 (, for Kim Kardashian-style cheekbones.

Disguise blemishes CONCEAL pimples with a densely packed short-bristled brush, like the Body Shop Lipstick & Concealer Brush, PS9 (

Expand eyelashes COMB through with a lash comb. Metal teeth are best.

Flawless foundation ACHIEVED with a flat brush like the Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush, PS32 ( Dampen first to stop the bristles absorbing the product.

Goss PROFESSIONAL make-up artist Wayne Goss, has more than two million subscribers to his channel (

Highlight BOOST cheekbones using the most misunderstood of all make-up tools, the fan brush, applying a fine dusting of powder to a narrow area.

Incredibly expensive THAT'S one way to describe the Suqqu Face Brush, made with super-soft squirrel hair, which costs PS168 (

Japan SPECIFICALLY the region of Kumano, is famed as the place where make-up brushes - including Wayne Goss' own collection - have been hand-crafted for 200 years.

Kabuki brushes THESE also originated in Japan, where they were used to apply make-up by actors in Kabuki theatre. Try the Lola Brocha Kabuki Brush, PS19 (

Lip brush LOOK for a round-tipped one with a cover to protect it in your make-up bag. Illamasqua Lip Brush With Cover, PS18.50 (

Mini brushes A GREAT space-saver when travelling. Try Limited Collection Mini Brush Set, PS8.50 (

Natural isn't always best ECOTOOLS brushes, at Boots, are cruelty-free as they use synthetic hair.

One drop at a time THAT'S all it takes with the BareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush, PS24 (, designed with an indent in the bristles. Pump foundation into the head then buff on to your face.

Plastic fantastic PLASTIC replaces hair on the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, PS5.99 (, allowing for smooth straight lines. Get practising your cat-eye flick.

Queen of youtube THAT would be Zoe Sugg, aka superstar vlogger Zoella. Nearly eight million followers tune in to watch the tutorials (

Real techniques THE brush brand beloved of vloggers and fans alike, created by vlogging sisters Sam and Nicola Chapman. Try the Real Techniques Collectors Edition Sculpting Set, PS20.99 (

Stippling brushes THESE are a must if you suffer from acne or scarring. Dip into your foundation and dot onto your skin.

Tightlining A FAVOURITE YouTuber technique, where you apply eyeliner right in between the upper lashes. Grab the MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush, PS19 ( and watch Wayne Goss' 'How to: apply eyeliner like a pro'.

Under-eye concealing CHOOSE a small, tapered Value for money THE Models Own brush range 5 Piece Brush Set will set you back just PS9.99 (

Washing brushes A REGULAR rinse gets rid of product residue and bacteria which can cause spots. They should be rinsed weekly with cleaning solution like Clinique Make-up Brush Cleanser, PS13 ( and left to dry.

Xis for pixiwoo (OK, we cheated), where sisters Sam and Nicola recreate celebrity make-up looks at

Youtube sensation One of the most popular brushes in online tutorials has got to be the MAC 266 Small Angle Brush, PS16.50 ( Essential for dramatic eyeliner.

Zoeva THE brush brand has become a hit with the vlogger crowd. The range offers more than 50 tools, including vegan brushes (

Vlogger Zoella is to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds


The right brush |can make all the difference to getting your look just right
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2015
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