I Can Apply a Full Face of Makeup with This One Brush

I devised a pretty simple strategy apply everything from foundation to eyeliner with a single makeup brush.
Publish date:
March 18, 2016
makeup brushes, real techniques

Spring break has sprung all across the country and I love seeing so many friends reveling in travel and warm weather. My parents are coming down to visit me soon, and they are so pumped for it to be in the low 70s while they visit — it's adorable.

It's all got me thinking about traveling and what I would bring to some tropical oasis. Like if I were stuck on a desert island, what is the one makeup brush I would take with me? Because when you write about beauty, you get to talk about these kinds of things in a very real, serious, way.

I can't make any decisions lightly (even hypothetical ones) so I looked through my large collection of brushes and decided the best option would be the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush (I mean, it's in the name, right?) which, unsurprisingly comes as part of the Travel Essential Set.

It's a very large, fluffy, medium-density, domed, totally synthetic brush. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Real Techniques is the best drugstore brush brand out there. Seriously. They can basically do no wrong. All their brushes are soft, cruelty-free, wash easily, and are surprisingly durable. Almost all of my pretty large brush collection comes from Real Techniques, and the vast majority of them I've had for two or so years with minimal damage.

I devised a pretty simple strategy to do all my makeup with the Multi-Task Brush. I used as many powder products as possible so that cream or liquid products can't gum up the brush for the next step, and go from lightest to darkest colors so I don't accidentally turn myself into an Oompa Loompa by doing bronzer first.

First up, foundation. I'm using bareMinerals Original Foundation. Although this isn't my everyday foundation anymore, it is one of the best powder foundations I've used.

Using the brush as it is will give you very light coverage. I suggest for areas that need higher coverage to hold the bristles of the brush to condense them. With a more condensed brush, you can get a higher coverage out of the foundation.

For concealer, the easiest thing to do would be apply as needed and work it in with your fingers, but this is a fun makeup challenge, so I'm still going in with the brush.

I placed my concealer, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, in the areas I need it and blended it in with the brush, holding the bristles to get the smallest area to blend with. This allowed me to be more precise and only get concealer on a small part of the brush at the same time, so the whole brush wouldn't be sticky when going back into powder products in the next step.

I then applied blush, followed by bronzer. I typically use a much smaller brush for blush, so to get a more precise application, I would suggest only getting the blush on the tippy-top of the dome of bristles, and the rest of the bristles can help you out with blending.

This is the brush I normally use for bronzer, so I just applied as usual around my hairline, across my nose and cheekbones and a bit on my jawline.

For eyeliner, I applied a line of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Whiskey on my upper and lower lash lines. This liner is super-blendable when you apply it, and it sets relatively slowly, so it's great for blending out.

Just like the concealer, I squeezed the bristles to get a finer line and used that to blend away harsh lines before the liner dried down.

I topped everything off with mascara and lipstick and I was good to go.

  • What is your "desert island" makeup brush?
  • Do you ever give yourself a challenge while applying makeup?