Louise Young Brushes: LY34, LY24, LY38-A
Today let’s talk about make up brushes, one of my favourite beauty topic. You may know that Japanese brushes are absolutely top-notch but there are indeed some good alternatives, especially if you have some budget concerns. Nonetheless I’d always invest in some above-the-average make up brushes because tools are so important in order to achieve a good result. Hence I wouldn’t choose excessively cheap brushes since usually you get what you pay for and quality is an essential parameter when it comes to make up brushes.
Louise Young makes excellent, affordable make up brushes. Maybe this brand is not so worldwide known and it is a bit underrated but professionals know well and love these brushes. Well, I am not a pro make up artist but I always tend to have a professional approach to all my areas of interest (maybe this is due to my scientific/academic cast of mind).
Louise Young Cosmetics is a British brand which sells worldwide make up and beauty tools and recently expanded its range with an essential pro-oriented make up products selection. I own the infamous Essential Eye Palette which is the best neutral palette you can think about, but today I want to talk about the Louise Young make up brushes I bought long time ago.
The brushes selection is huge. There is a brush for each single purpose and it comes in different sizes because we are all different and we all have different face shapes. The distinction in brushes’ sizes is the thing I appreciate the most about Louise Young brushes.
As a starter kit, I tried to collect the brushes which are essential for me: a foundation brush, an eyeshadow blending brush and an eyeliner brush. I read tons of reviews about these brushes and I ended to choose:
LY34 is called the Super Foundation brush and it seems to be Louise Young’s bestseller. It is sold at £24.00 and has synthetic brushes since it is supposed to be used with cream products. Big and luxurious but precise during application. It has long, extremely dense bristles which end in a conic shape. It almost feel like painting your face just like you paint a wall, lol. It blends and stretches your foundation to its maximum so you’ll have to use a little amount of product. If you use too much or your foundation is really creamy it tends to leave some streakes, easy to blend if you use it with circular motions. It provides a heavy coverage even if you use light texture, so I recommend using light-medium coverage foundations with weightless textures.
LY24 is my first traditional eyeliner brush since I’ve always chosen angled brushes. I was worried that I’d had a hard time doing a winged eyeliner with this kind of brush but its extremely thin tip is so easy to use. It has a great spring and firmness even though its natural bristles are extremely gentle on my sensitive eyelids. It allows an absolute freedom to your creativity: you can draw and adjust lines how much as you like. At only £11.00 it is my favourite eyeliner brush ever.
LY38-A (£16.00) is the slimmer version of LY38 eyeshadow blending brush. I chose this size because I have small eyelids and it is the most similar brush to legendary MAC 226. It has extremely soft natural bristles which doesn’t irritate my lid area. It has a tapered shape which is perfect for eye socket area. It is the perfect brush to define your crease while blending. It provides great precision but it is soft enough to smooth and blend the outline. An essential brush for all smoky and cut-crease lovers! I usually define my crease with this brush and then I blend the entire area with MAC 217 for a softer look.