I started to collect Louise Young brushes a long time ago, my boyfriend helped me and was ordering them for me as presents for my birthdays, I can show you the LY brushes I own today and compare them with other similar brushes that have now joined the group.
Louise Young brushes are easy to get online, I know that in London you can get them in Fenwick and maybe also in Harvey Nichols but I am not sure about that last one.
I thought it was just the perfect timing to also show you the palette. Yesterday I attended a nice little makeup training class in Geneva together with 5 utterly funny girls, the makeup artist created one look on each of us, we “just” had to do the other eye…
First the makeup artist asked us what kind of looks we loved to wear, I told her I loved neutral with a twist, a pop of color blended with a neutral look or a little daring accent but still appropriate for my age. Then she selected a brick red for me ! That’s really strange because I love that color but I never told her and she never saw me wearing it. The brick red she applied on my crease was perfect, luminous and flattering, I absolutely loved the look. I remembered having this Louise Young palette at home so I wanted to try it today. Unfortunately that didn’t went so well. The black was a nightmare to blend and the brick is nice but not luminous enough in my opinion, same for the cream shade. But let’s start with the Louise Young brushes and we will come back to this topic later on
The LY cosmetics
These are the ones I own today :
I think she only has one makeup palette but she has many other brushes that you can check out on her website.
I am not a make up artist and my opinions are only based on my personal experience with the brands I tried. I love make up brushes and after a few years into make up, I have gathered a few of them. The day I discovered that a good make up brush could make a significant difference in a make up application I was intrigued and started to build my collection.
I have taken pictures of the brushes that I love the most and that I use regularly, for each category I highlight my very favorites and tell you why I love them so much. The same brush may be pictured in different categories since I try to get the most of each one of them. I apologize it’s a bit long and mixed up…
I have extremely dry and sensitive skin, only a few moisturizers work for me and of course the ones that work are extremely expensive. On a daily basis I use the Laura Mercier Repair creme without SPF. Before discovering this moisturizer I could not wear foundation at all, even foundations for dry skin, I had dry patches and flakes within 2 hours of application.
I prefer to apply my foundation with a sheer coverage, sometimes medium coverage but either way I always aim to achieve a glowy look and I don’t usually powder afterwards.
When I wake up, even after the shower, my skin is still really sensitive, using a soft brush on my eyelids and my face made a big difference in my daily routine, the application is so relaxing and smooth, and that’s why I love soft brushes so much.
These are the make up brands that I use the most :
- Rouge Bunny Rouge
- Tom Ford
- Le Metier de Beaute
- By Terry
- Shu Uemura
I will always try to use products and techniques that don’t emphasize my wrinkles or that don’t look heavy or cakey, I am not a make up artist, my opinions are only based on my personal experience.
Foundation, buffing and stippling
In the picture below, you will see my favorite foundation brushes :
I’ll try to give you some examples with some of the foundations I love to wear :
- For mineralize cream foundation (Mac) : Real Techniques stippling brush or RM Radiance
- For liquid foundation (Tom Ford, Burberry, BB, Laura Mercier, By Terry, etc) : RM Radiance, Hakuhodo G5556 4mm, Sigma F80 or Coastal Scents Bionic. With the Radiance, no need to buff afterwards but with the others I still like to buff with the Mac 187 or any other similar stippling brush, even though it’s not really always necessary.
- For very liquid foundation (Mac or Make Up For Ever face and body) : LY 34, I noticed the bristles suck a lot of foundation but with a very liquid foundation that’s the one I would reach for, mainly for body foundation.
- For mineralize powder foundation (Bare Escentuals) : Coastal Scents Bionic for a flawless and heavier coverage and Chanel 1 for a more natural sheer to medium coverage.
My top favorite is the Rae Morris Radiance, the finish is like an airbrushed application. The price is high but worth it and I could live only with this brush.