Brush strokes

Kiko brushesA make-up artist once told me that with the right brushes, even cheap cosmetics can look really good. Obviously, you have to know how to apply them too, but a good set of brushes is a great investment.

I’ve been testing out a new set of make-up brushes by Italian company Kiko, who’ve recently opened up in the UK. There are 22 brushes in the range and they’re all hand-made and use a mixture of synthetic and natural hair. The brushes are carefully shaped to suit different types of cosmetic and areas of your face.

My favourites include the blusher/bronzer brush (Face 103, £13.90), which is specially shaped to define cheekbones; the flat foundation brush (Face 105, £14.90), which ensures even coverage; eyeshadow brush 201 (£10.90), with a slanted cut so you can blend shadows on lower and upper lid.

http://www.kikocosmetics.com

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Build your own eye palette

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Instead of having dozens of single eye shadows cluttering up my make-up drawer, I love the idea of keeping them all together in one streamlined palette. The new Eye Clics system from Kiko ticks all the boxes: sleek and professional looking, easy to get the shadows in and out and affordable too. If you’re ultra-minimalist you may only need the smallest 3-shadow palette (£3.90), but if you’re a make-up junkie like me, go for the jumbo 24-shadow palette (£15.90). It’s really easy to click the eye shadows in and out of the palette so you can change your shades with the seasons. Choose from 108 gorgeous shades (£4.90 – £6.90 each) in matte, satin, metallic or pearly finish. Available from Kiko stores or http://www.kikocosmetics.com