The art of seamless foundation application has long been my bête noire. But then last year I discovered this unassuming-looking yet brilliant brush by Belfast make-up artist Ciara Daly. With its ludicrously soft synthetic bristles, it surpasses the efforts of anything else I’ve tried – from fingertips to sponges to other brushes – in achieving an all-over even complexion.
The chunky, circular shape and sturdy kabuki-style handle of the My Hero brush (£25) mean I can easily – and quickly – buff liquid foundation onto my face to achieve a thoroughly blended look, avoiding the stripiness so common, in my hands at least, with flat-edged brushes. And because its bristles are made from synthetic hair, they don’t absorb any foundation, so there is minimal waste.
Daly’s design, which has quickly acquired a cult following on her home turf of Ireland, was inspired by her students at the Ciara Daly Make-up Academy that she set up in Belfast in 2009. She noticed that her protégés were investing more in their palettes than their brushes. But it should be the other way round, says Daly: “You can never apply make-up beautifully, no matter how expensive it is, if you’re using a cheap brush. I wanted to create something that was high-quality yet more affordable than what was already out there.”
And there are other brushes, too, such as the Goddess Collection (£32) of three brushes for contouring and highlighting cheeks.