Makeup artists Sam and Nic Chapman, more famously known as Pixiwoo are probably the reason I got into makeup. In my teens, makeup wasn’t really of interest to me (aside from the occasional 90s blue mascara haha). It wasn’t until my early 20s when I started working at a corporate firm where I had to wear makeup that I realised I had no idea what to do with eyeshadows, liner etc. So I decided to get on YouTube and people like Pixiwoo, Tanya Burr and MakeupByTiffanyD taught me how to apply products, what brands were best ones to use, how come up with new looks and in the long run inspired me to start my own blog!
Since starting their YouTube channel in 2008, Sam and Nic Chapman have become world-wide famous for their videos (for example; their recent winged eyeliner for hooded eyes is a real goodie to watch), plus they run makeup courses and have started a brush line called Real Techniques.
Real Techniques was launched in 2011 and was focussed around unbelievable brush quality paired with professional, interesting, fun education from Sam and Nic. They have videos showing you how to use each brush in detail (LINK). More recently they launched their Bold Metals Collection which is just stunning! These luxe brushes offer high performance with super soft bristles that feature shred-resistant properties and advanced pick-up and release of makeup. But more importantly, they look so cool.
I got the 300 – Tapered Brush (£24) to highlight and sculpt across the cheeks and the 201 – Pointed Crease Brush (£12) to apply and blend eyeshadow in the crease for that perfect smokey effect. These brushes fully live up to my expectation; they are amazing quality and look so good on my dresser haha. I’ve been loving using the 300 Tapered brush to apply my go-to blush (as seen here) to my cheeks and the 201 pointed crease brush is great to achieve that cut-crease look, as Nic demonstrates it in this video.