Revamp your Make-up Brush Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014


As Autumn starts to set in and the temperature starts to drop, now is a good a time as any to think about revamping your make-up brush and tools collection. It’s important to change your collection to reflect your current make-up look, and also replace any that are tired or a little worn to keep your make-up looking fresh and flawless.

Out With the Old

Just like anything else, make-up brushes can be over used and start to suffer, with bristles becoming less soft and sometimes starting to shed.

Now is a great time to sit down with your make-up box and start to work through everything. If any of your brushes are thinning or the handles have cracks, chips or a lot of discolouration it’s time to get rid. Brushes of a low quality will of course not last very long and may need replacing more regularly.

Keeping Clean

Those brushes which you keep can be made as good as new with a deep clean. Brushes should be cleaned at least once a month, because you use them on your skin they can be a cause for blemishes if they’re not regularly cleansed, even the best luxury brushes need a good clean and looking after properly.

Here’s how to clean your brushes:

1. Run brushes one by one under lukewarm water to help remove product trace and any fluff etc.

2. Fill a bowl with more lukewarm water and squeeze in some shampoo. Use your hand to lather the soap.

3. Swirl your brush tips in the water, gently rub them between your finger tips to work the soap through. Be careful with delicate brushes so as to not dislodge any bristles.

4. Rinse the tips under running water again to remove any excess dirt and soap.


5. Lay flat to dry on a clean surface.

Top Tip: We love this creative idea for a great way to dry your brushes:

In With the New

Buying great quality brushes will ensure you have to replace them far less regularly, and when you look after them properly brushes can last for a long time. Any basic make-up kit will need the following:

A foundation brush or sponge, eyelash curlers, a variety of different sized eye shadow brushes or an eye brush set, a blush and bronze brush, a kabuki brush and a lip brush.

For more tips on building the perfect make-up brush kit see our blog post ‘The Perfect Capsule Collection of Make-up Brushes.’

Consider the changes you might be making to your routine or your make-up look in autumn/winter. As seasons change our skin care regime should too, as well as our make-up look. As autumn starts to set in we should lighten up on the bronzer, instead opting for a soft blush.

Winter make-up trends often favour a darker eye or lip, whether you’re opting for a smoky brown eye this autumn, or a 60’s eye-liner flick, you need the tools to achieve a flawless look, Nanshy brushes come in all shapes and sizes so you can buy the ideal brushes for the look you want to achieve. Nanshy make-up brush holders are also available so you can take all the lengths necessary to look after your brushes properly.

What are your make-up kit essentials? What changes will you be making to your look for autumn/winter 2014? I’d love to know, comment in the box below, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends.

How to Create Flawless Make-up to get you Through the Day in Under Five Minutes

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makeup in five minutesphoto credit: Diogo A. Figueira cc

So many of us feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, particularly around Christmas when there is so much to do, on top of our every day responsibilities such as work and chores. Just because you’re busy though shouldn’t mean a month make-up free. It’s still possible to feel and look great, even when you just have five minutes to spare. Here’s how to achieve a flawless ‘natural’ make-up look, perfect for every day, in just five minutes:

1. Prime your skin after you have moisturised, a primer goes a really long way to creating a flawless finish, smoothing over any uneven skin tone, reducing pores and over all creating an airbrush type finish to your skin. It will also make your make-up last longer meaning you won’t have to top it up during the day, which is especially great for when when you’re so busy.

Smooth primer over your skin, this should only take 20 seconds.

2. When time is short concealer is all you need. It takes too much commitment to do a whole base using foundation or a BB cream, and a rushed full base will work against you. Instead dot on concealer using your finger or use a brush such as a blending brush, only apply where you need it most, to lift your skin and leave you looking and feeling brighter.

Apply concealer to the under eyes, around the corners of the nose and cover any blemishes.


3. Warm up your complexion and set your make-up with powder and blush or bronzer. Take a large powder brush and dust on powder that matches your skin tone all over to seal your base. Then apply a bronzer or blush to the hollow of your cheeks with a blush and bronze brush, forehead and under your chin blending down the neck.

This will work to ensure your make-up lasts all day, and brighten your skin. This should take up to a minute.

4. Next move your attention to your eyes. Quickly brush your brows to neaten and apply a clear brow gel to keep in place. Give your lashes a 10 second curl, then coat with mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

This will open the eyes up and make you look well groomed, and will take around a minute.


5. Finally finish off your five minute make-up with your lips. Either smooth on a nude or pale pink lipstick, or simply pat on a little lip balm.

This will take 30 seconds.


And that’s it! In just five minutes you will look groomed, neater, wide awake and fresh, ready to start the day.

Top tip: Spritz your face with from around 20cm away with hairspray to seal in your make-up when you have no time in the day for a touch up. Click to Tweet this tip!

So there you have it! Flawless make-up in just five minutes. Let me know how you get on with this guide, and don’t forget to share it with your friends who you know are busy around this time of year.

6 Celebrity-Inspired Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks


Whether you’ve got a partner in your life or you’re single and living it up, finding the right makeup look for Valentine’s Day will keep you feeling fresh and looking beautiful. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite makeup tips and tutorials for your Valentine’s Day makeup look, based on the latest in makeup trends.

  1. Shine bright like a diamond
  2. Smoky crimson
  3. Soft and cuddly
  4. Berry good indeed
  5. Ready to pounce
  6. Shut up and kiss me


Let the 6 Valentine’s Day makeup Looks begin!

1. Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond
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Styled by Rihanna and with a focus on keeping your skin looking youthful, you’ll be left feeling fresh and cuter than Cupid with this hot new look. All you have to do is brush your highlight in a C-shaped motion from the top of your cheekbones right up to your temple using a high-quality fan brush. Next, for the ultimate shine effect, apply the same colour to your eyelids. Finally, coat your lips with a red lipstick, apply lip gloss and you’ll be left absolutely shining.

2. Smoky crimson

Hung Vanngo Makeup Look
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Designed by Hung Vanngo, this look leaves a hot red smoky effect around your eyes and will make you feel so sexy you’ll hardly be able to stand it (and neither will your partner). To achieve this seductive Valentine’s Day makeup look, apply any deep red eyeshadow to the lower lash lines and the entire crease, extending upward and outward as you go. Blend the edges using a softer red eyeshadow and an eyeshadow blending brush. To complete the look, coat your lashes with a bold black mascara and try a rosy nude lipstick for your lips. That way, all of the focus will stay on your fiery eyes.

3. Soft and cuddly

Soft and cuddly
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If you want something super girly and delightfully endearing, this look, worn by the awesome Jennifer Lawrence, will leave potential suitors fighting over who gets to wrap you up snug in a blanket. First, you’ll need to apply a heavy layer of charcoal eyeliner. Follow this up with a soft pink shadow around the edges of your eyes and add a gentle shimmer to your tear ducts. This will draw extra attention to your eyes. To finish, try brushing the same soft pink shadow on your brow bone to really highlight your sultry side. To up your brow game, you could also consider getting a quality eye brush set.

4. Berry good indeed

Berry good indeed
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When you think Valentine’s, the first colour that pops into your head is probably bright red, but who says that you have to go with the crowd? Be adventurous and throw caution to the wind this Valentine’s Day with a berry coloured lipstick like this one, worn by Lupita Nyong’o. To create the perfect purple look, pair this up with smokey black eyeshadow and thick black mascara for long, gorgeous lashes. Before dipping into any purple shadows with your brushes, make sure that your brushes are clean with a top of the range brush soap to avoid any colour clashing accidents.

5. Ready to pounce

Ready to pounce
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One look that’s been trending of late is the cat eyes, as seen here worn by Bella Hadid. Create this Valentine’s Day makeup look that will leave you looking dangerously alluring on the 14th of February by using double-winged eyeliner to give you the ultimate feline features. Next, strategically place gold eyeshadow on the outer and inner corners of your eyes. Apply a touch of pink to your cheeks to complete this catty style, blending the colour in using a good blending sponge.

6. Shut up and kiss me

Shut up and kiss me
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If you want irresistible lips this Valentine’s, this look, worn by Margot Robbie, will make your pout appear soft, sexy and super kissable. This style relies on subtlety, which is why you’ll want to use a light pink lip stain, as opposed to a lipstick. This will give your lips a ‘just been kissed’ look. To really set this off, apply two layers of mascara to make your lashes look extra thick, or, if you’re feeling really fancy, try wearing a half set of lashes. Finally, brush a hint of pink across your cheeks with a blush brush.

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Nanshy at the ROBERTS | WOOD presentation for London Fashion Week AW17

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Barely there make-up and dewy luminous skin featured at the ROBERTS | WOOD Fashion Week presentation on Sunday.
Acclaimed Make-Up Artist Nicola Moores-Brittin and her team used Nanshy make-up brushes to create a glowing natural look to compliment the emerging talents new collection.

The ROBERTS | WOOD show took place on Sunday 19th February at the BFC Presentation Space. ROBERTS | WOOD focused on a toned down and more darker mood for Autumn/Winter 17. Nicola used the Buffed Base and Conceal Perfector brushes to create a clear, dewy complexion and used the Contouring brush to lightly define cheekbones. Eyes were glossy and minimal, the Large Shader was used to apply a nude base, then clear gloss was applied with the Flat Definer brush for a slick finish. The look was made complete with a berry stained lip, Nicola used the Lip Brush to apply colour and buffed with the Eye Crease for a smudged appearance.


Get The Look: Fearne Cotton & Holly Willoughby at the NTAs


Recreate the flawless beauty look seen on Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton at last night’s National Television Awards using Nanshy make-up brushes.

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Fearne’s make-up artist Justine Jenkins used the cruelty-free brushes to create a glowing complexion, with defined eyes and a nude, shimmery pout to offset her black gown.


Patsy O’Neill created a doll-like look on Holly, with a dewy complexion, soft pink cheeks, blended eyeshadow and a glossy pout to complement her Old-Hollywood style.

Create Holly & Fearne’s look using these brushes: