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The Perfect Capsule Collection of Make-Up Brushes

Summer is over and the autumn / winter season is approaching – but that doesn’t mean we’re bidding goodbye to holiday season just yet. Autumn is the perfect season for a jet-set city break to the bustling metropolises of Berlin, Prague or Paris – but a short weekend break calls for a capsule wardrobe and, more importantly, a capsule collection of make-up brushes!

If you’re heading for a cultured capital this autumn, take a look at our guide to the ideal capsule collection of make-up brushes – a must-have in any hand luggage this season!

First up, you’ll need a foundation brush. As the name might suggest, foundation is what all other make-up is built upon. It covers blemishes and evens out the complexion, creating a perfect base for blusher, eyeshadow, lipstick and all of the other fun cosmetics that go on top. A great foundation brush should be first on the list for a jet-setting diva – and the Flawless Foundation brush from Nanshy is just the ticket. It evens skin tone and gives a creamy, healthy look that simply glows with radiance and vitality.

(If you want to take your foundation application to the next level read – How to use flat top foundation brush?)

Next, you’ll need a multitasking brush for your blusher and bronzer. Depending on your skin tone (and your holiday destination) you’ll have a natural preference between bronze and blush. Pale skin with cool undertones look great in pinky blush, while those with warmer skin look fabulous with bronzed cheekbones. The Blush & Bronze brush from Nanshy Collection has been designed and developed to be a central part of any capsule make-up kit, creating buildable coverage and giving the skin a beautiful glow, whether you opt for soft pink or shimmering bronze.

Next up, time to focus on your pretty peepers. You might not want to layer on the eyeshadow during the day – just a slick of mascara is fine for everyday sightseeing. But when the sun goes down and it’s time to hit the town, the Blending Eyeshadow brush is perfect for creating covetable smoky eyes. You’ll also need an eyeliner tool – and the Nanshy Precise Bent Eyeliner is a great way to give yourself sexy cat-eye flicks that look straight out of the 1960s.

Lastly, let’s not neglect those luscious lips! Whether you’re applying creamy balm to protect them from the elements (the sun in Dubai or the snow in Prague) or going for a rich splash of colour, you’ll need a great lip brush to apply your product precisely and perfectly. The Angled Detailer brush is perfectly formed to create a lust-worthy Cupid’s Bow, and with pearl-coated handles and a no-shedding guarantee, it’s a must-have in any suitcase this season!

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What are your must-haves this season? Are you going away for a break this autumn?

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The Power of Make-up & Why we Love it so Much!

The beauty of the world wide web is that we can see and share so many things we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to enjoy and get involved in. One of these things is make-up as an art, and the fantastic and incredible things talented people can do with it.

At Nanshy we love make-up, and we love nothing more than being able to admire and appreciate the work people do with make-up, spending hours scouring the web in search of impressive make-up looks.

We’ve come across some fantastic things recently, and we wanted to share them with you, so here are our top picks for inspiring, outstanding and impressive make-up creations:

1. Pop Art Make-up

pop art make up

Photo Credit: Karla Powell

This insane make-up look is inspired by pop art, and it was debated whether it was actually a drawing. But the creator Karla Powell has cleared up rumours, stating it is in fact a real life model made up to look like a pop art creation.

2. Record Store Day Viynl Make-up


Photo Credit: Natalie Sharp

When make-up artist Natalie Sharp used her own face as a canvas, to recreate record covers in honour of record store day it’s safe to say the results were impressive.

Top tip: Think outside the box, see make-up as an art for projects like this, rather than something to create every day beauty. Foundation sponges and make-up tools apleanty are a must!

3. Outstanding Before & After Shots

Before and After

Photo credit: Viralflood

We all know make-up can give us confidence and help enhance our natural beauty, but can make-up completely change your image? It seems so with these impressive before and after shots.

Top Tip: Contouring can help to shape the face, adding definition. To contour choose a powder or foundation a few shades darker than your skin tone, apply to the hollows of the cheeks, down the sides of the nose and under the chin. You’ll need a good quality foundation or powder brush to get this right.

4. Beautiful and Creative Eye Art

Eye art

After the huge nail art trend, a new and even more creative trend is starting to emerge, eye art. Make-up artists and beauty enthusiasts have been getting creative and putting together beautiful and unique eye make-up designs which you can take inspiration from.

Top Tip: Make these looks wearable for every day by taking small elements and creating your own more wearable look. Take inspiration from the bold lines and colours. A great set of eye make-up brushes is essential!

5. High Fashion = High Impact Make-up


Photo Credit: Inspiring Mesh

High fashion make-up is something of a marvel, and anything goes, making for some outstanding and extremely innovative looks. High fashion make-up tends to be high impact, it evokes an emotion or opinion from those who see it, often complimenting or contrasting fashion trends.

Top Tip: If you want your make-up to set you aside from the rest take inspiration from high fashion make-up, using one element to create a stand out look. You’ll need a complete set of make-up brushes to create a high fashion look.

6. Jewel adorned lips

crystal lips

Photo Credit: Social Bliss

Since as far back as we can see a lot of attention has been paid towards enhancing the eyes, but recent trends and new technologies mean that the lips are taking centre stage, with foil lip transfers, glitter for the lips and jewels now being applied to the lips for a stand out look.

Top Tip: Apply lipstick with a lip brush for a long lasting bold colour. Use tweezers to carefully apply jewels to the lips after dabbing with facial glue, pat on glue followed by glitter to make glitter fix to the lips for a bold look, make-up tools are key to achieving a professional look.

What are your favourite creative looks you’ve seen recently? Maybe you’ve had a go at something or come up with a really creative look yourself, let me know, and don’t forget to share this with your friends!