How do you use your RT Brushes?

RT brushes
RT brushes
RT brushes

Real Technique aka RT brushes have quickly become one of, if not the most, popular choices when it comes to makeup brushes. Available at a steal price from Boots and Superdrug you can quickly build up a brush collection that will rival most. All the brushes are of incredible quality and they wash a treat. With so many now to choose from with new brushes being released I wanted to share with you how I use mine and nope I don’t always follow the rules ;)

Powder Brush – this is where I do stick to the rules. Used for setting powders I opt for this fluffy brush to pop on my fav powder to help keep my makeup in place whilst ensuring shine doesn’t break through. It is the perfect partner to my much loved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and they work a treat together.

Blush Brush – I have never used this brush for blusher, not once. Instead I find it to be the perfect contour brush for everyday use. Teamed with my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder this helps to define my cheeks and blend out any harsh lines to keep everything looking natural.

Expert Face Brush – used once for foundation I’ve found this is best teamed with a cream blusher. The dense and short bristles means it’s perfect at blending out a cream product and helps it to look more flawless on your face.

Multi Task Brush – unfortunately this brush is only available in the Travel Essentials set but in my eyes it is worth the set for this brush alone. I use this for every single powder blusher I own as the slightly tapered centre allows you to place your blusher exactly where you want it, however the fluffy brush allows the product to be blended out to ensure no harsh lines are left behind.

Domed Shadow Brush – again this brush is part of the Travel Essentials kit therefore making it more worth while to pick one up ;) Although marketed as an eye shadow brush, I’ve only ever used it for concealer. Whether it be to blend out a highlighting concealer under my eyes or use in conjunction with my Nars Creamy Concealer, this helps to buff concealer into the skin to leave a flawless finish.

Setting Brush – this is one of my RT brushes that I don’t reach for everyday. I don’t have a lot of use for it however I’ve found it works brilliantly when I want to wear my bareMinerals Well Rested Powder to give an intense highlight underneath my eye. It helps with precise application and allows you to control how much you apply.

Contour Brush – part of the Core Collection this is another brush that I don’t reach for on a daily basis. I do use it for contour but only with a very dark shade when I am trying to achieve a dramatic and chiselled look. I find the brush too small to create a natural look but if you are want a strong contour, this will be your best friend.

Shading Brush – inner corner highlight, meet your BFF. Used with a bright pearlescent shadow this brush fits perfectly into the inner corner of your eye or underneath your brow bone to give a touch of shimmer and sparkle.

Buffing Brush – the be all and end all of the RT brush range this cult brush can only be snapped up in the Core Collection. Totally worth it as this makes applying foundation a dream. No matter the consistency or texture this glides foundation on and buffs it in to leave a flawless and perfected base.

  • Jessie

    I haven’t tried any RT brush so far but I am definitely curious about them. I just ordered some dupes on ebay but I will be ordering the real deal soon to make a comparison. What I noticed from the dupes is that they’re quite smaller and more lightweight than my MAC or Sigma brushes for instance. Is this also your experience with the genuine Real Techniques Brushes?

    • I haven’t noticed a different in weight in comparison to my MAC or Sigma brushes. They feel pretty much the same =) xx


    This was really helpful! I do have a tonne of real techniques :)!

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  • Awesome post! I know most of the RT brushes are multi-functional but I’ve only been using them for their intended purpose. I prefer a different brush over the RT blush brush so I think I will be trying it as a contour brush from now on! x

  • Leanne Webber

    Really interesting post.

    I love RT brushes purely for this basis, that they are completely multi purposed!

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  • I love RT brushes, especially the pointed foundation brush for powder and the domed shadow brush for concealer x

  • Grace Cottrell

    Love RT brushes, so soft and barely any shedding when you clean them!

  • Loved this post, we should make this a tag! :) I do actually use my blush brush for blushers and my multi task brush for contouring! Might have to get another blush brush though so I can use one for contouring. I’m using the setting brush to apply concealer under my eyes and on the sides of my nose and the contour brush to apply highlighter. These are definitely some of the best brushes around! xx

  • I’ve been using my blush brush for blush and bronzer and I love it

  • I never use brushes for what they’re meant to be used for. Great designs but terrible pairing suggestions, eh!

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    Sophie x

  • Mary Bloomy

    I only have the expert face from RT brushes and i love it for foundation, i’ll try to use it in different ways :)
    Great post! x

  • Celina

    This is such a great post! I got some ideas on what I can use some of my brushes for now.
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  • I really love the RealTechniques brushes, they’re fantastic. I definitely want to pick up a few more.. although I’ve noticed I don’t use them for their intended purpose!

  • Kerm

    My friend has been raving about these RT brushes, and I’ve been looking into getting a brush kit, and I might get these, they sound amazing! :)

  • I’ve been on the look out for a contour brush, will give the blush brush a go as I rarely use it. great post :) x

  • I am so obsessed with Real Techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  • Meaghan S

    The real techniques multi task brush is one I use for with blush, and the contour brush I actually use with Pressed and or loose setting powder , I use the buffing brush for foundation only , love these brushes and they are well worth buying a few sets of them!