Ok, ok i know its old news to loadsa peeps, but oh my god the mac 224 brush is frigging fantastic for blending!
For ages i was doing all the steps but i could never blend my makeup right. It was either muddy, or washed out, or i couldnt blend out the lines. Its been SUPER frustrating. I had the nyx crease brush (which is like e equivalent of the mac 217) and that didnt work too well for me either because the bristles are too stiff for me.
So I took the hit and finally spent 35 euros on it, gulp!!!
But it turns out its like some kind of miracle brush, it blends shadow blends perfectly and my eyes look seamless with ease.
So to anyone who hasnt invested in one so far, my advice is do it. Its made the difference to my makeup looking really great.