Friday, October 8, 2010

Brush Basics

Investing in quality brushes can be expensive.  But if you take care of them they will last you for years. Below are the basic brushes every girl should have in her make-up bag.  If you’re like me and obsessed with everything MAC you probably have all of their brushes.  MAC’s brushes are numbered in a way to help determine the usage. 

The 100’s series – for face and cheek
The 200’s series – for eyes
The 300’s series – for the lips
Some brushes can be used in different ways.  For example, one brush can be used for concealer and eye shadow application.  So don’t worry too much about the numbers.  Now back to my must have recommendations…
#190: Foundation Brush – Use this brush to apply liquid, emollient and powder foundations, moisturizer, cheek hue, and cream color bases.  I love to use this brush to apply Studio Fix Liquid Foundation.

#129: Powder/Blush – This is great for applying loose or pressed  powder.  Ex. Blot powder or MAC mineralize powder on top of liquid foundation

#239: Eye Shader – Great for applying or building shadow color onto the lid.  Think “Patting color onto the lid technique.”  Just remember to tap the brush to rid it of excess shadow before applying.

#217: Blending Brush – The SOFTEST BRUSH EVER!  Designed for shading and blending crease and lid color.  ~Hint…windshield wiper motion or small circular buffing motions.

#266: Angle Brush – Ideal for lining the eye and eyebrow application.  Great for creating a sexy cat eye.  I use this brush to apply blacktrack fuildline gel liner (my fav!)

#219 Pencil Brush – Great for applying for color into the crease.  I also like to use it to smudge eye shadow on the upper and lower lash line.  I use it also to create a sexy smokey eye look.

It doesn't matter if you use expensive brand name brushes (MAC) or inexpensive (Sephora and Sonia Kashuk at Target are good brands.)  Simply knowing how to use them can mean the difference in a perfectly blended eye or a blotchy one.  Remember: Brushes are the essential tools to create a flawless look so make sure you're using the right ones.

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