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Hello beauty lovers!

I wanted to catch you all up on some of the makeup I’ve done lately. The first one was for a mother of two and nurse, Melissa A. She and her husband were celebrating their 28th birthdays with a joint “white” party in Silverlake, and she wanted a sexy smoky eye with a bright lip. After reviewing some choice photos on Pinterest, we decided on this combo:

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Check her out at the white party! #smokin. Dress by Stephanie Arango.

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PRODUCTS USED:

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette 1, Dark Horse eyeshadow all over the lid with MAC’s Reflects Antiqued Gold glitter. MAC Bamboo and Soft Brown in the crease with Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Brows done with MAC Lingering brow pencil and Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

Lips: MAC Prolong Wear lip pencil in Anticipation with Viva Glam Nicki 1 lipstick and peach lip gloss from Youngblood Cosmetics.

Face: I used Dinair’s Airbrush makeup for a natural finish with staying power.

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80s Makeup Tutorial

Hello my totally rad and tubular Betties! Today I’m bringing you neon, brights and frosty 80’s love with my brand spankin’ new makeup tutorial. A few months back I did a 70’s Makeup video and it got a big response, so I figure you dolls like to see the decades! This is a great look to wear to any 80’s themed party or even Halloween.

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My inspiration behind this look was Boy George- He influenced everyone with his dramatic fashion and beauty choices in the 1980s! Boy George was known for sharp angles and bold brights, and that’s what I tried to emulate here. WATCH BELOW!

 

Here are some closeups of the look (feel free to Pin them!)

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OCC Lip Tar in Nylon with NYX Fuchsia lip pencil

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80s Eye Makeup

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80s Eye Makeup

PRODUCTS USED:

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Abyss
Youngblood Cosmetics Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon
MAC Shadows in Electric Eel, Crystal Avalanche, Deep Truth
MAC Fluidline in Black Track
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
MAC Prep & Prime in Light Boost
Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer
MAC Passionate shadow as blush
Benefit Watt’s Up highlighting stick
NYX Fuchsia lip liner
OCC Lip Tar in Nylon


Hi Beauties,

Summer has already reared her unforgivably hot head in some parts of the United States, and that means a major increase in face grease. If you live in super humid areas or suffer from an oily T-zone, there is help. There are a ton of products out there made specifically for this problem and can help control your oil and keep your foundation from dripping down your chin.

Philosophy Total Matteness Oil-free Pore Eraser: $40

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This natural product is made with bamboo extract, which absorbs 200% of its weight in oil. Lentil seed minimizes the appearance of large pores and salicylic acid helps remove build-up of dead cells around the pore wall, brightening its darkened appearance. Since this is a serum,  all you have to do is pat in a small amount just in the areas you are oily- normally the T-zone (forehead and nose, possibly the chin and upper lip area too). Do this first, then apply your primer and foundation. You can also wear this on bare skin!

MAC Cosmetics Matte Creme: $20

MATTE

This clear silicone-based product is a matte-ifying cream that acts like a powder, M·A·C Matte can be used on bare or made-up skin. I’m a huge fan of this stuff. It literally changes the texture of your skin, making it velvety soft while also soaking up all the oil. Apply this after your moisturizer, and before primer and foundation. It can also be used on bare or made-up skin.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray: $29

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De-Slick is a makeup setting spray that mists on to control oil and deflect surface shine. This stuff will also help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading. Developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this formula features a patented Temperature Control Technology that actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to help it stay put while also keeping your skin oil-free!


TGIF Beauties!

Since it’s Friday and some of you are probably planning a fabulous night out, I thought I’d bring you a “going out” makeup look. This makeup is super -wearable but still has nighttime elements like glitter and smoke.  Ooh-la-la!

This is a great makeup look to try if you have a ton of bold, bright eyeshadow colors and have no idea how to use them. Don’t be afraid of color! Instead of smearing it all over, line your lower lid with it. You will get a pop of color without feeling like you went overboard. Balance everything out with a light lip and natural skin. I skipped lashes for this look, but if you’re feeling a little vixen, go for it. Lashes have a way of finishing the look, kind of like the frame around a masterpiece- it’s also the reason celebrities always look so put together on the red carpet.

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PRODUCTS USED:

Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

Urban Decay “Junkie” 24-7 eyeliner

Makeup For Ever Star Powder in Gold

Makeup For Ever Aqua Brow in #3

Youngblood Cosmetics Pink Cashmere Creme Blush

MAC Springsheen Blush

MAC Soar lip liner

MAC Viva Glam Nicki and Creme de Nude lipsticks

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Hello beauties, today I’m bringing you a MAC Cosmetics’ Baking Beauties extravaganza! Each year, MAC Pro in Beverly Hills throws a special event to pre-launch a major collection. This year, they pre-launched THREE. As usual, the party was packed to the capacity. Here’s a view of what it looked like from the street:

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Baking Beauties is MAC’s new spring collection that features- you guessed it- a baking theme. Cakes in pastel shades lined the perimeters of the store and the air swirled with sweet scents. Senior artists and trainers came up with these three lovely cake-themed body paint jobs. So delicate and pretty.

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It was…beyond packed. To avoid crowds, I always suggest coming to these events early, or at the very least, on time. That way you’ll have time to purchase the new items and enjoy the ambiance.IMG_4438

The waiters couldn’t even make it past the registers before all the food and drinks were snatched up! Tasty treats and bubbly pink champagne are popular for the makeup crowd.IMG_4440

Chef Andrew was the cake decorator of the evening, steadily working on this masterpiece amidst the glitter and flashing camera lights.IMG_4442

These four insanely talented ladies rocked the house with their string quartet version of hip-hop and top 40 songs. The crowd absolutely loved them. IMG_4447

Nothing says GIRL POWER like a lady bringing down the house on a violin!IMG_4451

A pink Swarovski crystal-embellished violin- stuff only dreams are made of!IMG_4452

Now for all the new products.

I am really digging these liquid-powder highlighters from In Extra Dimension. My favorite way to use them is with a #190 foundation brush. Great for the cheek bones!IMG_4454

I’m also obsessed with Opalesse Extra Dimension eye shadow. Reminds me of Pink Opal pigment, but creamier. All the shadows in this collection look white-ish in the pot, but give off a different reflective color on the skin. This one reflects pink.

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Here’s a Pro-only exclusive collection called Nudes & Metallics. Four shades of beige lipsticks in different textures with a matching blush and four eye shadows, as well as four metallic red-based lipsticks with a complimenting blush and four shadows. I’m pretty sure everything from this collection is already sold out.

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Here’s a quick swatch of the metallic lipsticks. I love the super dark one called Dominate! (Top left swatch)

*It was a little difficult for the true colors to show up in these photos because all the lighting in the store was pink.*

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Here’s the motherload: Baking Beauties!IMG_4460

Anytime glitter is given the spotlight, I’m a happy girl. I was very excited to see that this collection included not one but TWO! I’m also a huge fan of the five Pro-Longwear Paint Pots. They each have a gorgeous shimmery finish. IMG_4461

It was so packed, I almost missed my MAC Pro buddy Jorge whizzing in and out of the crowd!

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I crowd-surfed my way up to the registers where I found MAC Pro managers Candice and Jason in rare form.IMG_4464

Thank you to my beautiful friends, makeup artist Nicole Wittman and Jennifer Castaneda of Refine LA for accompanying me on this MAC-venture!IMG_4467

I wish I could have taken more photos of the lovely staff and swatched more products, but it was wall-to-wall people so I’m lucky I got what I did on film.

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Hello my beauties, today we are going to talk about smoky eyes. Everyone wants them, and everyone is equally afraid to try them. Many people fall victim to smearing black eyeshadow all over their eyes and ending up with a “raccoon eyes” result.

Here’s the solution: smoky eyes don’t always mean black eye shadow. Every skin tone has a shade of shadow that gives the effect of a smoky eye, and that’s not always black. If you’re an expert, then by all means, go ahead with the blackest shadows money can buy. For the rest of us, here’s a cheat sheet to help pick the right shade of smoky for your skin tone.

MY GOLDEN RULE FOR ALL SKIN TONES:

The darker the shadow, the more MATTE it should be. Stay away from frosty blacks to avoid shadow fallout and muddiness.

Fair/Light Skin

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If you are super pale, (including many Asian skin tones) then you have to be especially careful with dark eye shadows. I suggest sticking to varying shades of grey. Feline or Incubus shadows by Illamasqua are perfect for you.

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Sweep a light grey all over the lid, buff in a dark grey into the crease. Line your water line with a dark grey pencil. Dot the inner corners of your eyes with a pale, shimmering silver.

Medium Skin

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If you are medium-skinned, swap out your black shadow for dark plums. Makeup For Ever Eye Shadow in #160 is a winner. Pat a lavender or silver shadow on the lid, and buff in a dark, MATTE plum color in the crease. Line your waterline with a black pencil.

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Olive/Medium-Dark Skin

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Olive and Medium-Dark skin tones usually have golden undertones. What goes with golden? Deep, dark teal. Plumage by MAC is a gorgeous matte blackened-teal that will give you a soft, smoky eye. Pat a frosty dark grey on the lid. Buff the dark matte teal in your crease. Use a black pencil in your waterline and you’re set.

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Dark Skin

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If you have dark skin, you can totally get away with using a matte black eye shadow like Crave by Urban Decay. If you aren’t feeling confident you can always substitute the black for a rich brown or even a velvety maroon like Inglot’s Matte #326. Pat a shimmery brown all over your lid then buff the dark matte brown (or maroon) into your crease. Fill the waterline with a black pencil and you’re set.

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Deep dark skin tones like Alek Wek almost always need a rich black eye shadow to intensify even an every-day look. To off-set the black in the crease, I suggest patting a metallic eyeshadow all over your eye lid. The bright metal pigment will push your eyelids forward while the black eyeshadow will deepen your crease, giving you a beautiful 3-dimensional look. You can’t go wrong with MAC’s Woodwinked eye shadow and Urban Decay’s matte black shadow in Crave.

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Hello beauties! For those of you with extremely light and super dark skin, finding foundations and concealers to match your skin tone can be challenging. Unfortunately, not every makeup brand out there has a broad range of shades and it’s frustrating when you are at the makeup counter and everything you try either looks patchy, ashy or gray. Diptic(1)

Below I’ve compiled a list of companies who cater specifically to your skin tones.

PALE SKIN:

Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts – This U.K. line focuses on makeup specifically for women with very light skin.
MAC Cosmetics – MAC is known for their extensive shades in foundations and concealers and also carries white pigments that can be added to regular foundations to lighten them.
Illamasqua- Illamasqua is also known for carrying an endless variety in shades in foundations and concealers and carries white pigments as well.

DEEP DARK SKIN:

BlackUp Paris This French line is specifically catered to women of color and offers a variety of shades.

Iman Cosmetics - Another brand specifically designed for women of color, supermodel Iman is the woman behind the brand. What I especially love is that she carries BB cream in a ton of darker shades! It’s very hard to find BB creams for dark skin, as this product was first created in Asia for lighter-skinned women.

Black Opal Beauty - Another brand specifically designed for women of color, what I love most about them is the amazingly low prices! You can score a foundation stick for just under $10.

MAC Cosmetics (some good foundations for deeper skin tones – MAC full coverage foundation has a black foundation used to mix if needed)

Illamasqua (very good deep foundations including a pure black)

TIP FOR PALE SKIN

WHITE PIGMENT- If you have a foundation you already love, a great option is to add a pure white pigment to your product. MAC sells their sheer Face & Body Foundation in White, but it’s only sold in the Pro stores. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom for a list of the Pro chstore locations worldwide. If you don’t live near a MAC Pro, you can always call the nearest store to you and have it shipped. Illamasqua also carries a white foundation in form of their ever-popular Skin Base online HERE. If you want sheer coverage, use MAC’s Face & Body White. If you want medium coverage, go to Illamasqua’s Skin Base in 01. These two products can really enhance your foundations and stay true to your milky complexion.

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TIPS FOR DEEP DARK SKIN

BLACK PIGMENT- Similar to the pale skin/white foundation theory, your deep dark skin can benefit from mixing black pigments into your foundation. I suggest applying the foundation that matches closest to your skin all over, then contour the sides of your face with Illamasqua’s Powder Foundation in Charcoal Black. This will bring out the dimensions in your facial structure and give you an HD look. Illamasqua also carries their Rich Liquid Foundation in a black with warm brown undertones, and this can actually be mixed in with your liquid foundations to darken them.

DARK ORANGE POWDERS WITH SHIMMER- Applying a shimmer powder to your cheekbones and T zone will prevent the look of flat skin. I am obsessed with using MAC’s Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Cajun on my darker-skinned clients. The burnt orange undertones and shimmer make any deep dark skin glow perfectly. If you can’t find a specific color-correcting powder, look for it in form of a blush or a bronzer. There are many uses for products, don’t get stuck in the same rut!

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It’s MAC Monday, folks! For my MAC Monday posts, I like to highlight a go-to MAC product that I feel every woman must have in her arsenal. Today’s pick is Ruby Woo lipstick.

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Ruby Woo is not your average red lippy. It is the perfect shade of cherry-red. It’s not too orange and not too dark. It’s also a retro-matte formula, which means it’s super long wearing and stays true to the color your see in the tube. I refuse to wear red lipsticks that aren’t matte, because as most of us have experienced, red lipstick smears everywhere. The retro-matte formula of Ruby Woo is one of the only reds that I trust enough to put on my clients and of course for myself. And for just $15, it’s a steal. Here’s a shot of me rocking my fave back in the fall of 2012.

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What’s also great about this lipstick is that it’s the perfect red for any skin tone. Let’s look at some examples:

CAUCASIAN OR LIGHT SKIN

Dita Von Teese, a MAC spokesmodel and burlesque super star is a huge fan of Ruby Woo. It pops beautifully on her pale skin.

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HISPANIC OR MEDIUM SKIN

Kim Kardashian is wearing Ruby Woo in this photo on its own. It looks so rich with her skin tone!Kim K

ASIAN OR OLIVE SKIN

Here is long-time Ruby Woo supporter Karen of Makeupandbeautyblog.com. I’m tellin’ ya this lipstick looks good on everyone! Karen Makeup & Beauty Blog

DARK SKIN

Here’s the lovely Kelly Rowland rocking Ruby Woo on a red carpet. The blue-red undertones are gorgeous with her skin.

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The Los Angeles IMATS (International Makeup Trade Show) returned this past weekend to the Pasadena Convention Center. It might seem like it’s too soon, and that’s because it’s normally in L.A. in June. The IMATS bosses decided to switch it up and host IMATS in London in June, and L.A. in January (most likely due to London’s freezing winters).

The last two times I went to the IMATS, I got some fantastic deals, but unfortunately, I don’t do well in large crowds. Literally THOUSANDS of people go to the IMATS and Saturday and Sunday are always sold out. It is jammed booth to booth with people and everyone shoving and pushing each other. I had originally decided to skip the IMATS this year to avoid mean foreigners and strollers with crying babies, but I got an opportunity to help out at the MAC Cosmetics booth on their Pro day (Friday). Let me tell you…Pro day is such a different experience. Everyone in attendance is a makeup artist, and it’s not sold out, so there is room to breathe.

Here’s part of the crew at the MAC Booth. We had so much fun working together! IMG_2349

One of my favorite people I met in 2012, Jorge from MAC Pro. He loves playing dead in photos, ha ha! He’s very artistic and has the most unique/hilarious personality.IMG_2369

I bounced on over to the Lime Crime booth where I found Doe Deere and her lovely team, who let me preview their brand-new, not-yet-for-sale Glitter Helper. This is a skin-safe adhesive that keeps glitter on without getting muddy. Best of all, it’s cruelty-free and vegan-formulated.IMG_2370

I also had the chance to pop on over to the Youngblood Cosmetics booth where I ran into PR-sweetheart Crystal. IMG_2366

Crystal showed me all the new stuff going on at Youngblood, including their new spring line “In Bloom,” which features a revitalizing mineral mist spray, a lovely pink-peach lipstick and a gorgeous teal gel liner.IMG_2364

Youngblood also came out with an “Anti-Shine Mattifier.” Swipe this product on your skin before foundation to keep oil from pooling onto your T-Zone. This stuff feels super velvety, and just like everything else from YB Cosmetics, it’s cruelty-free and vegan :)

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Me and Jason, Ops Manager for MAC Pro at our booth :)IMG_2372

I noticed a lot of makeup vendors were missing this year, and I think it’s because of the date change. I can see why some companies didn’t want to come back only 6 months later. Too Faced, Makeup For Ever and Urban Decay were all absent, but Inglot thankfully was there in full force.IMG_2353

Here’s my small stash from the IMATS:

Lime Crime’s Uniliner in Rhyme and Velveteen matte gloss in Red Velvet, a glitter polish with big and small particles of gold glitter and Inglot’s #77 black eye liner gel, which everyone has been raving about.

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Did any of you go to the IMATS this year? What brand were you most excited to see? Was there any that you missed?


You’ve watched Youtube tutorials and read tips from the experts in Cosmo and Glamour. You have all the right products. Now what? Makeup brushes.

Makeup brushes are the most important and yet expensive tools to have in your stash. But I promise you, they are absolutely essential. What’s the point in have good quality makeup when you’re rubbing it on with a thick sponge, soaking up all the product, or worse, with un-sanitized fingers? Brushes give you smooth (and clean) makeup application, from giving your skin an airbrushed look to creating that flawless black eyeliner.

Now that I’ve convinced you that you need brushes, where do you start? I know it can be overwhelming to walk into a makeup store or counter and look at all those pricey brushes. So let me break it down for you.

In the video below, I’ve whittled it down to four essential brushes every woman should have, without breaking your wallet. I’ve also got some intermediate-level brushes for those of you wanting more options. If you keep watching, I break down how to keep your brushes clean to last you a lifetime.

Let’s Take a Look at Each Makeup Brush For Beginners

FLAT EYESHADOW BRUSH

This brush will help you apply shadow to your lids and brow bones quickly. You can also use this to apply concealer.

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ANGLE BRUSH

This brush will help you line your eyes with eyeshadow powders or any gel and liquid liners. It’s also a great tool to use when filling in your eyebrows.

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FLUFFY EYESHADOW BRUSH

This fluffly tapered brush will help you buff in darker shadows in your crease. It’s a must have! If you try to do your crease with a flat eye shadow brush it will smear all over. The fluffy shape of this brush will apply a small amount of shadow at a time. TIP:  Use it in tiny circles and windshield-wiper motions.217

BLUSH BRUSH

Don’t be fooled by the name. This brush is small enough to do your blush, but big enough to also do your loose/pressed powder and bronzer.

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INTERMEDIATE “NEXT STEP” BRUSHES

POINTED LINER BRUSH

For those of you who have the angle brush down and are experts at doing perfect eyeliner, the pointed liner brush is the next step. This brush will give you precise flicks and perfect lines when used correctly. TIP: Use your pinky as an anchor against your face to give you a steady line.

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PENCIL BRUSH

The pencil brush is fantastic for smudging pencil and gel liners along the bottom and top of your lids. For those of you with a smaller eye shape, this brush is amazing in the crease!

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FIBER OPTIC FACE BRUSH

MAC spear-headed the fiber-optic brush movement, but most lines carry these nowadays. The sparsely placed fibers apply a small amount of product at a time to your face and cover large areas quickly. TIP: use this brush to set your makeup with Makeup For Ever’s HD Powder. I die!

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ADVANCED CREASE BRUSH

The hairs on this crease brush are finer than the original one I showed you earlier, and there are less hairs in each brush as well. These two things make this brush perfect for precisely adding deep, dark colors in the outer corners of your crease. If you are a smoky eye fan, try this brush. It will keep you from developing raccoon eyes. TIP: Remember, small circles, buff, buff, buff!MAC 224

LIP BRUSH

For those of you who don’t like applying lipstick directly from the tube, or looking for a more precise application, a lip brush is for you. I always go for retractable lip brushes, or ones that come with caps, so I can throw it in my purse for touch-ups. Lip_Brush

FOUNDATION BRUSH

This painter-like brush is great for moisturizer, primer or foundation application. TIP: Paint on the product in football player-like marks, then blend in with your clean fingertips. Or, if you have time, blend in using the brush. Don’t forget your neck!foundation-brushFIBER OPTIC BUFFER BRUSH

I love fiber-optic brushes so much that I included another. This is a smaller, flat-top version of the original fiber optic face brush and can be found at most brands. The size is perfect for blending in highlighters and liquid concealers in that delicate eye area- its get in all the nooks and crannies. TIP: apply liquid concealer directly under the eyes then buff in using the brush in circular motion, while your eyes are closed.130-Short-Duo-Fibre

MAC BRUSHES

While I adore MAC Cosmetics’ brushes and products, they are no longer cruelty-free, so I don’t feel right recommending their brushes to you. I purchased all of my MAC brushes during the time when MAC was 100% cruelty-free. Recently they have changed their policy. It now states, “M.A.C has a longstanding policy to not test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.” Fans are speculating that  MAC changed their policy in order to legally sell in countries that require animal testing of sale items, such as China. I still like to believe that MAC is cruelty-free in places outside of China. But there’s no real way of knowing. In no way do I think MAC is a bad company. They do so many good things, like the MAC Aids Fund and Kids Helping Kids. Hopefully they will find a way to become cruelty-free again.

CRUELTY-FREE & ECO-FRIENDLY BRUSH BRANDS

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics  100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free

Cozzette 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free, Made in the United States

Crown Brush 100% Cruelty-Free. All natural bristles are purchased from fully licensed & accredited suppliers that adhere to a strict non-cruelty code of ethics

Bdellium Tools- The Green Bambu Series features eco-friendly makeup brushes with all sustainable bamboo handles and all vegan soft synthetic bristles and an anodized aluminum ferrule.



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