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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!FIBER 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.
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.
There’s a fun makeup tag in the Youtube community going around called the “Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty”. I would LOVE to see your responses in the comments below or on my Youtube channel! Here are the questions, and my own answers:
1) GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?
2) WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?
MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer , I currently wear NW25. Sometimes it looks great and covers perfectly, other days it creases.
3) GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?
Fresh’s Sugar lip balms rock my socks! They smell lemony-sweet and feel fantastic on.
4) SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to lazyness?
Eyeshadows…I just don’t have time for them on a daily basis :(
5) PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
Red lipstick, hands down. My personal favorite is Ruby Woo from MAC.
6) LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?
Confidence is key! I love logical thinkers… if we are talking physical then I’m a sucker for the eyes. I know, boring but true lol.
7) ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?
Makeup Forever’s HD Microfinish powder
Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
Too Faced’s Three Way Lash Lining Tool
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