Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weapons of mass creation, part two

Part Two has arrived! If you haven't read part one of this post that's ok, there isn't any particular order. If you'd like to start at the beginning, here's the link;

Moving along....

Eye Brushes

There are many, many types of eye brushes out there. Choosing one that you need may seem a bit daunting at first, but I'll help clear some of that up. Shader brushes, angled brushes, fluffy brushes, and blending brushes. There are sub-types for each of these 'main' types of brushes. They all come in different sizes and shapes. Again, I'll go over what I have and what I use them for!

The MAC 252 SE, No-Name brand small shader, Sonia Kashuk Small shader, Sonia Kashuk Concealer brush

Shader brushes have many uses and come in different sizes and stiffnesses. The MAC 252 is a larger sized brush, while my no-name brand is much smaller in comparison. These brushes are also different in their firmness. The MAC Brush is much stiffer in compairison to my generic small shader. They are both soft to the touch.

-Shading eyeshadow
-Shading and blending emolient based products
-Packing eyeshadow onto the lid

Top: MAC 252 Bottom: No-Name

The odd ones out...

My two Sonia Kashuk brushes are different from the first two shader brushes I mentioned above, but I would still definately consider these shader brushes. Firstly, the concealer brush is made from synthetic fibres (I mention the reasoning for this in my previous post) and the small shader is not. I use these for a lot of different things.

The concealer brush:

-Applying concealer (obviously) to the under eye area and anywhere on the face.
-Applying emolient based products
-Packing glitter products on the lid

The small shader:

-Applying shadow to the lower lash line (As eyeliner)
-Applying shadow to the upper lash line (As eyeliner)
-Defining the crease
-Blending out eyeliner
-Blending small areas of eyeshadow
-Applying small amounts of highlighter to the inner tear duct and brow bone.

So you can see that I use these in several different ways, and I have to say, I really love that Sonia Kashuk small shader!

Fluffy or Blending Brushes

Again, fluffy brushes and blending brushes come in several different forms. So I'll just jump right into it!

The MAC 219SE, Sonia Kashuk fluffy crease brush, Face Secrets shadow blender, No-Name fluffy brush, Sonia Kashuk dome shaped blender, Sonia Kashuk fluffy brush

The MAC 219 gave me trouble in giving it a catergory, so I added it here because it makes the most sense. It's a stiff, densely packed, natural bristle brush with a very pointed tip, giving it it's name; pencil brush.

-Blending out crease colors
-Packing color into the crease
-Creating sharp lines
-Accentuating the 'outer V' of the eye
-Blending eyeliner on the upper and lower lash lines

Sonia Kashuk fluffy crease brush is a soft natural hair brush that is loosely bound to make it nice and fluffy.

-Applying light washes of color to the crease
-Blending out crease colors
-General blending

The Face Secrets Shadow Blender (which is a discontinued product from Sally Beauty Supply) is a stiff, flat, natural fibre brush that is densely packed.

-Applying highlight color to the brow bone
-Applying highlight color to the cheek bone
- Intense blending (because it's so stiff)

No-Name fluffy brush is an interesting brush that I don't use enough. It's a fluffy tapered/squared brush that's pretty flexible compared to the Face Secrets brush.

-Applying highlight color to the brow bone
-Applying highlight color to the cheek bone
-Light blending
-Applying light washes of color to the lid
-Applying light washes of color to the brow bone

The Sonia Kashuk dome shaped blender is a fantastic tool, on the stiffer side, it's a natural hair brush.

-Applying meduim to heavy color to the crease
-Intense blending
-Adding color to the inner tear duct
-Applying highlight to the brow bone
-Blending the 'outer V'
-Layering crease colors

Sonia Kashuk Fluffy Brush is another natural fibre brush that is not very stiff and can be used for all the same things as the no-name brush discussed previously.

-Applying highlight color to the brow bone
-Applying highlight color to the cheek bone
-Light blending
-Applying light washes of color to the lid
-Applying light washes of color to the brow bone
-Blending crease colors

Eyeliner and Brows

From left to right: Bent Liner, MAC 209 SE,
 No-Name angled liner, Sonia Kashuk
 angled brow brush
These brushes pictured are used for lining the eyes and filling in the brows. You can use the liner brushes with gel liner, cream liner, powder, cake liner, and any eye safe emolient products. The angled brushes I use for filling in brows and lining the eyes. The bent liner brush is my favorite out of all of these because the angle of the brush itself makes lining the eyes incredibly easy. Definately worth the investment!


Hope this was helpful! And now that I feel like I have gotten a lot of preliminary information covered I will hopefully have tutorials and reviews posted soon!

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