Now, this article i should have written a very long time ago. Back to when this blog was in French. But its allright, i got you now :-). I often get asked how i do my eye shadow and i always reply that the secrets is in of course the technique but also in the brushes i use. If you want to apply eye shadow like a pro, it will take you more than your finger tips. Brushes are key in eye makeup, and there are sooooo many different ones for different eye shapes, effects, shadow textures etc..but i always find my self gravitating around the same brushes. They are my go to eye makeup brushes and they make my eye shadow application nice and smooth. Here is why:
Before i tell you about the brushes, let have a brief 101 on « How to apply eyeshadow ».
Rule numero #1 :
Blending is KEY! Take your time to blend well. Trust me, if its not well blended, its not well done and it wont look good.
Rule numero #2 :
There are 4 major spots on your eyes where to put eye shadows ; The lid, the crease, the brow bone and the under eye\waterline. It’s very importat to know where they are and what type of brushes to use there. Dont worry its not as complicated as you may think right now. Click here to see what im talking about 🙂
Now let’s jump right in the subject shall we?
1- The blending brush(es)
A blending brush is your best friend when it comes to eyeshadow application. I can apply my transition colors with it and blend out all the colors so that the final result is nice and smooth. Using one blending brush in completely fine but i like to use two. The white one (Sigma E35) serve me to apply transition colors (above the crease) and the black one (Sigma E40) to blend everything out since it’s less dense and more fluffy. I do a lot of back and forth between these two brushes. I always apply shadows with a light hand and build the color up to my desire intensity.
2- The crease brush
The Mac 210 brush is one of those brushes that are perfect to apply eyeshadow right in the crease. It’s also a blending brush but more dense and oval witch makes it perfect for adding dimension to your eye look and create a smokey eye.
3- The shading brush
This is the kind of brush you use to apply product on the lid. Some times your finger is the best tool to apply eyeshadow on your lid but if you are like me you dont like using your hands to do your makeup so you take the appropriate brush. Mine is the Sigma E55 .
4- The pencil brush
When im done applying eyeshadow on the upper side of my eyes, i like to do the same on the lower side. Of course i have many different brushes that i use for that specific area. But when i dont want to botter my self too much, i use a pencil brush. Any kind will do. I use it to apply colors under my waterline, smoked out my liner (up and down), define my crease and apply highlight in the inner corner of my eyes (it opens them).
So that’s it! Those are my 5 five essential brushes that i recomend you to use, but as for the brands you don’t have to get them excatly where i got mine. There are many other places that sells them, even for a lower price. Although if you are ready to invest in good quality and buy from the same place i did, i highly suggest Sigma.com or Mac cosmetics (if you dont like to order online). PS : Sigma is cheaper than Mac.