Monday, October 8, 2012

Stash 101 - Brushes

The key to beautifully blended make up is the application. I have found through experience that the application I use depends on the product being used and how I want my final look to turn out. For the most part I tend to use my fingers and a variety of my favorite brushes. In this post I will highlight a few of the brushes I use most often. 

**Most of these are E.L.F. brushes and can be found at your local Target, or of course at eyeslipsface . PLUS most E.L.F. studio brushes (the black ones) are only $3 . The regular brushes (the white ones) are only $1 !!

First up is E.L.F's complexion brush. It is an extremely soft, dense brush. I use it for my finishing/setting powders or powder foundations. I felt like it was a bit dense-heavy to apply regular powders with and use an old big fluffy Revlon brush to do those. Something I will definetly repurchase if something happened to this one. I have had it for about 2 months now and it does not shed at all ! However, the Revlon one I mentioned sheds like crazy-very annoying !!

Next is their blush brush. It is also very soft and a bit dense but applies the blush very smoothly onto the skin. It is not a round fluffy brush but rather sort of flat. I find myself dabbling it onto my cheek bones rather than circularly applying the blush. I do have a rounder blush brush, brand unknown, for a heavier blush application when needed.  

I am not a huge fan of foundation brushes in general, I have an older one, again brand unknown, that just sopped up the foundation and I felt ate it LOL. I found myself using twice the amount of foundation and getting very little coverage. However, with the E.L.F. foundation brush I apply foundation with my fingers and use this brush to flawlessly blend it. The angle of the brush helps get into nose creases, near the hair line and chin to diminish lines of demarcation. I also sometimes use a beauty blender sponge that I make slightly damp to blend my foundation. It depends on how thick the foundation I am using that day to whether I apply it with the brush or beauty blender.

Now for some eye shadow brushes...First up is the contouring brush. It is a fully, soft, cylinder brush. I have always had "C" shaped brushes to apply my eye shadows so this brush was a first for me. And I love it ! It is also dense and really picks up even cheap eye shadows to apply even and blended colors into the crease of the eye. I am glad I gave this a shot ! Daily user ! 

I use this brush to apply my Physicians Formula gel eye liner . I have never had an angled brush to apply liner before, I traditionally used a straight across or small "C" shaped brush. I am still adjusting to the angle but it does apply the liner evenly and precisely. 

 These four are from the regular line of E.L.F. brushes and I have owned them for a few years now. The top one is their bronzing brush. It is sparse and a bit coarse. I use it to apply my Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Booster  which I use as a highlighter on the tops of my cheeks and temples. The next two and close up below are the "c" shaped eye shadow brushes. The longer bristled one I purchased a year or so ago and the shorter one came in the mineral eye shadow kits I got at Target a couple weeks ago. The bottom one is their smudge eye sponge. I didn't use this one for the longest time until the other day I was using an eyebrow pencil for the first time and used this to help blend it for a more natural look.

For the last picture (I promise !) The top one is a close up of the E.L.F bronzing mentioned in the blurb above. The middle is one of my all time fav brushes. It is Ulta's Professional concealer brush. It is a bit pricey at $14 but I purchased this during a buy one get one free sale, that's the day I got my brush cleaner which I did a review for HERE. This brush is stiff and gives perfect precision concealer application. I have had this one for almost a year now I believe and use it daily so it gets a beating and is a bit frayed. Will deff be repurchasing this one next bogo sale !! The bottom brush is Bare Minerals max coverage concealer brush. I got this brush in a kit about 6 years ago !! Now I use it to apply my under eye concealer(which is actually a liquid not a mineral powder). It gives a soft, smooth blended application for the very delicate area under my eyes. 

I hope this post helps you choose some new brushes for your collection with through reviews of the ones I have tried.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment below or email me directly, I would love to hear what your fav brushes are ! 

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