Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Worth It: Makeup Brushes (Eyes)

As promised, today I wanted to share with you which are my favorite eye makeup brushes. These are my five "go to" bushes whenever I apply eyeshadow, eyeliner, concealer, and eyebrow powder. (If you haven't checked out my post on "worth it" face makeup brushes then click here!)

Like I mentioned in my previous post, there are three main factors I look for in good quality brushes:

  • Soft synthetic bristles 
  • No shedding 
  • Keep their shape
Clockwise: Sigma E40, MAC 195, Anastasia 12, MAC 239 / Center: Sigma E05

Here are my "top five" eye makeup brushes:

MAC Eye Shader Brush - 239: This is probably the first "real" makeup brush I ever purchased. That being said, it's been with me for about eight years. This brush is dense, yet soft. So, not only is it great at building up color but, it also allows you to go back and blend out any harsh lines left behind. I can always rely on this shader brush to get the job done.

Sigma Tapered Blending - E40: I mostly use this brush to blend out my crease. Actually, sometimes I even use it to apply the color before I blend it. Its big & fluffy but, at the same time dense & precise. I truly love how it does its job effortlessly.

MAC Concealer Brush - 195: This is actually the only concealer brush that has worked for me. And it's the only one that I use for my under-eyes. All others just don't distribute the product as evenly as this MAC brush does. I tend to blend any concealer on the rest of my face with the Beauty Blender.  On a side note, I also use this brush to "clean-up" the edges of my lips with a bit of concealer whenever I use red lipstick.

Sigma Eyeliner - E05: This eyeliner brush is amazing! I use this brush along with my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. What makes this brush so great is that it keeps its shape. This is important for all makeup brushes but, even more so for an eyeliner brush. The E05 is precise & tapered and, it stays that way no matter how many times you wash it. It delivers a nice smooth line every time.

Anastasia Large Synthetic Duo Brush - #12: They say that "eyebrows frame the face"... So, consequently you need the proper tool to define them correctly. This brush is great at just that, offering precision. For me it's not just about filling-in the brow; it's about creating nice & clean edges. The best part about this brush is that it's a "two in one" tool.  When you're finished filling in your brows just flip the brush over and blend with the spooley to ensure that they stay looking natural.

Do you have any favorite eye makeup brushes? Let me know in a comment down below! I hope this has been helpful in any way, shape or form. Also, I've included links to the items that are still available online.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Until next time!

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