After I graduated from college, I never in a million years thought I would have ended up working as a professional makeup artist. Yet, here I am, over 8 years in the game, and finally understanding things more than ever. It’s been quite the journey, and nothing happened over night.
I think it’s safe to say, eye makeup can be quite the challenge for most people. Intimidating even. From the winged liner, smoky eye, glitter tricks, it can get the best of anyone. I understand:-) That’s why I don’t wear it, lol.
All jokes aside, I get it! Do you guys watch these highly creative and thoroughly explained Youtube tutorials, and feel like they’re crammed with sssoooo many products & tools? If you’re anything like me, you probably think, ‘does it really take all’at?!’ lol Short answer: no. it doesn’t:-) lol
Understand, I’m a professional, so it gets trickier for me. On my jobs, it actually MAY take all that. Depending on the look, type of job, face characteristics of the talent/model, etc., But it’s my job, so it goes without saying that I need a wider extension of tools. But for the average beauty, you can step up your eyeshadow game, and achieve 90% of the looks you love, with just 3 types of brushes.
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I’m all about simplicity & natural glam. I love a fierce, beat, look, like most artists; but I’m also extremely practical, and it’s just not my thing.
I aim to nurture the community of women who want to look the best version of their natural self.
But anyway. Back to zee brushes. Let’s get into it!
3 Makeup Brushes to Achieve Almost Any EyeShadow Look
The flat, synthetic brush
With this brush you can apply a cream eyeshadow smoothly. The synthetic bristles help to ‘paint’ the color onto your lid. I love to wear a cream shadow for days when I’m not trying to pull off a complete eyeshadow look, but just want a wash of color or shine on the lid. This kind of brush acts as a mini paint brush, laying the color down evenly.
The fluffy, blending brush.
The fluffy brush! This brush is a MUST. The heartbreaking eyeshadow crimes we see committed on the regs, is the result of a lack of blending! True story😫. You have to blend out those edges people! When you apply a color onto your lid, or into the corner of your eye, take this brush, and go around the EDGES of where that color stops, and move in small circles & wind shield wiper motions. Do this until the line of where that color began is gone! Because the fluffy brush is well, fluffy, lol,–and soft, natural hair bristles– it moves the pigment around evenly, doing all the work for you.
The bullet/dome shaped brush.
I like these kinds of brushes for applying a darker eyeshadow shade in the corner of the eye to “smoke” it out a bit. Because it’s dome shaped, it fits perfectly into the corner of your eyeball. Apply the color in a patting motion, then blend inward, towards the middle of your lid.
*If you’re going for darkness near the base of your lash line, and only want to use 3 brushes, take the dome shaped brush, and push (pat) the dark color into the base of the lashes (or root of the lashes). The same smoked/defined effect will take place!
Eye makeup doesn’t have to be scary:-) And you certainly don’t need to shy away from it, because you don’t have brush #311, 415, 699, 347, lol. Plus, cosmetics are expppeeennssiveee! So, take your time adding to your brush collection. Start off with these 3 types of brushes as a good base to play around with technique, and just getting used to the act of applying eyeshadow.
You don’t need to buy the brands I have pictured, as they’re luxury brands, so here’s some cost friendlier options of each brush:
Hope these tips helped guys! In addition to these tips, the most important way to get better at eye makeup is: practice, practice, practice! But at least now, with the right tools, practice should be a lot more enjoyable!
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