“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others…” – Audrey Hepburn
HOW TO: A MAKE-UP GUIDE ON MAKE-UP BRUSHES (Part IV)
For those of us who are not just getting back to make-up but getting back to make-up well done!
|| THE EYESHADOW BRUSH
The “Brush” - …is really a white foam tip eye-shadow applicator. The one found in pretty much every palette you buy. I’ll eventually go on to posting about the eye brush sets. However, since we’re either just beginning or getting back to good makeup, we’ll work with what is most widely available and affordable to everyone.
(And just so you know, perfecting your shadow routine on your lids is easy with a few quality supplies and a little practice. It’s all a matter of technique).
Now, the one I have is a rounded, white foam applicator that sits on a long, slim wood-grain handle. This’ll provide a smooth and seamless application.
The Technique - Begin by applying a little eye primer over the eye lids, to ensure the make up stays longer. Dab on and spread it evenly using your finger tips in the area between lashes and brow.
Using one of the flat sides, take a light shade of an eye shadow first onto your sponge tip applicator. Dust off the excess to help control your fall out, i.e. powder falling onto your lower eye. Press and tap the color over the brow area – to prevent any harsh streaking. Blend it in to soften the edges.
Next, choose any two dark shades, first apply the lighter of the two shades over the eye lid. Press and dab the color gently and evenly up to the crease of the eye. Then turn the applicator brush to one side and gently blend it out, right up to the corners. Next, take a little of the other darker shade of eye shadow onto the tip of the applicator brush. Gently press and dab only on the outer portion of the eye lid, to get a dramatic effect.
And voilà! Big. Electric. Bright Eyes.
PS. It’s important to note that there is a difference between foam tip and sponge tip applicators. Sponge is more porous and won’t provide you with as great a finish as foam. You can also buy a pack of dual ended foam tip applicators because technically you’ll have the advantage of being able to work with 4 sides – two on each end.
Otherwise. PRO’s: In addition to price and availability; Colour Transfer – Awesome for packing in colors and creating vibrant looking eye-shadow, especially neon’s and mattes. Precision – You’re able to place colour directly where you want it to be. Control – Applicators don’t wiggle like bristles so they give you more control. Maintenance – Easy since they’re disposable. CON’s Admittedly, there are a few downsides; it’s harder to blend out darker shades.