Today I will cover some of the brushes I use for my eyes.

MAC #212 Flat Definer ($20)
The flat shape of this brush along with its firm bristles makes it perfect for lining your lower lash line. What I do is I dip it either into my gel liner or eyeshadow, then I gently push the color onto my lower lash line and I have a perfect line – talk about easy!

MAC #213 Fluff Brush ($20)
This brush does an awesome job for applying eyeshadow onto the eyelid. The bristles are soft yet dense and pick up just the right amount of color. You can use this for a sheer application or pack it onto your lid for more color. I also use it to highlight my brow bone.

MAC #217 Tapered Blending Brush ($22.50)
This is made with the same dense fibers as #239. It is meant for shading or blending of color or creamy products. The oval shape also makes it perfect for blending out harsh edges.

MAC #219 Pencil Brush ($22.50)
The #219 has a firm pencil-shaped tip (hence the name) and its dense fibers work great in depositing color directly onto the crease. I also like using it to blend eyeliner for a smoky eye. This is definitely one of my must-haves!

MAC #224 Tapered Blending Brush ($28)
This brush has a dome shape and is perfect for applying eyeshadow onto the crease. The bristles are also very soft and deposit the right amount of color. All I have to do is dip it in to the eyeshadow, then go back and forth on my crease in a windshield motion and voila! a nicely defined crease.

MAC #228 Mini Shader ($18.50)
For some reason, I ended up with two of these (don’t ask me why). The firm and dense bristles along with the compact size of the brush makes it perfect for applying eyeshadow into the inner corner and other precise areas. The MAC ma also recommends using this for applying concealer.

MAC #239 Eye Shading Brush ($24)
I have heard so much about this brush and when I finally bought it, I can see why people are raving about it. #239 is the brush for eyeshadows. It is very versatile – you can use it to pack eyeshadow on your entire lid or swipe it lightly over your crease for some definition. The bristles are very dense yet soft and it will not tug your skin.

MAC #252 Larger Shader Brush ($29)
Unlike other brushes, this one has really firm fibers which makes it great for applying emollient-based products. I use this mostly to apply cream eyeshadows and MAC’s Paints. It can also double as a concealer brush. The only downside to it is when I wash it, I have to rub it a few more times to get all the product out of the brush. Other than that, it is a pretty good brush.

MAC #266 Small Angle Brush ($16.50)
I cannot live without this! I use it every day and it is *so* versatile! The slanted angle makes it great for lining your lashes and filling in your eyebrows. The firm bristles also help it stay in shape. Loves it!

MAC #316 Lip/Covered Brush ($18.50)
Although this is labeled as a lip brush, I use it for blending eyeliner and eyeshadow in the inner corner. The fibers are small, flat and firm and the tapered tip makes it perfect for those small-area application.

Sephora’s Long Handle Sable Eyeliner Brush ($8)
I *love* this brush and I use it with gel liners, powder eyeshadow and even liquid liners. It can create anything from a thin, precise line to something thicker and I really like the fact that it lasted through repeated washing – it stayed in shape and did not splay at all.

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & Bandwidth Metal Lash Comb
I have one from Sonia Kashuk (~$5) that looks very similar to the one in the picture. Sadly, it has been discontinued but it is great for separating clumps and all you have to do is run it through your lashes when you are done with mascara.

The one pictured is Tweezerman’s Folding Eye Lash Comb

Spoolie
This cute little tool is great for brushing your eyebrows upwards and blending eyebrow powder. I bent mine at a 45 degree angle (it is a trick I picked up from a makeup artist in Hong Kong) and it makes it so much easier to use.

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Here are some lining techniques as requested by I’ve Been Sungified.

Basic Technique
*Top lash line: Tilt your head up slightly, pull your skin taut, look down into a mirror and start from the inner corner working your way towards the outer corner. A pointy but soft brush like Sephora’s Long Handle Sable Eyeliner Brush (US$8) as shown below would work.


Sephora Long Handle Sable Eyeliner Brush


*Bottom lash line: Pull the skin under your eye down a little, look up into a mirror and start from the outer corner lining inwards. I recommend using a push brush like MAC #212 Flat Definer ($20) or an angled brush like MAC #263 Small Angle Brush ($16.50).


MAC #263 Small Angle Brush



MAC #212 Flat Definer

Stila Smudgepot was my first gel liner and used to be my holy grail until I tried MAC Fluidline.

Compared to the Fluidline, the Smudgepot comes in your everyday conservative colors like black, brown, dark plum etc. and is more suitable for those who are color-shy.

The texture is also different. While it does apply smoothly, the Smudgepot feels drier and firmer. Mine dried up in less than a year even though there was still a lot of product left. I will not repurchase this.

Stila Smudgepot is available at Sephora and Beauty.com for $18.

I was totally sucked into Majolica Majorca Automatic Liner by its pretty commericals and cute packaging.

While the promo pictures show a great selection of gorgeous, metallic colors, the liner comes in softer colors and is not as pigmented as shown. I have BK999, which is supposedly a rich black but it shows up a dark gray at most on my NC30 skin. To get a solid black line, you really need to layer it on.

The formula is also a little runnier than my favorite Inoui Liner, making it harder to draw a fine line.

I do like the brush a lot though – the bristles are very soft and do not tug at my skin.

For ~$20, there are definitely better options out there. I will not repurchase.