The new eyeshadows from MAC Technacolor Collection are so pretty I was literally drooling over every single one of them at the counter! *lol*
For Sanura – sorry it took so long!
Definition of Blending
Blend:- to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished.
When it comes to blending eyeshadows, the same definition applies. Basically, you try to mix the colors together so there is a gradation. And how exactly do you do this? There are a million ways – some prefer using fingers, some use sponges but I strongly suggest using brushes.
When you blend with a brush, you will not rub off the color like you do with fingers. The direction in which you blend does not matter at all – you can blend upwards, downwards, to the left or to the right. The key here is to make sure there are no sharp lines between the colors
Different brushes are good for blending different areas. As I have mentioned in some of my past entries, I prefer a large eyeshadow brush for blending eyeshadow on the lid and MAC’s #224 for blending color on the crease. My newest fave is MAC’s #239. I use it to blend eyeshadow on both the lid and the crease.
* Patience and practice is all it takes to mastering this skill.
* Always start with lighter colors before moving to something darker.
* Wipe your brush with a Kleenex every time you blend a different color or simply use another clean brush.
Makeup Brushes Reviews Part II – Eyes
Pairing blue with brown is a hottt look for the summer. Want proof? Just look at the print ad from Shu Uemuera on the left. Makeup companies are also putting both shades in their eyeshadow palettes.
* Hard Candy Eyeshadow Quartet in Suede
* Estee Lauder Graphic Color EyeShadow Quad in Enigmatic Khaki
* Kate Contrasting Eyes Palette in EX-1
* Shu Uemura Pressed Eyeshadow/Glow on Palette from the Amaterasu collection
* MAC Blue Brown pigment
I did a similar look a few days ago but instead, I used MAC Surreal eyeshadow on my entire lid, MAC Zonk Bleu! eyeshadow on the crease and lined my top and bottom lashes with Jane’s Magical Mushroom eyeshadow. The result? A look that is pretty and not too over the top.
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.
||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
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.
Makeup Brushes Reviews Part I – Face
Since it is St. Patty’s day, I would like to write about one of my favorite eyeshadow colors – green. As we all know, green is notorious for making brown eyes pop. It is also an uber versatile color – you can pair it with blue, purple, gold, black and brown plus you can create different looks with different greens. For a sultry look, do a smoky eye with a darker, mossy green. If you just want a hint of color to brighten up your eyes, pick a pastel green. Go with a bright green when you’re in a fun mood. Below are some of my picks that would look *hot* on Asian eyes:
Since I have been posting about eyes makeup so much lately, I wanted to do a little poll on your favorite eyeshadow and your natural eye color. Just copy and paste the following, type in your answers and post them as a comment.
And heere’s mine:
Favorite Eyeshadow: MAC Lavender Sky
Eye Color: Dark brown