Using The Right Makeup Brushes

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Makeup brushes are one of the most highly prized possessions of professional makeup artists.  Using the right brush can allow you to place the color on correctly in just seconds. It picks up the color, holds it and then deposits just the right amount to the face area you’re working on.  When you find the right one you’ll see what a difference precision application makes.  Use these makeup tips to find your favorites.

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Professional Makeup Brushes

makeup brushesThe difference between an everyday makeup look and one that captures the attention is often just a matter of using the right makeup brush.

Professional makeup brushes are different than those you might find at the drugstore, although there are cheap makeup brushes that work.  Professional tools are shaped correctly for easy cosmetic application to the face or body.

Each tool is designed specifically for one main area of the face. Knowing which one to choose will allow you to create maximum impact with a minimum of work.

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“Pro makeup brushes give amazing results.”

Best Makeup Brushes To Start With

Foundation Brushes

    • – You can use these with all types of makeup foundation bases, from creme to liquid.

Kabuki Brush – Short and round. A favorite for applying mineral makeup with.  It can also be used with regular powder cosmetics.

Concealer Brush – It gets in those hard to reach areas like the eyelids.  You can also use it to cover dark circles and spots with.

Contouring Brush – It’s fluffy with a slanted angle to the bristles.  That makes it perfect for the cheek area, but you can also use it under your chin or anywhere you want to apply powder.

Blush Brush – Hitting the apples of your cheeks and appearing like you have a flush of color is easy by using this. It should only take one swipe.

Bronzer Brush – Flatter, wider and fluffier than a blush brush.  Whisk on the look of a healthy tan in just seconds.

Powder Brush – Usually the largest one of your collection.  It’s used for applying translucent powder to set your makeup with.

Eyeshadow Brush – Everyone needs one that’s a standard size and flat.  It can do everything from applying eyeshadow all the way up the eye, highlighting and even work in the crease.

Slanted Eyeshadow Brush – The angle makes it perfect for getting in that crease area, but it can be used for one color eyeshadow application, too.

Crease Brush – A terrific solution for keeping the eyeshadow colors concentrated in the crease area.

Liner Brush – Either a pointed tip or flat slant works.  You might find the flat slant is easier to “walk” your eyeliner across.  This versatile instrument can also be used apply eyeshadow under the eyes with.

Smudge Brush – Going for smokey eye makeup looks?  It’s perfect for smudging everything from pencil eyeliner to eyeshadow. Look for a tiny tip.

Spoolie – This is a like a large clean mascara brush.  It’s sometimes referred to as a brow groomer. You can use it on your eyebrows or eyelashes.  Works wonders.

Lip Brush – You’ll be surprised at what a difference precision application can make on your total lip makeup look.

Those are the basic brushes, and then every makeup artist has their own special ones.  Often they trim old ones to make a specific shape for something they want to try.  You can do that yourself – It’s fun!

4 Important Makeup Tips

1.Start your collection by buying a slanted eyeshadow brush and see what a difference it makes in your look.

2. Keep your brushes separate from your cosmetics.  Use a brush holder or a makeup bag, or brush roll designed specifically for your brushes.

3. Cleaning makeup brushes should be done on a regular basis. Make sure to condition them afterward.

4. Toss out the brush if you find the bristles are coming loose because it can ruin the application.

Amazing makeovers are a combination of professional makeup methods, beautiful cosmetics colors and using the right makeup brushes for placement.

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Everyday Beauty Questions

What is the best makeup for oily skin?

Oily skin is tough to deal with especially in the summer.  My fix:  oil free primer and Make Up For Ever HD foundation powder.I know Mary Kay has a good mattifier, and I like Bare Escentuals foundation as it soaks up all the extra oil.  Keep blotting sheets with you for touch ups throughout the day.

Should you match your eyeshadow color to your clothes?

NO!  If you’re wearing a green shirt, don’t wear green eyeshadow- it’s too matchy matchy.  Instead, choose something that is opposite on the color wheel.  My biggest tip:  the brighter the clothes, the more neutral color the makeup- this doesn’t mean you need to do a simple look… You can wear a dramatic look if you have a bright pink top on, but go with a black smokey eye or a brown smudged look instead of something with color.  If you are wearing black, brown, or another neutral, then go with a brighter color for the eyes or lips for that “pop”.


How do I cover up acne?

Use concealer that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin.  If you use a light concealer, it’s only going to enhance the acne instead of actually hiding it.  The trick is to blend around the edges or apply foundation over the concealer to smooth out the color difference.  If you have redness from the acne, use a green concealer as it counteracts redness- you do need to apply foundation on top though so you don’t look like Kermit….

My favorite concealers:   Coastal Scents Camo Quad,  Make Up For Ever cream concealer, and Bobbi Brown Concealer (for under the eyes)


How do you do your eyebrows?

I used to take a stiff angled brow brush and matte eyeshadow around the same color as my brows and fill in.  For the blank spots, I’ll take a dry feeling brow or eyeliner pencil and do small strokes to fill in.  But, recently I’ve fallen in love with Tarte’s Brow Mousse- it’s so easy to use and so natural looking, plus it lasts all day!

I do recommend for shaping the brows that you go 4 times a year to have them professionally shaped- Makeup artist, estheticians and hair stylists do brows on a regular basis and can analyze and create a shape that suits you as each person’s face and brows are different.  Then you can just tweeze or wax in between shapings…

How can I avoid looking pale in pictures?

If you know you’re having pictures done, wear extra makeup- especially for blush, lips, and lashes as the flash will wash you out.  If you feel you have just a little too much makeup on, then it’s probably just right for pictures.

Makeup For Brown Eyes

“Fantastic Color Options”Makeup for brown eyes offers exceptional color choices to make your eyes really stand out. There are eye shadows which can be used to brighten your eyes and give them that little extra sparkle. You can use colors that give them a subtle glow for daytime or go all out and create maximum depth for evening.  You have color options galore. Read these makeup tips and find out how to  go from subtle to sensuous to sensational just by applying the right eye shadow colors.


Understated Makeup For Brown Eyes

One of the favorite makeup tips that professional makeup artists use to make beautiful brown eyes stand out is to use an eye shadow with subtle shimmer and tint of champagne color. It provides contrast so that your eyes really pop out. At the same times it’s neutral which makes it perfect for everyday wear.
When used in combination with dark eyeliner and mascara, the champagne color contrasts more sharply with the lines to create a more dramatic look. You’ll want to try these:

Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Eye Shadow in Champagne Quartz –This is a pinkish kind of champagne that has a lot of shimmer. It is also very easy to blend and stays on for a long time for maximum appeal. It’s $20. Find it at

Du Wop Eyes Eyeshadow Set in Rose has a nice color that works well, too.  Check it out below.

Estee Lauder Double Wear in Pink Blush is creme eye shadow that stays in place. $17.50

How To Create A Versatile Look

Makeup for brown eyes can easily move beyond neutral. Eye shadow colors in pink and plum create a striking contrast to brown eyes.  It’s like mauve makeup – it’s perfect, but it contains more tint that works for your eye color. The warm hues in pink and plum also make brown eyes even more radiant. There are 3 makeup tips you can use right away to make these eyeshadow shades work for you:

Makeup Tip 1.  Go wild and playful by using eye shadow colors in neon or bright pink.

Makeup Tip 2.  For a more subdue tone, use lighter shades of mauve.

Makeup Tip 3.  Dark plums purples can be used to create smokey eyes and elegant-looking lids.

If you want to experiment with the different shades of purple and pink, an eyeshadow palette like the one above is a great choice.  You can use the Du Wop Eyes eyeshadowsets in either Rose or Violet. Each palette set consists of five colors – three powder shades of the same color, a metallic shade for highlight and a matching cream liner. This way you can try out different variations of plum or pink depending on your mood or the occasion. For $32 you’ll be able to mix and match your makeup. Find it at

Striking Makeup For Brown Eyes

makeup for brown eyes 3If you love green then you’re in luck! Khaki green or forest green eye shadow work perfectly with brown eyes.  Mother Nature attests to the wonderful combination that is brown and green – just think of succulent palm trees.
Makeup artists love to use green eye shadow to liven up brown eyes and give it a hint of playfulness. You can have your pick between earthy greens for a more subdued look and bright, neon greens for a more wild makeup look. This is also a favorite for doing fantasy makeup looks like fairy makeup.

More adventurous souls can try Scott Barnes Eye Ice in Goddess. Developed by the makeup guru Scott Barnes, it’s a shimmery loose powder eye shadow that comes in a jar with a brush applicator. It’s also ultra fine and silky so that blending and smoothing it on is a breeze.

You can even go all out with dramatic eye makeup tips for bold, beautiful and slightly wicked eyes.

Blue Eyeshadow Makeup For Brown Eyes

makeup for brown eyes 4To create a cool gaze pick a blue eyeshadow.  It works for most eye colors and brown eyes are no exception. These makeup tips explain why: Blue eyeshadow, more so bright blues, creates a stark contrast to the neutral brown of the eyes. It can make the eyes more radiant while also giving it a cool, relaxing glow. It is best to choose darker blue eyeshadow for darker-brown colored eyes. For a more playful look, opt for aquamarine or neon blues.  Ready to try one?

A must-have for blue eyeshadow is Urban Decay’s Deluxe Eyeshadow in Electric Blue.  It’s a really intense shade of blue eyeshadow powder that can be blended to create subtle to smokey eyes. It’s very, very smooth on the eyes and feels light and velvety on skin. $18

Even if brown is the most common eye color in the world, a whole plethora of shadows to use as makeup for brown eyes are at your disposal to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Just remember this makeup tip – the right eyeshadow can spell the difference between boring brown to captivating chocolate. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different eyeshadow colors until you come up with that shade that is just perfect for you.