Hi my dear readers, today’s topic is my essential eye brushes.
As you can see in the picture, there are a bunch of brushes that I use to create my eye looks. However there are only a few types of eye brushes that I need on a daily basis. Quality wise, all of these brushes(especially from No.1 to No.6)are soft and non scratchy when using on my eye area. Also none of these brushes shed hairs.
1. Flat eye shading brushes
I use them to pack on colours on eyelids. I prefer tightly packed/firm brushes as I feel eyeshadows tends to last longer. The brands I rotate often are: Furless cosmetics ME5, Crown brush(no name),Crown firm shadow C124(I use this mainly for cream eyeshadows) and Blank Canvas Pro Deluxe E26(a dupe for M.A.C 239, not as tightly packed though).
2. Crease brushes
As I don’t have prominent crease, I usually apply transition shade at my eye socket area and then apply a darker crease colour above my eyelids where the actual folds are. My go-to crease brush is Sigma E25(a dupe for M.A.C 217)as it fits into my socket area perfectly. I have two Sigma E25, so one is for my eye socket area and the other is for applying colour above my eyelids. I feel that either Sigma E25(blending) or M.A.C 217 are the perfect brushes if you are just starting out in make-up. Because the shape of both brushes, which have flat sides and fluffy top, they can also be used as a flat eyeshadow brush when a more diffused eyeshaodw look is required.
3. Outer corner/Outer V brushes
e.l.f professional blending eye brush, Sigma E45 are my go to brushes for darken outer corner and MakeupGeek Outer V brush is for outer V. These brushes have pointy head and it is dense enough to place darker eyeshadows at the outer corner of my eyes, making my eye shape more defined.
4. Clean Blending brushes
I cannot stress enough the importance of using clean brushes when I blend. Without putting extra eyeshadows on the brush, I simply use it to blend out any harsh lines after applying crease colours.
Sigma E35 is the one when it comes to blending. It is soft and fluffy and it is the right size to blend out any harsh line. I prefer this over Sigma E40, I feel the size of E40 is too large for my eye shape.
5. Inner corner/tear duct highlighter brush
I have been using the Furless cosmetics PPM1 brush ever since I got it. I find that it is the right size to apply the right amount of highlight colour at my tear duct area.
6. Brow bone highlight brush
As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I prefer matte highlight colour. Even if I occasionally use shimmer eyeshadows such as M.A.C Shroom to highlight my brow bone,the shimmer has to be kept minimal. My go-to brow bone highlight brush is Sigma E50(large fluff).As the name indicated, it is large and fluff, I only need one to two swipe to apply the matte highlight shade down to the crease area and this is the perfect timing for me to correct any mistakes if I feel that the crease colour is applied too high up or eye looks are too smokey for day time.
7. Flat definer brush
My go-to is Sigma E15 when I don’t want to use liquid eyeliner but want to darken my upper lash lines to make my eyes more defined.I first apply dark brown or black pencil eyeliners,and then use the flat definer brush to apply dark brown or black eyeshadows to keep the pencil eyeliners in place.
Side note: normally pencil brushes and short shader brushes are important for smudging eyeshadows under lower lash lines and for smoking out the eyeshadow previously smudged. As I only started to experiment this technique,I am still trying to find my perfect brushes. At the moment, I am using Sigma E30,Sigma E20 and xoBeauty short eyeshadow brush. They are performing fine and they feels soft when you touch it by hand, however, I don’t feel that it’s soft enough when using it under my lash line. I guess that as under eye area are very sensitive, I need a brush that has extremely soft but firm head to be able to feel comfortable. I will keep trying and hopefully find that perfect brush for my under eye area soon. As to eyeliner brushes, after trying different ones for applying gel eye liners and using liquid eyeliners, I find that I lean towards liquid ones as they are easy to use and less messy. At least there are one less brush to clean in my defense. I do occasionally use gel eyeliners when I have plenty of time and patience and want a more dramatic winged eyeliner look. My go-to eyeliner brush is e.l.f small angled brush.
Thanks so much for reading.