Monday, 7 May 2012

Beauty Basics: Top 5 MAC Eye Brushes

So you want to create flawless eye shadow looks but you don't know where to start in terms of which brushes to get? Here’s my guide to 5 basic MAC makeup brushes for eyes, to begin with, that will help you create your desired look.

Top to Bottom - 219, 217, 224, 239
Left to Right - 219, 217, 224, 239

MAC 219 Pencil Brush (£19.00)
For precision shading on lid, in eye crease or along lash line. The soft, smooth fibres of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip. It is ideal for blending eyeliner into eye shadow to create a smoky looking eye.

The 219 is a staple in any makeup brush set. It has so many uses such as depositing colour into the crease, defining shapes (outer U/V), tapping colour on the lower lash line, or smudging colour. The soft, fairly firm brush, with densely packed bristles means that you can get a good amount of colour on the brush, and then have most of it deposited where you're applying it to. This brush also works well at smudging out creamy eye liners on the upper lash line to create a more smokier effect.

MAC 217 Blending Brush (£22.00)
For shading or blending of colour or creamy products. This brush has fine, densely packed fibres that are arranged in an oval shape.

A popular brush sold by MAC. This brush makes blending for beginners really easy. The ultra soft, slightly fluffy but dense bristles does a great job of blending out harsh lines to soft fading gradients. The brush is soft enough to blend out seamlessly, but dense enough to pack on the colour too. This brush does everything the 224 does, but with more intensity. In terms of blending, if I am using a number of colours of the same palette (such as dark brown, medium brown, warm brown) I will stick to this brush to blend them out.

MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush (£22.00)
For controlled eye shadow application. This brush has soft fibres which taper to form a medium size dome shape.

A long, fluffy brush with a dome-shaped tip, designed for assisting you with blending out colour. This brush is a dream to work with. The brush really does all the work for you - blends out colours beautifully. The fluffiness of this brush means that you can use it to deposit colour more subtly compared to the 217, and also means that you can apply a wash of colour to the entire eye area quickly and effortlessly. In terms of blending, if I am using a light/dark colour combination (such as light beige & dark brown), I will use this brush to blend them together. I also use this brush if I am using a number of colours that are not of the same colour palette (such as beige, blue, silver, dark brown).

MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush (£19.00)
Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid.

Possibly my favourite MAC brush - you can do everything with this brush if need be - apply, blend, crease, highlight, lower lash line, smudge... the list is endless. The fluffiness means you can blend colour while the density allows you to still be able to pack on the colour for a more intense look. This is the first brush I would recommend to anyone looking to buy their first eye brush.

MAC 227 Large Fluff Brush (£22.00)
An extra large paddle-shaped brush with fluffed, rounded tip. Of soft natural fibre, this brush is versatile in function and can be used on either the face or eye. Use for applying, blending, or highlighting any powder-based products.

This brush is perfect for applying colour as a highlight to both brow bones and the inner corner of your eyes. Its big enough to pick up the right amount of product to cover the desired area, but small enough so that it doesn’t go everywhere. I also like to use this brush to apply highlighter to my cheekbones and collarbone.
This is a lovely brush which has amazing precision of application. Cannot fault it.

So there you have it - my top 5 MAC eye brushes. What are your top 5 MAC brushes? Do you use any of the brushes above for additional purposes? Let me know...

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