Beginning to get into makeup can be a wonderful thing. Learning to highlight your features can make you look and feel your best. But it can also be very frustrating. Sometimes you can follow a tutorial step by step and still not look as great as the lady in the pictures or the magazines. This happened with me and eye shadow looks. No matter what I did, how many colors I used or how many brushes I dirtied or what primer I used- my eye shadow always ended up looking horrendous.
Eventually, after a year of researching and reading reviews I realized my mistake. It was a rookie one. I wasn’t using the right brushes. I had a cheap set from the drugstore that I found out only came with a small and a large shadow brush. And with that I couldn’t achieve a smokey eye or a cut crease.
So yes the type of brush you use does make a huge difference. Even if you don’t want to invest in a higher end set of brushes, make sure you have at least these key brush types.
Large Shadow Brush: Good for applying your base colors or sweeping highlighter on your brow. That’s about it.
Precision Shadow Brush: Good for packing on shadow in the crease and the v corner for your smokey looks. Pack, don’t blend with a precision brush. Leave blending to the…
Blending Brush: Use this brush to blend, blend, blend your shadows to get rid of harsh lines.
Tip Brush: Good for the more dramatic smokey eye looks, use just on the edges of your darker colors to smudge out the harshness, but keep the contrast intact.
Angled Liner Brush: Use to get the perfect eye liner.
Smudge Brush: Use to smudge out your eyeliner for a smokier effect.
With these basic brushes your eyeshadow application will be a cinch!