A few weeks back Leesha gave you the low down on the face brushes that she loves. Today, I (Camie) am gonna give you the low down on the eye brushes that I love to use! I am not a proponent of living in excess, so I will do my best to guide you in how to be creative and get the most usage from a few essential items.
If you tend to wear a simpler paired down makeup look with only a variation of a few colors, then you really don’t need to worry with purchasing more tools. When your looks begin to become more involved, needing different techniques and a handful of colors, multiple tools become necessary so that blending and precision are at their best and colors don’t mix and dirty up your brushes.
So let us get to it y’all!
Brush Number One.The Flat Shader Brush. This brush is the easiest to use in my opinion and can be used for MULTIPLE purposes. So if you wanted to buy the absolute bare necessities, this brush and the next one I will mention are the two that will give you the most bang for your buck.
The first and probably most obvious use for this eye brush is to shade your entire eyelid with a solid blanket of base color. Because it is fairly wide and flat, it enables you to press or sweep a generous amount of color all over your lid with precision. Also because of it’s shape, you can use it to dab color on the inner corner of your eye with the flat rounded tip or line your bottom lashes with color with it’s thin edge. (I have witnessed a few YouTubers using a brush such as this one to apply color to the crease of their eyelid, and it ends up placing too harsh of a line that becomes hard to blend out nicely. That’d be a no-go for me.) You can also use this brush to apply a highlight color to your brow bone.
The brush pictured is the Good Karma Shadow Brush from Urban Decay that came with the original Naked Palette that I purchased 3 years ago. After NUMEROUS cleanings and traveling and kids and reorganization this little guy has totally held together. Real Techniques, EcoTools, and e.l.f. brand brushes each carry a similar brush for a fraction of the cost if you’re wanting to get your feet wet with using new tools before you make a bit more of an investment.
Brush Number Two. (and Three.)
The Large Fluffy Crease Brush (and small flat shading brush). So, this quite possibly could be listed as the first and only type of brush that you would need for those of you who like to keep things simple. As you can see it is a double ended brush (which doesn’t necessarily make it THAT easy for storing when your doing the whole mason jar and coffee bean thing. Oh well…) with a smaller version of the flat shader brush on one end and a gloriously large fluffy crease or blending brush at the opposite end. I say that it possibly/maybe/might could/if-you-just-HAD-to-only-buy-ONE-brush, be THE ONE. But I just think that flat shader is a bit too small. So then you run into the problem of really focused color with a tight harsh line that becomes hard to blend out. BUT the FLUFFY end … if you’re not steady handed with blending or tend to get ready in a rush, this fluffy end allows you to place just enough color in your crease for definition and blends it out pretty effortlessly for a nice natural finish.
So you could use these two brushes - flat shader for an all over canvasing lid color and fluffy blender for contour color in your crease - and call it done.
The brushes pictured above are the Good Karma Crease and Multi-Tasker brush. Again, this came with the Naked2 palette that I got for Christmas (YAY!), so for a significantly lower price you can find similar brushes from the Real Techniques, EcoTools, and e.l.f. brands. I will say that it is great to start off learning how to use brushes from the $.99 e.l.f. line that you can find at Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Target for sure. But once you get the feel for how you will use the different brushes (what you will use the most, what you can control for blending the best, etc.), it is a good idea to invest in higher quality tools that will give you a cleaner more precise finish and last for a LONG time if you take good care of them.
Brush Number Four.
The Angled Crease brush. I love angled crease brushes because they make it super easy for me to create the particular shape that I like for my eyes. They are just fluffy enough that blending is still a breeze, but the bristles are slightly tighter than the previous Fluffy Crease Brush so that you can create a more precise shape when using a darker contour color. Typically I use this brush as the second step in my shadow application with a darker crease color. Then I will come back with a lighter (typically nude/taupe matte color) and blend that darker crease color up and out towards my outer brow. The brush pictured is the Essential Defining Eye Brush by e.l.f., and I purchased it at Kmart for a whopping $1.00. I have had this little gem for three years, and it has yet to shed a bristle or come unglued. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for most of the other $.99 brushes I’ve purchased from the e.l.f. line. But Hey! You get what you pay for, right?!
Brush Number Five.
The Flat Angled Brush. This brush is fantastic for lining your eyes. Its tight short flat bristles give you sharp precision. If you don’t like to use eyeliner, you can just use this brush with your darker shadows as liner for definition. I typically set my liner with a matte black or darker brown shadow and this handy little guy. With smokier looks, I use this brush to stamp the darker shadow color on my bottom outer lash line and smooth out a kajal or kohl liner. If you like to define and fill your brows, this is the brush for the job. I have also seen some tutorials on Pinterest where people have drawn their eyeliner into their crease then use a brush like this to blend the color down onto their lid for a super dark saturated base for a super dark smokey look. That’s not my M.O., and I’m honestly scared to try. So good luck with that one. Haha!!!
The brush pictured is the smashbox Angle Brow Brush #12. Again, check out the aforementioned brands for less expensive alternatives.
Brush Number 6.
The Smudge Brush. So this dude is built with short somewhat stiff and tightly packed bristles that allow you to stamp pops of color in small precise places such as the inner corner of your eye. I like using it for my inner corner and browbone highlight color. Occasionally I will use this brush to create a thinker smudged out line on the outer half of my lower lash line. I have also seen people use this for stamping on their crease color or the infamous “outer v”. If you feel like you have great control and the shape fits your eye well, go for it!
The brush pictured is the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush that was also purchased from the e.l.f. line for $1.00 at Kmart. Since I don’t tend to use this brush every single day, it has held up for about 3 years. Pretty good if you ask me.
If there are any brushes that you are still curious about or would like to see in action, just leave a comment, and we’ll either answer your inquiry with a follow-up comment or possibly a short video. The most important thing is that all of you lovelies who like to read keep sending feedback so we can meet your needs to the best of our abilities!
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