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Monday, January 10

Favorite brushes 2010

These here are the most used brushes of 2010.

Most used eye makeup brush is the 4th one (from top to bottom) on the pic: The Makeup Brush Company's small tapered chisel eyeshadow brush. Best I've seen, nobody else seems to carry a brush like this one. It is beautifully made and works like a dream.
favorite eye-shadow brushes
EDM's eye kabuki - for under-eye concealer, I pat/stipple EDM's Pearl Sunlight Concealer under my eyes with it;
EDM's smudge brush - smudging the liner and for applying strong colors in tiny amounts in the crease (in circular movements), also used to conceal an occasional pimple, it's stiff and has a nice small brush-head;
TMUBC's large eyeshadow brush - for patting on the shadow in large amounts, good for pressed shadows, it's basically an ordinary C-brush;
TMUBC's small eyeshadow brush - my HG eyeshadow brush, small enough for my small eyes, grabs and disperses the pigment  perfectly, wonderfully tapered on one side; I do not use the other end, the slant eyeliner's bristles are weakish and bendy;
EDM's angled blending brush - wonderful soft and fluffy brush for blending small areas under the browbone, allows detailed work too;
The Conservatorie's  syntho eyeshadow brush - the bristles are excellent for loose pigments, grabs those perfectly, does not shed but is a bit too big and therefore looses to the wonderfully tapered TMUBC's small eyeshadow brush;
e.l.f's new angled blending brush from the Studio series - it's quite big and I use it for applying skin-colored pigment on the brow-bone (first step in my makeup application after applying primer), it gives a good thick application and creates a nice base for blending;
TMUBC's blending brush - I use this when I use all sorts of shimmery duochrome stuff to blend from the crease towards the  brow-bone, gives a very subtle result;
Ecotools blending brush from the mineral collection sits in my travel kit - I use it to blend from crease towards the browbone;
e.l.f studio series angled eyeliner brush - it's small, thin and not flimsy - I use it with cream liners and to smudge the eyeliner more forcefully.

Most used face brushes:
favorite face brushes
e.l.f studio complexion brush - for light application of powder or mineral veil or silica microspheres;
e.l.f studio stipple brush - for blush and highlighter (it's also usable with liquid foundations but I'm mostly into MMU, it's abit small so applying liquid foundation all over face will take some time - but the result is excellent);
e.l.f studio powder brush - a cheap versatile flat-top brush, that one can use for powder or liquid products, a lot of people use it for stippling liquid foundation. I use it to apply MMU, once I've become accustomed to use flat-top brushes, there's no way back - the coverage it gives is just amazing on the bad skin days;
EDM's smudge brush for pimple-action:
EDM's eye kabuki for highlighting cheekbones, nose and lips-chin;
for some reason EDM's long handled kabuki is not on the pic - I use this when I need only light coverage of MMU.

EDM is Everyday Minerals, the company has screwed it's loyal customers over for couple of times in the last few years and is therefore not with a very good renomeé. Their brushes are good though.

e.l.f is a cosmetics company well known for their affordable price range, has eStores in US and Europe, available in some shops in US too; offers wonderful sales in the US web stores, sales in UK's store are not as good and price level is a lot higher.

TMUBC is The Makeup Brush Company, located in the UK and specialized in producing and selling high quality professional makeup-brushes. If you can afford, I warmly recommend.

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