My Favorite Makeup Brushes & Tools
Good makeup brushes and tools are something you can never have too many of. You also don’t need to spend a lot. I got many of these brushes and tools on sale, from the drugstore or other affordable retailers, free gifts with purchase (GWP), or in subscription boxes over the course of time. Face: e.l.f. - e.l.f. Complexion Brush love this for diffusing bronzer or all over powder F·A·R·A·H brushes - Gold Face Brush Trio the F60 powder brush is great for loose or pressed powder. No issues with it. The other 2 brushes in this trio shed badly, unfortunately. Ulta blush brushes - both of these were free GWPs. Ulta often includes them so I suggest shopping on a day Ulta offers GWPs or large sets because the brushes aren’t available on their own. BOXYCHARM - FIVE BRUSH SET WITH BC LOGO POUCH The foundation brush is thick and dense, perfect for blending foundation. Some of the other brushes shed but not this one. AOA studio - The F6 & E106 Sculpting Brush Duo The F6 amazing for cream blush! Great size. The smaller brush is also good and they come as a bundle for dirt cheap on shopmissa.com LUXIE - 532 Round Top Kabuki Brush Rose Gold I use this for gently stippling cream bronzer, then buff once the product is placed where I want it. Random eyeshadow blending brush - love this for blending highlighter! Came in a sub box years ago. Random tapered highlighter brush - excellent for targeted application of highlighter. Also came in a sub box. AOA studio - AOA Wonder Blender crazy cheap, super soft, blends cream/liquid foundation and cream cheek products like a dream. BEAKEY - BB5 Sponge Set available in a multipack, slightly more dense than AOA but still blend products really well. Eyes: e.l.f. - Flawless Concealer Brush a bit dense, blends concealer so well, had it for years. REAL TECHNIQUES - Your Finish/Perfected, Setting Brush I use this to set my under eye powder, staple for many years. SIGMA - E25 Blending Brush a classic blending brush beloved by many, my only Sigma brush but I’d love to try more. LUXIE - 205 Tapered Blending Brush Rose Gold I have multiples of these, super soft and not too densely packed. I also have other blending brushes from Luxie in the photos. REAL TECHNIQUES - Instapop Eye Duo excellent for packing color on hooded lids (like mine), the smaller brush is a bit too small but larger one is *chefs kiss* aLamar COSMETICS - The Ojitos Brush Trio Vol. 1 awesome quality and how cute are the lime green handles?! Tools: Tweezers #Tweezty - Mini Tweezer[products]#[FourStars] Eyebrow scissors - I trim my brow hairs every couple weeks #Airpeace - 6PCS Set[products]#[FiveStars] #CheriePartner
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Sigma Beauty Goodies ❤️
Happy Fridayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! . . I am loving this collection by @sigmabeauty . Infinity Point Lipstick Set: • Epiphany • Deja Vu • Temptation • Ecstasy . Warm Neutral Palette: • Humble • Charmer • Beaming • Toasty • Bittersweet • Henna • Iconic • Rogue • Passion Fruit • Russet • After Hours • Fool's Gold . . These colors go perfectly together!! The packaging is absolutely AMAZING! Have you tried this brand yet?? (GA win)
drunk blush i think
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Clean Smokey Green + More Eyeliner Tips! ❤️
OOOOPH. LOVE THIS EYE! I had this on my phone for awhile and I couldn’t get over how crrrrrrisp but Smokey it looks! For this look I used VISEART - Grande Pro 3 MAC - Pro Longwear Fluidline ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette For my eyeshape, I found using flat brushes that also had the ability to blend gave the best results. Round blending brushes ended up taking the eyeshadow up too high to my brows! I used SIGMA - E54 Medium Sweeper Brush to build up color & SONIA G - Sky Eye Set (the jumbo blender) to occasionally blend out the outer edges of the shadow Eyeliner Tips: The most interesting part about this was how I went about the eyeliner and had it coming out a success! I did the usual stamping routine(look back on a previous post about eyeliner). However, I made a minor change to to how I started. Technique-wise I lined the tail first with my eyeshadow so the edges of them align with each other and then stamped downward towards my eye and then stamped the rest of my eye. Usually I would start fattening the tail first rather than have it as a second priority, but this can be problematic. With a smokey eye it’s really easy to accidentally overdue the eyeliner and then your Smokey becomes a black eye 😂 By first taking a really thin brush to create an alignment, you get a crisp line that doesn’t require the tape method and it sets you up for how much eyeliner would complement your eye! This is especially useful if you want to create a long tail but don’t have as much lid space to do it! I used the MORPHE - M160-1/16 Angled Eyeliner Brush for this look! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! Sending love and happiness your way! 😄❤️
Getting that PERFECT Blend: Tips/Tool/Tutorial!
HAAAAY EVERYBODY! Today I thought I share the tools that help create the PERFECT gradient of eyeshadow shown in in the first photo! The second photo will give you a visual. Take advantage of it!!! 😃 Here are some tips: 1. Stamping I mention stamping a lot in my posts but just for eyeshadow purposes, stamping helps build up pigment on the area desired without blending it out. This look required stamping first to provide that clean precision. The edges of the base color become more diffused after we added the darker shade, because there’s a lot more blending that has to be done with darker shades. If it bothers you too much you’re more than welcome to give the edges a light blend with the SIGMA - E54 Medium Sweeper Brush 2. Get a Smaller Blending Brush for Darker Shades THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT! Many of us make the mistake to go with a regular sized blending brush. The size of your blending brush makes all the difference in whether your eyeshadow becomes muddy or a beautiful soft gradient that transitions well. I use SONIA G - Sky Eye Set in it has a brush that is called the “Mini booster” and it applies the perfect amount of dark pigment. The natural hairs on the brush really help in blending it out and into the inner crease of my eyes. If you don’t have this brush get something similar in size. Here’s a more inexpensive optionMORPHE - M506 Tapered Mini Blender Brush 3. Micro-adjustments Micro-adjustments can make or break your look. We’ve all been there when it comes to eyeliner. (Wanting you add just a HAIR and we come out looking like a panda🤣) However, don’t let that scare you! Makeup is all about practice and seeing what works for you and your eyeshape. If you find that one spot needs a little help, it’s okay to fix it! The key is to take it easy and slow. You automatically go heavy handed and not check your work, you’ll have a lot more to fix than just that one little spot. 4. The More Dense the Brush, The More Pigment Now this is just a general rule of thumb, but it helps in understanding how much color you’ll be picking up/applying. The more flimsy and fluffy the brush, the softer your look is going to be. The firmer/denser the brush is the more high impact your look is going to be. Hope this has helped you in your application! There’s more to this but these are just the basics! Happy Learning! ❤️
Eye Brushes I CAN’T Live Without
I have so much eye makeup brushes, but if I had to pick my go-to these brushes will be IT. These brushes help me create a detailed eyeshadow look and I bring these eye brushes when I travel. From left to right: ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Pro A23 Large Tapered Blending Brush Ok, this is actually a face brush but I love it so much that I HAD to put it on the list. I own numerous brushes for highlighter, but this is hands down the best. It applies my highlighter evenly. I could do a subtle highlight and can build it up to a blinding highlight. This brush is soooo soft too. Now that it out of the way, let’s continue with my go-to eye brushes. SIGMA - E35 Tapered Blending Brush If I could choose one crease brush this would be it. I always use this brush and it is such a staple part of my eyeshadow look. I use this as a transition, as a crease brush and as a blending brush. It is so fluffy, soft and blends the color beautifully. MORPHE - R39 Tapered Blender Brush This one is a bit smaller than Sigma E35 and a little more firm. I use this to build that crease color. Since it is more firm, it packs the pigment more than the E35 and it also helps shape your eyeshadow. This helps blend the crease and transition color together. Did I mention it’s $8?! MORPHE - MORPHE X Jaclyn Hill JH37 Buffer Blender Brush This is another fluffy brush I use when my Sigma E35 is dirty. This is also an amazing brush if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative. This is $6 while the E35 is $17. MORPHE - MORPHE X Jaclyn Hill JH40 Precise Blender Brush I use this to apply shadow on my lower lash line. This is nice for blending or smoking out colors. I feel it looks way better than using a large fluffy brush. MORPHE - Morphe X Jaclyn Hill JH39 Inner Corner Highlight Brush This brush is the perfect inner corner highlight. It isn’t too stiff. It is the perfect amount of softness and sturdiness .I love how it is synthetic so you can use setting spray if you want a foiled look. It also works great as a brow bone highlight. MORPHE - M422 Crescent Shadow Brush This is my favorite brush to pack colors on my lid. It is also great for packing the outer v. It’s not too soft and not too stiff. It is the perfect size for my almond shaped eyes MORPHE - M508 Smudger Brush I love using this brush if I want to pack more colors or smoke out the lower lash. I use this when I outline the crease after cutting it to intensify the look as well. SIGMA - L05 Lip Brush This is a lip brush, but I use this to apply concealer to cut the crease. The size works for me because I don’t have too much lid space. This is also great for packing on pigment on the lid What is make up tool you can’t live without? Francesca 💋 #CheriePartner
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🎄💋 MISTLETOE KISSES 💋🎄
🎄💋 MISTLETOE KISSES 💋🎄 Last christmas looook! 🖤 i’ve actually also thought of doing this look before and didnt know how to do it but thanks go orlayna, i got inspired to recreate it! My mistletoe looks ugly but its fine :) 🤠 ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ PRODUCTS USED ETUDE - Cherry Jelly Lips Patch(Vitalizing) COLOURPOP - Brow Boss Duo COLOURPOP - No Filter Matte Concealer NATURE REPUBLIC - Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation L.A. Girl - HD Pro Concealer laura mercier - Translucent Loose Setting Powder benefit - Hoola Bronzer Bash Value Set NYX - Highlight & Contour Pro Palette SIGMA - Aura Powder Blush‘nymphaea’ #ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - ultimate glow kit[products]# BPERFECT COSMETICS - Bperfect Stacey Marie Carnival XL Pro Palette #CARELINE - kiss sticks[products]# in ‘edge’ ‘fruit punch’ ‘lady like’
✨ 𝓟𝓻𝓲𝓷𝓬𝓮𝓼𝓪✨ This look was inspired by alxcext ! Literallt obsessed with her videos! check her out!! I feel like a barbie doll w this look honestly i live 🤩🧚🏼♀️ and the no foundation & mascara look thooo wowww ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️ PRODUCTS USED ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Gel L.A. Girl - HD Pro Concealer BPERFECT COSMETICS - Bperfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette laura mercier - Translucent Loose Setting Powder MAYBELLINE - The Falsies Push Up Drama Washable Mascara MAYBELLINE - Fit Me Concealer FENTY BEAUTY - Match Stix Trio FENTY BEAUTY - Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer Too Faced - Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer SIGMA - Aura Powder Blush ▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️▫️
FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO A SMOKED WING 😍
I’ve always wanted to do a soft smoked wing but I found that every time I blended/smudged, I would accidentally overblend or it just ends up looking messy. Here are a couple tips I created to give me the most success for my eyeshape! 1. Have a Q tip and a makeup remover balm ready! These two items aren’t just going to be used for cleaning up the mess. It is actually going to help you create the thinnest, crisp line you’ll ever see! Keep in mind this method will only work if you want your eyeliner to be placed exactly like it is in the pictures! Make sure you don’t put any foundation on when you’re doing this or else you’re going to have a line of bare skin showing. Steps: START WITH ONE EYE FIRST. Do your eyeliner as usual using a creamy eye pencil stay as close to the lash line as possible. You want a formula that gives you time to “play” but also set after a couple seconds to a minute. Then you’re going to use a smudging brush like the SIGMA - E21 Smudge Brush and smudge your liner out to your liking, especially the wing. Be sure to check your work every so often. Don’t worry if it gets chubby at the end, we’ll fix that and make it sharp again! Take your Q tip and take a small amount of your makeup remover and rub it into the Q tip. Be sure to not saturate it. You still want some dryness to it for control purposes. Align the end of the Q tip with the makeup remover at an angle. It should align in the same direction/angle as your wing but not directly on top of it. You’re not trying to erase the whole wing, but you are redefining it. Start at the end of the outer-corner of your eye near your lower lash line and wipe in the same direction of your wing. If you did it right, you should have a clean and crisp line that dragged itself out to make your liner appear longer and thinner. Wipe off the makeup remover residue by using the other side of the Q tip with a bit of water. Adjust as needed by applying more product or more cleanup. 2. The product you use matters! I start with a cream pencil liner and smoke it out. Once I use the Q tip method, I go back and use an eyeshadow powder similar to the color of my liner to creat more depth or smokiness.in the areas needed. If you use a liner that sets right away, you will have a hard time smudging it out! For this look I used 3CE - Super Slim Waterproof Eyeliner in cinnamon. . For the rest of the look I used: MELT COSMETICS - Impulsive Pressed Pigment Palette Viola! Hope this tip/hack helps you! I’m thinking of creating a video version of this so I can walk you guys through it. I know there a lot of written steps. Let me know if that may be better for you guys! 😃☺️❤️
Smudging/Smoky Waterline Eyeliner Tips and Tools
There were many times where I would avoid putting eyeliner on my waterline, because I felt like it didn’t suit the shape of my eye. Recently, I started to explore more and MAN I changed my mind after applying a smoky effect to it. Let’s help you achieve a smoky waterline! 1. Applying Eyeliner Choose your eyeliner. A creamy eyeliner that takes a couple of seconds to set by itself later on is preferable. Line your waterline (the part of the skin that is close to your eyeball. Here are my favorites in black: FENTY BEAUTY - Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner PAT McGRATH LABS - Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil 3CE - Super Slim Waterproof Eyeliner 2. Use A Good Brush and Powder to Smudge A proper tool and a well pigmented eyeshadow will help you achieve the best results. I use a micro-sized pencil brush or smudging brush like these: MORPHE - M515 Detail Crease SIGMA - E21 Smudge Brush And I also use ANASTASIA Beverly Hills - Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette in the shade Noir(Black) Take your brush and apply a small amount of shadow onto the areas where you placed your eyeliner. Begin applying it with back and forth motions or circular motions. The idea is to increase the width of your eyeliner without creating harsh lines. The eyeshadow and blending will help you with two things: ￼￼Set your eyeliner in place ￼￼Diffuse the color outwards from your eye, thus creating more depth Slowly build up the color to your liking. 3. Reapply if needed. As you start blending, you may notice some pigment comes off the waterline. This is normal. Just reapply your eyeliner again and you should be good to go! TIPS: Have some MAC - MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Finishing Mist on hand in case everything sets and it seems like it’s not budging anywhere. Spray some on your brush and tap it into the areas that need fixing and begin blending afterwards. It should be moveable again. BE LIGHT-HANDED. It’s easier to apply more product than to take away. Happy Smudging! Remember practice makes perfect! ❤️
on sundays, we clean our brushes 🧼
starting my week right with a cup of tea and my least favorite beauty ritual - cleaning brushes! 🙈 it’s just something that you have to do. as a brown-skinned girl 👧🏾 who loves dark liner and bright blushes, my brushes definitely get taken through the ringer. i have used this SIGMA - Spa Brush Cleaning Mat for the last few years and i love it. i mostly use the bubble section (swirling fluffier brushes over it) and the lined section (running my smaller brushes over it). i used to use more expensive brush cleaner from MAC (shout-out to the girls who used to rock a full MAC look daily!), but this ecoTOOLS - Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo is available at target for $8 and definitely gets the job done. make sure that you’re cleaning your brushes to remove makeup, skin oils, and bacteria. it’s just as important as cleaning your face at the end of the night!
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Favorite Eye Shadow Brush
This is my favorite eyeshadow brush!! This is the Sigma E40 tapered blending brush. I use this everyday for blending eyeshadow into my crease. It’s the most amazing crease brush. It’s so soft and picks up the color really gently. It then blends perfectly on the skin. It is so soft and easy to glide back and forth. I definitely recommend this brush!
SIGMA-Sigma E40 Tapered Blending
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Favorite Foundation Brush!
This is the Sigma F60 foundation brush. I am obsessed with this. When I am wanting a more matte look with my foundation I use this. It smooths out the foundation so nicely. It’s great for blending your foundation in smaller spaces such as the chin and around the upper cheek / eye area. If you are looking for a flat foundation brush this is the one I highly recommend!
SIGMA-F60 Foundation Brush
Favorite Concealer Brush
This is the Sigma F70 concealer brush. This is one of my favorite brushes in my collection. I use this literally everyday. This is the smallest concealer brush that they make. It works so great around the eye and for creating a cut crease for your eye shadow. How I use this brush goes like this: I apply the concealer from the wand onto the skin under my eye. I then use the F70 to spread the concealer into a triangle shape under the eye. I then use a beauty blender to buff it out. This brush helps me save the amount of concealer product I use because this brush spreads it’s so amazingly. I highly recommend this brush it’s so worth it!
SIGMA-F70 Concealer Brush
Sigma makes the best eyeshadow brushes
SIGMA - P82 Precision Round Brush This has become my favorite brush for applying shadow to the crease. Since it’s a short rounded brush, the product is applied easily to the area and blended out perfectly. It’s also great for getting the color under the waterline too if you’re going for an effortless smoky eye moment
SIGMA-P82 Precision Round Brush
Sigma F35 Tapered Highlight brush
SIGMA - F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush This Sigma brush has synthetic bristles and a wooden handle. The wood is not encased in any plastic coating so the lettering does wear off with time. It claims to give a subtle highlight finish. I really enjoy this brush for highlighting! It’s fluffy which makes it easy to blend and diffuse the edges but it’s dense to get medium intensity from a highlight. With extra layering you can probably get high intensity. This brush is $25 so it is pricey but I recommend using someone’s sigma code or another discount code on their website. I’d recommend this if you prefer a more natural looking highlight!
SIGMA-F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush
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