How to use a fan brush, why isn't a kabuki brush suitable for blush, and how to blend a smokey? Answers - in a special interview with the leading MAC makeup artist in Russia and the CIS Ekaterina Ponomareva.
Leading makeup artist MAC in Russia and the CIS
“There are only six brushes in my tuba. They help me out both at Fashion Weeks and in everyday life."
The first brush is the Tapered Blending Brush MAC 224. I apply a corrector to her: the dense texture is distributed in an even layer, the movements are light and fast. Natural fine bristles absorb the right amount of the product and are easy to clean. Do not forget to wash the brush after each application - the cured concealer sticks together the hairs and harms the condition of the brush.
The second brush is for powder, a variation of the classic MAC 182 Buffer Brush.
The two functions of the powder brush are to blend and gently hammer the product into the skin. The Buffer Brush does it. The small wooden handle is very comfortable: you can freely maneuver the brush over the entire face. The short dense pile of Buffer Brush is made of natural goat hair, it confidently holds its shape and retains the properties of a brush for many years.
For a corrective and refreshing blush I take one brush, the MAC 129 Powder / Blush Brush - just clean it with a paper towel. It is the most comfortable: the pile is of medium length and not very dense "packing" of hairs. The brush gently picks up the product and helps to maintain an elongated, rounded line on the cheekbones.
Do not apply blush with a kabuki brush. Due to the voluminous "platform" and elastic short pile, it takes a saturated layer of the product. Blush can be stained, and shading them will become a separate job.
I am a fan of the Angle Brow MAC 208 eyebrow brush. I use it myself and recommend it to all clients. The pile is made of dense bristles, with a pointed beveled tip. I have several Angle Brows in my case - I use them for eyebrow shadows, liquid eyeliners, and even blend pencils! The brush copes with arrows, but it can scratch the eyelid - due to the hard natural bristle. For this purpose, synthetic brushes are suitable.
Colored smokey eyes, Hollywood arrows or grunge eyeliner, as if you were dancing all night - I can handle any eye makeup with two brushes. The first one is MAC 242, I put the shadows on it.
The second is the well-known Blending Brush 217 for beauty lovers - for smooth professional blending.
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