Makeup Brushes 101

No matter how fabulous your makeup is, or what technique you use, you really need good makeup brushes to pull it all together.  The absolute KEY to a great makeup application is really all in the brush!

Applying eye makeup can be super easy once you know which makeup brush to useto create the stunning, sexy look you want.

Here are juicy little tidbits on makeup brushes to absolutely ROCK your makeup application!

Begin with a large shadow brush.  This brush allows you to sweep, blend or base eye shadow over your entire eye from lash line to brow bone.  This brush is perfect for basing translucent powder over the eye, for applying just one color, or to apply a base color before adding multiple colors.  For a quick makeup application, apply one color over your lower lid or the entire eye lid, line your upper eye lid with eyeliner, add mascara and you’re done…how simple is that?

If you want to take it a step further, use a shadow brush.  This brush allows you to gently pat, press or sweep shadow on to your lower eye lid.  It’s also perfect for blending a highlighter color over multiple colors or applying a shimmer or highlighter color just below the brow.  This is another simple and easy to do step that you can easily do quickly.

Here’s where you can be artistic or as simple as you want with this angle shadow brush, which allows you to add a darker or contrasting color to the outer corners of your eyes to create depth and definition.  Because it’s angled, it makes it super easy to create that “V” or “U” shape to the creases of your eyes.

Finally, use the shadow blender brush to blend it all together.  In small circular moves, blend so that there are no demarcation lines or areas where you can actually see harsh lines.  This shadow blender brush is the KEY to making your makeup application look polished, blended and professional.

These makeup brushes are the most basic brushes you need for almost any makeup application and can all be found at www.skonecosmetics.com


Makeup is all about layering, so use the right makeup brushes to apply color to create a fabulous, beautifully blended and professional eye makeup applications!


You have it.  Enhance it.

Natasha Caesar

SKONE Cosmetics


Highlight Your Eyes By dint of Shu Uemura Tall Shadow Brush

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My very first follower (who was not a member of my immediate family), Jenny Bradley, asked me a question:

Cally! How do I apply eyeshadow? I don’t get it when the magazines have those diagrams - I can’t tell what face shape I have, let alone eye shape. Then hair and eye color comes into play? What if I dye my hair? How do I look like a fun party girl ready for anything with some color above her lids as opposed to looking like someone, who if they had a 5 year old niece, let said niece apply makeup on their face? It boggles my mind.

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I hope this helps! Please email me with any other questions at askdearcally@gmail.com.

Products used: Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, bareMinerals Eyecolor in Celestine (which my sister has declared to be the best eyeshadow color ever…she might be right), bareMinerals Liner Shadow in Soft Black, Studio Basics Angled Eyeliner & Shading Brush, ecotools Bamboo 6 Piece Eye Brush Set, and my favorite Diane Von Furstenberg No. 4 Brush.


Beauty Basics: Must-Have Eye Makeup Brushes (by temptalia)

Makeup Geek Eye Shadows!

I know I’ve raved over and over about how much I love Makeup Geek eye shadows, but I just received a couple more in the mail, so I thought I’d show you my collection and give you my thoughts on some of the colors.

Only 3 more and my palette is complete! (Actually, I broke a couple at the wedding, so I should have a full palette, but no need to dwell on that, I guess.)

Top Row (left to right): Shimma Shimma, Vanilla Bean, Baby Face, Magic Act (foiled shadow), Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, and Latte.
Second Row: Cocoa Bear, Grandstand (foiled shadow), Showtime (foiled shadow), Pretentious, Hipster, and Taupe Notch.
Third Row: Mesmerized (foiled shadow), Mocha, Bada Bing, Whimsical (foiled shadow), Unexpected, Drama Queen, and Corrupt.
Bottom Row: Galaxy, Houdini (foiled shadow), and Peacock.

The standard Makeup Geek shadows are $5.99 a pan. For comparison, MAC eye shadows are $16.00 each in the packaging or $10 for the pan. For me, Makeup Geek shadows are just as good, if not better, than MAC shadows. They are pigmented, creamy, easy to blend, and come in gorgeous colors. The Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows are $9.99 because they are a different, richer formulation, which is still a killer deal. Here are swatches of the Foiled Shadows. (Top to Bottom: Whimsical, Magic Act, Grandstand, Showtime, Mesmerized, and Houdini)

Gorgeous, right? These are best applied with a short, stiff, synthetic hair brush, like a concealer brush, or with your ring finger, for maximum effect. I usually use my ring finger to pack the color on my lid, then use a fluffy brush to blend out the edges.

I also picked up a couple of brushes (the Soft Dome Brush and Pointed Crease Brush) and I’m in love! I love that they are both tapered for maximum blending potential while keeping the color in place. I’ve been using the Soft Dome Brush for my lightest transition color and the Pointed Crease Brush for darker crease colors and my outer corners. For $7.99 each, they are a great value. (Sorry they are dirty, but I’m sick and didn’t feel like rewashing them after I used them today.)

Not only are the products amazing, but the customer service is second to none. When I put my brand new Mesmerized in my palette, I did not realize it was broken, so I opened my palette when I got home and had shadow EVERYWHERE! I was so bummed. At 5:54PM PST, I wrote a quick email to customer service about my problem. At 2:32AM PST, I got a reply from Mariella, saying that she’d send out a new Mesmerized right away. At 8:11AM PST, I got a tracking number for my package! So, literally, outside of normal business hours on the west coast, they took care of my problem without hesitation. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for such amazing and prompt customer service!!!

Within the next year or so, Makeup Geek will be rolling out a ton of new products: foundations, concealers, highlighters, lipsticks… the whole nine yards! I highly recommend you check out the company, as well as Marlena’s YouTube Channel (Makeup Geek) where she does monthly round ups of new products, tutorials, and Splurge or Purge, a segment where she compares 2 very similar products (one expensive and one affordable) and tells you whether you should splurge on the expensive one or purchase the affordable option. Everything about Marlena and Makeup Geek is the best! I hope you check them out!