Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush

MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush ($28.00) is a long, fluffy brush with a dome-shaped tip designed for assisting you with blending out color. It can also be used to deposit color more subtly for those who need softer application. I do like using this as a highlighter, both on the face or on the brow bone. It’s not a brush I reach for often, as I tend to favor other brushes, but for some, this brush outdoes brushes like the 217 and 222. The fluffiness of this brush also makes it good for applying creamier products, like concealer, in hard to reach places (e.g. around the nose). The 224 is one of those brushes that many people swear by, and others will say they prefer another brush (e.g. the 222), so it’s most definitely worth taking a peek at next time you’re at a MAC store. It will certainly help you out with blending if that’s ever been a problem for you!

How to decide between the 222 and 224?  Think about what you’re going to use it for.  If you’re looking for a brush primarily to help blend or deposit crease colors, you might opt for the 222 since it is narrower and thus allows for more control.  If you’re more concerned with blending crease colors, the 224 makes it a cinch!

How do you like to use this brush?

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

If you were using MAC Purple Rite Lipstick?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 222 Tapered Blending Brush

MAC 222 Tapered Blending Brush ($28.00) is one of the longer eye brushes, and it is designed to be used to help apply softer color and blend out color. A lot of people find this brush great for blending crease colors without losing all of the definition. If you’ve felt like the 217 is a bit too fluffy or large for your crease area, you might find the 222 more up your alley.

The 222 is thinner and less fluffy than the 224, and it is also not as wide at the tip. The 224 spays out, getting large as it gets to the tip, whereas the 222 stays very much the same size throughout, but the bristles do come to a bit of a rounded edge like the 224. The 222 is also made out of goat hair, whereas then 224 is not, and I do feel the 222 is just a smidgen softer, too.

Even though I don’t find myself constantly reaching for this brush (I am all about the 226, personally), my girl Pursebuzz says, “I like how it is soft enough to blend yet dense enough to pack on the color for day and night looks. It’s like the 239 and 224 had a baby!”

How do you like to use this brush?

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

5 Tips to Look Gorgeous This Summer

Monday will kick off the summer season, and if you live in an area where summer means heat… you know your makeup routine tends to change. Between heat, humidity, enjoying the outdoors, and for many, vacation, here are some of my favorite tips on adjusting your makeup for summer!

Tinted moisturizer is your friend! Whether you mix your own by mixing your existing foundation with your favorite moisturizer or you invest in a specific tinted moisturizer, it is a great alternative to regular foundations (especially if you tend to wear liquid foundation!). It’s lightweight, melts on the skin, and it still gives you just a little coverage while still looking extremely natural. Many tinted moisturizers also include SPF–which is a must when the sun is shining (and even when you don’t think it is).

A-hoy waterproof mascara! Keep those lashes looking long and luscious without worrying about flaking, smudging, or budging while you’re enjoying the day by investing in a good waterproof mascara. One tip I have is to use your regular mascara first, and then do one coat of waterproof mascara. If you have any issues removing waterproof makeup, try an oil-based makeup remover like MAC’s Cleanse-off Oil or shu uemura’s Cleansing Oil–or even just plain ol’ olive oil.

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 219 Pencil Brush

MAC 219 Pencil Brush ($23.00) is one of my very favorite brushes, and I definitely consider it a must-have in my brush stash. It was one of the first few full-sized eye brushes I purchased. It can be used for all sorts of things (don’t you love a multitasking tool?) from depositing color into the crease, defining shapes, tapping color on the lower lash line, or smudging color. I personally reach for this to apply eyeshadow to my lower lash line. It’s a soft, fairly firm brush (but not stiff), with densely packed bristles. I can get a good amount of color and have most of it deposit where I’m applying it (and not just sucked up by the brush). It also works well to blend colors on the lower lash line or even smudge out colors for a smokier effect. I’ve been considering picking up a second one of these, but I’m trying to resist!

How do you like to use this brush?

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

How do you make your makeup last all day? What are your tips and tricks? Share your expertise!

Temptalia's Answer.

I make sure to let my moisturizer fully absorb before applying anything else. I then use primer, liquid foundation, and set with transparent loose powder. Use blot powder or sheets throughout the day to minimize any oiliness!

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