Wednesday, June 24th, 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 263 Small Angle Brush

MAC 263 Small Angle Brush ($20.00) is a small, angled brush that’s flat and fairly firm. It’s thinner and smaller than the 266, but it is larger than the 208. I only recently purchased this brush to round out my brushes collection, but I’ve found it to be a happy medium between the 208 and 266. It works well for both filling in brows, lining the eyes, or creating sharp shapes for more creative looks. If you find the 208 to be too small or the 266 to be too large, this is worth taking a look at to see if it can be your happy medium, too! For ultra thin lash lining, I do still recommend the 208, but for those who want a medium line in thickness, this will do it for you.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 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 252 Large Shader Brush

MAC 252 Large Shader Brush ($29.00) is a flat brush with rounded edges and some fluffiness. It is a fairly densely bristled brush, and the synthetic fibers make it ideal for usage with more emollient products like creams and liquids. It is a larger version of the 242, so it may not be necessary in everyone’s brush tool box. I personally used this more often in the beginning, before I had the 242 or 249, and now, I find myself reaching for it a lot less. It is still a great brush, and if you have larger lids, this may be more your style than the smaller 242. The 252 can be used also for applying eyeshadow, both for packing on color as well as for placement of color into the crease (just use the edge).

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 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 249 Large Shader Brush

MAC 249 Large Shader Brush ($27.00) is super flat brush with no real fluffiness to it. It is fairly firm, but it has enough give to work well on the eye lids. This tends to be my go-to brush for applying any creamy eyeshadow base, like paint pots, because it gives me the right firmness to apply it quickly and efficiently, and it doesn’t pack on too much or waste a lot of product in the bristles. The synthetic fibers makes it a better brush for creamy and more emollient products, but it can be used with powders if desired. This is similar to the 242, but it is larger and flatter with no fluffiness.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 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 242 Shader Brush

MAC 242 Shader Brush ($23.00) is flat, slightly rounded at the tip, brush made out of firm fibers. This is one of my favorite brushes when using creamy products like paint pots, concealer, etc. I most often use it for paint pots, though I also use the 249, too. Even though I like it best for creamy products, it can be used with powder products like eyeshadow. It is particularly good at packing on color when you want a more intense look or have a finnicky shadow that just won’t go on right. For me, this is a great brush, because I use it regularly with my creamy products!

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Monday, June 22nd, 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 239 Eye Shading Brush

MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush ($24.50) is flat, slightly dome-shaped goat-hair brush. It is, quite possibly, my favorite eye brush ever. I love it and use it often enough to own five of them! I can do everything I need to do eyeshadow-wise with this brush — apply, blend, crease, highlight, lower lash line, smudge… you name it, I can do it. This was the only eye brush I had for well over a year, actually.

For anyone who has the SE version (from MAC’s brush sets), the full size is many times better. It’s extremely soft while it picks up color easily and deposits it perfectly. It’s a dense brush with just enough fluffiness to allow you to blend color while still being able to pack on color for a more intense look if desired. This is the first brush I’d personally recommend to anyone looking to buy their first eye brush!

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Monday, June 22nd, 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 231 Small Shader Brush

MAC 231 Small Shader Brush ($17.50) is small, flat brush made out of synthetic fibers. The end is slightly domed/rounded, and the brush itself is pretty small and short. It kind of reminds me of a lip brush, actually! I find myself using this mostly to apply creamy products when I only want them on a specific area. The smallness of this brush allows me  to have control over where I want to place the product, and the flatness of the brush allows me to smooth out creamy products easily. I also like using it to apply concealer/foundation around lips when doing a bolder lip look. This is also a more specialized brush, so it is not a must-have for everyone.

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