Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face 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 Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 116 Blush Brush

MAC 116 Blush Brush ($32.00) is a natural-haired, tapered, rounded brush. It is smaller than the 129 Blush Brush, and it also feels a bit denser to me. It’s an incredibly soft bristled brush, and it does have some give, but it is still firm. The smaller size of this blush brush relative to other popular blush brushes makes it easier to control where you apply your blush, and it also picks up a good amount of color and deposits it on your cheek without eating it up. Since purchasing this brush, I find myself regularly switching back and forth between this and the 129, and I think I am starting to prefer the 116. I also like this with pressed powder to dust all-over. If you’ve been looking for a brush for more precise blush application, I’d urge you to consider the 116!

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face 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 Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 109 Small Contour Brush

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush ($32.00) is designed to be used to blend and contour with powder products, but this brush is quite the multi-tasker. It’s a small face brush with a rounded-dome tip, densely packed bristles. It can actually be a bit too big to contour with, depending on the where and when of your face, but I actually am fond of using this brush to blend out more emollient (e.g. liquids or creams) products, particularly foundation and blushcremes.

This works well with both cream and liquid foundations, and I prefer it to the 187. (Though, I still love the 182 for foundation overall–this comes close, and the bonus is it is easier to wash.) You can also use this to apply powder products like blush and bronzer, too. It’s easy to both apply and blend out all sorts of products, so this is definitely is a brush I’d recommend picking up–plus, it is on the lower end of the price spectrum as far as face brushes go.

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Thursday, June 25th, 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 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush

MAC 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush ($24.50) is medium-sized angled brush with lots of fluffiness. I like this brush for applying concealer around the nose and eyes, and actually do find it can be used to contour small areas like the nose, too. I don’t contour my nose often, if ever, because I guess I’m fairly satisfied with its appearance (it’s a nose — it’s like the foot of the face to me, it’s just there and eh!), but it works better than the 168, which is far too large for the nose area. This also works well to apply highlighter above the cupid’s bow of your lips – just one swipe and voila!

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Thursday, June 25th, 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 272 Small Angled Shading Brush

MAC 272 Small Angled Shading Brush ($21.50) is small, angled brush with lots of fluffiness. It’s made out of goat hair, so it is just a little softer than some of the synthetic-bristled brushes, though I’ve found softness to never be an issue with full-sized MAC brushes (they’re all soft!). I find that this brush works in many of the same ways that the 217 does, just that this has a more angled edge to it. It can be used for cream or powder products, depending on your preference, and it should do well with either. For me, it works well to blend out harsh edges in the crease, but I actually prefer it for applying a highlight color on the inner tearduct. It just fits into that little nook with such ease and makes application a dream. The 272 is subtler and blends softly and surely, whereas the 217 can overblend if you’re not careful. If you’ve had that experience, the 272 might be a better match for your style.

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Thursday, June 25th, 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 266 Small Angle Brush

MAC 266 Small Angle Brush ($19.50) is a small-to-medium-sized angled brush that’s flat and fairly firm. Depending on your preferences, the 266 can be your go-to brush for lining your upper lash line or for filling in sparse brows. For me, it tends to be the latter. I adore the 266 for filling in my brows, because it is just the right thickness to allow me to use it from the beginning to the tail of my brow without it being too much or too little. I personally find the 266 to be too thick for lining my upper lash line, and as someone who isn’t an expert at lining the upper lash line, a bit unforgiving as a result. I prefer the 208, so I can start off with a thinner line and work my way up as I make mistakes — with the 266 I have no room to smooth out the line before the liner is way too thick. However, for those who are experts at lining, the 266 is all about you! You can get a medium-thick line quick as you please.

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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 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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