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I have two types of placement that I gravitate toward. The first is light to dark,
going from inner to outer lid/crease, and the second is with the lightest shade on the center of the lid with darker shades on the outer and inner portions of the lid. I usually work from light to dark, so regardless of the placement, I tend to start there.
If I’m doing a look using exactly what I want, I will use things like transition shades, base shades, and the like, but I’m often working within a more limited selection of textures/shades, so I go light to dark and then use one of the darkest shades in the crease. I’ll often fade the crease to the brow bone using one of the lighter, lid colors and then use a soft beige shade for my brow bone. I like use flat, dome-shaped brushes (like MAC 239s) for applying color to the lid and if I want a really rich, intense crease color. Otherwise, I use medium, tapered crease brushes (but not too pointed) to apply and blend out the crease and brow bone color.

— Christine

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If it’s a more pigmented base product, then I’ll use a separate tool for layering,
whether that be my fingertip or a lip brush. For gloss, I prefer fingertips unless it’s very pigmented, then a brush is handier (especially to get it along my cupid’s bow). For a powder product, always fingertips as I find lip brushes a little harder to ensure even distribution of most powders.

— Christine

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I usually dab a wee bit wherever I’m trying to spot conceal and then use my foundation brush (usually a Real Techniques Expert Face brush) and gently tap against my skin so I don’t lose too much cover but can blur the edges. I sometimes use a synthetic, cream eyeshadow brush (small, a little fluffy) to diffuse the edges of an area.

— Christine

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My favorite brushes to use are ones that are small and tapered (a typical highlighting brush, really), as I can get decent coverage while still getting a more diffused look overall. For a very pigmented or more metallic highlighter (or if I’m going for a softer finish), I’ll use a fan brush. Sometimes if I feel like the highlighter is overboard,
I’ll dust translucent powder on top.

— Christine

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I use mostly pencil eyeliner, so I typically will apply to my lower lash line.
I find myself looking down slightly into a mirror and trying not to blink, haha! I do the same for lining my lower waterline,
which I don’t do quite as often. I like using eyeshadow to blow out the lower lash line and use pencil brushes to do so.

— Christine

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