Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

This is just a quick tutorial regarding what tools I use and what I use them for.


Left to right: Philosophy Blending brush, MAC 219, MAC 252, and MAC 187


Left to right: Sephora small, stiff, flat brush, paintbrush from craft store, Philosophy Blush brush


Left to right: MAC 187, MAC 252, MAC 219, Philosophy Blending brush


Left to right: Philosophy Blush brush, paintbrush from craft store, Sephora small, stiff, flat brush


These are the two brushes I use in nearly every single eyeshadow application I do. The one on the left is Philosophy’s Blending brush, and I use this for all work other than applying anything wet (paints, pigments, etc.). I use it to apply lid color, do crease work, line my lower lash line, etc. The one on the right is a paintbrush from a craft store, and I always use it when applying my pigments using MAC’s water-based mixing medium.

What was the point of the brush pictures? Those are the tools I use regularly, and since I don’t just use MAC brushes, the pictures might help people understand what brushes I use, in terms of size, thickness, etc. so they can substitute with whatever appropriate ones they own themselves.

I use the 187 brush to apply Studio Fix Fluid, that’s it.

I use the 252 when I feel like giving it a chance, or when I’m using black, since I hate it so much (black sticks to brushes, so I can do black and not worry about having to wash it immediately).

I use the 219 as often as I use the 252, whenever I think it might actually work for me. I hate this brush more than anything.

I use Philosophy’s Blush brush for what else – blush.

Do I like MAC brushes? Right now, it doesn’t seem like it, LOL. I’ve also had the 222, 224, 242 – I returned all three of them because they did nothing for me.

My favorite brush used to be a shadow brush that Benefit made, but it’s since been discontinued – the Philosophy brush is much more versatile, so I love that more. It’s a short brush, too, so it gives you more control and precision.

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4 thoughts on “Tools

  1. Dana

    I have the 187 and I can’t seem to figure out what to do with it. I bought the 188 but I don’t like it that much for blush.

    I’m now inlove with this Philosophy brush because I always see it in your tutorials. It seems like a nice unique brush! But I couldn’t find it in their website. And talking about discontinued brushes, I hate companies when they discontinue a successful brush. WHY?????? Like this Philosophy brush and Benefit. :[

    • The 187 is really good for applying liquid foundation IMO, and I know tons of people use it for mineralize skinfinishes. It’s also decent for applying shimmer/pigments onto body/face.

      Aww, I got mad when I saw it was discontinued, too! It means someday within the next few years I’m going to have to find a replacement :(

  2. Sony

    Awesome site, great pictures, and you’re prompt and answer all questions. What’s not to love? :) :)
    HOnestly, thanks for taking the time to get back to all of us and to post all the pics and the detailed info.
    I have a question regarding this post – what craftstore brush are you using here? I went to Michael’s and dug around yesterday and I was super impressed. Do you always use natural-hair brushes? do you prefer those to the synthetic?
    Thanks again