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■Your skin tone/coloring: NW-25
■Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? Mac 239
■Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? Mac 217 and 219
■Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? Mac 224

Your skin tone/coloring: Fair, neutral/cool – NC15ish
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? MAC 139 or, more recently, the Hakuhodo K004 (similar to the MAC but flatter and softer)
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? Kevyn Aucoin Small Eyeshadow Soft Round Tip Brush – great for putting color in the crease and for smudging eyeliner
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? Hands down, the Laura Mercier Finishing Brush – slap some eyeshadow on and use this to blend for utter perfection

Your skin tone/coloring: NC 25 (medium w/ yellow undertones)
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? MAC 239
Favorite brush(es) for adding definition to the eye? MAC 231 for the lower lash line and MAC 224 for the socket line
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? MAC 217

Your skin tone/coloring: NC30-35
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? e.l.f eyeshadow brush (hands down is just 1 buck and works wonderful)
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? A mini creaae brush that came with a kit (doesn’t have a name)
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? GOC Makeup Blending Brush

■Your skin tone/coloring: C3/NC20
■Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? ELF Essential Shadow Brush! LOVE IT.
■Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? CVS’s Essence Of Beauty Crease Brush Duo (either, but usually the smaller one).
■Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? ELF Essential Blending Brush, or Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush!

Skintone/coloring: Fairly light, very neutral; dark-featured.

Applying: For the most part, I love a flat, dense brush. My absolute favorite is probably the double-ended brush that came with UD Naked 2. I also have a couple of Sonia Kashuk concealer brushes that work very well, particularly with more glittery shadows.

Definition: Those “useless” little brushes that came with the older Kat von D palettes. As horrible as they are for all-over application, or even highlighting the brow, they’re extremely useful for precision in the crease & inner corner. Real Techniques Detail brush is good, too.

Blending: For blending through the crease, I love e.l f. Angled Eye brush. For larger areas, Essence of Beauty double-ended Smokey Eye brush is amazing, as is Sonia Kashuk Crease brush.

I have more expensive brushes, but for some reason, the less expensive just work best for me. I went through a phase (albeit brief) of spending more money on HE brushes, but I ended up giving most of them away over the years, as I reach for the less pricey ones almost exclusively.

Your skin tone/coloring: fair, cool, brown hair and eyes
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? Mac 239 or a Sonia Kashuk brush with no number (might be the small or the medium one – white handle and it’s shaped like a 239 but a bit smaller) and I also really like the Elf C brush – larger, quite firm and great for getting the colour onto the “mobile lid”
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? a Posh crease brush I got years ago for next to nothing; after that, it’s probably the MAC 217
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? MAC 217 or 224

Your skin tone/coloring: NC50
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? Sonia Kashuk Large Shader Brush
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? Sonia Kashuk Large Crease Brush

Your skin tone/coloring: NW45ish

Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? Sonia Kashuk small lid brush #112 and her black handled angled crease brush

Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? Sonia Kashuk #116

Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? Sonia Kashuk #119

Your skin tone/coloring: NC20-25
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? Shu Uemura Natural #10
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? MAC 219
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? Hakuhodo J142

Skin Tone: Very Fair/Cool-toned
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid: MAC 239
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye: MAC 219
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow: MAC 252

Your skin tone/coloring: NC25-30ish, olive tones
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? MAC 239
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? I have this Revlon Crease Brush, I’m not sure I even see it in stores anymore
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? MAC 217

Though honestly most of the time I’m lazy and just use the MAC 217 for everything. 🙂

Your skin tone/coloring:
=> Light-Medium with confusing but most likely neutral undertone, N25.

Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid?
=> Either a fluffy brush with crimped ferrule if I want to blend as I apply (like MAC 217), or a regular paddle brush if I want more precision (like MAC 239).

Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye?
=> A synthetic angled brush, like MAC 263.

Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow?
=> Either a fluffy tapered brush like MAC 222 or 224, or I just blend as I apply with my flat and fluffy brush (MAC 217 dupe).

Keep in mind that none of my brushes are actually from MAC, I mainly use a brand sold in Indonesia called Masami Shouko. They have pretty good brushes and are really good in value (my 217 dupe is under $3!)

◾Your skin tone/coloring: medium in the summer/fair in the winter

◾Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? Coastal Scents BR-C-N06
◾Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? Coastal Scents BR-C-N08
◾Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? Coastal Scents 250

■Your skin tone/coloring: NC15
■Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid? MAC 239
■Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye? MAC 217 (& occasionally the MAC 219)
■Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow? bareMInerals Soft Focus Shadow Brush (which I never hear anyone talk about!)

Skin tone: cool in winter/warm in summer
Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid: MAC 239
Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye: MAC 286
Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow: MAC 217

Your skin tone/coloring: Light/medium about NC25 (with light self tan) but naturally I’m NC15. Either way I’m yellow haha.

Favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid?: Sonia Kashuk large crease brush, it really isn’t that large. It’s a gorgeous dense and small brush.

Favorite brush for adding definition to the eye?: Real Techniques shading brush is BEAUTIFUL for detailing or even just packing eyeshadow on the lid.

Favorite brush for blending eyeshadow?: Mac 224 or 217..I know, how typical of me.

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