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About Makeup Brushes

1-Fan Brush-Many uses such as loose powder, light blush or bronzer.

 

2, 3, 5- Blush, Bronzer & Highlight Brushes

 

4-Contour brush

 

6-Foundation Brush

 

7-Fan Brush- can be used to brush away fallout from below your eyes, or used for highligher

 

8-Brow Brush & Comb

 

9- Spooly brush, may also be used on brows and eyelashes.

 

10, 13, 17, 32- Fine Line Brushes, used for eyeliner or lips

 

11-Sponge tip applicator, used for eye shadows

14 is a C brush and can be used to apply shadow to the crease, lid or brow area. I primarily use it to apply shadow to the crease then use a longer brush to blend. It can also be used as a smudge brush.

15 is a square or flat brush can be used with cream shadows or as a lip brush or even as a flat liner brush.

 

12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28 – All eye shadow brushes of different sizes.

 

21- Sponge tip brush, used for smudging.

23, 27 & 30 look to be blending brushes to help soften and blend shadows.

22, 25 & 29 are angled brushes and that can help create sharp edges, can be used on the brows (to fill in) or be used as a liner brush.

 

15, 22, 25, 29 – Flat edged eye shadow brushes. Use along lash line.

 

31- Concealer brush

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Keep in mind just because a brush maybe a certain type of brush doesn’t mean you have to use it for just that purpose. Example, brush-4 is an angled blush brush you can use it on your nose, neck and ears to apply bronzer (yes ears because people tend to forget to blend a bit of powder on their ears especially when using a bronzer and their hair is pulled back).

How To Make Dark Skin Glow

If a fresh, dewy complexion is important to you, makeup that makes dark skin glow can give your skin the iridescent quality you’re after.

Prep First

Before you apply makeup that makes dark skin glow, you need to prep first. Good skin is the best foundation. You should practice a regular skincare routine that works with your particular skin type. You should also follow a healthy eating plan and drink plenty of water. Great complexions begin on the inside. The more you take care of what goes into your body, the less makeup you’ll have to apply to achieve a glowing look.

After your skin is cleansed, apply a moisturizer–yes, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizer helps your makeup go on evenly.

Makeup that Makes Dark Skin Glow: Colors

Your skin tone may range from olive to chocolate and be considered “dark.” There are makeup colors that will flatter any complexion; the trick is choosing which ones are made just for you.

You’ll likely find a full range of cosmetic colors in nearly every major brand, from mainstream names that cater to all ethnic groups to lines geared toward women of color. The following colors are great for African American skin tones as well as Indian or Hispanic complexions that are tan or darker.

Bronze or Gold

Bronze is an equal opportunity glowing color. It works for eye shadow, blush and allover bronzers. Bronze is a strong color and should be applied to one area. If you wear it as an eye color, sweep it across your eyelids and almost up to your brows, adding a touch of lighter shadow beneath your eyebrow’s arch as a highlighter. If you wear bronze as a cheek color, use a fluffy blush brush to place it on the apples of your cheeks. The darker your skin, the more bronze will contrast with your complexion, making it perfect for nighttime looks.

Pink

Some women with darker skin feel that pink isn’t an option in makeup colors for them, but this is outdated advice. Just make sure you choose the pink that flatters your skin tone best. Women with warm undertones should choose pinks that have flecks of orange or gold in them, or pinks that are yellow-based. Women with cool complexions will look best in pink that contains undertones of blue or purple.

The good thing is that pink is a versatile color. It ranges from pale to deep, so there is a pink out there for everyone. Tan skins look good in rosy pinks, while deep, dark complexions can wear colors such as fuchsia that might overwhelm lighter skin.

Peach

Peach is a pretty, subtle color that brings tan skin to life. It works on eyes, cheeks and lips. You can wear it all over for a natural look. Top a pretty peach lipstick with clear gloss for a shiny, inviting lip look.

Choosing Glowing Makeup

When choosing makeup to give your skin a healthy glow, mineral makeup often has the soft, iridescent qualities you’re looking for. You can choose mineral foundations, blush or loose powders.

Shop for makeup that bills itself as iridescent. For some cosmetic brands, the word to look for might be “pearlescent.” For others, it could be “shimmer” or “sparkle.” Just skip the matte makeup, which is designed to look flat, if you’re after a glowing look.

Tips for Wearing

Makeup that makes your skin glow can be subtle or dramatic.

  • For daytime, choose one feature to highlight, but make sure it’s suitable for work. Anything too glossy or shiny should be saved for nighttime.
  • At night, you can choose those deep colors and heavier applications that are too much for day.
  • If nothing else, dip a fluffy makeup brush into a loose mineral powder and apply it all over your face. This gives your skin a beautiful glow all by itself.

5 Tips of Daytime Eye Makeup

Brazen liner, glamorous glitter and mega-lush lashes are a few of our very favorite things, but we know—much to the dismay of our drama-loving hearts—that they’re not always appropriate for daytime settings. To help us walk the fine line between what’s suitable and what’s overkill for the office, we got the five rules of daytime eye makeup from professional makeup artist Lashundra Easton.

1. Avoid Black & Glitter

“First, I believe makeup should be fun and highlight your beauty. However, if you work in a corporate or conservative setting, ‘too-much’ eye makeup is not work appropriate. For example, a dark smoky eye is a no-go for everyday wear at the office. Avoid using colors like black, dark blue or anything glittery,” SHUN advises.

2. Master Subtle Liner

If you love liner, but don’t want to look overly done Shun has two great techniques for subtle liner. “Dash the eyeliner pencil into the lash line—it will make the lashes look fuller,” or “use a cake eyeliner (a water activated, usually potted liner) with a stiff, flat brush. Apply the eyeliner under the lash line for a ‘non-eyeliner’ look.”

3. Lighten Up Your Smoky Eye

If you love yourself a pretty smoky eye, don’t feel like they’re completely banished for daytime. If you opt for “more subtle tones like plums, greys or browns you can create a lovely daytime smoky look. Apply the darkest tone close to the lash line then blend upward toward the crease. You want to create a sunset effect. Then finish it off with a couple of coats of black mascara,” SHUN says.

4. Keep it Simple

If you need inspiration for the perfect daytime eye makeup, Lashundra shared her recipe. “First, I apply a skin tone eye base to brighten my eye. Second, I apply eyeliner under the lash line to make my lashes look fuller. Third, I fill in my eyebrows. The eyebrows frame your eyes, so never forget to define them. Lastly, apply several coats of mascara. It’s a clean, fresh look for everyday.”

5. Wear What You Love  

The most important rule to keep in mind? “Never wear anything you are not confident in. Makeup should bring out our inner confidence. If you love bright shadows go for it, but be sure all colors suit your skin tone and compliment your eye color,” SHUN says. When in doubt, tone down the glamorous looks you love to interpret them for day, and do you, girlfriend.

ILLUMINATE YOUR SKIN

Skin looks best when it’s bright, healthy and glowing, but stress and other day-to-day challenges often get in the way of looking great. That’s where the right products can help. If you’ve lost your glow lately, here are some tips for getting it back.

Make your skin glow like J-Lo with these product essentials:

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How to get glowing skin

START WITH A CLEAN CANVASS

It’s important to start with a fresh face that is well moisturized. Try Goldfaden’s 3-in-1 Daily Moisturizer ($65 at Goldfaden.com) to prep and protect your skin.

 

Try a luminizing foundation

How to get glowing skin

TRY A LUMINIZING FOUNDATION

A luminizing foundation gives skin a subtle glow and natural-looking finish using light-reflecting ingredients. Try Nars Sheer Glow Foundation ($42 at Sephora), which provides sheer, buildable coverage (which we love), boosts brightness and leaves skin with improved texture and tone. Also tryStila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($38 at Stila Cosmetics).

 

Go for a faux glow

How to get glowing skin

GO FOR A FAUX GLOW

A bronzer can give your skin a brightening boost. Fresh High Noon Fresh Face Glow ($36 at Sephora) is a cream formula that you can wear alone or under makeup to give skin a subtle, sunkissed glow. Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer ($24.50) bestows brilliance with the flick of a powderbrush.

 

Use a highlighter

How to get glowing skin

USE A HIGHLIGHTER

Subtle shimmer or light-reflecting ingredients are the secrets to this tip. Try Benefit Girl Meets Pearl ($30 at Sephora), which gives skin a natural-looking glow. If you prefer a powder formula, try Stila All Over Shimmer Duo ($22 at Stila Cosmetics) to give your skin a subtle shimmer and warm up your complexion.

 

Get glowing skinGO BEYOND YOUR FACE

Glominerals will help you get glowing skin

Bring your faux glow beyond your face with glominerals’ shimmer brick in gleam or luster shades ($33 at gloProfessional.com). Brush along your neck and decolletage to extend your skinkissed look.

 

Foundation Brushes

When you are looking for the best of the best it takes time and money to find the perfect brush just for you. This post is a roundup of what I consider to be the best or most interesting foundation brushes available to us, I will show you a few pictures, share my own experience with them and also some guidelines in order to help you find the perfect foundation brush just for you.

Foundation application is probably the most complex step of a makeup application, probably the most feared too ! If we go for it, better get it right, we cannot just simply copy someone else’s make up routine, we have to find our very own and as we go along feel what’s right or wrong and fine tune the process. You won’t necessarily need brushes for that, not all the foundations are meant to be applied with them like the Armani Fusion for example. But that’s another story. Don’t please don’t do this at home, you don’t need a hundred brushes to do your foundation, it is just a passion of mine to collect beautiful makeup brushes.

Some foundation brushes are more efficient than others but at the end it will be a matter of following your own preferences and taste. I will show you some of mine which include :

  • Stippling brushes
  • Mineral foundation brushes
  • Flat, semi-flat, round brushes

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My life does not depend on foundation application but I do love it, I think there is an intriguing and experimental process behind achieving a great application of foundation, it can be fun and it can sometimes be depressing ! My curiosity and my delicate dry skin motivated me to research for the best foundation brushes and the best way to apply it. You’ll see that it got a bit out of control (again), but I hope that at least my lack of control will benefit you, help you compare the options and guide you in your own research.

There aren’t that many foundation lovers around me, when I ask them why they hate foundation they say: “I don’t want to feel it” or “I don’t want to see it” or “foundation brushes are too rough”.

I am not saying that it’s necessary to go through this step, absolutely not, but if the reason why you don’t apply it is just because of those reasons be aware that today you can apply foundation and still look natural and fresh and for the tools, don’t worry, there is probably the right one just for you.

 

 

I don’t often use mineral foundation and I don’t often go for more than medium coverage. My needs are those of a woman in her 40′s with extreme dry and sensitive skin who aims for a fresh glowy complexion. Depending on the days I can barely stand to apply make up at all so I need the most efficient tools : the best results possible, in the fewer strokes !

I have tried to pick different types of foundation brushes to guide you in your selection, each one with its own qualities and characteristics, they can really differ in shape, material and it will be up to you to find the one that fits your personal requirements. I don’t have an answer for every situation, if I did, I would not be working in IT !!! Believe me, I wouldn’t.

They can be made of natural bristles, a mix of synthetic and natural hair or only synthetic bristles, so many options are available today and many of them are very good. Do not consider my opinions as expert advice, I will simply share what I think about them and why I love them… or not.

If You Are Starting

First you want to identify what your profile is (oily, dry, sensitive skin), then what coverage and finish you desire. If you already found a foundation product that is matching what your skin needs, now you can start looking for the right tools. You may think that brushes are very expensive and that the investment may not be worth it, I don’t know about you but I wasted a lot of money on foundation products that didn’t work for me just because I didn’t have the appropriate tools to apply them. I am not saying that brushes will solve all your problems but they definitely will make your life easier, the application more pleasant and they may even save you money in the end.

Targeting A Brush Adapted To Your Profile

Many brush companies will not recommend you goat brushes if your skin is dry and sensitive, they will direct you towards synthetic or stippling brushes. They are right but I still found many full goat brushes that are soft enough for me to use on my very dry skin and I have absolute no problem at all. Basically if your skin is sensitive, it shouldn’t be moving around when applying foundation with your brush, it should not feel “molested”, on the other hand using a too soft brush will require many more strokes to blend and you may want to avoid that too since it may also irritate your skin at the end. The right balance would be a brush that is soft enough but still has efficient blending power. I have got some here.

Below, a synthetic brush vs a goat brush, if you want my honest opinion, this synthetic fun brush looks great and has thickness to it, which should be a good thing. It’s not a terrible brush but these two are a world apart.

  • This synthetic brush MUFE 108 has interesting fibers, at first they look nice, feel nice, but after you used it once, you don’t want to use it again without washing it before. Reminds me of a dirty kitchen cloth (sorry), absorbing quite a lot of product and getting some sorf of film around the bristles that you don’t necessarily like against your skin. I also find it does move my skin around too much (the bristles have a grip), in normal conditions it’s acceptable but I am prone to migranes and even if I don’t put too much pressure on it, despite the fact the bristles are very soft and don’t poke it still is unpleasant on my sensitive skin.
  • The goat brush here is the new Chikuhodo GSN-05, at first it does not look attractive, it’s not white hair, looks a bit yellow-coppery, not the most attractive aspect for some but don’t be afraid of that, this brush is amazing in all aspects, what I want to point out is that this goat brush despite it has darker goat hair, it’is much more pleasant to use than the synthetic for me, more efficient, does not suck product in the bristles and does not feel like a dirty cloth on my face at all, even if I don’t wash it every day, still the same blending power. It does not molest my skin, I don’t need to put a lot of pressure to blend and it doesn’t poke.
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  • Bottom line : Natural or synthetic it will depend on the brush, again it’s a matter of preference and also skin tolerance, some cannot use natural hair at all and some cannot use synthetic.

    Targeting Liquid Or Powder Foundation

    If you have very dry skin you are less likely to use powder foundation and less likely to go for heavy coverage, in most situtations it will end patchy and not comfortable. Even with the right tools it’s difficult to go against these laws. When I apply a heavy coat of mineral powder foundation on my very dry skin, despite the quality of the powder foundation and the perfect brush, after just a little time my skin starts to beg for help, my wrinkles are maximized and dry patches appear all over, it ages me dramatically. Nice brushes will help but just to a certain point.  Choosing the right skincare and foundation product for your skin profile is even more important, then you can try some foundations at the counters see how they evolve on your skin throughout the day until you find the perfect one for you.

    Targeting The Coverage You Desire

    The foundation product you’ll use will really help deliver the coverage and finish you are looking for. In terms of brushes, the denser and flatter the brush, the more coverage it delivers. The fluffier and rounder the brush, the more flexibility you’ll get allowing you to start from sheer and to build up to medium.

Blending Eye Shadow Tips…

Mastering well blended eye shadow seems to be up there with mastering liquid liner for many of you, well those who contact me through my Youtube channel at least. To get a nice blend does require a little practice as well as a few techniques, and very importantly, the right tools!!

*I would first advise doing your eye makeup before your foundation, this will allow for any fall out from blending eye shadows to be cleaned away easily without you having to re-do your base!

*Next, remember that powder eye shadows will blend much easier over a smooth, dry base. This is achieved by applying a powder base to the lids before applying the colour shadow.
Translucent face powder or a nude coloured eye shadow will work best.
If you want to apply a cream eye shadow or tacky base of some sort first, for the shadow to adhere to (to make it more vibrant or intense), then just apply your base powder down from the brow to where the cream base ends. This will allow you to still have a smooth blend above your crease line.

*Spend as long as you need when blending the eye shadow. Adding a little shadow at a time and blending as you go will make life much easier on yourself. And so as to not compromise the colour intensity of your shadow, only blend around the edges of the shadow shape that you are trying to achieve!

*Having a blending or crease brush is extremely important when working on a seamless blend. A dense & fluffy, dome shaped brush will work best for this. Check out my video & post on my favorite blending brushes HERE
One more thing to remember when it comes to brushes, it that natural haired bristles will blend powder products much better than synthetic fiber brushes.

*The best example of a perfect blended eye shadow is the “Smokey Eye”. Most people seem to think that this means a black or gray coloured eye but it just means any eye shadow colour that is applied to the lids and blended out to almost nothing, as if faded into your skin.

Anyhow, out with your brushes, whatever colours you like, and remember to BLEND, BLEND, and BLEND!!

Getting Rid Of Age Spots on The Face

Hyperpigmentation, or brown spots, on your face is a common complaint. Excess deposits of melanin in the skin cause it. The blemishes can be as small as a freckle or larger than a half dollar. First try home remedies, but getting rid of large areas permanently requires a dermatologist, who may refer you to a plastic surgeon.
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Instructions
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Assess yourself. Freckles are cute if you think they are. Are your spots too big or dark? If so, first try a less expensive approach to spot removal.

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Try a mixture of oat flour and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Mix into a paste and apply directly to the pigmentation. Leave on for a half-hour and repeat twice daily for two weeks until the spots are sufficiently faded.

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Another home remedy is to steam your face and then apply a paste of baking soda and ground chamomile flowers. Wear it overnight and rinse off in the morning. This may take several applications.

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Dermabrasion can sand away the top two layers of skin and give a more healthy appearance. There are home kits for this; after the skin has been sanded, apply lemon juice for bleaching.

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If brown spots still remain or are not sufficiently bleached, buy a 4 percent hydroquinone cream over the counter at the pharmacy. It is a bleaching agent and will fade the skin.

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If you cannot get good results, go to the dermatologist. He may prescribe treatments like Retin-A, an exfoliate that prohibits new melanin from being produced. If this does not work, he will send you to a plastic surgeon who can use laser techniques to remove brown spots.

Tips & Warnings
Use a sunscreen every day to prevent brown spots. Use a makeup that also has sunscreen in it. Makeup concealers are helpful in masking pigmentation.

Hydroquinone should never be applied to skin that is sunburned, chapped or irritated. It will thin the skin, causing more permanent scarring to cuts or abrasions.

Beauty Makeup By: Lashundra Easton

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Glam Doll Makeup

Fashion Makeup By: Lashundra Easton

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Glam Doll Website

Fantasy Makeup By: Lashundra Easton

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