By Sheila Arkee
Kate’s recent videos reminded me that it’s been a long, long while since I’ve made a video tutorial. Whoops! Time just flies by, you know!
What better occasion than a Breaking Down Beauty with a focus on the pencil brush. Here’s a video, and following, a pictoral breakdown.
I’ve discussed my favorite, basic brushes in the past, but what about those other brushes you might run into and aren’t quite sure of how to use?
The pencil brush is one of those mysterious types – it looks interesting, but when you get down to business, how exactly should you use one?
They’re smaller than the average eye makeup brush, somewhat stiff, and shaped, well, like a pencil-tip. I like them for a couple of purposes – for smudging out eyeliner and creating a subtle, smokey eye, and also for getting a really defined crease.
The pencil brush I use is MAC’s #219. It’s made of goat hair and works great. I also own one by Kevyn Aucoin, which is super soft, maybe a little too soft for my liking, as well as a slightly larger and softer generic brush, which is good for blending.
Smudging Your Liner
For smudging out your liner, I suggest starting with a very soft liner. I used MAC’s Teddy Kohl, which is one of my all time favorite liners.
I used MAC’s Corduroy – a dark matte brown – as the blending shadow. I dipped the pencil brush in the powder shadow, and then proceded to blend, blend, blend away, using circular motions. You won’t erase the liner color, so don’t be afraid to get in there and blend!
Defining Your Crease
Using the same shadow color, MAC’s Corduroy, I place the brush on the outer corner of my eye, and proceed to use circular motions to blend slightly above my actual crease.
Blend, blend, blend.
The result will be sharper than if you were to use a larger, blending brush. If the final product is a bit too sharp for your taste, you can always go in with a fluffier brush and blend away.
Not bad, eh?
As far as the colors used, wait a couple hours for day 64/365 Days of Eyeshadow. 😉