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Brush Focus: Small, Flat Shader Brushes

By Sheila Arkee

Back in the day when  I was working behind a cometics counter, I came across a wide variety of people. Some were makeup junkies and had to have the latest and everything ASAP. Some wanted simple, basic looks and tools  they could easily use at home. And then there were those occasional makeup consumers that only wanted products they can just stick their fingers into, smear on their faces, and move on with their lives.

I was always fascinated by the last category of people – didn’t they need at least one brush in their life?    At some point, I think everyone’s gotta be open to using brushes!

In cases like these, there’s one go-to brush I’ll recommend to everyone, the one and only brush you’ll need for basic eyeshadow application — a small, flat shadow brush. The key word being flat, and somewhat compact.

This allows you to reach little corners easily and to ensure that your shadow goes on smoothly. Your shadow colors will look a lot more vivid than if you use a fluffier brush. I’m using MAC’s 242 brush, but there are many similar on the market.

Small, flat shader brushes are so great for doing whatever you wish. I most commonly use this brush while applying the basic lid color,  I’ll use the tip of the brush to blend the crease, then flat again for applying color to the browbone, and even for concealer application.

I’m curious, what kind of brush do you use to apply color on the lid?

  • http://joydreamerstravels.blogspot.com/ Heather

    I’ve heard great reviews on that brush (it’s added to my list) :)

    I was curious about the Essence of Beauty brushes, so one day I went to CVS and picked up their eye shadow brush (not one of the dual ended ones). I now use it for everything – applying color on the lid, color in the crease, blending, and even color to the browbone. It’s definitely one of those all purpose brushes that I love :)

  • Jean

    My go-to eye brush is the elf essential eye shadow brush (http://ow.ly/2Ky60). LOVE it! I use it for everything but lining. I tend to be timid with eye makeup, so I use this brush to layer color rather than pack (or pat) it on.

  • Jean

    I almost forgot: as an added bonus, I also use it to apply powder foundation around my nose and under my eyes. A great multi-use brush!

  • admin

    Jean – that looks like an awesome brush at a can’t-beat price!

    Heather – I need to go check out some of those brushes! Have heard nothing but good things.

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    I pretty much just use them for lid colour, and occasionally highlight. I do use a flat concealer brush sometimes if I’ve got a stubborn pimple where I need to pack the concealer on 😛

  • Jen

    ha, I am that third category that only occasionally wears makeup and used to always dab a finger in the shadow and smear it on… no primers, foundations, blush etc etc. I still don’t use anything but eyeshadow, liner and mascara (occasionally I’ll use urban decay primer if it’s gonna be a long day/night). Once I started buying nicer eye shadows I indeed bought myself this one and only flat shader brush and its perfect for what I need :)