My Favorite Makeup Technique & Brushes

By Thursday, May 02, 2013

I'll be adding a "beauty" section soon. Here is a post to start it off.
Here are the brushes I use for my makeup application. I keep them in the order they are used. Although I’ve tried both Mac & Clinique brushes I’ve found that Sigma brushes are just as good if not better. Not to mention cheaper!
My skin type is normal with a T-zone that gets shiny after a few hours and during winter I have dryness on my cheeks. So I have a bit of everything going on. These liquid products work to moisturize without over doing it and the powders help keep my T-zone matte. Living in the south humidity and heat can melt off a liquid foundation within minutes. Powders just seem to work better for me personally. I also have under eye circles, puffiness (I’m a night owl) and redness so covering all that without having the “caked on” look is important.
1. Lotion (I use Aveeno facial products) – Mac brush 188
2. L'oreal Magic BB Cream (I love this BB Cream, it runs a bit dark though so might want to go a shade lighter)- Sigma Foundation F60
3. Concealer (Mac Select Cover up) - Sigma Concealer F70 - I usually just use this on small blemishes. The BB cream paired with powder covers extremely well for dark circles and redness, which are my two main problems.
I put my foundation on a bit differently than most. The BB Cream goes on as a primer/concealer (I usually don’t even need my Mac concealer since the BB works so good). Then I use a lighter & darker bare minerals powder to lightly contour and highlight my face. This allows me to use less, defines my face and just gives a more natural look. I’m not a professional and this probably would make a real makeup artist cringe but this technique seems to work for me!
4. Highlighting (BareMinerals Well Rested) - Sigma Round Kabuki F82 - Forehead, Bridge of Nose, Eyelids, Triangle shape area under eyes (I have dark under eye circles and this works wonders), above lip and chin.
5. Foundation (Bare Minerals Foundation, I use Medium) - Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki - All spaces where highlight isn’t, blend well with highlighting.
For night time or just special occasions I add another level of contouring that makes it more dramatic using Bare Escentual’s Warmth Powder
6. Extra Contouring (Bare Escentuals Warmth) - Sigma Large Angled Contour F40-  My face is square so I contour my temples and back of jaws, along with right under my cheek bones to make them more prominent. Every face shape is different so Google which contour is best for your face shape. The trick with contouring is to place it where the shadows normally fall on your face. Less is more, blend well and make sure to take it into your hair line so you don’t get that telltale line around your face. A bit of contouring under your jaw and chin area helps make your jaw look sharper too.
7. Blush (MAC Pink Swoon) - Sigma Angled Kabuki F84 - I place mine from the apples of my cheeks straight back at an upward angle into hair line, following my contouring. Most women can get by with just a bit of blush on the apples of their cheeks just depends on face shape and how prominent your cheekbones are.
8. Eye Shadow all over lid (I swear by Urban Decay Naked Palette for eye shadows)  - Sigma Eye Shading E55
9. Eye Crease - Sigma Small Tapered E45
10. Eye Outer V - Sigma Pencil E30
11. Eye Blending the shadows to remove harsh lines - Sigma Blending E25
12. Eye Liner (I use e.l.f. eye liner in Brown or Black) - Sigma Small Eye Liner E10
13. Eye Brows, filling in (I use a cheap brown eyeliner pencil and lightly brush it in using this, looks much more natural) - Ardell Duo Brow Brush
14. Finishing Powder (Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, love this stuff) – ELF kabuki I like to also use a Retractable Brush to keep in my purse that is loaded with Mineral Veil. That way if I get a bit shiny or need a touch up I can reapply on the go.
15. Lashes – Just a brush from Walmart to separate and get rid of any clumps
16. Lips - Sigma Lip L05
Extras – I have a few Clinique brushes that I don’t really use but can’t seem to part with them