Powder/Blush Brushes


Blush Brushes are probably my favorite brushes aesthetically. They are round circular brushes that are extremely soft and the bristles are very bendable. This allows for soft and smooth application of blush or powder. These brushes are specifically made for the convenience of blending. The correct blush brush should pick up an even amount of color and distribute it evenly on the cheeks. But which brush is best for you? Well, here are some reviews for you to take a look at for your options! The nitty gritty details below should point you in the right direction!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Angled Blush Brush #49– This is an angled blush brush. It does not look like your typical blush brush but it is becoming very popular with fellow makeup fans. This is a brush I use in my kit on my clients and personally. I love this brush for the contours of the face with blush or highlights. The brushes slanted circular cut gives you the simplicity in applying a contour shape that you may not naturally have with your cheek bones in a simple sweep or enhance your already prominent features which is why I prefer this brush for personal use because of my lack of prominent cheek bones. This brush is becoming more and more popular with those who are skilled in using the original powder/blush brushes. I recommend purchasing this after giving the original blush brush a go!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Synthetic Powder Brush– This is my “Go To” blush brush for my clients. It helps apply powder, blush, and highlights. Unlike the Angle Brush, this brush allows a soft lay of color on cheeks or a light application of powder after a foundation application. It’s excellent for accentuating the orbital bone with soft beautiful coverage. This brush is convenient for those who are new to using a blush brush. I highly recommend this for first time buyers or those who want an every day powder/blush brush to use.

One VS. the Other

The Angled Blush Brush is going to give you a strong contoured look with more ease than with the use of the rounded blush brush and is beneficial for photo shoots, film or for personal use if you want a more pronounced cheek bone. The Angled brush is fun for seasoned brush users and is my choice in applying my blush. A Rounded Powder/Blush Brush is what I recommend for those who are new to handling and apply blush with a tool. I enjoy the rounded blush brush because it is beneficial for a more natural look, every day use or if your cheek bones are already pronounced and you just want a bit of color added to them. Both are brilliant for highlights on the face and you can expect great results with both!

 

Sephora Pro Fan Brush #65– This brush is fan shaped to add finishing touches to your work. This brush is meant to swipe away any excess powders or fallout from shadow. It can also be used to redistribute powder that is left over. I love using this brush to apply my highlights on the face during my finishing touches or wipe away fall out from the powder brush i previously used. Many makeup artists keep this in their kit for photoshoots or movies. Not everyone is in need of fan brush but if you want to make sure your makeup has been applied evenly, this is a good brush to have in your brush bag!

Maya’s Look from Borderlands 2


Click the links below to purchase any of the products used in this video.Maya Phaselock from Borderlands 2

I thoroughly enjoy Borderlands 2! I know there are a lot of fans out there like me that might want to know how to create a look the emulates that of some of the female characters. I chose to show how to create Maya’s look for this tutorial. This will be great for any Borderlands costume or cosplay! I also show how to manage shadow falloff after foundation and powder has been applied and how to apply false lashes.

-Lauren

Products used in this video:
LORAC Breakthrough Performance Foundation SPF 14
NARS Orgasm Blush
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil
bareMinerals Mineral Veil
LORAC 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil
CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner Black Onyx 200
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Ardell Fashion Lashes Pair – 105
Duo Lash Adhesive, Clear
Ecotools Bamboo Eye Brush Set

How to Apply Red Lipstick and Liner


Links to all the products used in this video can be found below!

Red is probably the most iconic and difficult lipstick to wear. Since red really pops, any mistakes made when applying your lipstick will really stand out. I have put this tutorial together to show you how to use a lip liner to reduce the risk of color bleeding outside of your lip line. I will also show you how to get a perfect line and cover any mistakes by applying concealer after the lipstick application is complete.

-Lauren

Products used in this video:

SEPHORA COLLECTION Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set
LORAC Double Feature Concealer & Highlighter

Natural Eyebrow Makeup Tutorial



Many people ask me how I go about shaping my eyebrows. I know a lot of women struggle with this and how bad poorly shaped eyebrows can negatively effect our appearance. In this tutorial I will show you how to shape and fill your eyebrow using a brush and shadow. I have found that using this method as apposed to a pencil creates a more natural looking eyebrow. This is a great way to enhance your look without drawing attention to your eyebrows with anything but envy.

– Lauren

Products used in this tutorial:
Brow Envy Kit Blond/Brunette

 

 

 

 

Brow Envy Kit Blond/Brunette

Concealer and Foundation Brush Review


Shopping for brushes can be extremely overwhelming and downright a pain in the rump. When I started looking at brushes, I was going to give up and just stick to using my hands until I decided to start doing research and began investing in quality tools to get the absolute best makeup looks. These reviews are here to help you and simplify the hunt for your investment of tools. The brushes are the skeleton, or for a better word, the base of your makeup look. They are a necessity for sanitary reasons and absolute confidence in your look. Knowing you have options is a bonus but not understanding what all these options are can be confusing, and that is why I’m doing these reviews. I do not want you to go through what I went through with looking for brushes. My goal is for this to help you with every option and this be your little bible to brushes.

Concealer Brushes:

Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush – I recommend this brush if you’re new to using a concealer brush. You want something easy to use that is going to give you the coverage you need. It is a synthetic, flat, dense, has soft bristles and is curved to fit the contours of the smaller areas of your face. In the past this brush has been the best concealer brush I’ve found. This concealer brush allows for maximum coverage over dark circles, age spots and acne! I usually use this brush more toward events and photo shoots because of the amount of coverage I get from this brush. The dense bristles allow for the ultimate coverage of concealer whenever you may need it. This brush is easy to use and you can take it anywhere with you. I also enjoy using this brush for eye shadow because the brush is flat which allows more product to be spread evenly over the eyes. This brush is photo finish ready.

SEPHORA Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57– I recommend this brush for experienced makeup users. Being more complex in design, this brush is a synthetic, round in diameter and domed to create an air brushed affect with your concealer. Also the bristles are soft and less dense then a regular concealer brush. If you decide to use this brush, use it with liquid concealer first to get a hang for its swipes and blending. Being experienced with makeup, you can use this brush for photos or events for a high definition look and love the results. You can buff and blend to have as much or as little coverage as needed. You can take satisfaction knowing your concealer is flawless.

One VS. The Other:

Both of these brushes are going to give you coverage. Bare Minerals Concealer Brush is the best for beginners for the plain reason that it’s simple. This is the brush I learned to conceal with. SEPHORA Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 is just that, for professionals. The brush is designed with the thought of you having a more precise idea in mind and that you are used to the amount of product you want to load your brush with, not to mention where you want to apply it. The Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush is going to evenly pick up product and distribute it evenly no matter what. This doesn’t mean you have to be all knowing concealer queen but it does help to have some knowledge and handling with a more simple brush such as the Bare Escentuals Concealer Brush before heading straight to the Sephora Pro Concealer Brush.
Foundation Brushes:

The Foundation Brush is your key to flawless coverage every time. A foundation brush can be found in a variety of different shapes, types, and colors. Certain brushes can leave streaks and can be difficult to blend with and others may not cover fully or evenly. I recommend starting with a simple to use flat, dense and always synthetic brush.Cream foundation, lipstick, blush, and concealers are greasy, so the product won’t absorb into the bristles of a synthetic brush which makes it easier to clean and much more sanitary.

Sephora Pro Foundation Brush #47 – This foundation brush is absolutely perfect for flawless coverage application. This brush is synthetic and is perfect for liquid and cream foundations. This brush is flat and dense and the tapered bristles are aimed at blending in the foundation in the contours of your face. The handle is comfortable to hold and the bristles are soft. I recommend this brush for it’s simplicity, but also because it’s my go to brush for all my makeup work on my clients. It makes my application quick and easy. I have found that starting with a little foundation can help to figure out how much you want to apply to your face. I’ve ruined brushes by putting way too much foundation straight onto the brush. I recommend this brush for first time brush users because of the ease of use. The brush is easy to clean and the handle is large for a good grip for any size hands. You will love this brush because of ease of the application and the foundation lays smooth and even you will have no worries about your complexion all day long.

SEPHORA Pro Stippling Brush #44– This foundation brush will give you a flawless streak free application of your powder foundation. The brushes anatomy is flat and circular in diameter. Its white taklon bristles are used to apply foundation and the black, goat bristles blend! With any brushes that have real bristles, I only recommend using powder because cream and liquid foundations can be absorbed into the natural bristles which, from personal experience and ruining brushes, is extremely hard to clean and can cause infections. With a powder foundation being used with the stippling brush, you will have an easy time cleaning and have a wonderful application each use. Part natural, part synthetic, it’s the perfect blend for a natural look! Grab your favorite powder foundation and this brush will apply it beautifully. This brush is the best for a simple daily look. I love this brush for my “air brush” foundation looks since airbrushes are very costly and this is the perfect alternative. You will enjoy this brush because it is a wonderful beginner brush for perfecting powder foundation and not running into excess powder on your face. The blending will feel and look wonderful for you daily.

One VS. The Other:

SEPHORA Pro Stippling Brush #44 is good for powder foundations when looking for that air brush application or just a soft feel and a light foundation look whether your eye makeup or lipstick is bold or natural. It is easy to clean which keeps you or your clients safe from infection. If you enjoy the light feeling of powder and the outcome of the softness that powder foundation can give but can’t find the right way to apply it, this brush is for you. You cannot get that soft air brushed look with the Sephora Pro Foundation brush with a powder foundation like you can with the Sephora Stippling Brush. You can, however, get the coverage with liquid and cream foundations with the Pro Foundation Brush. It’s easy to use because of it’s simple design, and since it is synthetic the brush is easy to clean and applies liquid and cream foundation effortlessly. I love these brushes and I actually carry both in my makeup kit for clients and have two for my own personal use. Let the makeup brush work for you, not the other way around.

-Lauren

How to apply foundation with a brush



In this video I will start by showing you how to apply concealer and foundation using a brush. Using a foundation brush will help you get a far more even application of foundation. This will help prevent unsightly streaks and fill otherwise hard to reach creases.

-Lauren

Products used in this video:

LORAC Double Feature Concealer & Highlighter

LORAC Natural Performance Foundation
LORAC Porefection Baked Perfecting Powder
SEPHORA COLLECTION Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set

Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial



I put together this tutorial to show you how to create a great natural look for your everyday makeup. This look is easy to achieve and will not take you a long time to finish when you are getting ready to leave. A natural eye will enhance your features without appearing too exaggerated. This look uses different shades of brown with just a bit of shimmer.

Products used in this tutorial:
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
SEPHORA COLLECTION Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set
Tweezerman Classic Eyelash Curler