Anyone who has been following my little blog for a while now will have noticed that I rarely use liquid eye liner. I’m just far too much of a clumsy moo. Noting worse than almost being done doing your makeup and then ruining it all with dodgy liquid eyeliner, pencil is so much easier to tidy up. I know I could do my eyes first but that just feels all wrong. I bought the Real Techniques Silicone Liner brush ages ago and it does make it so much easier but let’s face it, I’m a creature of habit so I hardly ever use it. Today I thought it was time I did something different as I am always lining my eyes with brown or purple pencil or eye shadow. So I broke out the RT Silicone Liner Brush and MAC Fluidline, another thing I have had for ages and hardly ever use. I really like the look of a sharp black liquid eyeliner flick over pale metallic eye shadow, so that’s what I have tried to do here:
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Beige
Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Auburn Envy
MAC All That Glitters Eye Shadow
MAX Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Feral Brown
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Eyeliner in Coffee
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (not pictured)
Here is how I used them:
1. I used Kiko Long Lasting Stick in Golden Beige all over the lid and crease as an eyelid primer
2. I then used Max Factor Auburn Envy in the crease
3. Next I applied MAC All That Glitters all over the lid
4. In the outer corner I added MAX Factor Feral Brown for extra definition
5. I used the RT Silicone Brush to line the top lid with MAC Blacktrack
6. I lined both water lines with MAC Coffee, I then lined under Coffee with Feral Brown and went under that with All that Glitters
Finally I applied Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
While my line is far from perfect, it’s pretty good for me. Are you a pro with liquid liner or are you a clumsy novice like me?
It’s been a good few weeks now since I sang the praises of my first Real Techniques purchases. Boots were having a three for two offer so I picked up three brushes. In case you missed the other two posts you can see how I got on with the Silicone Liner Brush here and the Retractable Bronzing Brush here. I completely forgot that I hadn’t told you about this brush until I read this post by Lorraine at johnitsonlymakup.com. I thought to myself I must get that one, I didn’t even realise I already had the same brush because I have been using it for a completely different purpose.
When I picked up the Expert Face Brush I also got the Retractable Bronzing brush, which I started using to apply foundation. As I already have quite a few brushes that I use to apply foundation, I didn’t really need another one. What I did need was a brush to blend highlighter. I never really bothered too much about highlighter before; I usually just slapped it on with any old brush or just used my fingers. Then on a night out I couldn’t stop staring at my friend’s highlighter, it was a sparkly line sitting on top of her cheek where she had obviously applied a liquid highlighter with her finger and didn’t blend. I didn’t know if I should do a mommy lick and spit and rub the face off her or pretend not to notice. It made me paranoid about how my own highlighter looks.
I apply highlighter to the outside of my eye socked, so in a C shape starting under the outer brow bone and finishing on top of the outer cheek bone. Considering this area is at the side of your eyes it’s a hard place to see, so I want to be confident that I have blended well. I know it seems crazy; I apply loads of products to mattify my oily skin and then add more products to make the light reflect off the areas where light would naturally reflect off if I didn’t cover them.
The Expert Face brush is brilliant at blending both powder and liquid highlighters. It’s densely packed so it is quick and easy to blend with this brush. It’s even working well with the cream pencil formula of the Max Factor CC illuminator stick I told you about on Monday. There has been no shedding even after a few washes. This pleases me. The wide base is the only negative because this brush doesn’t fit in my brush holder with all the others. This annoys me.
Have you tried this brush? Do you use it for foundation or something else?
A few weeks ago I told you about the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush. I picked up three Real Techniques brushes that day because Boots were having a 3 for 2 and it was my first time buy any Real Techniques so I figured I needed to pick up a few in the interest of a thorough investigation of what the brand has to offer. I have to say I haven’t been disappointed, I love all three brushes and am now hooked on the brand and have a list of other brushes I want. I wonder when they will be 3 for 2 in Boots again.
The Retractable Bronzer brush is densely packed with synthetic Taklon bristles. It is a duo fibre brush that even though densely packed still has a bit of movement. The bristles feel soft and silky on the skin so it’s lovely to use. Since I am a total rebel, I haven’t been using it to apply bronzer like a conformist, oh no, I’ve been using it to apply liquid foundation. It’s brilliant! I think I like it more than my MAC 187. It certainly sheds a lot less than my MAC brushes, in fact it hasn’t shedded at all yet and hopefully it won’t ever shed. (Those little black hairs all over my cream dresser drive me nuts.) The Retractable Bronzer Brush blends my foundation in easily and seamlessly. The large size makes foundation application quick. Obviously you could use this with powder products as well, since that was its intended purpose, and it would work well with mineral powder foundations. It would also be good for cream bronzers like the Chanel Soleil Tan. So it is quite a versatile brush for €15.99.
The fact that this is retractable with a lid to cover it means that I can put it in a makeup bag and it won’t cover the inside the bag with my foundation, more importantly, it won’t get dirty from all the other products that transfer onto the inside of a makeup bag. So it’s far more hygienic and won’t be picking up as much germs and bacteria as regular brushes. Admit it, when was the last time you washed out your makeup bag or brush roll? This is a brilliant brush for travelling but I’m still using it lots at home, although maybe now would be a good time to make himself take me away for the weekend. The quality is really good so I will probably pick up the Retractable Kabuki brush as well.
Have you tried any of the Real Techniques Retractable Brushes? Are there any other Real Techniques brushes you would recommend?
Last week I picked up my first Real Techniques brushes and since there was a three for two offer on in Boots it would have been rude not to buy three. Real Techniques brushes were created by makeup artists, bloggers and vloggers Sam and Nic Chapman and have been a favourite of bloggers and makeup artist for ages but it’s only recently that they have been available locally for me. I have quite a few MAC brushes and because I have bought brushes online before and when they arrived they were quite different in size to what I was expecting I wanted to see these in reality before buying.
Today I am going to tell you about how I got on with the Silicone Liner brush. All I can say is that this little beauty is the business. Technically not a brush, it has a pointed silicone tip and with it I can do something I am normally afraid to even try; I can line my eyes with a liquid liner. I can’t tell you how annoyed I get when I make a big smudgy mess of my makeup with liquid liner, and then I have to remove it and start over. The Silicone tip on this is so easy to work with, the pictures below are of my first time using it, so I can only assume that with practice I will be able to get my liner absolutely perfect and be able to create different style flicks.
Crease and lower lash line: MAC Satin Taupe
Lid: MAC All That Glitters
Inner corner highlight: MAC Nylon
Liquid Liner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose
How do you get on with liquid liner? Have you tried this brush yet?