Make Up Brushes

Makeup Brushes for the Eyes

Happy Thursday everyone!

I have been asked recently questions about make up brushes and where to best use them when applying your makeup. It’s a good question because there is a wide variety of makeup brushes to choose from and selecting the right one can be daunting unless you are going for this particular look.

Let’s review the anatomy of the eye, the best brushes and suggested shadows to use in order to achieve the best results. Another post will focus on the techniques you can use when applying eye shadow based on your eye shape, particularly those with mature skin or hooded eyes. Follow these 8 steps in order to complete your look. Let’s go!

1. EyelidEyelid

The eyelid for some people, is the largest area of the eye to apply your eye shadow unless you have hooded or droopy eyes.

Best Brush – A flat brush such as the E.L.F. Blending Brush is best as its shape allows for maximum product to be applied without flaking or messing.

Best Eye Shadow – Choose a lighter/neutral colour in comparison to the crease or transition area. If you want a more dramatic look you can also use a darker colour and carry this colour into your crease area. Shimmer or matte colours work well on the lid depending on how bold you want to go!

2. CreaseCrease

The crease is located above the eyelid and the skin is creased or folded. Once your eye shadow is applied properly in the crease, you should be able to see dimension between your eyelid area and the transition area.

Best Brush – A domed brush, such as the E.L.F. Fluffy Eye Blender Brush. The soft bristles allow you to follow the contour of your eye softly without leaving harsh lines.

Best Eye Shadow – Choose a matte, medium to dark shade in order to add definition. Don’t use a light shade for your crease…ever.

3. Outer “V” or “C”Outer V

The Outer “V” or “C” is in the outer corner of your eye and when filled in, it should resemble a sideway “V” shape or if you prefer, a softer “C” shape. 

Best Brush – A flat brush, such as the E.L.F. Eyeshadow “C” Brush.  This brush allows for more precise shading due to its short and compact bristles and is great for pressing colour in a C or V shape.

Best Eye Shadow – Use a matte, medium to dark color in order to achieve some dimension.

4. Transition AreaTransition Area

The transition area is a narrow area located between the crease and the brow bone.

Best Brush – A domed brush, such as the E.L.F. Blender Brush is ideal as it works well to gently blend the colours you applied to your crease and to the transition area.

Best Eye Shadow – Choose a matte, light to medium shadow so you can softly transition from your crease colour and blend any harsh lines. This area is meant to be soft and blurred once done.

5. Brow BoneBrowbone

The brow bone is located just beneath the eyebrow on your brow bone. This area represents a tiny sliver of space on your eye however it has major impact when the right technique is used.

Best Brush – A small, flat or domed brush such as the E.L.F. Small Precision Brush.

Best Eye Shadow – Choose a very light colour shadow that reflects light in order to make your brow bone stand out and help draw attention to your brow line.

6. Inner CornerInner Corner

This area is located near your tear duct, close to the bridge of your nose.

Best Brush – A small, flat or domed brush such as the E.L.F. Small Precision Brush.

Best Eye Shadow – Similar to the effect you are trying to achieve with your brow bone, choose a light shade (typically shimmery) to help reflect light and open up this area of your eye.

7. Lash Line (Upper and Lower)Lash Line

The upper lash area is located just above the upper lashes and the lower lash area is located just under the bottom lashes.

Best Brush – A pencil brush such as the E.L.F. Small Angled Brush will allow you to create a precise line along your upper and lower lash lines. If you want a smoky eye, expand the width of your lines to achieve a more blurry effect.

Best Eye Shadow – Choose a medium to dark shade (similar to your crease colour) in order to softly frame your eyes.

8. Waterline (Top and Bottom)Waterline

The waterline is located in the lower eyelid on the inner rim. The upper waterline is located in the upper eyelid on the inner rim and is also known as the area for “tightlining”. These areas are sensitive to work with so be prepared to tear up a bit until you are used to working in these areas.

Best Brush – Use a soft eyeliner pencil, no brush!

Best Eye Shadow
– This is not an eye shadow but an eyeliner application and so choose a dark colour such as dark blue, plum, brown or black to achieve the desired effect which is to rim your eyes and provide more depth to your lash line.

I hope these fundamental steps help you in better understanding the order in which you should be tackling your eye make up as well as the best types of brushes to use for each area.  Once I get my act together here, I will be posting a video to supplement this article.

Stay tuned beautiful!




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