Makeup Basics Day Two- Tools

Well, now you know all about colors! Let's talk about your tools. To some extent, your makeup will only look as good as your tools. I have used makeup brushes, sponges, silicone applicators and everything in-between. In day two, I'm going to break down some of my all-time favorite makeup applicators and tell you exactly how I use them! I'm going to link my fave brushes in this post so you can get a discount! Use my referral code: bloombeauty23 for 10% off your entire Sigma order.

Let's start with our eyes.

I always start my face with my eyeshadow, and I always start with Candlelight ShadowSense. I like to use a loose brush like the Sigma E37 All Over Blend brush. I feel like this brush deposits the color perfectly on my eyelid, without allowing the cream to powder consistency to get too thick. It will diffuse hard lines, allowing you to create an even canvas for the rest of the shadows you use.

Typically, I'll do a 3 color look, or a "shadow trio"  look. This will be done by using a highlight color, a crease or contour color, and a lid color. I won't get into the different application tips and tricks in this post, but I'll link my most-used brushes below for each one!

Highlight brush: Sigma E54 Medium Sweeper Brush

Crease/contour brush: Sigma E70 Medium Angled Shader Brush

Lid brush: Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush

Luckily, my eyeshadow dupes as a liner and brow color. I typically use Onyx ShadowSense for my liner and Smoked Topaz ShadowSense for my brows.

For eyeliner, I like the E06 Winged Liner Brush because I can get a high level of detail, and it's super easy to handle. For my brows, I typically use the E75 Angled Brow Brush.  This brush works for gel, powder or cream to powder products- so you really can't go wrong!

After I finish my eyes and brows, I tend to move toward my foundation. Lately I've been layering my concealer over foundation- but you can really do whatever makes you feel the best.

I've been stippling lately. I think using a stipple brush (a brush with thicker fibers toward the base and sparse brushes toward the ends) gives the best finish, similar to an airbrushed finish. I normally use one of two brushes. Either the F80 Flat Kabuki Brush from Sigma, or the Moda Stippler Brush from Royal and Langnickel. You can apply using short strokes, round circular motions or "stippling" or lightly tapping all over the area you want makeup to be applied.

After foundation, I like to use a flat brush like the F65 Large Concealer Brush to apply my concealer under my eyes and on any areas I want to brighten or highlight.

For contour, I use the F77 Chisel and Trim Contour Brush. This brush is AMAZING for contouring all over your face. I like to use a blush brush like the F84 Angled Kabuki brush. I love this brush because with a cream to powder blush like the one I use, you want it to be able to distribute the pigment evenly.

I hope this helps with any questions you have. If not- feel free to message me and let's talk. Come back for day three- application! If you have a favorite brush, comment it below!

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