According to me, that is. Everyday there’s always at least two things added to my makeup lust-list, and every now and then I get to cross off a few of them. One of my biggest obsessions, next to lipsticks, are makeup brushes. I always say that I have enough brushes, but let’s face it, what counts for ‘enough’ anyway? Just let the love run free and the collection grow, after all, you’ll find use for it one way or another. I have about 50+ makeup brushes at the moment, but there are only about 10 or so brushes that I really use regularly.
In no particular order,
- Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush (from the Starter Eye Set). I used to use this brush for concealer because I like how the fluff doesn’t pack on too much concealer all at once, so there’s better control. I read a lot about how this could be a dupe for the MAC 217, and since I can’t afford that one, I started using this brush as a crease blending brush and I haven’t looked back since. It’s pointed enough to concentrate the color in the crease, yet fluffy enough to blend it while you’re building the color. When I use it to put my eyeshadow for crease color, with my eyes open, I use just the edge and just follow my crease from outside to inside. When I want to add a little bit of height to the crease, again with my eyes open, I use the tip and follow my crease from outside to inside as well. No need to put the colors individually then blend it all together with a separate brush.
- Suesh Angled Blush Brush. I’ve been using this brush for contouring since I started doing makeup 3 years ago, and since then I’ve tried only one other contouring brush, the Real Techniques Contouring Brush. I like how this brush allows for better blending and distribution of color – the chances of ending up with a brown line on the cheeks are less likely as compared to other brushes. First I dip the shorter end of the brush on the product, then flick it out such that you make the whole brush pass through one area, and not sweep the whole brush across the hollows of the cheek. The idea is to deposit the color using the short end, while the longer bristles distribute and diffuse it to the rest of the hollows of the cheeks. No streaks and lines.
- Suesh Small Blush Brush (from the 10pc personal set). I like how this brush is small enough to fit the smallest cheekbones, like mine, which are almost too shy to come out. I find that it’s harder to adjust with a big blush brush rather than this one. It’s also not too dense that it’ll pack on so much color in just one pat. It’s light and feathery enough to slowly build the color up. The only downside is that its hairs are white, and since I first used it, I haven’t been able to get it to turn back to its original color.
- Real Techniques Powder Brush. This is most probably the biggest brush I own, and using this to powder the face is so fast simply because it can cover so much area in just one sweep. Although the pickup of product could be better, the brush’s softness, density and size make up for that small shortcoming.
- Urban Decay Good Karma Shadow Brush (from the NAKED 1 palette). I don’t particularly like using vegan or synthetic hair for eyeshadow because it doesn’t pick up color as well as natural hair, so I use this brush for applying cream concealer instead. The shape and size fit the undereye really well, and it’s thin enough to get to the small corners of the face if you use the tip. The width is also quite good for using concealer to highlight the nose bridge. The best part about it being vegan though? Cleans up so easily, even the thickest cream concealers are easy to remove.
So there, those are my 5 favorite makeup brushes!
It’s Christmas month! Let me take this moment to be quite materialistic and crazy over makeup I can’t afford, because I won’t be spending my money on any of these this Christmas. I hope. Someone tape my ampao with mighty bond just so we’re sure. Since I won’t buy them, maybe you guys could treat yourselves to these! At least one of us will be merry
- LORAC Rockin’ Red Hot PRO Set. I was originally just fawning over the LORAC PRO Palette but then when I was looking through Ulta.com, they had this set which includes a travel-sized primer and eyeliner + the actual palette, BUT IT’S CHEAPER THAN JUST BUYING THE PALETTE!! I really wonder how this is so but I’m not one to complain.
- Too Faced Be Merry & Be Bright Holiday Palette. I wanted this the moment I saw it on Temptalia, and it’s quite packed for the price. I usually tend to gravitate more towards palettes than individual products since it saves so much space and I enjoy the variety. I hear this palette is also pretty pigmented so one shouldn’t worry so much about hitting pan immediately. I particularly like the “Be Bright” half of this set.
- Anastasia Brow Pro Palette. Like I said, I love palettes. I prefer using powder over pencils and gels for eyebrows and as far as I’ve seen online, this is the brow palette that offers the most variety and versatility. It’s also crazy expensive.
- Hakuhudo J5523 Eyeshadow Brush Round & Flat. I would like 5 of these. Why? It’s Hakuhudo. Hay.
- MAC Heroine Lipstick (leftmost). The curse of limited edition. I have found some way to recreate this by mixing some lipsticks but it will never compare
- Guerlain Meteorites. I’ve actually never tried these, even in a Sephora or Rustan’s, but that packaging is enough for me to want to buy it. And I’m sure anything Guerlain makes is pure gold.
- Givenchy Le Rouge 202 Rose Dressing. One of the reasons why I use darker and bolder lip colors is because wearing light color lipsticks tend to emphasize the dryness of my lips, and my lips take dry to a whole new level. I drink lots of water (in fact that’s almost the only beverage I ever drink) and apply lip balm when I have the chance, and yet still dry. I only have 2 nude lipsticks, MAC Creme D’ Nude (bad idea buying that one) and Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle (slightly bad idea – it’s the exact same color as my natural lip color, it could pass for lipbalm if it wasn’t matte). Naturally, I need really hydrating but not too creamy nude lipsticks. In my experience, too creamy lipsticks just glide over the cracks of my lips such that it doesn’t apply any color, thus emphasizing the dryness. And wow I mention all that to justify why I want a really expensive light-colored lipstick. Yes, and because it’s Givenchy.
- Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. Here’s something I’ve actually tired and need more of! I have one sample bottle and one travel sized bottle of this that I bought on sale in Taste Central a while back, and this is by far the best makeup remover I’ve tried. It’s quite unusual too, as you apply it like it’s a facial wash.
With a dry made-up face, you put a coin-sized amount of the oil on your palm, rub your hands together to distribute the oil all over your hands, and then apply it on your face like facial wash. Gently rub it all over your face until you see the makeup loosening up. Without adding any more oil, gently rub (more like massage) your eye area – concentrate on this a bit more if you’re wearing waterproof products. Then do the same on your lips. When you open your eyes and look at yourself on the mirror, you’ll look absolutely horrible – black eyeliner and mascara smeared all over the face + red lipstick that does not look sexy at all. Then you “emulsify” it by washing it off with water! It takes quite a while for it to remove, but not too long. Probably just a quarter of the time more than if you were washing off soap.
This time when you look at yourself on the mirror, you’ll look fresher than right before you put on your makeup. This removes 95% of my waterproof eye makeup products, so I’ll only need to swipe a little bit of remover with a cotton bud, which should hardly irritate your eyes or add any wrinkles in the future. And unlike most makeup removers I’ve tried, this doesn’t leave the skin too greasy (for oil-based removers), too dry (alcohol-based) or not clean enough (water-based). I don’t have to scrub to make sure I got everything out, or have to moisturize my skin afterwards.
It’s perfect. Have I convinced you to buy it yet? It’s crazy expensive to remove makeup, but it’s definitely worth all the money.
And that ends my Christmas Makeup Wishlist for now, always just for now.
About a month ago, I had a shoot with four girls from my old highschool, and even if I just met three of them that day, it instantly felt a lot like home. Nothing beats high school and I’m glad I got to experience that again during this shoot, which I desperately squeezed in between school and orgwork. Definitely made me feel young again!
Here are a few shots taken by one of my babies back when I was a member of the MCHS Cultural Classical Dance Club, Daphne Montemayor.
Models: Cat Dy, Sienna Nacario and Kirt Gacula
Photography: Daphne Montemayor
Makeup: Nicole Ceballos
Shot in Camera Cart
Back to work!
I’ve been home for the past two days and this weather isn’t conducive for studying so I thought I could post a breakdown of the products used in my recent shoot with Hueart.
- Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer all over face
- Graftobian HD Glamour Creme Corrector Palette
- Instant IGIA Cover in Light
- Rimmel Match Perfection Liquid Foundation in 120 Ivory
- Human Nature 100% Natural Moisturizing Day Fluid
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder 001 Transparent
- Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit 886 Dark
- Benefit Hoola
- TheBalm Mary Lou-Minizer
- Bobbi Brown Cream Liner in Black Ink
- Kat Von D Beethoven Eyeshadow Palette – Lucifer
- Kat Von D Beethoven Eyeshadow Palette – Leather (Matte dark brown) + Lucifer (Matte Black)
- Finesse Strong Hold Hairspray
- Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist in #49
- MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
- Catwalk Cosmetics Eye and Cheek Palette – Matte Red Eyeshadow
- Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
- Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush (in Starter Set)
- Real Techniques Accent Brush (in Starter Set)
- Suesh Eyeliner Brush
- Suesh Eyebrow Brush
- EcoTools Large Powder Brush
- EcoTools Concealer Brush (in 5-piece Mineral Set)
- Suesh Small Concealer Brush
- Urban Decay Good Karma Shadow Brush (in Naked 1 palette)
- Shu Uemura Lip Brush
- Suesh Angled Contouring Brush
- Victoria Vogue Wedge Sponges
I think that’s all we used! Don’t forget to check out the full set on Hueart and my portfolio entry on Behance.
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