The three eye makeup brushes you should own!

February 27th, 2010

If you want your eye makeup application to look professional, you need to invest in some quality tools. As a general rule, those included with the products you purchase (i.e. sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicators) just don’t cut it. Reserve them for emergency touch-ups only!

As easy as 1, 2, 3!

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If I had to start with just three brushes, these would be my picks. With this group of brushes you can achieve a variety of different eye looks.

Best Eyeshadow Brush

1). M·A·C 224 Tapered Blending Brush.

The lowdown!

This soft, fluffy dome-shaped brush is perfect for blending cream and powder formulations. Because the bristles are so flexible and soft, it is very comfortable against the skin and the color payoff is sheer and controlled.

Hot hints: How to use it!

Key action: Blend using back-and-forth strokes.

Use the M·A·C 224 Tapered Blending Brush to:

Shadow Brushes

a). Dust loose powder over the eyelid. (Prepping the eye area with powder prior to applying a matte eyeshadow not only helps the shadow last longer, but also makes it easier to blend.)

b). Apply a neutral-colored eyeshadow base from the top lash line to the brow bone.

c). Sweep a translucent wash of color over the eyelid.

d). Blend dark shadows through the socket to create a smoky effect.

On-trend eyes! Monochrome eyes in muted tones are ultramodern. Pick up a pastel or nude hue on the M·A·C 224 Tapered Blending Brush and blend it over the eye from eyelash to eyebrow. Then, to finish the look, flick some mascara over the lashes and smear a light-colored balm onto the lip. Simple yet chic!

Buy the M·A·C Tapered Blending Brush 224 online at:, and

Eyeshadow Brushes

2). M·A·C 239 Eye Shading Brush.

The lowdown!

This is a firm and flat shading brush with dense bristles. It can be used with powder, cream or emollient-based products to create depth. Because the bristles are fine and closely packed, with little pressure you can build up a solid layer of color.

Hot hints: How to use it!

Key action: Repetitive patting motion.

Eye Make Up Brushes

Ever wondered how makeup artists get eyeshadow colors to appear so strong? To achieve an opaque block of color over the eyelid, makeup artists use the flat side of a firm-bristled brush (think M·A·C 239 Eye Shading Brush) and repeatedly press on the eyeshadow.

Catwalk chat! At this season’s fashion shows, blocked eye color was a key feature. A rainbow of shades rocked the runway (including blood orange and jet black). To translate this trend for street wear, use the M·A·C 239 Eye Shading Brush to block the color over the eyelid–but don’t extend it beyond the socket and up to the brow.

With the right tools of the trade, smoky eyes are effortless! To smoke up your eye makeup, pat a dark-colored shadow onto the outer third of the eyelid with the M·A·C 239 Eye Shading Brush, and then blend it through the crease with the M·A·C 224 Tapered Blending Brush. Keep adding more shadow and blending it out until you achieve the desired intensity.

Eye Liner Brushes

Buy the M·A·C Eye Shader Brush 239 online at:, and

3). M·A·C 266 Small Angle Brush.

The lowdown!

This is a small, firm brush, which is fabulous for lining the eyes. The angled bristles are specially arranged so you can create sharp, precise lines with powder or emollient-based products.

Hot hints: How to use it!

Key action: Short strokes.

Define the lash line! Take a matte powder eyeshadow on the tip of the M·A·C 266 Small Angle Brush, and using a series of short, overlapping strokes, work it across the roots of the top and bottom lashes (and if you wish, along the upper and lower inner rims). To achieve a line with a more fluid appearance, dampen the brush with water before you pick up the eyeshadow.

Smudge Brushes

Prefer pencil? To get a pro-style finish from an eyeliner pencil, draw your line and then use the M·A·C 266 Small Angle Brush to smudge and smooth it to perfection.

Want edgy eyeliner? Extend it at both the inner and outer corners of the eye so the top and bottom lash lines meet. Sexy and sleek!

Buy the M·A·C Small Angle Brush 266 online at:, and

Happy eye makeup application!

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6 Responses to “The three eye makeup brushes you should own!”

  1. MakeupFans says:

    Wow, thank you for this great post and guide!

  2. Little Miss Makeup says:

    MakeupFans, the pleasure is all mine. Glad you found it helpful :).

  3. Lisa says:

    I’m very fond of eyeshadows, however choosing the right colour has always been a problem for me. Can you tell me how to choose a colour? Should it depend on your outfit or your ‘look’? Also, is it true that you should never pick an eyeshadow colour that’s lighter than your skin colour? My skin tone is somewhat like Eva Longoria, maybe one shade lighter. What shades should I opt for ? Blues? Greens? Pinks? Reds? Earthy colours? Greys?

  4. Lisa says:

    I am not a complete amateur when it comes to make up, I only recently started using regular make up. Can I ask why you use a paper tissue on the hair clip? You did this in all the videos, and I was just wondering what is its use.

  5. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi Lisa! To be honest, you can pretty much wear any eyeshadow color you want. The key to making it work is how and where you apply it.

    To create a natural look on someone with a skin tone similar to Eva Longoria, I would use orange-based browns, bronzes and warm golds. For the evening, I would take it up a notch and do a gray, black or chocolate brown smoky eye, or keep it simple with a slick of strong black eyeliner.

    Light colors have their place. They make great eyeshadow bases and highlighters, and they work well when blended with darker shades. Light-colored eyeshadows with warm undertones tend to suit dark skins best. For instance, on Britney Spears I would use a cream or vanilla eyeshadow to highlight the inner corner of the eye. Whereas on Eva Longoria, I would choose a pale, warm-toned yellow which would look creamy on her complexion, or a soft orange which would appear peachy against her skin.

    Hope this helps!

    LMM x

  6. Little Miss Makeup says:

    Hi again, Lisa!

    On shoots, models usually have their hair done first, then makeup. So, I always use a piece of tissue under the clip to stop the hair from kinking. If I ruin the hair, the hair stylist has to redo it. Eek! An angry hair stylist is never a pretty sight!

    LMM x

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