Archive - March 2007

MAC Tips and Tricks, Part 2: Lash Tips

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

More handy dandy tips from the Barbie Loves MAC Seminar!

Tips and Tricks: Lashes

  • When curling the lashes, squeeze twice: once closer to the lid and the next a little further toward the tip to give a longer lasting, more natural looking curl.
  • To thicken the lashes, apply two coats of Prep + Prime Lash. Let dry between coats for maximum effect.
  • For maximum deposit of mascara, “wiggle” the brush from root to tip during the application or apply from side-to-side rather than up and out.
  • To open and “lift” the eye, apply mascara to the top lashes only.
  • For a light coating of mascara, transfer some mascara to a 204 brush and apply.
  • To help make the eye appear rounder, focus mascara application on the center lashes both top and bottom.
  • To elongate the eye, focus mascara application on the outer corners of the eye. Be sure to get the little lashes that tend to hide in the outer corner.
  • To separate the lashes and assist in achieving a soft, feathery appearance, brush through the lashes with the 206 brush while still wet with mascara.
  • For the appearance of thicker, richer lashes try a technique called “backing the lashes.” Line the eye from under the top lashes with a 259 brush or 266 brush dipped into Fluid Line.
  • Experiment with layering formulas to achieve a desired effect. Try Fiber Rich lash over Zoom Lash for thick, rich lass without the spider effect.
  • For quick eye lining, run the tips of a 266 brush along the mascara wand and apply when needed.
  • Try color on lashes. Navy blue mascara is great for brightening the eye without looking like major color. Violet mascara adds interest and enhances the appearance of green eyes.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


MAC Tips and Tricks: Brushes

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Makeup Tools, Skin Care

I’m getting so much mileage from the Barbie Loves MAC Seminar I went to a few weeks ago. I finally rifled through the technique folder they gave us and found some cool tips and tricks pages. Here are the best tips from the page for brushes:

Tips and Tricks: Brushes

When choosing brushes consider the following…

  1. Firmer fibers tend to deliver a faster application than softer fibers.
  2. Softer fibers tend to offer greater control of color application.
  3. Try applying skincare with brushes for a luxurious experience.
  4. The 190 brush works well for applying masks and moisturizers.
  5. The 194 brush words well with eye cream.
  6. The 180 brush works well to lather shave cream on the face or body.
  7. When dipping brushes into pressed powder products, like eye shadows, do not mash the brush into the pan. This causes breakage of the fibers. It’s better for the brush and more effective to either swipe from side to side or run the brush around in a circle to gather powder.
  8. Try using two brushes for some of those tricky applications, like smokey eyes. Use one brush to pick up and apply the color and the other brush to blend.
  9. When applying makeup, try holding the brush further away from the hair bundle, almost like holding chopsticks. This allows for greater control in application. Not to mention, with the hands out of the way, greater visibility!
  10. Brushes for personal use should be cleaned about once a week. For emollient-based product on the brush use cleanse off oil to emulsify and then brush cleanser to clean and condition.
  11. If after makeup application you find it necessary to throw your brushes in the bag before cleaning, be sure to store the brushes you used for liquid or cream products separately from the ones used for powder products, to avoid the cream dirtying the other brushes. And if using the same bag for both, try wrapping the brushes for cream products in plastic wrap or a tissue before tossing them in the bag. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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