There’s been a lot of mystery surrounding the new MAC Masterclass Brushes. Heck, even Tabs didn’t know what to make of them the first time he laid eyes on the funky black handles (which kind of look like toothbrushes).
I was curious, too, so yesterday I went to the source — the MAC Pro Store in San Francisco — and got some great tips from MAC Senior Artist Victor Cembellin.
If you like makeup and you’re not already following Victor online, get on that! He’s really nice, and he posts lots of fun and interesting behind-the-scenes MAC tweets and pics on his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Anywho, Victor walked me through the different ways you can use the new Oval No. 6, Oval No. 3 and Linear 1 MAC Masterclass Brushes.
So far there are just three brushes in the new line, but as you can probably tell by the numbered names…it’s a safe bet we’ll see more. Hopefully, because I think they’re great.
The video has a lot more detail, but in a nutshell…
- One big difference — I mean, other than their unusual appearance — between these new brushes and traditional makeup brushes is how they’re used. They’re designed for less tapping and stippling, and more gliding, skimming, pushing and pulling across the skin. Think of your brush as a figure skater gliding along your skin.
- Each of the brushes can be used in different ways, and you can even use them to go from cream products to powders.
- The largest brush in the three-piece collection, Oval 6 ($42), can be used to apply foundation, tinted moisturizer, face powder, blush, highlighter and contour colors (probably among other things).
- Oval 3 ($32), the medium-sized one, works great for applying concealer to the under-eye area, eye cream all over the eyes and eyeshadows in the contour.
- The smallest brush, Liner 1 ($25), can be used for blending out eyeliner pencils (for a smudgy look) and applying eyeshadow, especially along the lash lines. In a pinch, you could even use it to fill in your brows.
- But what if you’re new to makeup? Can beginners use these brushes? Absolutely! Victor thinks so, too, and he talks about that in the video.
There’s way more tips and product recommendations from Victor in the vid, and here all links to all of the products mentioned.
Here are prices and links…
- MAC Oval 6 Brush ($42)
- MAC Oval 3 Brush ($32)
- MAC Linear 1 Brush ($25)
- MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone ($21)
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep ($30)
- Blushbaby Blush ($21)
- Style Blush ($21)
- Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 ($30)
- Bamboo Eye Shadow ($15)
- Blooz Eye Kohl ($16)
- Parfait Amour Eye Shadow ($15)
Oh! And if you want to learn more about the Masterclass Brushes and get really good hands-on help, you can always book an appointment at your local MAC store. One of their makeup artists will walk you through the process.
If you’re ever out here in the Bay Area, I highly recommend stopping by the MAC Pro Store on Union Street in San Francisco. According to Victor, it’s the only Pro Store covering eight states! You can call them at (415) 771-6113 to book an appointment. The makeup artists there are incredibly knowledgeable. Plus, you have the entire MAC Pro line right there at your fingertips to play with (SO FUN!).
I hope you enjoyed
this video about toothbrushes. Thank you for watching!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. In case you were interested, here’s some info on what I’m wearing in the video…
- Peter Som for Anthropologie Cheshire Dress, available now at anthropologie.com
- Cardigan is from Banana Republic’s summer collection, here’s something similar from bananarepublic.com
- Pam Hiran Bib Necklace from Anthropolgie (no longer available); this has a similar vibe and would work, too, which is available now at anthropologie.com
- Fergie Fallen Boots (no longer available)
- Glasses are the 429’s by Paul Smith
- Nail polish is Tom Ford Shameless
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