Last week reader JJ was looking for a specific kind of brush recommendation…
Wondering what brushes you used to apply your eye makeupâ€¦ especially for the shadow below your lower lashline. I can never manage to create the thin shadowing youâ€™re sporting here.
Seriously, JJ, it took me a forever and a day to find (and a recommendation from a friendly MAC makeup artist), but the MAC 214 Short Shader Brush was the answer to my prayers. It makes drawing hella tight, thin lower lash lines as easy as 1-2-3.
The fibers are made from goat hair, and it’s a little expensive for a brush ($24.50). Actually, it’s quite expensive for a brush; MAC raised the price after I made the video up at the top.
Yes, it’s expensive, but if you like to push pigments right up against the roots of your lashes (and/or if you feel you’re a little clumsy with brushes), the 214 is worthy of a serious brush crush. The short, rounded bristles are a perfect combination of absorbent, in how they pick up a lot of product, and precise.
More often than not I’ll use it with powder shadows, particularly along my lash and water lines, but I think it also handles gel and cream liners well.
Oh, and if you want really crisp lines, wet the 214’s head with eye makeup remover, and gently run it along the edge of your shadow/liner. That trick cuts crisp lines through liner like a scissors cuts paper!
The $6 Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush is also an option — a much less expensive one.
Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush
It might take a little longer to apply with because the head’s so thin and pointy, but good things come to those who wait.
Ladies, what are your favorite brushes for lining your lashes?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,