Oh, my gosh! So helpful. Give this a try one of these days when you’re doing your eye makeup: use a flat brush, instead of a domed or fluffy tapered brush, to apply your crease color.
I’m serious, MIND BLOWN. I watched a makeup artist do this recently, and to put it mildly, it was a freakin’ revelation, like with the clouds parting and the choir of chubby cherubs singing in five-part harmony, aaaaaah!
It’s just a tool thing, but it’s been incredibly helpful, and I think it could really help with your application if you have limited lid real estate on which to work, and/or you have a shallow crease (I have both of these issues).
It seems like most people apply their crease colors with fluffy tapered brushes or domed brushes, and that’s what I always did, too, because…well, it’s pretty much what most people do, ya know?
Whenever I’d see someone doing their makeup, fluffy tapered brushes and domed brushes were standard operating procedure for crease work.
And they still are.
But whenever I use a fluffy brush to do my crease makeup, I almost always end up getting color where I don’t want it. The fluffy brushes work great for generally placing color in the crease and quickly diffusing edges, but I have a hard time using them when I want to be precise. Whenever I use one, I end up taking my shadow too high up into the crease or too far into the outer corner.
Enter the flat brush. 🙂
Holy tabby tums, Catman! Thanks to their stiff bristles and, well, flat shape, flat brushes make it easy to place shadow exactly where you want it, even on little lids and tight spaces, so even if you have limited lid space and/or shallow creases like I do, you can still git ‘er done.
Of course, if/when you try applying your shadow with a flat brush, you’ll probably need to blend out the edges, because flat brushes also create distinct shadow lines. To end up with gorgeous gradients and subtle, artistic transitions, you’ll want to blur the edges with a blending brush, and that’s when you can really put your fluffy tapered or domed brush to work.
Give it a try one of these days, and let me know how it goes. I hope it helps.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,