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there are no hard and fast rules in applying foundation… there are TONS of ways! you can use all sorts of beauty tools (as pictured below) or even your hands! i went to a nars workshop recently and marco, NARS international trainer / artist, used his hands to apply liquid foundation on the model – it was actually interesting to see, he looked like a kid playing with paint! πŸ™‚

here are the tools that i prefer using, clockwise from left: muji‘s pack of sponges ( i love these makeup sponges… they’re soft and non-abrasive to the skin), beauty blender (i got this from fabfinds, price available upon request from seller), MAC 190 brush, MAC 187 brush and Sigma F80 brush

note: always clean your brushes (and beauty blender) after every use to avoid bacteria buildup. beauty blenders can be used up to a period of 3 months. sponges should be thrown out after 3 uses (my own limit hehe)

here are my tips when applying liquid foundation…

1. “dot” foundation on areas like your forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks.

2. use the tool of your choice to blend the foundation – make sure to blend properly to avoid streaks / uneven application

3. add foundation as necessary especially on areas which need more coverage

4. set with powder of choice (optional – for dry skin, you may skip this step)

here’s a short video i created to illustrate the steps above (except #4). i used my MAC studio fix foundation and my sigma F80 (flat top synthetic kabuki brush).

and yes, i was wearing my pjs! LOL i can only blog at night so usually im wearing sleeping attire :p

read up on my tips on how to find the right foundation here. πŸ™‚

hope you liked these tips!




part 2 of my sigma brushes review is the make me up set (in make me crazy which has the purple handles)

make me crazy set

from Sigma: Introducing the new ‘Make Me Up’ collection! Our best selling professional 12 brush kit now comes in beautiful colors and inside a durable and multifunctional container! Besides protecting your brushes, this exclusive container transforms into two stylish brush holders!

this is how it looks like when opened – 5 face brushes and 7 eye brushes

all the brushes have names and number coding

unlike the previous set – where i loved all three brushes, for this set, i have to say that there are a few pieces that i can live without… i’ll review each brush for your reference and i will try to compare with similar MAC brush counterpart if i have the it – just for the sake of comparing πŸ˜€

the descriptions were copied from sigma’s website.

Eyeliner – E05 – An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.

this is a great eyeliner brush for gel eyeliners. i used to use bobbi brown’s ultra fine eyeliner brush but i find that this gives a more precised and thinner line. great for when i want really subtle eyeliner look.

Pencil – E30 – Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.
great for smudging eyeliner and applying color in the crease area.

compared to the MAC 219, the MAC is more dense than the E30 which is better for smudging out color. but the E30 is more tapered at the ends which is better for a more precise application of eyeshadow on top of eyeliners or highlight color in the inner corner.

Tapered Blending – E40 – Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.
this brush does what it says on the description above. it is great for blending color together especially at the crease area. i also like this brush for applying highlighter on the brow bone or on the cheeks.
compared to MAC 224, the E40 is fluffier however, the MAC is more tapered in the end which is better for applying color in the crease area. (disclaimer: the 224 that i have came from a set, so it might not be the same replica as the original 224 brush)
Eye Shading – E55 – Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.
the bristles are a bit flimsy… not so good at packing in colors. and i do get a lot of shedding from this brush compared to the other brushes in the set!

im not sure if i should compare it to the 239 or the 242 but both brushes are actually very different from the E55. the 239 is closer but the E55 is wider and more tapered.

Large Shader – E60 – Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.
good for applying color in one sweep and for applying color on your lower lash line. however, the bristles feel a bit stiff for a natural bristled brush – for me it actually feels more synthetic than natural.

compared to MAC 252, the E60 is less dense and the 252 is softer and better for applying eyeshadow.

Small Angle – E65 – Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.
this a great brush for eyeliner – makes cat-liner application so much easier! πŸ™‚ great for applying eyebrow shade as well.
Medium Angled Shading – E70 – Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

ok i have to say that i am NOT a fan of this brush… the angle is a bit off and the longest part just feels too flimsy. i tried applying eyeshadow on the crease area but it’s so bad that i get a single line of color! i tried using this on the eyebrows and it doesn’t work as well.

Large Powder – F30 – Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.
i like this brush! great for applying powder to set foundation or bronzer for contouring (since i have a huge face! hehe)
Large Angled Contour – F40 – The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.
soft and gentle on the skin… i like using this for applying blush or for contouring. the only problem i have with this is that i wish the bristles are more packed.
Duo Fibre – F50 – Specially designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

great for applying / buffing out blush. not so recommended for foundation because the bristles are a bit ‘scattered’ / flufflier / rounder ??? (can’t find the right word… please refer to picture below)

compared to MAC 187, i still prefer the 187 for foundation application.

Foundation – F60 – Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.
i use this to apply liquid foundation and cream blush and it worked quite well.

compared to the MAC 190, the F60 is more tapered which i find better for applying foundation in hard to reach area such as the corner of the nose or under eye area. although the brush bristles in the 190 is softer on the skin.

Concealer – F70 – The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.
(sorry the brush is a bit dirty teehee) i love this concealer brush for applying concealer in the undereye area! πŸ˜€
price: $99 or P4,500
mrskendz’ verdict: highly recommended!
out of the 12 brushes, i actually dislike only 2 or 3 brushes so i think it is still worth having. great for everyday personal use and for beginners πŸ™‚

the first brush set i got from Sigma was the Synthetic Face Kit, and from then on, i got hooked with Sigma Brushes! (i have 3 sets now) they are really high-quality brushes at an affordable price!

From Sigma: The Synthetic Face Kit contains three face brushes for high definition, flawless makeup application. The brushes in this collection feature exclusive Synthetic filament, specially designed to apply powder and liquid products without absorption into the fibers. The shape, density and height of the filaments were carefully engineered to perfectly buff products onto the skin, resulting in a high definition effect.

F80 – Flat Top Kabuki

The F80 Flat Top Kabuki brush is perfect for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder products onto the skin. The flat surface allows perfect buffing with flawless results. Features synthetic Sigmax HD fibers.

see how amazingly dense the brush is??? i super love using this brush! though it’s made of synthetic material, it doesn’t feel harsh on the face at all! πŸ™‚ actually all three products are really dense which is awesome!

F82 – Round Top Kabuki

The F82 Round Top Kabuki brush simplifies precise makeup application under the eyes and around the nose. This brush is also perfect for achieving flawless coverage using liquid and powder products. Features synthetic Sigmax HD fibers.

i love using this brush for applying mineral powder and this also works great for applying foundation. i alternate this with the F80 brush.

F84 – Angled Top Kabuki

The F84 Angled Top Kabuki brush is the perfect brush for precise, yet blended application of products on the cheeks. It seamlessly applies cream, powder and liquid products. Features synthetic Sigmax HD fibers.

i love using this for applying cream based blushes such as my NARS multiple. i don’t use it often with powder brushes though… i find it hard to blend out the color of the powder blush with this brush.

what i like:

– these brushes are really of high quality and i love the fact that it’s not so expensive!

– great for applying liquid and cream products; makes foundation application truly fool-proof

– gives a very flawless finish

– because of the density of the brushes, you don’t waste any product because it doesn’t get absorbed in the brush (as compared to using sponge applicators)

– i have washed these brushes several times and i have not gotten any fall outs yet! it’s truly amazing

– really really feels smooth on the face

– sigma ships internationally! so you can order your brush online!

what i don’t like:

though there are some sigma brushes that i don’t particularly care for (will get to that soon), that is not the case for this set. i love love love every thing about this set! i haven’t owned anything like this before and these are definitely going to be a staple in my kit!

price: $42 or P2,500

mrskendz’ verdict: highly recommended!

i am soooo glad i discovered sigma! they are heaven sent! now i don’t have to spend sooo much for high quality brushes.

if you are skeptic and you don’t want to pay for all three brushes, i highly recommend that you get the F80 flat top brush. i believe that is the best brush in the set and can be used for different purpose as well πŸ™‚

hope you guys liked this review… i have 2 more sigma brush sets to review so stay tuned!



a few friends of mine actually requested a post on applying eyeliner.

disclaimer: i am FAR from being an expert in applying eyeliner, i may also not know the BEST way of applying eyeliner. i just want to share what works best for ME and hope that you pick up a trick or two πŸ™‚

before i go into detailed application techniques, want to share some information on eyeliners first – there are 4 kinds of eyeliners that you can choose from:

1 – eyeshadow – easiest to apply and gives a softer look. definitely no harsh lines when using eyeshadow as your liner! πŸ™‚ can be applied dry or wet. downside: not long lasting. you will need an eyeliner brush that’s thin stiff and flat / slanted for a good application.

MAC carbon (a youtube gurus favorite!) with Sigma E65 brush

2 – eyeliner pencil – easy to apply but is prone to smudges and smears 😦 a trick that i use is to set it with eyeshadow (i.e. black eyeshadow for black pencil eyeliner) to make it last longer.

stila kajal eye liner in onyx (NOT the best eyeliner pencil – smears like mad! but great for the waterline)

3 – gel eyeliner – great lasting power! smudge and water proof. a bit harder to apply than pencil and eyeshadow but easier than applying liquid eyeliner. practice definitely makes perfect. you will need a fine eyeliner brush for easy application.

MAC fluidline in Dipdown with Sigma E65 and E05 brushes and Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner

4 – liquid eyeliner – takes a lot of patience and practice (i still haven’t mastered the application). staying power is awesome. smudge and water proof as well. may tend to look harsh because of the precision of the line.

STILA stay all day waterproof liquid eye liner

okay on to some detailed application techniques / tips…

  • apply eyeliner AFTER you apply your eye makeup. unless… you’re applying eyeshadow to set your liner or you want a less intense look.
  • i find that curling your lashes BEFORE applying eye liner helps, as it lifts the skin of your lids – making it easier to apply eyeliner closer to the lashline.
  • for eye pencils, i like to draw a few lines on my hand first to soften the product a bit (from the warmth). this will help for a smoother application.
  • when applying eyeliner (in whatever shape or form), i like to start around the mid-section of my upper eyelids and make my work to the outer corner. i apply with small short strokes –Β  just like connecting dots. or you can smudge the pencil into your lashline. just repeat the step until you get the thickness that you desire. i then make my way slowly to the inner corners, keeping the line very thin. usually you want your eyeliner to be really thin in the inner corners and gradually getting thicker as it moves outward.

connect the dots (ALSO sharpen your eyeliner for a more precise application! :D)

  • extend the line upward towards the end (following the natural shape of your eyes) for a semi cat-like look. this will give your eyes an instant lift as well! πŸ˜€

  • for eyeshadow or pencil liners, smudge the line using a q-tip for a more smokey look.
  • do NOT pull on your eyelids (unless you want wrinkles!). a trick i learned was, use a Q-tip to press down your eye lid. this will instantly lift your lids for easier application
  • line as close to your lashline as possible for a natural look (and it will make your eyelashes look thicker too!)
  • try NOT to be heavy-handed. it’s better to apply lightly first then go over the line for more intensity.
  • for a more intense look, apply eyeliner on your waterline. for everyday look, i really don’t recommend this because taking off all the makeup can be a real biatch!Β  ALSO please DO NOT attempt to use liquid eyeliner to line your waterline. definitely NOT recommended. try gel eyeliner instead πŸ™‚

my BEST advice would be to practice practice practice! and experiment on different thickness of the liner. try thin to thick lines and see what works best for your feature! πŸ™‚

hope this helps!

good luck.



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