Posts Tagged ‘SIGMA’
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! 🙂
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. 🙂
hope you liked these tips!
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!
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 😀
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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! 🙂 actually all three products are really dense which is awesome!
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 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!
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 🙂
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 🙂
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! 🙂 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
- 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! 😀
- 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! ALSO please DO NOT attempt to use liquid eyeliner to line your waterline. definitely NOT recommended. try gel eyeliner instead 🙂
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! 🙂
hope this helps!