Let’s now end this trilogy! Damn, what a delay! Like one of those production delays because of technical reasons. Only, this is not a movie and I have no reason except priorities! Hahaha! Anyways, let’s do tools! Unless you’re a makeup artist, the abundance of tools won’t really do anything to improve your skills unless they serve a purpose catered for your face. For example, wouldn’t matter how many blush brushes you have, strategic blush application can make the difference between dragging down your face and making it blotchy or, as the purpose it usually serves, make it well-sculpted and properly blended.
No more beauty blenders to apply cream and liquid products
This isn’t really a recent revelation, I noticed this as soon as I started applying foundation, concealers and other cream products with sponges. Sponges absorb product and as much as it helps with flawless application, it becomes counter-productive to take away as much product as you press onto the face and end up using twice the amount of product required. I would find myself adding more concealer just to increase coverage. Later, I tried using brushes to first apply as best I can AND THEN going on to pressing it onto the skin with a sponge. Best results!
No more large eyeshadow blending brushes
Eyeshadow blending brushes is perhaps something even makeup users are not familiar with vis-à-vis how to choose one, which one to use, how to use. But I have come to realise that larger blending brushes don’t really help blending. Blending eyeshadows often require precision, over-blending can make colours muddle into each other resulting in a blotchy application. And that, in turn, is often caused by using too large a blending brush. It does, however, work perfect for nose contouring!
Using brush to set undereye instead of powder puff (unless stage makeup)
With learning both from more insightful YouTubers and influencers and experimenting it myself, I have come to realise that unless I am doing stage makeup, which is intended to help makeup last against sweating, over-powdering is very UNNECESSARY. And when powder is applied with a puff, one risks over-powdering. With a brush, it is effortless, controlled and appears very natural
Using your fingers isn’t a bad thing
I still CANNOT stand makeup all over my hands when working and brushes are my salvation. However, when applying makeup, some aspects can be only achieved by using my fingers. And that my friends, isn’t a bad thing! In my case, for example, highlighting the nose and the tip I can only ever achieve, to my own satisfaction, with the ring finger. YES, please use the ring finger. They apply the least pressure, especially when you intend to apply some kind of eye makeup or even undereye concealer.
Extra large powder brushes aren’t an essential product in your makeup kit
Even if you are a professional. Yes, in my humble opinion, the large powder brush, to me, is only helpful for special effects makeup artist. For beauty makeup, the large face powder brush is often reserved to dusting on a little powder on the face, or dusting away powder when baked. For that, any regular powder brush would suffice. The picture below can give you some context. It is also difficult to pack up in a kit and would take up too much additional space in one’s storage.
And I guess that ends the trilogy! Thanks for sticking through with this and if you’ve made it this far, let me tell you, I am deeply deeply grateful… Thank you…