Blacktrack: Solid, flat black. . . the color I use most
Dipdown: Deep, dark flat brown. . . my favorite everyday color
Macroviolet: Deep smoked violet with red pearl. . . fun color, especially beautiful on green & blue eyes

#208 Angled Brow Brush (the small one)

Q:  What’s a makeup artist/blogger to do when writer’s block sets in?
A:  Open up her kit, take inventory, and figure out the products she’s using most.

In my consistently-evolving world of PRODUCT, I use just about everything.  Whether it’s on myself, or those fabulous ones that I’ve used and have promoted to my kit.  These are the tried-and-true products that I deem worthy of putting onto the faces of my clients.  My product today is not a new one.  It’s just one I’ve not written about: it’s been around for a long while, and that longevity qualifies it for one of the Gold Standards of my makeup kit:

MAC’s Fluidline eyeliner.  It’s a cream/gel-based eyeliner that has to be applied with a brush (more on that in a minute:)  Here is the short-list of why it’s “gold standard”:

1.  It’s waterproof.
2.  It’s extremely long-wearing.
3.  MAC offers this formula in wonderfully bold colors.

Fluidline is perfect for brides, and all-day photo shoots, as well as for moms-on-the-go, and that working woman who doesn’t have time to touch up her eyeliner.   There are certain eye “looks” that require a liner that doesn’t budge. . . such as the classic “Hollywood Glamour” look. . . you know, the single, winged-out line along the upper lashes (think Christina Aguilera or Audrey Hepburn).

One of my favorite uses of this liner is to help camouflage the nylon band of false lashes.  Now, that brings me to tell you how important it is to use the proper tool to apply this product.  My fave is MAC’s teeny-tiny #208 brush.  MAC calls it an “Angled Brow Brush” but this tool is one of my multi-taskers.  The bundle of bristles on this brush are densely packed, very short, and therefore can be used to draw a fine, fine line.  And that’s how I begin.  The fine line can always be built up to a thicker line if you want a more dramatic look.  Like the name suggests, it’s wonderful for filling in sparse brows with very small amounts of product (makes for a more natural look), but it’s my favorite for applying Fluidline or blending out any pencil liner. . . or for lining lips with lipstick, or helping “mush” in false lashes along a lash.  I use this brush in many ways.

At $16, this product is a steal: one container will last a very long time.  Just be sure to keep the top securely fastened for even more product shelf-life.  Yes, it may take some practice getting your line just right, but here are my tips for perfect application.  First, use small amounts of product on the brush.  Second, pull out the corner of your eye to make your lashline taut and therefore, easier to apply the liner to.  Lastly, stay very close to your lash line (it’s ok for the liner to actually get into your lashes. . . stay that close).

Give it a try. . . it’s a wonderful, product. . . Happy Lining!

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