I wanted to do a post on the eyeshadow brush shapes I find the most useful for doing eye makeup. With the upcoming fall heavy eye makeup is back (plus every brand is all about their new eyeshadow formula). Personally, I love the Wayne Goss brushes (which you can get at Beautylish) which are all the brushes pictured here, but this post is actually all about the shapes. Certain brush shapes just really make eyeshadow application much easier and I am all about easy makeup.
First (and this is really the only optional one) is a flat shader brush. You kind of don’t need this, since you can pack on color with your fingers perfectly well mind you (and you get less fallout with fingers) or get a sheer application with a fluffy brush but, I digress. These are very useful and most of us have one or two (at least) of these lying around. These are great for applying color all over the lid or under the brow. Useful, if not absolutely necessary.
Detail brushes are must haves for me, if you are not going to be doing anything too technical or have larger eyes, these are not as necessary (but still convenient). For me, these are all my lower lash line ever sees. These brushes can keep your lower lash line from going too heavy when you smoke it out, smudge out liner or, place color in very specific areas. I love using a tiny fluffy brush on the inner corners of my eyes for a blended highlight. They are also great for applying a dark color to your outer corners. Then use a larger brush to blend.
These are the stars of this post. Blending brushes are the workhorses of my eyeshadow brushes. I love having a big one all the way to a smaller one so I can build depth in the crease easily. Use a bigger brush with a nice mid-tone color that you slap all over the place and then use a smaller crease brush with a darker shade for more definition. Blending brushes are also great for applying under brow highlights when you want them soft (like if you are using shimmer and its not the 80’s) or if you want to apply a pretty sheer wash of color over the lids. Really, I could just use these and be happy, no joke.
Its also good to have a variety of shapes for your blending brushes. I love a good tapered-to-a-point brush for more precise work, but a big conical one is great for buffing it all out. Another great shape anything like the MAC 217 (infamous I swear). Those blending brushes are conical shaped but pinched in one direction so you kind of have a fluffy flat brush. Its super blendy (yes that is a word) in only one direction, so you can be more precise.
What are your must have brush shapes? I’m not a big pencil brush girl myself but, I know lots of people love them (I find them scratchy).