This past year, I have learned to love wearing eyeshadows. I was never much of an eyeshadow girl before but I have taken the time to learn how to work with eyeshadows and now a completed look almost always includes some sort of eyeshadow. I'm still no expert, but there are a trio of basic brushes that I can always trust to help me perfect whatever look I'm going for. 

The biggest game changer for me was the MAC 217 Blending Brush. This brush is the perfect shape and size for both packing on colour and blending out the edges. I take the flat sides to lightly pack on base colours and then the tip to blend in a crease colour or blend out the edges. It is an incredibly easy brush to work with and it works to blend out both powder and cream products. 

If I'm only working with one shade, I like to take the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush to pack the colour on. It's just that little bit fluffy enough at the end to roughly blend out the edges which is usually good enough when working with a lighter shade. For darker shades, I'll take the MAC 217 just along the edges to soften it up.

The last is a brush I didn't initially purchase thinking it would become an essential. The MAC 219 Pencil Brush was definitely a surprisingly useful brush for me. I like to take this brush along the outer edge of my eyes to chisel a shape with a darker shade before blending it into the rest of the lid with the MAC 217. This brush makes it much easier for me to define my eyes as I don't have a lot of lid space to work with.

What are your eye brush essentials?

13 comments

  1. I need to get my hands on the 217 brush!

    Catherine, xo || Lady Liquor

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  2. Oh that 217, I feel as though I need no other brush when I use that one.
    Amy x

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  3. I didn't realize how useful it was until I got it! xx

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  4. You don't have one yet? You must get it then! It's amazing! xx

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  5. That's pretty much how I feel whenever I use it too! xx

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  6. The MAC 217 is a staple brush for me as well. It's so versatile and makes blending a dream. It was most definitely worth purchasing!

    Hilary x | TheBeautyCollective.com

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  7. Agreed! It did seem pricey at first but so worth it in the end. xx

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  8. This is a good reference for since I don't use the best quality eye brushes. I think I might pick up that Real Techniques eye shadow set just to have some nicer options. Still eyeing that 217 though.

    x beauty, style, life | bespectacled

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  9. I have just bought a MAC 217! Can’t wait to give it a go!


    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  10. the 217 is definitely a staple for me, everytime I go through duty free I seem to pick one up-and a 239 which is my preferred brush for packing colour onto the lid!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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  11. definitely a long-time diehard fan of the MAC 217, although Hakuhodo has a dupe that's actually cheaper and softer. I wish I'd known that before I purchased three!

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  12. I would like to try the small flat mac brushes, but I don't like how the bristles are kind of rough.

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