07 June 2013

1st - 7th June: My week on Instagram

Acne & Scarring Cover Up 
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Face of The Day - was loving the pop of colour on the eyes this week
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Made the most of 3-for-2 in Superdrug 
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Face of the day, this time with a bright blue eye line
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Treated myself to some new nails this week - so pretty
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Dark green eye line for this Face of The Day
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Decided to put a pastel pink toner through my hair this week (before, during and after shot)
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More gorgeous new products
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Gorgeous wedding party that I had the pleasure of working on. t-b: Bride, Chief Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaid 
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Face of The Day - felt naked without my falsies :( 
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My gorgeous owl pendant from Occasions by Angelmazz 
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Until next time, stay beautiful. 
Gem xx

21 May 2013

A little piece of Heaven (& Earth)

MUA (Make Up Academy)’s Heaven & Earth Palette is, indeed, one of the diamonds as far as their palettes are concerned. 

This was the first “Naturals” Palette that MUA released; comprising 12 gorgeous shades in rich earthy tones that were sure to compliment any eye colour and it was, unsurprisingly, one of their best sellers. 

Top row, shades 1-3
Bottom row, shades 7-9

Top row, shades 4-6
Bottom row, shades 10-12
All of the shades have a degree of shimmer to them but the highlight shades are by far the most shimmery; the other shades range from the classic mid tones right through to shades that are perfect for contouring. 

The best thing about this palette is that the shades are all incredibly buildable and, as such, can be used to either give a light wash of colour on the lid or can be built up for a more sultry smoky eye. 

Recently this gem of palette has been rather eclipsed by its newer friends; The Undressed Palette and Undress Me Too.  These 2 palettes were, by far, 2 of the most eagerly awaited palettes from MUA as they are hailed as perfect dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked2 Palettes, but at fraction of the price. 

That said, there was a time when the Heaven & Earth palette was repeatedly sold out both in store and online and one of the most common questions I saw posted to MUA’s Twitter and Facebook feeds was “When will Heaven & Earth be back in stock?” 

I too have been guilty of neglecting Heaven & Earth in favour of the Undressed/Undress Me Too so, today when I was trying to decide what eye look I felt like, I “re-discovered” this little treasure tucked away in my eyeshadow draw and decided that it was time to bring it out and put it to good use. 

Looking at the palette this morning, I remembered why this was the must have palette at one point and, although I didn’t altogether know what look I was going to create today, I went with what felt right and I ended up with the following result:

The beauty of this look is, because it is designed for the colours to merge together, I only used 1 brush for entire thing (MUA’s E3 Blending & Shadow Brush) and achieved the look as follows:

  • Work shade 8 all over the eyelid, up to the crease (until desired colour intensity is reached)
  • Blend shade 10 through the crease and into the outer contour
  • Apply a small amount of shade 4 above the shade 10 and blend up towards the brow
  • Pop a small amount of shade 1 directly under the brow and in the inner corner of the eye
  • Finally blend the smallest amount of shade 6 over the eyelid to warm the look 
  • Line the top lash with a brown eyeliner (MUA do one that would be perfect, see here) and then, with whatever product is left on the brush, work it under the lower lashes 
  • Apply 2 coats of your favourite mascara/false lashes
  • Finish the look with a slick of white/neutral eyeliner on the waterline (I used MUA’s Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil in Snow White)

After I posted the picture to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Pages I was really surprised at how many likes and positive comments I received.  I was also complimented on my “gorgeous eyes” today too!

Perhaps if you have a Heaven & Earth Palette in your collection that you may have been neglecting lately, go and find it and remind yourself just why it was, at one point, your must have palette!

Until next time, stay beautiful.
~ Gem x 

All of the views expressed within this blog are mine and mine alone. 
I am in no way affiliated or financially involved with MUA, fbBeauty or any of their employees. 
All of the products mentioned within this post are mine and were bought and paid for by me. 
All of the images in this blog are taken by me, unless stated otherwise.  PLEASE DO NOT take, use, edit or otherwise use any of the images herein without my prior knowledge and express written consent. 

04 May 2013

500 Giveaway Goodies

These are the amazing products that one very lucky person will receive when I reach 500 likes over on my Facebook Page

The Only Way Is Essex “Love Addict” 100ml EDT
JLS “Kiss” 30ml EDT
Look Beauty “Winter Brights” Nail Varnish set
MUA Make Up Academy “Scorpio” Nail Constellation
The Only Way Is Essex “Bling Eyes” Glitter Eye Liner set
MUA Make Up Academy “Going For Gold” Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette
MUA Make Up Academy “24 Colour Immaculate Collection” Eyeshadow Palette
MUA Make Up Academy Professional Face Primer
MUA Make Up Academy “Scarlett” Lipstick Trio
MUA Make Up Academy “Siren” Lipstick Trio
MUA Make Up Academy “Temptress” Lipstick Trio
The Only Way Is Essex Black Liquid Eyeliner
MUA Make Up Academy Every Lash Mascara (Black)
MUA Make Up Academy “Kiss & Make Up” Intense Kisses Lipgloss
Look Beauty “Rose Smacker” Pout Stain
Look Beauty “ Scarlet Smooch” Pout Stain
MUA Make Up Academy “Ok.Com” Lip Boom
MUA Make Up Academy “LMK” Lip Boom
MUA Make Up Academy “Doin’ Good” Lip Boom
MUA Make Up Academy “Bring It” Lip Boom
MUA Make Up Academy “F2 Foundation Blending Brush”
MUA Make Up Academy “E3 Blending Eye Shadow Brush” (the Fluffy Brush) x 2
MUA Make Up Academy “E4 Eyeliner Brush”
MUA Make Up Academy “E7 Eyebrow Brush”
MUA Make Up Academy “F4 Powder Brush”
MUA Make Up Academy “E2 Eyeshadow Contour Brush”
MUA Make Up Academy “E1 Eyeshadow Brush” x 2
MUA Make Up Academy “F3 Concealer Brush”
MUA Make Up Academy “L1 Lip Brush”
MUA Make Up Academy “F6 Blusher & Contouring Brush” 

Head over there now and, who knows, the winner could be you.  The giveaway is open internationally.  

Until next time, stay beautiful. 
~ Gem xx

29 April 2013

Social Media

Not all of you know, but I have a Facebook Page.  I post General Looks, Face of The Day Tutorials and I am currently holding a giveaway.  When the page gets to 500 likes I will be choosing 1 lucky person to win a fabulous bundle of make up, fragrance and brushes (as mentioned in The Brush Blog).  

My Website is pretty much what you can expect from a Make Up Artist.  But my Face of The Day Page is a little different to most.  I post a photo there of the make up that I am wearing that day, together with a full breakdown of all products used.  

I also have a Twitter, Pintrest and Instagram.  

On a less make up related note, I also run another Blog alongside this one, it's called Life, Love and Everything In Between.  It's a personal blog about being a mummy & wife, living with a Chronic Illness (or few) and trying to maintain a balance and not lose my sense of self.  

Until next time, stay beautiful, 
~ Gem xx

27 April 2013

They're more like Guidelines...

I don’t like to moan in my Blog but, recently, I have been seeing the same things on an almost daily basis and it’s really started to annoy me.  I promise I’ll try and keep the ranting to a minimum; I’m actually doing this to try and help others.

Google, YouTube, Facebook, the internet in general is full of “gurus” in certain subjects and, of course, makeup is no exception. 

I don’t class myself as a guru, or even an expert (I'm just a Make Up Artist who is passionate about her field of work) but, that said, I do offer tutorials as part of my service and I also do mini tutorials on my Facebook Page on how to achieve the eye look in my Face of The Day pictures. 

One thing that I always say, be it in blogs, YouTube videos, or even when I am doing a one-to-one make up lesson is that this is my way of doing things.  Time and time again, I say that, just because something works for one person, it doesn’t mean it will work for another; this can be from what foundation I use, through to how I apply eyeshadows, in what order I apply face products, etc. 

I see so many “how-to” videos, pictorials, blogs, etc., that don’t ever say that they are Guidelines.  For example, the highlighting and contouring which is growing ever more popular, I see countless videos and pictures on that but none of them ever take skin type (or personal preference) into consideration. 

A lot of the guides (and that is what they are, regardless of whether or not they admit it!) say that you should put highlighter in the center of your forehead and on your chin. Really?! I have quite an oily forehead and chin, and these are always the places that show up any shine first – as a result of which I tend to powder them within an inch of their lives whenever I apply my make up so why would I want to make them look shiny again? I do, sometimes, apply a slightly shimmery bronzer for a sun kissed glow, but never a highlighter.  This is what I mean, take all of these “how-to’s” with a pinch of salt and adapt them to suit you.

Most Make Up Artists will tell you that they adapt the techniques they are taught in order to suit them, their working style and what is comfortable for them too.  Most Make Up Artists stand to do make up on their Clients but I know of some that actually sit down to apply make up.  I can’t sit to apply make up to others but I have a stool that I always take with me on jobs (unless it’s on location) because it is height adjustable and, therefore, makes my job easier. 

As I said in my Brush Blog, there are no set rules for applying make up, contrary to what others might have you believe.  Make up is all about experimentation, pushing the boundaries and finding what suits you – this is the only way you can achieve great results; whether as a Make Up Artist or as an individual.

Another thing that really grinds my gears is the misconception that expensive is better.  There are certain “gurus” (I actually hate that word) that only ever use high end brands, mostly MAC and every brush is MAC or something equally expensive. 

Well, good for them! They obviously have the money to spend on expensive products and expensive brushes and, I am sure, that some of them do get products sent to them (not that they ever admit it) but what about the people that can’t afford to pay £16 for 1 eyeshadow or £24 for 1 brush?

Wherever possible I will always use Drugstore Brands, and this includes my brushes (again, see The Brush Blog).  The whole reason behind my doing tutorials is so that people can recreate them and I appreciate that not everyone can afford to buy the expensive brands and, more to the point, the Drugstore Brands are, as a rule, much more easily accessible too.   

There are so many brands in the likes of Superdrug that are much cheaper than the high end brands but they still perform just as well (if not better in some cases) so, just because something might cost a lot of money, it doesn’t mean that it is the best one tobuy.

For example, MUA (Make Up Academy) do 2 palettes (Undressed and Undress Me Too) which have been blogged about as being perfect dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked2 palettes.  I can’t comment on how good (or bad) UD’s products are as I have never used them.  However, I will say that, from the blogs I have seen relating to these palettes, the MUA ones look just as good as their high end competitors, but they are 9 times cheaper; MUA’s palettes retail at £4.00, Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes retail at £37.50. 

People have said to me “but if you had the money to spend on Department Store make up you wouldn’t buy Drugstore any more”. That is absolute rubbish! I love nothing more than value for money. I know that, from experience, if I went out and spent, for example, £50.00 on make up and only had 2 products to show for it, I would be really quite disappointed, regardless of how much money I may have at my disposal.  For £50.00 I would expect to have, at least, enough products to do an entire face look!

I love Drugstore Brands, I always have and I always will.  There are some that I don’t think very much of but then there are others that I absolutely love; the same goes for the high end products (although I have tried significantly fewer of them than the Drugstore Brands), there are some that I love, like Benefit’s Hello Flawless Foundation and there are some that I think are the biggest rip off going. 

On closing:
* Take everything in “how-to’s”as Guidelines; try it, practice it, develop your technique
* Just because something is expensive, it doesn’t mean it is best. Read comparison blogs, shop within your means and don’t be afraid to say that you love drugstore brands!
* As always, everything in this blog, is what I think and the views are mine and mine alone – just because this is what I think, doesn’t mean I’m right or that you have to agree with me (see, I’m not afraid to say it)

Until next time,stay beautiful
~ Gem xx

All of the views expressed within this blog are mine and mine alone
I am not affiliated or financially involved with any of the Companies mentioned in this blog, or their Employees/Products

25 April 2013

The Brush Blog

Brushes...the one thing everyone who does make up uses. 

Like make up, there are good brushes and there are bad brushes, there are expensive brushes and there are cheap brushes. 

A very common misconception in make up is that if something is expensive then it’s bound to be brilliant and better than the cheaper versions, but that is so wrong.  Yes, some of the more expensive Brands are good, but then there are a lot of brilliant Drugstore Brands that perform just as well, if not better, than some of their high priced competitors. 

One of the best Drugstore Brands is MUA (Make Up Academy).  The Brand itself is only 3 years old but, in that time, it has grown and gone from strength to strength and is continuing to grow on a daily basis. 

MUA offer a large range of products, with new lines being added all the time.  Their prices range from just £1 up to £8 (which is their 24 Colour Immaculate Collection eye shadow palette). 

Recently MUA expanded their collection to include a MakeUp Organiser Case and a line of BrushesThe brushes range from £1.50 t0 £5.00. 

You’d be forgiven for thinking that, for £1.50, these brushes aren’t going to be much good.  I’ll admit that I was expecting something that looked and felt cheap and was also expecting a lot of shedding from the bristles at the first sign of work and complete destruction upon washing. 

I’ve been using MUA products for over 2 years now and I have always been pleasantly surprised by all of the new ranges, but I really was sceptical about the brushes.  I have used all manner of brushes in the past, ranging from the high priced ones, right through to a generic, brand-less set that I found on eBay for £14 (which actually turned out to be one of my best bargains!).  I have experienced the good brushes, but I have also experienced the very, very bad brushes. 

I decided that I would buy some brushes from MUA, after all, even if they turned out to be no good, it’s not like I would have spent £15 per brush or anything silly like that. 

When my order arrived, I have to say that I was really impressed. 

The brushes were packaged in their individual plastic wallet and have cellophane around the bristles to keep the shape.  However, it was the brushes themselves that really caught my attention. 

As I said above, I was expecting something that felt and looked cheap, but these brushes are neither.  They all have sleek, black handles with MUA’s logo embossed on them, together with their brush number (e.g.: F4, E2, L1, etc.), the ferrule is shiny, black metal and the bristles are black, synthetic fibre.  The only exception is the stippling brush, which is designed to look like badger hair, and is a “salt and pepper” colour with a white tip.  

None of these brushes feel cheap to hold and the bristles are amazingly soft; even the likes of the eyeliner brush and the eyebrow brush that, although firmer than the likes of the blending brush, are still so soft. 

MUA currently have 14 brushes in the range, out of which I have 10.  I have the Kabuki Brush on order, so that will bring me up to 11.  I did think about ordering the other 3, but I know I wouldn’t use them, so thought it better to save my money for something I would use. 

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The brushes that I have (see above) are the ones that I think essential to anyone who does make up, whether as a Make Up Artist, or just for themselves. 

Before I go into the breakdown for each brush I just have to say that, like make up, there are no set rules for brush use.  Just because a brush is expected to be used on the eyes for example, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for something else – as with make up, just because a lip-gloss is designed for use on the mouth, it doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment and use it on the cheeks or eyes.  Make up is all about experimentation and finding what works best for you.  That is the beauty of MUA products – they are all cheap enough that you can afford to experiment without breaking the bank but, at the same time, they perform just as well as the high end Brands, so you can still achieve the same results, just at a fraction of the cost. 

I am now going to do a breakdown about the particular brushes I have and what I use them for on a day to day basis but, like I said above, it doesn’t mean that this is what you have to use them for – dare to experiment and push the boundaries. 

The first set of brushes I will talk about are my essential face brushes. 

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The brushes, from left to right, are:

All-purpose for bronzer, blush and face powder.  Full and dense for dusting pressed powder and bronzer on face or body with soft synthetic fibres that form a full, rounded shape that glides effortlessly over skin to achieve the perfect finish.” - MUA 

I have 2 of these brushes and I use 1 for applying my powder and the other for applying my blusher. 

I love the size of this brush; it is large enough that it covers a good area of skin in one sweep, but it is not too large so that (when applying blusher) you end up with an out of control flush of colour. 

It’s a great brush for people experimenting with product placement and pros alike. 

“Shaped to fit the facial contours and cheekbones.  This multi-use brush is a great way to apply your powder blush as well as your cream blush enabling you to effectively sculpt the face” – MUA

Like the Powder Brush, I have 2 of these.  I use 1 for my contouring (using MUA’s Bronzed Perfection) and the other I use for my highlight (using MUA’s Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder or their Shimmer Kisses Bronzer). 

This brush is by far the best face contour brush that I have used.  I used to use a contour brush but found it too soft and it didn’t fit to the contours very well and I ended up not using one for years.  I decided to purchase the MUA one to see how it went and I loved it (which is why I ordered another). 

Although the bristles on this brush feel very soft, they are dense enough that they don’t splay out on contact with the face, and the head is small enough that the bristles nestle nicely under the cheekbones and make following your natural contour a breeze. 

It also performs just as well for sweeping a highlight across the top of your cheekbones, down your nose and anywhere else you may want to highlight. 

All in all, a good brush, especially for people unsure on how to find/follow their natural contour.  This brush will do the work for you with little effort but maximum satisfaction. 

“A flat-topped, full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of any foundation.  Ideal for creating soft layers or adding textures to the skin” – MUA

I love stippling brushes and this one is no exception. 

I love how they can create the look of perfect, smooth, dream skin. 

I start by applying my foundation to the back of my hand and then dip the bristles of the brush into the foundation.  I stipple any excess of onto my hand and then start to apply it to the face.  I stipple over the area(s) that I want to cover and then, when that is done, using the same brush and whatever product is left on it, buff into the skin in circular motions.  I then, if needed, go back and build my coverage in the same manner. 

I will say that this sort of brush can take some getting used to, especially if you are used to using a flat foundation brush or a sponge.  Initially I wasn’t over keen on stippling brushes but, after more practice and finding a technique that suited me, the results were well worth it. 

“The rounded flat shape makes this brush ideal to concealer under the eye area for precision application and blending of all concealer formulas.” – MUA

I love this little brush. 

I use concealer every time I wear make up, even if I am using a BB Cream, especially around my eyes. 

My favourite concealer is MUA’s Cover &Conceal but, every now and then, I still get the “concealer lines” under the eye – you know, where the product sits in the creases of your eyes and looks awful. 

Since using this brush I have noticed that frequency in which the lines appear is significantly reduced and, in fact, the concealer blends in a lot nicer and the “cakey” appearance that can sometimes happen, especially after powdering, has also reduced. 

It is a smart little brush and is well worth the £1.95 price tag. 

Now, the brushes that can really make or break a look; the eye brushes. 

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Regardless of whether you apply your foundation and concealer with a brush, a sponge or even your fingers, I am 95% certain that you use, at least, 1 eye brush (other than your mascara wand). 

It doesn’t matter how expensive (or cheap) a product is, I really believe that the right brush makes all the difference. 

These are my must have eye brushes. 

“Small angled brush designed for eyebrow and eyeliner definition.  Use to define or add and fill in brows and for application of powder, liquid or cream products on the upper and lower lash line.  Its precise angled tip provides professional application” – MUA

I couldn’t have put it better myself.  This brush is my ultimate must have. 

For someone who has non-existent eyebrows, I always fill in my brows using pencil, shadow or a combination of the 2 but, whichever method I use, I always use an eyebrow brush. 

This brush has such a fine, sharp edge which enables the most perfect of lines when defining brows. 

You can use it for the “hair stroke” effect, for defining the brow lines, for filling the brow or for smudging product through the brow. 

I have had more compliments on my brows since I started using this brush than at any other time. 

I also have another of these brushes which, like MUA say, I use for lining the top/bottom lashes.  I do use an eyeliner brush when working with gels/creams but, when I am using a shadow as a liner or just to add that little extra definition when I don’t want the hardness of a liner, this is the brush I turn to.  I use it either to push the shadow on, to draw the shadow on or to smudge the shadow line. 

It is one of the most versatile brushes in the collection and, for £1.50, I think it is one that everyone should have at least 1 of. 

*Sometimes referred to as a fine angle brush

“This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres with a soft and dense rounded finish.  Can be used to apply pressed powder or loose eye shadows and pigments to the eyes” – MUA

This is a really lovely brush. 

It is so soft and doesn’t drag at the delicate skin of the eyes at all. 

It can be used to press colour onto the eyes or to sweep it across the lid too.  It picks up a good amount of product and performs consistently well with both pressed shadows and pigments.  It also works well with cosmetic glitter. 

This is definitely a brush that everyone needs in their collection, as it is the staple brush to have when applying eyeshadows. 

It’s non-shedding and is a dream to clean either with a spot brush cleaner or when doing the deep clean wash. 

*Sometimes referred to as a flat eyeshadow brush or flat, round eyeshadow brush. 

“Medium angled, tapered, flat top brush.  Ideal for applying shadow in the corner, in the crease or all over the lid.  It is especially handy for contouring and smudging any eye look” – MUA

Another bargain brush from MUA. 

This is the brush I use to apply colour into the crease of my eye and to start the smudging and blending. 

It is perfect for following the contour of your eye and would be great for people who are trying out new eye looks and experimenting with product placement. 

With this brush you don’t need to try to find you eye’s natural contour, the brush does the work for you.  It is best used with a light touch as then it glides effortlessly over the lid and smoothes colour onto the eye without damaging the delicate skin. 

I find it hard to believe that MUA only charge £1.95 for this brush, it is worth so much more.  Definitely a brush to add to your collection. 

*Sometimes referred to as an angle brush, soft angle brush or fluffy angle brush

“A blending brush for shaping your eye make-up to perfection with powder and loose eye shadows, and its moulded shape is perfect for a soft colour application and perfect for a defined blended smoky eye” – MUA

The Don of the eye make up world, the brush that is a Make Up Artist’s Best Friend and the brush that everyone needs in their collection.  This is the brush that makes an eye look come together. 

It is used for blending your colours together, softening edges/hard lines, etc.  It can also be used for applying shadows for a much softer finish. 

I wouldn’t be without this brush (I have 5 from MUA in my collection and at least another 10 from varying brands). 

MUA’s version of this brush is perfect.  The bristles appear long, but they are dense enough that they do their job brilliantly.  Like the other brushes, the bristles are very soft so you hardly feel them against your skin. 

I have used this brush both for blending looks together and for applying shadows for a softer look and  it performs consistently every time.  It holds its shape well when blending and doesn’t fan out, which can ruin the look. 

This brush requires very little pressure on it and works well either in small, circular motions for blending, side to side or smudging upwards. 

Definitely a steal at £1.95; I would have paid much more for this brush.  Do not be fooled by the price, it in no way reflects the quality. 

* Often referred to as the fluffy brush, sometimes referred to as the blending brush 

“A compact eyeliner brush for the handbag with top.  With a precise finely pointed brush with finished tapered tip, provides a controlled, ultra-fine application of any powder, liquid or cream-based eye liners” – MUA

I love this little brush.  I love that fact that it is compact and can be stored within itself for space saving/travel and that, unlike a lot of other compact brushes, it doesn’t feel flimsy or like it will come apart when stored or when in use. 

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The tip of this brush is ultra-fine.  I couldn’t get a clear enough picture to illustrate just how fine it is, but it really is perfect. 

It applies gel/cream liners with ease and in such a smooth, fine line.  The fact that tip is tapered means that it allows for a precision fine line, but also handles the thicker lines just as well, while keeping them looking neat and professional. 

It holds its shape during application and doesn’t bend from the ferrule like some eyeliner brushes can. 

If you love your eyeliner then this is definitely the brush for you!

“A compact lip brush for the handbag with lid.  Perfect for definition and precision lip application” – MUA

I rarely use lip brushes for personal use however, since purchasing MUA’s Lip Trios, my need for a lip brush increased and so I purchased this one. 

I have used lip brushes before but have found them really rigid and they tended to push the colour around the mouth rather than actually place the colour.  When on jobs I use disposable lip brushes and, to be honest, I find them too soft and flimsy, especially when trying to achieve that perfectly defined lip line so I wasn’t altogether sure what to expect from this brush. 

Apart from looking like a much more expensive brush and having the compact feature in its favour, I immediately liked the shape of the tip itself. 

 © Gemma Peters - Make Up Artist 2013
Like the other MUA brushes the bristles are soft, which lead me to think that it would behave like one of the disposable brushes.  I was so wrong.  It holds its shape perfectly and creates the sharpest and most defined lip line when working with balms, glosses or cream products but, at the same time, it deposits the colour on to your lips, rather than push it around or leave brush lines. 

I’m so happy with this brush that I will be ordering more to take on jobs with me, even if it does mean that I have more brushes to wash when I get home, this one is definitely a keeper. 

In conclusion, these brushes are brilliant and in NO way does the price reflect the quality or performance. 

I am proud to tell my Clients that I am using MUA brushes/products on them and I am always amused by their reactions when they find out how little the products actually cost.  MUA makes experimenting with make up both fun and affordable. 

If you’ve been thinking about buying some new make up brushes and weren’t sure which to get I hope that you have found this blog useful or even if you have brushes and weren’t entirely sure on the best way to use them. 

Before I sign off, I will mention that I am running a massive giveaway over on my Facebook Page.  Once I reach 500 likes I will be selecting one lucky person to win a fantastic bundle of make up, fragrances, nail bits and, as announced last night, a set of brushes from MUA (at least 1 of each brush mentioned in this blog).  Head over there now, check out the list of brushes up for grabs, like the page and then you too will be in with a chance of winning all the goodies. 

Until next time, stay beautiful.
~ Gem xx

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