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How to Use Eye Makeup Brushes

Eye Brush Glossary

Creating amazing eye looks is easy…once you have the right tools. Our National Makeup Artists are here to explain exactly which of our professional eye brushes you need to effortlessly line, define and create gorgeous color effects.

    • Angled Liner Shadow Brush


      Best for: Applying Liner Shadow

      Use this brush to: Apply Liner Shadows on the upper and lower lash lines. This brush naturally places a sharp, cat-eye look on the outer corner of the lashes. The stiff and angled bristles provide effortless and precise application.

      Artist Technique: Really load up the brush with Liner Shadow. Tap to remove excess, then pull along the base of the upper or lower lash line, allowing the line to grow fuller as it extends outward. Layer the color until desired pay-off is achieved.

      Expected Results: This brush is great for building color intensity. Wetting the brush or layering the color give the most intense pay-off and a very modern evening look, whereas one layer of Eyecolor will give a soft, sultry effect with a clean angled line.

      Material: Natural

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      Angled Liner Shadow Brush

  • Blending Brush


    Best for: Softly applying Eyecolor

    Use this brush to: Apply medium-to-light Eyecolors on the entire eyelid. This brush is tapered from the base to the top, so it's able to place the Eyecolor on the lid and blend at the same time.

    Artist Technique: Swirl Eyecolor into the brush and lightly tap to remove excess. Place the brush head at the lash line on the center of the eyelid and pull up in a feathering motion. This gives a smooth application, with no blending necessary.

    Expected Results: The pay-off with this brush is a soft, diffused look. The color intensity is near the lash line, fading as the color graduates up the lid.

    Material: Natural



    BONUS TIP: This brush is great for blending Radiance All-Over Face Colors on the bone around the eye. It blends beautifully, but still gives a sharp look and enhances your natural bone structure.

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    Blending Brush

    • Contour Shadow Brush


      Best for: Easy Contouring

      Use this brush to: Apply Eyecolor with medium intensity for a nice pop of color in the crease contour or outer corners of the eye. The flat, stiff bristles place the color exactly where it's needed and give an even, smooth finish.

      Artist Technique: Swirl Eyecolor into the brush and tap to remove excess. Lightly buff the color into the outer corner of the crease contour. You can also use the tip of the brush to blend.

      Expected Results: The pay-off with this brush is of moderate intensity, giving a precise, defined look to the eye. It creates a sideways "V" for a defined crease contour that makes an impact. This brush also builds color for a rich, intense look.

      Material: Natural

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      Contour Shadow Brush

    • Crease Defining Brush


      Best for: Easy Contouring

      Use this brush to: Apply Eyecolor to the crease contour for a soft, diffused look. The smooth, blended application adds subtle definition.

      Artist Technique: Swirl Eyecolor into the brush and lightly tap to remove excess. Buff, in a circular motion, into the crease contour. You can also "lift" eyes by buffing medium to light Eyecolor shades onto the eyelid.

      Expected Results: This brush has loosely packed bristles, which give a light, fresh look to the crease contour.

      Material: Natural

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      Crease Defining Brush

  • Double-Ended Liner Shadow Brush


    Best for: Applying Liner Shadow

    Use this brush to: Line the upper or lower lash line. The flat, stiff end provides a thin line at the base of the lashes, creating a full lash look. The long end, gives a precise, medium line on the upper or lower lashes.

    Artist Technique: Mix a small amount of water or Weather Everything Liner Sealer with the Liner Shadow to form a paste. Using the tip of the flat, stiff end of the brush, dab along the entire upper lash line for a crisp, wide-eyed look. You can use the long end of the brush for another technique. Lay the brush sideways into the upper lashes and pull along the lash line for a perfect, precise, and defined line.

    Expected Results: The pay-off for either end of this brush is intense and defined, but still beautifully blended. This brush makes intense Eyecolor go on effortlessly!

    Material: Synthetic/Natural

    • Double-Ended Precision Brush

      Best for: Applying Liner Shadow and Eyecolor

      Use this brush to: Apply Eyecolor on the eyelid with the full, flat side. Use the tapered liner side to create the perfect smoky eye.

      Artist Technique: With the flat side of the brush, press color onto the eyelid. Gently work the color up toward the crease contour for a blended look. You can also use this side of the brush to foil onto the eyelid. Dampen the brush with a touch of water and gently sweep color across the eyelid. With the tapered end of the brush, press Eyecolor into the lash line to create a smoky look. Start from the outer corner of the eye and work your way in.

      Expected Results: The firmness of the flat end of this brush creates a high color pay-off, while the tapered end creates a soft diffused line for the eye.

      Material: Natural

    • Double-Ended Shaping Brush


      Best for: Shaping, contouring and defining

      Use this brush to: Apply Eyecolor onto the eyelid of as a brow highlight with the full, fluffy angled end of the brush. The smaller, angled end creates a soft, natural lined look for the eye when used dry, and a strong bold line when used wet.

      Artist Technique: Using the fluffy side of the brush, gently buff Eyecolor onto the eyelid. To line the eye, use the other side of the brush. With the flat, angled portion of the brush head, press Liner Shadow or Eyecolor into the lash line. Start from the outer corner of the eye and work your way in.

      Expected Results: The full, fluffy angled end of the brush gives soft sheer color to the eyelid. When used to apply Liner Shadow, the fullness of the small angled brush creates a soft line. When used wet, the brush makes a wider bold line.

      Material: Synthetic/Natural

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      Double-Ended Shaping Brush

    • Eye Defining Brush


      Best for: Defining and contouring

      Use this brush to: Apply Eyecolor all over the eye area, or create a soft look with color just on the eyelid.

      Artist Technique: Using the angled side of the brush, sweep Eyecolor from the base of the eyelid up to the brow bone. You can also use the tip of this brush to softly define the crease contour. With a small amount of color on the tip of the brush, buff in small circular motions to define the outer corner of the eyelid and the crease.

      Expected Results: The softness of this brush gives a sheer color pay-off. Use this brush to experiment with bolder colors as the Eyecolors won't go on as intense.

      Material: Natural

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      Eye Defining Brush

    • Eyeliner Brush


      Best for: Precisely applying Liner Shadow

      Use this brush to: Create a thin, tightly-lined look, using the brush wet or dry. Applied dry, the Liner Shadow is more diffused and soft. By using the brush wet, you can create a sharp crisp line.

      Artist Technique: Load up the side of the brush with Liner Shadow. Then apply the color to the outer corner of the eye and gently sweep toward the inner corner. Try resting the brush on the lashes first and then touch it to the lash line. This will help you get a perfectly-lined look every time.

      Expected Results: This brush creates a soft, thin line when used dry. When used wet, it makes a clean, sharp line.

      Material: Synthetic

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      Eyeliner Brush

    • Flathead Shadow Brush


      Best for: Applying an all-over wash of Eyecolor

      Use this brush to: Apply a soft wash of color all over the entire eyelid.

      Artist Technique: Swirl Eyecolor into the blunt-cut brush head and lightly tap to remove excess. Sweep color across the eyelid starting from outer eyelid and in toward the inner corner. Apply Eyecolor with the flat side of the brush for more intense color.

      Expected Results: This brush gives medium to full pay-off, depending on which side of the brush is used.

      Material: Natural

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      Flathead Shadow Brush

    • Full-Edged Liner Brush


      Best for: Precisely applying Liner Shadow

      Use this brush to: Apply a thin or thick precise line. The flexible, full angle follows the curve of the eye for a simple one-stroke application.

      Artist Technique: Load up the brush with Liner Shadow and tap to remove any excess. For softer definition, use brush dry and press along the lashes. For a tight, precise line, mix the Liner Shadow with water to form a paste, then use the brush to line along lashes. Wing line out at the end; this brush makes it easy.

      Expected Results: This brush gives soft definition when used dry and intense application when used wet.

      Material: Synthetic

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      Full-Edged Liner Brush

    • Full Tapered Shadow Brush


      Best for: Buff Eyecolor onto lower eyelid for a softer application. It also applies color to the crease contour for intense coverage and definition.

      Use this brush to: Apply Eyecolor to the crease contour for a soft, diffused look. The smooth, blended application adds subtle definition.

      Artist Technique: For an intense application, press Eyecolor onto the entire eyelid with the dome side of brush toward the lash base. To create a highlight, press Eyecolor onto the brow with the dome side up.

      Expected Results: Use for an intense opaque application of minerals. The full, flat dome shape of this brush head provides both all over lid color and intense, opaque coverage.

      Material: Natural

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      Full Tapered Shadow Brush

    • Heavenly Liner Blending Brush

      Best for: Blending or softly applying Liner Shadow

      Use this brush to: Apply Liner Shadow along the top and bottom lashes. Can also use brush to press Eyecolor in a precise location on the eyelid to create a highlight or add color intensity.

      Artist Technique: Swirl the Liner Shadow or Eyecolor into the brush and tap out excess. Press color along the upper and lower lashes. To add highlight, press a soft, shimmery shade into the inner or outer corners of the eye. Darker shades intensify and dramatize the outer corners of the eye.

      Expected Results: The small size and soft bristles of this brush allow for a soft, smudgy liner look. It also works well for highlighting the inner corners of the eye or adding drama to the outer edges.

      Material: Natural

    • Heavenly Shadow Brush


      Best for: Blending or softly applying Eyecolor

      Use this brush to: Apply and blend Eyecolors on the eyelid, on the brow bone, and in the crease contour.

      Artist Technique: Swirl Eyecolor into the tip of the brush and tap to remove excess. Press or buff color onto the eyelid, brow bone or crease. Can also be used to blend out color previously applied to the eyes.

      Expected Results: The flat tip of this brush allows for moderate to intense Eyecolor application and also allows for smooth, even blending of Eyecolors on the eyelid.

      Material: Natural

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      Heavenly Shadow Brush

    • Precision Eyeliner Brush


      Best for: Precisely applying Liner Shadow

      Use this brush to: Apply Liner Shadow or Eyecolor along the base of upper and lower lashes to define the eyes.

      Artist Technique: Load up the brush with Liner Shadow and tap to remove any excess. Press brush along the lashes to create a defined look. Another technique is to mix the Liner Shadow with water to form a paste, then use the brush to line along lashes.

      Expected Results: The straight cut and firm edge of the brush will provide high-color pay-off in a precise line.

      Material: Synthetic

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      Precision Eyeliner Brush

    • Slanted Liner Brush


      Best for: Easily and precisely applying Liner Shadow

      Use this brush to: Apply Liner Shadow dry. The firm bristles allow for an easier application.

      Artist Technique: Load up the brush with Liner Shadow and tap to remove any excess. Press brush along the lash line for a softly defined look.

      Expected Results: The finely pointed and angled brush head lets you easily apply a precise line. It provides soft or intense color.

      Material: Synthetic

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      Slanted Liner Brush

    • Soft Focus Liner Brush


      Best for: Softly applying Liner Shadow

      Use this brush to: Easily apply Liner Shadow, using the brush wet or dry.

      Artist Technique: Apply Liner Shadow right on top of the lash line to subtly define eyes. This technique works when using the Liner Shadow both wet and dry.

      Expected Results: The incredibly soft brush head gives soft and subtle color pay-off.

      Material: Synthetic

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      Soft Focus Liner Brush

    • Tapered Shadow Brush


      Best for: Contouring and defining smaller areas of the eye

      Use this brush to: Create an intense Eyecolor application.

      Artist Technique: Swirl Eyecolor into the brush and tap to remove excess. Then press Eyecolor onto the eyelid until the desired amount of color intensity is achieved.

      Expected Results: This brush gives a more dramatic eye look. Press color onto the eyelid for a more intense pay-off.

      Material: Natural

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      Tapered Shadow Brush

    • Wet/Dry Shadow Brush


      Best for: Foiling Eyecolors

      Use this brush to: Apply Eyecolor to the entire eyelid by foiling or by a dry application. This brush is also great for applying color on the brow bone.

      Artist Technique: For a dry application, swirl Eyecolor into the side of the brush head. Tap, then press Eyecolor directly onto the eyelids. Layer the color until satisfied. When foiling Eyecolors, dampen the brush with a touch of water and gently sweep color across the eyelid.

      Expected Results: This compact short-bristled brush holds onto more product, so when foiling with shimmer-textured Eyecolors, there's an intense high-shine effect. When applying Eyecolor dry, you get an even coat of color with lots of pay-off.

      Material: Natural

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      Wet/Dry Shadow Brush

    • Brow Brush


      Best for: Applying natural-looking Brow Color

      Use this brush to: Create natural-looking, defined brows.

      Artist Technique: To create a natural looking brow, start in the middle of the brow and with short, little strokes, brush the Brow Color in the direction that the hair grows. Then go back to the fuller part of the brow and complete the brow. This technique makes the brow look natural, without a big build up of color in the front.

      Material: Synthetic/Natural

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      Brow Brush