M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

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M.A.C has always been tricky for me, I’ve only written about a brush of theirs in the past because I just haven’t found much within the line that I really like and can recommend to all women. I’d been searching for a foundation with good coverage that covers without causing peeling on dry skin since here in Denver, it seems foundation application sometimes reveals additional flaws instead of hiding them.

For a while now, I’ve used Studio Fix Fluid on women of all ages, skin types and conditions. I’ve found that it glides on evenly covering all flaws, I even go back with the foundation brush and spot treat minor imperfections which are covered often times without concealer. The Fluid is very different from the Studio Fix powder, which contains talc and tends to give the halo effect in photos leaving your face whiter than your chest and neck so it’s not ideal for photography. Fluid doesn’t give off this same effect so it photographs well while the SPF 15 makes it great for daily use and being long wearing and oil-free makes it perfect for summer.

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

Brush Lesson

Since posting on the M.A.C brush the other day, I’ve had questions from confused women who really don’t understand what brush to use when. There are just a few simple rules to remember that will guarantee you’ll be reaching for the right brush every time.

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The denser the bristles, the heavier the application: I use this one daily with a color that matches my skin for an all over base coat pre-shadow. Since the bristles are dense, they will grab more color and lay it down on the face in a more concentrated way.

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Less dense bristles can blend away mistakes: These brushes are best known as crease brushes, used for laying down darker shades to accentuate the crease or fold in the eye. Since this isn’t as widely practiced anymore, and really not appropriate for every eye, these brushes are great to blend mistakes caused by a too-heavy handed application. If you’re in a situation where your shadow appears too dark, just swipe this brush over the eye to dust away some of the color. This will also help to distribute darker colors more lightly since the bristles aren’t dense and will give more of a color-washed look.

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Taklon for wet products: Taklon is that synthetic, usually orangey color that is used by painters to apply paint to canvas. Same principles apply here, concealers and foundations along with eye liners and shadows that aren’t powder or are powder but are being applied wet will all benefit from a taklon brushes. Find a brush you like at the department store, then head over to Michael’s to buy it for a fraction of the cost.

M.A.C Cosmetics 219 Pencil Brush

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It isn’t usually the drawers piled high full of cosmetics that throws women, it’s knowing what tools to use with each thing. I would rather do a full face of makeup with great brushes using drugstore lines than spongey tip applicators with artistry lines any day- and any artist would agree. Tools are key in getting the look you want. T

his 219 is a perfect applicator for a smokey eye and to defuse a darker color along the lash line- upper and lower. Translation- if you find that you’ve been too heavy handed with the liner or shadow, use this to smudge the color up and away from the lash line to create more of a color wash. If you feel a traditional eye liner look tends to look harsh on you, use this brush with your liner shades. It’s one of the more unique brushes I’ve come across and so worth the $23.

M.A.C Cosmetics 219 Pencil Brush