I would love to be one of those people who can draw on a perfect line of eyeshadow or eyeliner in one smooth stroke, but sadly I’m not, and years of practise haven’t helped me one bit.
To the rescue though, is Laura Mercier’s Angled Eyeliner Brush and it’s the bent angle of this high quality synthetic brush that’s key to ease of use.
The bend makes applying liner or a line of eyeshadow foolproof and precise. You can lean your elbow on a flat surface to steady yourself and apply product that way, but I find I don’t even have to do that with this brush.
The angled head gets right into the inner corner of the eye and allows you to draw a liquid or gel line in one continuous sweep, alternatively, you can also use it to stamp/dab eyeshadow on in a neat straight line.
Specifically designed by Laura Mercier to work with the Crème Eye Liner, this angled brush uses high quality synthetic fibers in a narrow, exact point with a thin profile that creates the most precise looks.
- Angled ferrule (the bent metal sleeve part) allows you to reach up over the lashes to easily apply along the lash line
- Shorter handle is easy to hold and lets you get even closer to your mirror for a more precise application (yep, 100% agree)
- Unique point lets you determine the width of the line – simply increase pressure to widen the definition (admittedly, I’ve not perfected this yet)
- Professional nickel-plated ferrule will not rust or discolour when used with liquid liners
If I had to get rid of all my eyeshadow brushes but one, this is the one I would keep. It picks up the colour beautifully. Even the sheer colours can be stamped on for more oomph. The tip can be used for crease work, it’s just so versatile. It has a very nice density, very soft.
This brush picks up all the pigment you could ask for with the slightest touch, and you just “stamp” it onto your eye lid. Instantly the colour is intense and gorgeous. The shape of the brush allows you to roll the brush around in your grip to get the colour close to your lashes, and all over colour.
I use it in the crease with the windshield wiper motion to shade the crease, I use it for all-over colour application, or with the stamping technique to build more intense colour. It’s also possible to do a little bit of detail work with the very tip if you’ve got a light touch.
This is what many of us makeup artists and makeup junkies like to refer to as the windshield wiper brush. It is practically foolproof! It is so soft. It is great quality.
I had seen these brushes around but didn’t think I needed one. I’ve been using the Mac 209 Eye Liner Brush (again, not cheap at £16.50) but I can honestly say it’s rubbish compared to this one. The longer length of bristles (you pay for the quality) and the shorter length of the handle make this so easy to use.
I haven’t been using expensive make up brushes for very long (does 20 years count as not very long?). When I was a teenager, I used the little sponge tipped applicators included with eyeshadows to apply them. The only make up brushes I owned were the ones that came with Clinique’s Loose Powder or in a blusher compact.
Now of course, I know that a good make up brush will apply product more efficiently, and a clever one like this will make application fast and foolproof!
MY 3 ‘CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT’ BRUSHES
I’ve built up a decent sized collection of make up brushes from all price ranges, but these 3 are the ones I have to use or my make up just doesn’t look right. I’m happy to spend money on these.
It’s important to keep your make up brushes clean, they’re not going to work as effectively if they’re clogged up with product, and for hygiene reasons of course to get rid of dead skin cells and bacteria. I know there are a lot of reasonably priced brush cleaner solutions, but I use luke warm, very diluted Johnson Baby Shampoo – handy to have around anyway to give your hair a break every once in a while.
I just swirl them around until all the colour breaks up and then rinse like crazy until the water runs clear. I then gently re-shape them and stand them bristle side up (not bristle side down, as Mark, ‘being helpful’ did once) in the airing cupboard to dry naturally.
The main thing I ask of from a make up brush is that it doesn’t shed. But I’m for anything that makes my life easier and this angled brush does just that.
Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush £16.00. I bought mine ‘on offer’ over Christmas for £14.75 at Selfridges.