Makeup brushes and their uses

As I was chilling one day I remembered how I had makeup brushes laying around my restroom. I didn’t know the right ones and what their purpose was. I just stuck to the regular blush and eyeshadow brush, or anyone I saw that looked like them. But now I know better , which has yielded to better results. I just decided to share this with those who don’t know what some of them are used for.

Some include:

Designed to achieve a smooth and flawless finish, the bristles are tightly packed with a tapered tip for fluid application. Dampen the brush first in warm water and firmly squeeze the excess into a towel or tissue, this will help achieve a more even distribution. You can also blend any brush strokes as you go with a damp natural or wedge sponge. Pictured: Clinique Foundation Brush

A soft bristled, flat brush with a wider base and a pointed tip. Use to apply concealer under the eyes, to spots and to camouflage problem areas such as broken capillaries and areas of discolouration. Pictured: Clinique Concealer Brush

Made from a blend of goat and synthetic fibres this brush is ideal for buffing and blending colour. The flat, circular, feathery head provides lightweight and buildable coverage of liquid, cream or powder. Use to blend cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks or for a light dusting of shimmer powder to your cheek and brow bones. Pictured: MAC Due Fiber Face Brush

Soft, full and rounded, this brush can be used for both compact powder and bronzer. The bristles pick up the perfect amount of colour and distribute flawlessly onto the skin. Load your brush with the powder and shake away any excess before sweeping onto the skin. Pictured: Laura Mercier Bronzer Brush

A thick bundled brush that can sometimes be used both wet and dry. It is expertly designed to buff mineral powder onto your skin for pure perfection. Apply in small circular motions for a faultless finish. Pictured: Elizabeth Arden Mineral Makeup Brush

Created for use with loose powder, the fine fan sweeps a light dusting of powder onto the skin for a soft, velvety effect. This application technique avoids heavy coverage which can highlight fine lines and imperfections. These brushes are also used to remove excess powder on the face, particularly after eyeshadow application. Pictured: Benefit Fantail Brush

Made with fine, gentle fibres the blusher brush has a rounded head which is perfect for giving a pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks. Sweep and blend along your cheekbone drawing the brush up into your hairline. Pictured: MAC Blush Brush

Slanted and rounded in shape, the contour brush mimics the angles of your cheekbones. This is ideal for highlighting and shading with bronzer or illuminating powder. Use with cream, gel or powder to contour a sculpted finish for a defined and dramatic makeup. Pictured: MAC Face Contour Brush

Large, flat, short and brimming with bristles for excellent coverage. The soft bristles have a bevelled edge for a smooth application without ‘dragging’ the eyelid. Use to apply all over colour. Pictured: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Brush

A long, round and tapered brush perfect for shading the eye socket. Just gently follow the natural crease of the socket blending back and forth to build up depth of colour. Pictured: Laura Mercier Angled Eye Colour Brush


Use this light brush to blend eye colours and to highlight the brow bone. Pictured: Estee Lauder Blending Shadow Brush

The extra fine tip of this brush delivers precise liquid and gel eyeliner application. A perfect line can be achieved in one stroke, or use the point to dot in between lashes for a more subtle effect. Pictured: Laura Mercier Fine Point Eyeliner Brush

Allows eyeliner to be applied deep into the lash line for a richer and more distinct eye. Gently brush upwards to soften and blend the line for a smokey eye. Pictured: Benefit Hard Angle Brush

You’re most likely to find these doubled ended with an eye pencil. The foam tip is used to soften the harsh line of the pencil giving a smouldering finish. Larger ones can also be used for applying eyeshadow such as The Body Shop’s Smudger Brush.

Used to define and fill brows for a beautifully symmetrical appearance. The bristles are stiff and angled for precise control. Apply powder, liquid or cream in short strokes mimicking the hairs, fill sparse areas, shape and elongate for a perfect brow. Pictured: Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Brush

Ideal for taming unruly hairs, the stiff bristles smooth and comb eyebrows into form. When shaping, use to brush hairs upwards and trim the excess for neatly groomed brows. Pictured: Tweezerman for Benefit Brow Shaping Brush

The sculpted tip of a lip brush is perfect for achieving a flawless line. The bristles are short and firm for controlled application. Pictured: Laura Mercier Lip Colour Brush

Finally, don’t forget your brush cleaner! You don’t want to spend a lot of money buying high quality makeup brushes if you are not going to be able to look after them by keeping them clean and conditioned. Foundation, eyeshadow and lip brushes should be cleansed after each use to stop bacteria spreading and therefore keep your skin clear; whilst other types of brushes such as powder and blusher can be cleansed once a week. Most brands that sell brushes also have a brush cleanser.

If you have any questions,please be free to leave them in the comment area.



















Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations list

The nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards have officially been announced. This year, actor and rapper LL Cool J revealed the nods during a live nominations concert on television, which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke with Earth, Wind & Fire, Katy Perry, Lorde, Keith Urban and Miguel.

Jay Z leads the pack with nine nominations for the upcoming award show, followed by Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Lewis, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar with seven each. Macklemore & Lewis and Lamar will go head-to-head in the biggest award of the night — Album of the Year — against Sara Bareilles, Daft Punk and Swift.

The 2014 Grammy Awards will air live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. See the full list of nominations below.

Album of the year
Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Taylor Swift – Red

Record of the year
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Lorde – “Royals”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”

Song of the year
Pink feat. Nate Reuss – “Just Give Me a Reason”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
Katy Perry – “Roar”
Lorde – “Royals”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert – “Same Love”

Best new artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance
Sara Bareilles – “Brave”
Lorde – “Royals”
Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry – “Roar”
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
Pink feat. Nate Reuss – “Just Give Me a Reason”
Rihanna feat. Mikky Eiko – “Stay”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z – “Suit & Tie”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Lana Del Rey – Paradise
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Various Artist – Viva Duets
Michael Buble – To Be Loved
Gloria Estefan – The Standards
Cee Lo Green – Cee Lo’s Magic Moment
Dionne Warwick – Now

Best Country Solo Performance
Lee Price – “I Drive Your Truck”
Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”
Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Civil Wars – From This Valley
Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush”
Little Big Town – “Your Side of the Bed”
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care”
Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”

Best Country Song
Taylor Swift – “Begin Again”
Lee Brice – “I Drive Your Truck”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go Round”
Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You”

Best Country Album
Jason Aldean – Night Train
Tim McGraw – Two Lanes of Freedom
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
Blake Shelton – Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift – Red

Best Dance Recording
Duke Dumont feat. AME & MNEK – “Need U”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing”
Kaskade – “Atmosphere”
Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like”
Zedd feat. Foxes – “Clarity”

Best Dance Album
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Disclosure – Settle
Calvin Harris – 18 Months
Kaskade – Atmosphere
Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun

Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes – “Always Alright”
David Bowie – “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”
Queens of the Stone Age – “My God is the Sun”
Jack White – “I’m Shakin'”

Best Rock Song
Gary Clark Jr – “Ain’t Messin Round”
Paul McCartney – “Cut Me Some Slack”
The Rolling Stones – “Doom and Gloom”
Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?”
Muse – “Panic Station”

Best Rock Album
Black Sabbath – 13
David Bowie – The Next Day
Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
Neil Young With Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

Best R&B Performance
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Anthony Hamilton – “Best of Me”
Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip – “Nakamarra”
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – “How Many Drinks?”
Snark Puppy with Lalah Hathaway – “Something”

Best R&B Song
Anthony Hamilton – “Best of Me”
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
PJ Morton feat. Stevie Wonder – “Only One”
Justin Timberlake – “Pusher Love Girl”
Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot – “Without Me”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Tamar Braxton – Love and War
Fantasia – Side Effects of You
Salaam Remi – One: In the Chamber
Rihanna – Unapologetic
Mack Wilds – New York: A Love Story

Best R&B Album
Faith Evans – R&B Divas
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
John Legend – Love in the Future
Chrisette Michele – Better
TGT – Three Kings

Best Rap Performance
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Jay Z – “Tom Ford”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – “Thrift Shop”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
J. Cole feat Miguel – “Power Trip”
Jay Z feat. Beyonce – “Part II (On the Run)”
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige – “Now or Never”
Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd – “Remember You”

Best Rap Song
ASAP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar – “F***in’ Problems”
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
Kanye West – “New Slaves”
Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop”

Best Rap Album
Drake – Nothing Was the Same
Jay Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Kanye West – Yeezus

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Coldplay – “Atlas” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Jessie J – “Silver Lining” from Silver Linings Playbook
Adele – “Skyfall” from Skyfall
Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw – “We Both Know” from Safe Haven
Lana Del Rey – “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby
Regina Spektor – “You’ve Got Time” from Orange Is the New Black

Who wore it better?

Reese Witherspoon vs. Sigourney Weaver in Michael Kors

Is this a case of imitation being the greatest form of flattery? Reese Witherspoon no doubt respects her acting elder Sigourney Weaver but it’s a little creepy to compliment a celeb by stealing her style.

After people had voted, Sigourney won this style round. What’s your take?


Style 180! – Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera all covered up, Finally!!!!!
It’s like somebody finally convinced her that she could both wear clothes that cover her body and look good.

I wonder if that person was Michael Kors, the designer behind this chic, vintage combo. The skinny skirt and black, crew neck top are classic Kors collection, not surprised if the fashion fairy godfather had these items hand delivered with a note reading please, please wear!
The classy look is gorgeous!!!

The bride-to-be’s style flip highlights an important fashion lesson: what makes the look so hot is the fact that an obviously flawless figure is hidden from plain view. The result is a game of “guess what’s underneath” instead of the often tacky show-and-tell Naya’s been known to play.


Khloe Kardashian files for divorce

Marital trouble has once again struck the Kardashian family!!!!
Khloe Kardashian has filed for divorce from NBA star Lamar Odom. The couple had been married since 2009.

The filing on Friday (December 13), cited irreconcilable differences between the couple. Odom and his reality TV star wife had signed a prenuptial agreement.

The news comes just months after Kardashian Odom’s mother and stepfather, Kris and Bruce Jenner, announced their split in October.The Odom-Kardashian breakup, however, does not come completely out of nowhere. Rumors of relationship troubles have been circulating in the months since Odom’s recent run-ins with the law. He was arrested in August of this year on DUI charges, before being sentenced to three years’ probation with rehab.

The recent Kardashian Christmas card only served as fuel for talks of a looming divorce for the couple: Odom was noticeably absent from the extravagant annual photo release, and clips from the family’s E! show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” showed the women in the clan discussing why 2013 might be a good year to leave the men out of the seasonal card. Kim Kardashian cites Lamar and Khloe’s ongoing marital woes in a cringe-worthy moment as justification for a female-centric shoot.When MTV News spoke with Khloe back in June of this year, she spoke lovingly of her husband, saying that she still considered herself a newlywed.”I met him on August 27 and I married him on September 27, so it was 30 days. That’s the first time I ever met him, so I completely understand everyone’s criticism,” she said. “If I wasn’t me, I would have been judging too. I would have been like ‘You’re crazy and you’re insane and you don’t even know this person.’ But I just felt something. We both did and I went with it and it’s fun. I love our story too. I’m not sure I would recommend it for everyone, but I love that I could say this is our story.”


Soul Train Awards 2013

The 2013 Soul Train Awards, which aired Sunday night on BET and Centric, was hosted by Anthony Anderson, proved to be an eventful and celebratory evening of today’s R&B/Soul stars and the legends of the past. In addition to some riveting live performances and tributes, the night saw awards go to many deserving nominees.

They include:

Best New Artist – K. Michelle

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Miguel

Centric Certified Award – Luke James

Video of the Year – Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson) – “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance – Tye Tribbett – “If He Did It Before…Same God”

Album of the Year – Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year – Wale ft. Tiara Thomas – “Bad”

The Chaka Khan Award for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Tamar Braxton

Song of the Year – Robin Thicke ft. Pharell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – Tamar Braxton – “Love & War”

Best Dance Performance – Ciara – “Body Party”

Best Collaboration – Robin Thicke ft. Pharell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”

Best International Performance – Bunji Garlin – “Differentology”

Best Traditional Jazz Performance – Nicole Henry – “Waiting in Vain”

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance – George Duke – “Missing You”

Best Independent R&B Soul Performance – Ashanti – “Never Should Have”

Best Entertainment/Music Website or Blog: