Friday, May 18, 2012

A Brush with Disaster… All My Brushes Are Missing!

I’m embarrassed to even type these words, but… I lost my makeup brush roll. How does such a thing happen?  It’s my own fault for separating my brushes from my makeup case when I foolishly decided my finely curated brush collection had outgrown the confines of the makeup case pocket.  I’m pretty sure I left the brush roll in wine country, but no one has found them.   Now I’m left hopeless — applying velvety shadows with fingertips, attempting to bronze with a sponge (hello drag queen cheeks), and blending with tissues (lots and lots of blending).

It’s tough for me to take the first step and begin replacing my coveted brush collection, even if my new method of makeup application leaves me looking like “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”  I’ll tell you my problem right now… I loved my brushes for the obvious reasons — quality, longevity, feel, etc.  But it also took me years of buying tons of expensive brushes I never ended up using to whittle down to my dream team.  Those poor brushes are probably crying in a trashcan somewhere in Napa, drunk off the drops of the near-empty wine bottles, wondering where their Mommy is… Okay maybe I’m being creepy, but they are my babies.

I had a lot of memories with those brushes:

  •   Laura Mercier Eye Crease Brush ($29), I bought you after my first  Cle de Peau makeover (read: beauty binge), when Nina urged me out of my safety zone of bronzes and browns and used you to delicately swipe Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color in #108  in my creases.    You were the perfect blending brush.  Your loose, domed tip lightly swirled the lines of my shadows into diffused dimensions.  Remember that time in Vegas when you were called in to fix my self-inflicted, overly-aggressive smoked eye before my bachelorette party?  Good times.\
  • Trish McEvoy Bronzer Brush #37 ($68): I can’t believe it’s been five years since  I fell in love with you at the Neiman’s counter in San Francisco.  As soon as I felt the  super soft bristles on my cheekbones and saw the understated bronze of the finished look, I knew that my incumbent bronzing brush would be transferred to the dreaded top drawer (where makeup brushes go to die in the Beauty Binge house).So getting back to my problem (like it’s not obvious)… Now that I’ve started researching possible brush replacements I find myself “needing” almost every brush I see!  Sure, I know how to give myself a smoky eye without using a brush made specifically for smoky eyes, but why do I have to?  I mean, have you seen the  Laura Mercier Smoky Eye Liner Brush? It looks so soft and fun to use.  And what about the MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush($35)?  Yes, of course I can use my bronzing brush to contour, but again, why should I have to?I’m starting to sound like Veruca Salt again.  Okay, I’m going to be practical and start with the essentials listed above and also throw in a  MAC 266 Small Angle Brush No Color  so I have an eyeliner brush to use with both wet and dry makeup.  So yes, I’ll always hold onto the hope that my brushes will be found, but in the meantime I look forward to my new babies to arrive! (Creepy?)


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