TOOLS | Brush Bar, the latest in brush-cleaning help

I did 48 Hours again this year, a few weeks ago. If you’re not familiar, it involves working with a team to make a short film over the course of 48 hours. It’s exhausting but also super fun, and extra fun this year is the fact that the makeup I did is nominated for Best Makeup in the Wellington region! I don’t know if I’m allowed to post photos before the finals, but I’ll post them as soon as I’m certain I can.

Anyway, putting makeup on other people means one shitty thing: I have to clean my makeup brushes beforehand. I have a shitload of makeup brushes, so I usually have a good selection clean already, but I have some favourites that are always dirty. Also, with 48 Hours you never know how what you’ll be doing or how many people will be in your cast until you’re kind of… in the middle of it, so it’s better to be prepared.

Handily, I’d been sent the Brush Bar and Brush Board* not long before, so at least I had the novelty of new products to try while cleaning my brushes. The Brush Board is designed to make cleaning brushes faster and more thorough, and the Brush Bar helps them dry quickly and in a good shape, without risk of damaging the ferrules.

FACE | Depotting Australis’ AC On Tour palette, an exercise in destruction

Depotting Australis AC On Tour

Wow, time is really passing, huh? This week was my last at school so fingers crossed this will be the last post apologising for not posting in a while. Anyway, let’s continue my journey through depotting everything I own. After my success with the Benefit tin I though I’d give depotting the Australis AC On Tour palette a whack. If you recall, I hate this thing pretty intensely so if it didn’t go well, I wasn’t going to be too fussed. And while the palette on its own isn’t too cumbersome, it’s always useful to condense things, so this might be a useful post for other people out there too.

EYES | MAC 217 vs Bdellium Tools 776


When I started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, the most confusing part was the references to so many different makeup brushes, all labeled with letters and numbers with no consistent system of categorisation. Oh, the MAC 217? OF COURSE. While that ‘of course’ was initially sarcastic, I quickly learned that if there was one brush to have, the MAC 217 was it. Fluffy and good for everything from blending powder eyeshadow to undereye concealer. Expensive, but one day I must have been feeling flush and I ordered myself one from Nordstrom for $24 USD and I use it for everything ever since.

The thing with brushes, though, is the fewer you have, the more you have to wash them. Washing brushes is boring. So I decided to buy myself some more blending brushes… but slightly cheaper this time. I had heard the Bdellium Tools 776 was a good dupe for the MAC 217, and much less expensive. Now that I own both, I thought it might be useful to compare them (along with some other, inferior blending brushes).

DIY | Make your own angled brush

DIY angled brush

I like brushes. I like bargains. I especially like when I get bargains on brushes. The local art supply store had a 40% off sale on brushes and it reminded me that I’ve seen people suggest using artist brushes instead of cosmetic brushes to save money.

I bought two brushes for around $8. One is a large goat hair mop brush. It looks a lot like a giant version of everyone’s favourite blending brush, the MAC 217.

The second is a regular synthetic flat brush, which I very quickly and easily transformed into the perfect stiff angled brush. You can use this type of brush for brows or gel liner. Both cheap and expensive brow kits (like from ELF or Benefit) come with mini angled brushes, but you can get much better control from a full size brush. Here’s how to make your own!