I’ve been intrigued with the new MAC Masterclass brushes (read about my introduction to them here), so naturally I’ve been browsing around for tutorials and how to’s to see whether I actually need these. To my surprise there aren’t that many reviews around yet.. And while there’s a lot of love going around for these, there’s also a decent amount of dislike. So I wanted to find out for myself and got a little introduction to them at my local MAC store with one of MAC Belgium’s loveliest make-up artists (thanks, Anne-Laure!). I figured I wanted to share my findings with you, so I asked my beautiful friend Amaury to join me, so she could model while I took pictures and shot images of what exactly the make-up artist was doing. I added some animated images to demonstrate the exact techniques (sorry, I really don’t want to do videos), which is completely new to me, so I hope you find them useful! First up today: the Linear 1 brush. The smallest one of the bunch!
The Linear 1 brush is great for tidying up your lipstick after application. For an extra sharp lip look, just take a little high coverage liquid concealer on the Linear 1 brush and sharply line the edges of your lips with it. Result: sharp picture proof lips! Another option is to add some micellar water to the liner brush with the aid of a Q tip. Then, with the brush slightly wet, push the liner brush on the lip and remove the smudge you’re trying to tackle.
It’s also suitable for applying kohl liner with; pick up some product by swiping your brush on the pencil tip. You will not be able to create a strong, sharp lined eye with this brush, or even create a cat flick.. And I’m pretty sure this won’t work with liquid liner either. It’s too wide for it and will move around too much. However it is perfect for adding a bit of a smokey liner right on top of your lashes, for achieving an effect you’d normally try and achieve after applying kohl straight from the pencil with a petite smudging brush. Another little extra tip I couldn’t really take a picture of: it’s extremely easy to remove an accidental mascara smudge with this brush! Just let the smudge dry a minute, and then quickly brush it off.
To strengthen your eyes and to give the impression of fuller lashes, just push the linear brush with some kohl on it right on top of your lashes. This is one of the best tricks for adding more fullness to your lashes, without an obvious strong eyeliner. And completely off topic now, but I just had to say it: aren’t Amaury’s brows just beautiful? She told the make-up artist & me during the masterclass that she hasn’t ever tweezed them. If only my natural brows were that amazing!
To sum it all op: use this Linear 1 brush for cleaning up lipstick with micellar water or makeup remover; for sharpening the line of your lipsticked lips with a full coverage liquid concealer, removing mascara smudges & for adding fullness to your lashes with a smudgy kohl liner right on top of your eyelashes. It’s not a very versatile brush and my least favourite of the three, although it’s not an awful brush either. Even though I could use it for cleaning up my lipstick (I am not skilled in the lipstick department), I don’t think I’ll purchase this one myself. It retails for €28.00/£22.50/$25.00, which is a little bit more expensive than most similar size brushes retail for with MAC.
Still to follow: similar articles about the Oval 3 & Oval 6 brushes! If any of you have already bought one of these Masterclass brushes, please let me know how you feel about them! I’d love to hear your thoughts.