So for the lid colour, I love to use or #239 because its soft yet compact so gives great colour pay off. You can pat and pressed colours on with this for intensity! Then I always recommend a soft blending brush for the crease, to mix colours seamlessly or for a more sheer/light application of colour. Take a look at the #224 for this! My favourite and secret weapon brush is the #219 pencil brush. It's the perfect size for running colour under the lashes and smudging eye liner for a smokey look. Great when used in the crease for a really dramatic intense effect.
The 217 seems really popular, how does that differ from the brushes you've suggested and how do you recommend using it?
The #217 is a great alternative to the #224. The oval shape and fine, densely packed fibre of the #217 Blending Brush is excellent for applying and blending eye shadows and creamy products. It's slightly short and more dense than the #224 but also a favourite of mine!
Are there any tricks for building up eyeshadow and blending?
The brushes absolutely do the work for you. I suggest going between patting and precise application with the #239 and then blending with the #217 or #224 and doing this in layers so add a little and blend, add more and blend etc!
For green eyes, do you have a favourite combination of shadows for both day and night?
Purples look fab on green eyes! I like shades like Satin Taupe, Shale and Blackberry in the day, Nocturelle, Shadow Lady and Sketch in the night!
I have satin taupe and sketch in my pro palette, sketch is definitely up there with my favourites! I also have Macroviolet fluid line (I only actually pulled it out of my collection for the first time today) and wondered how I could use it in both day and night situations?
For the day, I would use Shale as a lid shade, then apply Marcoviolet with a #210 or #211 brush and simply draw a classic line along your upper lash line. For the evening, the Fluidline creates a perfect base for eye shadows! I would apply this almost like a lid primer all over your lid and buff with a #217 brush then pack you shadows on top for super intensity, colour pay off and long lasting eyes!
What's your favourite mascara and why?
Currently, In Extreme Dimension! It has a lightweight, whipped formula that saturates each lash from root to tip. Lashes are left soft and conditioned with beautiful volume, curl and length. This formula is non-flaking, non-clumping and non-smudging.
That sounds so great. Do you have any other favourite eye products?
Only the Paints, I cant live without these! I wear them on a daily basis as a base or just a natural, quick look. My personal favourite shade is Sublime Nature!
I've looked at those a lot but never purchased because I couldn't decide which shade would be right for me.
Sublime Nature is like a soft, mink brown shade. I am an NC20/NW20 skintone but I use this across so many skin colours.
That sounds like something I'd like. Talking about bases, how do I know if I'm NC or NW in skin tone?
The first step in selecting your shade is to simply look at your skin, without makeup, in daylight. If your skin is more yellow, you should use our NC shades. If your skin is rosy, go with the NW shades. Another way to determine your undertone is to look at the underside of your forearm. If your veins look more blue, then you most likely have pinkish undertones (NW). If your veins look more green, then you have more yellow or golden undertones (NC).
And finally, which primer would you recommend for my combination skin to help makeup last longer?I would recommend our Prep + Prime Skin silicone primer. It evens out the skin's texture and helps foundation to wear longer on the skin. It also blots away excess oil for a matte finish. It contains green tea extract to soothe the skin as well as mulberry and algae extracts to reduce redness. Apply after moisturizer and before foundation.