I have never in my life had my makeup applied professionally. When I graduated from high school, the cost of dinner tickets, my dress and my hairstyle added up so quickly that I just couldn’t bear to ask my mother to cover another expense. When my husband and I were married, the ceremony was in the marriage commissioner’s apartment with a grand total of two guests in attendance. I have enjoyed many monumental events in my life, but somehow none of them have included professionally applied makeup.
My own daily cosmetic routine is as simple as possible because, quite frankly, I lack both the skill and the time to create a truly memorable makeup look. Or so I thought before I was introduced to ecoTOOLS’ fantastic eco-conscious brushes and new instructional videos.
EcoTOOLS, a division of Paris Presents Incorporated, is a wonderful company that provides professional quality, earth-friendly cosmetic brushes designed to help women achieve the polished looks they crave while still respecting the environment. Their brushes are composed of bamboo handles, recycled aluminum ferrules and incredibly soft, cruelty-free taklon bristles. The entire collection of cosmetic accessories and bath and body products is known for its use of innovative and earth-friendly materials.
The new ecoTOOLS 6 Piece Eye Brush Set contains every brush a woman needs to create the perfect eye look in a gorgeous and convenient mirrored hemp and cotton case. The new instructional videos featuring celebrity makeup artist Meridith Baraf provide step-by-step directions that, according to ecoTOOLS, would allow any woman to create professional makeup styles with ease.
Each of the videos walks the viewer through one of four popular looks, the flawless face, the cat-eye, the touched-up day to night face, and the smoky eye. I have always both longed for and feared the smoky eye, so I decided to focus my efforts on mastering that look.
The ecoTOOLS video was fantastic at explaining why each step in the smoky eye was so essential. I had never before known how important blending was in creating the perfect smoky eye. The conveniently labeled Smudge Brush was specifically designed to blend liner and eye shadow to get a great smoky effect.
Once I had blended my black liner and shadow, I used the Large Eye Shadow Brush to apply a light dusting of the same black color to my entire lid. The shape of the brush was perfect to ensure a light application and achieve the gradiated color the video instructed.
The next step was highlighting the eye. The ecoTOOLS Domed Highlighting Brush is contoured in a way that makes it perfect for applying color below the brows and in the corner of the eye. I used a light eggshell shade above and inside my eye to ensure that my dark eye still had, in Meredith’s words, “a touch of brightness.”
The final step of the smoky eye was to take a medium shade and apply it just under the lower lash line. I used a coppery color and the Petite Eye Shading Brush. I loved the brush’s flat, thin design. The unique shape made it perfect for a quick and effective application of shadow below my eye.
To finish the look, I used black liner to lightly line my bottom lashes and added mascara. The second my husband walked through the door, I ran over to gauge the finished look.
“Wow,” he said softly. That one word was enough to satisfy me, but the repeated glances he kept shooting me for the rest of the night provided further confirmation that the look was a success. Even better, I also thought that I looked great. Every time that I glanced in the mirror, I felt like I was looking at an exotic stranger. The deep shading added dimension to my face and brought out my light brown eyes in a way that I had never seen before. There were moments that I had trouble believing that the face in the mirror was mine!
I followed the video tutorial once more before attempting to do the smoky eye on my own. Since the look requires four different brushes from the ecoTOOLS 6 Piece Eye Brush Set and three colors of eye shadow, I wanted to be sure that I had it right. Fortunately, the labeled brushes made it even easier to master the look. My first unassisted smoky eye came out picture perfect.
I used three of the four shades in a matched eye shadow compact to achieve my smoky eye because I wanted to be sure that the colors complemented one another. While any black, white and copper shadow would probably give similar results, novices like myself would probably find that they are more comfortable with a similar kit of complimentary shades. I found that using the shadows with the specifically designed eye brushes created a look that I absolutely loved.
I also received ecoTOOLS’ fantastic new Bamboo Bronzer Brush. This incredibly soft brush is packed full of bristles and is designed to easily and properly apply bronzer to the face and neck. While I loved using it as directed for a sun-kissed glow, I also found that the full head of the Bamboo Bronzer Brush was a great way to apply a subtle touch of body shimmer to my neck and shoulders when I wanted an extra bit of glamour.
All in all, I was absolutely thrilled with the results I was able to achieve using the ecoTOOLS brushes and the fantastic step-by-step videos. I may never end up having my cosmetics done professionally, but fortunately that’s not something I’m concerned about any longer. Thanks to ecoTOOLS, I know that when any other special events roll around, I’ll be able to celebrate them with a completely enviable professional quality makeup look. For guaranteed head-turning style that still respects the earth, there’s definitely no better choice than ecoTOOLS!
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