Jan 12, 2012

MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Stippling) Brush

MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Stippling) Brush - A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.
mac 187 makeup brush duo fibre stippling foundation application technique blog reviews use

The MAC 187 Duo Fibre brush is perhaps the best known of the MAC brushes - and I am sure its atrocious $42 plus price tag adds to the curiosity - but it sure does seem to be quite sort after.  Having read so much about how this is the "perfect brush to apply foundation," I finally succumbed to the temptation and picked this up some time back - in fact, this and the MAC brush cleanser were my very first MAC products :D

mac 187 makeup brush duo fibre stippling foundation application technique blog reviews use

MAC 187 - Duo Fibre - What is it?

The MAC 187 is a duo-fibre brush - contains two kinds of fibres - the synthetic white fibres and natural goat hair which are the black fibres.  The black natural fibres are shorter and provide volume/density to the brush.  The white synthetic fibres are what should be used to pick up the product.

mac 187 makeup brush duo fibre stippling foundation application technique blog reviews use
mac 187 makeup brush duo fibre stippling foundation application technique blog reviews use

How to Use the MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Stippling) Brush

There must be as many ways to use this brush as there are people who use it, but here's how I use it:
  • To apply foundation, I use this as a stippling brush.  Stippling means applying product in a dotting fashion until complete coverage is achieved.  I do not blend or buff the product, just stipple it on and get an even, light coverage.
  • To apply blushes.  Since it picks up the slightest amount of product, I find this gives me the most natural-looking and controlled blush application.  Also does a fabulous job of blending the product.
mac 187 makeup brush duo fibre stippling foundation application technique blog reviews use
I take a bit of the product on the back of my hand and pick it up on to the brush - no pouring the foundation on to the brush and squishing it into the fibres, please!!!  Then dot-dot/stipple to apply.

Things to keep in mind while using the MAC 187

The first few times I tried using this brush, I used it like any other regular brush - used buffing and sweeping motions to apply the foundation.  I was quite shocked at how bad of an application I was getting, and the brush did feel overall quite flimsy!  Thankfully, it was Google to the rescue, and I found these two very helpful videos by Enkore on how to use the MAC 187/stippling brush.  If you are interested in buying the MAC 187 and/or have one and can't seem to figure out how to use it, do check these out (have added links to the videos):
Needless to say, sweeping on foundation with this brush really is the wrong way to use this brush, at least in my experience.  Do check the videos and give the stippling technique a try - it's well worth the effort.

The MAC 187 is best used to give a light, even airbrushed kind of coverage.  You can, of course, build up on the lighter coverage if you want to.  I also find that the stippling effect works best with creamier liquid foundations and not so much with the matte finish ones and/or cream foundations.  It also does a better job at giving an even coverage on my, otherwise, quite uneven skin :D  As for blushes, both powder and cream blushes are a dream to apply with this brush.  I have used this brush a lot of times and washed it just as many times, and it hasn't shed a single hair or lost its softness.  Overall, a fabulous buy as long as you don't mind learning how to use this properly.

MAC 187 Duo-Fibre Stippling Brush (available here) - $42

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