Sonia Allen is an international makeup artist based in Sydney who, after studying and working as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, left the medical life to pursue her passion for makeup. Makeup has been a life-long passion for Sonia – she grew up in Paris admiring her mother and other women for their ability to be both accomplished and effortlessly stylish. Sonia is inspired by the creative individuals she works with and by living and working around the world. She works across fashion editorials, runway, bridal, and television.
Sometimes you don’t need a million brushes to achieve a beautiful editorial look, just a few great ones that can multitask. We asked Sonia about the 5 brushes she used to create this look. Keep reading to see how she gets the most out of them:
F86 Tapered Kabuki™ Brush:
After cleansing the model’s skin and massaging in the skincare, I used this brush to work in the foundation taking my time to build the coverage where needed. The pressure offered by this brush was ideal for me as I could control exactly how much product I wanted to work with at a time to ensure seamless blending.
Then I used this brush to highlight the cheekbones using a liquid luminizer and small movements to “press” the highlight into the skin.
E30 Pencil Brush:
I used this brush to apply cream concealer after the foundation. The tapered tip allowed for great precision near the eye area and also for the bridge of the nose.
This brush also came in handy for mixing some concealer with the same liquid luminizer, used to highlight the cheekbones, so that I could also bring light to the other high points of the face and Cupid’s bow.
P84 Precision Angled™ Brush:
This was the perfect brush for applying my cream eyeshadow base. I used the pointed head for getting in close to the lash line and inner corner of the eye and then slanted the brush to cover the rest of the eyelid. The pressure of application was perfect for avoiding creasing.
After wiping the excess, I used this same brush to apply the tiniest hint of cream contour to the hollows of her cheeks.
E38 Diffused Crease™ Brush:
This was my brush of choice for applying the powder eye shadow color to set the cream base. I used a quick swirling motion to really work the powder into the cream with maximum control.
After cleaning eye shadow from the brush, I also used the E38 to set the under eye concealer with the smallest amount of finely milled powder.
E06 Winged Liner™ Brush:
The eyeliner used in this look is very minimal and is mainly there to blend the false lashes into the model’s natural lashes. This was my brush of choice for gliding a thin amount of gel liner through the lash line and winging out slightly.
I also used this brush on Emily’s brows after wiping off the gel liner. First to work through a brow pencil for shape, followed by a brow powder for texture.
Photographer – Natasha Foster, Makeup – Sonia Allen, Model – Emily from The Agency, Hair – Josh Anderson from Toni & Guy Parammatta, Stylist & Set Designer – Jillian Boustred