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Fashion briefs: Allure has tips for choosing makeup brushes

| Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
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Allure magazine offers these rules when choosing brushes:

Consider your makeup routine: Purchasing shadow and liner brushes when you rarely wear eye makeup obviously makes no sense. The new tools may inspire change temporarily, but eventually, you'll probably return to bare lids. “Always keep your everyday look in mind when buying brushes,” makeup artist Sonia Kashuk says. “Then narrow your choices down to your top three needs: Are you a bronzer, bold-lip or smoky-eye person?”

Look for red flags: Poor-quality brushes can really mess up your makeup. Test new brushes by swirling them on the inside of your arm (never try out a display brush on your face — it could harbor bacteria). If the bristles feel scratchy, uncomfortably stiff or shed like crazy, steer clear. They'll drag and streak your makeup.

Don't forget your fingers: Certain kinds of makeup are easier to blend without a tool. “I only apply foundation and cream blush with my fingers,” says makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Your body heat warms up the formula so it goes on more easily, slowly and with less streaking.”

Keep the compact brush: Makeup artist Fulvia Farolfi swears by the brush that comes in Chanel Joues Contraste blush, for example. “The bristles are soft and the small size allows for better precision,” she says. When you open a new compact, give the brush inside a chance; you may not need an upgrade.

Don't go overboard: Only professional makeup artists require a broad collection of brushes, and even they cut corners. “I use a concealer brush to apply lipstick,” says makeup artist Val Garland.

La Nuit Noire

La Nuit Noire, a ball to benefit suicide awareness and prevention, will be held at 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 25 at Cefalo's in Carnegie. The night will be filled with gorgeous gowns, a couture runway show and celebrity performances. The event includes the launch of Tidal Cool Couture with a fashion show presented and designed by Andrea Howell. Tickets are $100 to $250. Details: www.lanuitnoire.org

Bridal show

The Wedding Clickers Bridal Show will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at The Meadows Casino in Washington, Pa. The event will feature more than 60 of Washington County's top wedding professionals. Fashion show begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Details: www.weddingclickers.com

Trunk shows

• Renowned local designer Adriana Cupelli will feature her lines of First Holy Communion veils from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 at Lullabye Landing in Upper St. Clair. The Oakland artist has sold veils nationally since 1988 to stores such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Details: 412-851-6633

• Katwalk in Greensburg will host a Cartise spring trunk show from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Details:724-853-6551

Fashion meeting

Fashion Group International will host a Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. Details: 412-291-6200

Walk the runway

The Project EVO charity fashion show will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 25 at Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie. The event benefits the Homeless Children's Education Fund. Designers include Angie Yau, Daily Bread, (dig.) clothing, Flawless Fashions, Manifest Fresh, Markav, Sheda's Fashion, Streetheart, The WRK'n Class and Windy's Boutique. Tickets are $25 to $50. Details: www.projectevo.org

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