Stocking up on your favorite makeup is only one part of the get-gorgeous puzzle. The rest is up to the beauty tools you arm yourself with. If you’re not sure where to start or what to focus on, we’re sharing some of our go-to tools to add to your makeup bag and telling why you need them.
Mascara will only take you so far, and if you really want to add curl and volume to your lashes, we suggest investing in a good quality curler that will really make your eyes stand out. By taking the time to lightly curl your lashes before applying mascara, you’ll see much more length and wow factor than if you relied on mascara alone. One of the best curlers we’ve tried is the shu uemura eyelash curler ($20) which tops most best-of beauty lists year after year for good reason. It’s well-constructed, easy to use and perfectly suited to all eye shapes.
The trick to applying powder is to do it with a light hand since too much can end up looking cakey or too obvious. Steer clear of that unsightly issue by applying loose or pressed powder with a large, soft powder brush that will ensure even yet barely-there coverage. Try Bobbi Brown’s powder brush ($60) for a foolproof way to get the perfect amount of powder every time you apply.
While not technically a tool, these oil-eliminating papers make a helpful addition to any beauty bag. Unlike when you use powder to minimize shine, these discreet little papers (or linens, as they’re sometimes called) don’t add more makeup to your look or mess with your foundation. They’re easy to tote in even the smallest clutch and they really are a must-have — especially when someone gets out their phone to snap a picture. We like Sephora Collection Blotting Papers, which come infused with a variety of targeted skin care ingredients ($12).
Trying to cover up a zit or dark circles can be tough to do with your fingers, especially if you’re trying to create natural-looking coverage (which, let’s face it, is the only way to go). Rather than have your zit look even more prominent after trying to conceal it, make the cover-up process even more precise with a concealer brush. We’re partial to this one from MAC Cosmetics ($23) which makes blending ultra-easy.
Whether you botched your mani, over-applied eye shadow or just need to even out some other makeup mishap, there are countless uses for Q-tips when it comes to beauty. Stash a few in your makeup bag, a bunch in your purse (in case of a beauty emergency) and leave a few in the car so you’ll be ready for anything, any time. Best of all: They’re ultra-cheap!
Kind of a jack of all trades where makeup tools are concerned, the multitasking angled brush is a must-have for a variety of reasons. The sharp angle and small shape can be used to shape your lips, define your brows and even to create a sexy winged eyeliner look. Pick up Benefit’s hard angle/definer brush to really take your makeup look to the next level ($20).
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