Twelve Must Have Odds N' Ends
There are certain makeup tools, cosmetic contraptions, and
accessories specially designed to perform very specific tasks that one
can simply not do without.
Their handy presence in our beauty 'arsenal'
dramatically improve the end result and temper our patience as we
attempt certain application techniques. In short they are 'must have'
Below is a small but potent collection of 'must have' makeup tools
and accessories that TRULY can make all the difference.
12 Must Have Makeup Tools & Accessories...
start this collection out right with a MAGNIFICATION
Why? You would be amazed (and horrified) at what you can miss, when
just leaning over your vanity to get a closer look in the mirror. A
magnified view will help you spot streaks, makeup dust, etc. and apply
Chrome Double Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror.
For more on finding your best makeup mirror, click here.
SHAPE SPONGES are an excellent texture for applying
and blending foundation, cream blush and other wet/ cream makeup. Their
shape and variety of edges allow you to place product in small or
angled places as well as larger surface planes. Easy to clean and long
Wedge Sponges In A Case.
SHARPENER maintain the fine to sharp
point on your eye liner and lip pencils, skinny to chunky
diameter, the key to precise lines and great technique.
It doesn't have to the best, but it needs to be good; NARS
brand pencil sharpener shown
above. Look for a good one that will sharpen not chew up the wood and
that are well
shaped, and groomed (not to be
over plucked but in balance with your facial features) make a big
difference to the overall impact of ones face, let alone their eye
makeup. My preference for brows are TWEEZERS
with an angle-to-point.
This allows for a range in grip on a variety of levels of hair
thickness. Retrieve stragglers daily.
TRY award winning Tweezerman
BROW MASCARA is an excellent finishing touch to
keep those brows in place since for some of us, brow hairs can be unruly and not
There are many brands of clear mascara to
choose from, here is one; Sephora
Lash & Eyebrow Clear Mascara.
6.If you are
unhappy with your brow shaping finesse,
consider using an EYEBROW
STENCIL to shape your brows. Professionals use them so why
can't you? Good brows are a must. They really can make or break your
look. Choose a shape and size that flatters your facial proportions.
Get some assistance from a few trusted (and stylish) friends.
Dorf Brow Stencil Kit if you are starting
from scratch otherwise Anastasia has good stencils too.
7.Whether your a minimalist or a diva, you don't want to
on the mega eye opening, lash extending impact of an EYELASH
the top of the pro's lists is the award
winning Shu Uemura's Eyelash
Curler. There are many designs out there, don't assume if they look
same, they will work the same... Reading reviews is a good starting
Here is some more, helpful information about choosing an eyelash curler.
PLACEMENT KIT.... Another contraption for eyelashes? If you
like wearing false lashes but find you are 'all thumbs', this is a must
makeup tool (they can be very tricky to do well); Japonesque
Brand Lash Placement Kit.
wears eye makeup must have a proper EYE MAKEUP
REMOVER... A good makeup remover will save you significant wear
on your poor delicate eye area.
Bifacil Gentle Eye Makeup Remover or L'oreal's Gentle Eye Makeup
10.Yes QTIPS... these
little durable cotton swabs won't fleece out
with a lot of rubbing, gently remove smudges, 'smoke out an eye' in a
pinch, apply and remove eye makeup with precision.....not to mention
all the other little things they do unrelated to cosmetics.
For removing larger amounts of makeup with, removing
makeup, blending, removing nail polish... durable COTTON
don't need to be Sephora, but they need to be just the right absorbency to
hold liquid but not so absorbent that they use too much product per
you are on
the go, eating meals away from
business related OR future related, you must pack a purse size DENTAL
HYGIENE KIT; toothbrush, paste and floss.
handy purse sized set.
(I think we would be horrified to know how many times we have smiled
our biggest and brightest smile...with food wedged between our teeth.)
Last word on
Something to think about:
PRO - Their
expertise and/or efficiency cannot be duplicated
easily in most cases) and when you have them, you are amazed at just
how helpful they are do meeting your need.
CON - Sometimes
their expense, lack of versatility, and lack of
can keep them out your cosmetic collection. Don't make the mistake of
being too frugal when it comes to very specific makeup tools because
you will often find them irreplaceable and wishing you had picked one
up, when you saw it last.
Makeup Tools Travel Tip:
yourself a big favor! For your next trip, take the time it takes (not
that much actually) and fill these excellent, travel friendly bottles
with your can't do with out cosmetics and enjoy the ease of packing
them; night cream, day cream, makeup remover, favorite shampoo and
conditioner, etc.... Ever noticed how bulky all your cosmetics can be?
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