Some time ago, I was tagged by the lovely Stash Matters to do the Beauty Tools Tag. Basically, it’s all about featuring some of your favorite tools that help you along in your beauty (makeup) routine.
- Tag up to 5 people & let them know you tagged them.
- List what you want. If you got three things that are unbelievable or twenty. Don’t care, just share.
- Cannot be actual makeup, skin care, or hair care products – just the tools/gadgets you use.
Beauty Blender (Alternative: Real Techniques Complexion Sponge): The best things ever invented to apply foundation, in my humble opinion. Cannot live without them and there are usually two of each in my collection at any given time. Yes, because you are meant to use them damp, they do take down coverage slightly but its so worth it for that ultra smooth, airbrushed, sans brush stroke finish.
Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush (Alternative: Shany Mineral Powder Brush): I’ve spoken about both of these brushes before (here and here). The Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush is my all time favorite for applying and buffing in very fluid foundations to absolute perfection (i.e. my beloved Chanel Lumiere Velvet and newcomer NARS All Day Luminous). It is about mid-range price wise, retailing for $25.00 USD. So worth it in my opinion. However, the Shany brush is almost an exact dupe, though the handle is not as heavy as the UD version. The only downside is that it is only available as *part of the SHANY Pro Signature Brush Set of 24.
Real Techniques Multi Task Brush: My HG brush for Blush. There is something about the shape of this brush that works really well the slope of my cheeks. Like they were made for each other. It applies color in just the right places and I never, ever have to worry about looking like a clown. Unfortunately, the brush is not available for individual purchase, as far as I have seen, but is part of the RT Travel Essentials Kit which retails for about $18.00 USD.
*Elf Studio Powder Brush: For $3.00 USD (Technically $5 in The Bahamas if you can find it in stock), everyone should own at least one of these brushes. I have four. Personally, I love it for its intended use – powder. The dense, flat head presses powder evenly and seemlessly into the skin for an soft, airbrushed effect. And the bristles are so soft. Works great for liquids as well. Bottom line: Get One!
*Sedona Lace Tulip Contour FB 03 (Full Review): Picks up the perfect amount of product whether I’m setting powder or dusting on a highlighter to the top of my cheek bones. The shape makes it easy to work with under the eyes or atop the cheek bones.
*NARS Ita Brush (Full Review): Most of the brushes I’ve mentioned in this post are relatively affordable, some down right budget buys. This is the exception. Retailing for $39.00 USD, it is an investment and one to be sure about before handing over the cash to own. As I said in my original review, you can basically contour blind-folded with this brush.
Real Techniques Setting Brush: As is the case for almost everyone else who owns this brush, I use it to set powder underneath the eyes. There are two in my collection so that I always have one handy while the other one awaits washing or is drying.
My Picks for the Eyes:
Shany B13 Brow Brush or IT Cosmetics Airbrush Angled Liner Brush (Full Review): Something about the length and feel of the handle on the Shany Brow Brush makes it so comfortable and easy to use. The angled brush head is stiff but flexible, making it splendid for both brow and eye work. The It Brush is similar, but I prefer the handle on the Shany.
*Elf Essential Blending Eye Brush (Review): Perfect for more precise crease work, especially adding in and concentrating those darker colors. It’s a dollar, you guys. Again, I own four or five at least.
I Tag (No Pressure):
And anyone else who wants to share!
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