Thursday, September 06, 2012

Tools Matter!

Having the right tool for the job is essential in almost every aspect of life. It’s also essential for makeup application and skincare. If you’re looking to go crazy and spend a bunch of money on cosmetics, stop and reconsider. If you have money to spend, you’re better off spending it on good quality makeup tools. It really makes all the difference in the world. Here are a few of my tool essentials:
Tweezers. If I could only have one tool in my bag, it would have to be tweezers. I love Tweezerman’s line—they do an amazing job and, though more than Revlon or other brands of tweezers, they’re relatively easy on the budget. I keep tweezers at my desk at work, in my purse, and in my makeup bag. I love that Tweezerman offers fun designs and colors—having a bright or funky pair makes them stand out more…a must since my makeup bag is often a disaster!

Eyebrow/eyelash brush. I go through several of these a year, so it’s a good thing they’re cheap! I blame my cat—he thinks they’re among the best things to play with for some weird reason. I love the compact design of the foldable combo brush. The lash comb is a bit sharp, so use caution (take my word on this—if you accidentally stab your eyelid, you’re not going to be happy). It’s aces at separating lashes, though. I use it both before and after mascara application. The brush is great for shaping brows when you’re using a brow pencil or if you’re plucking (with your Tweezerman tweezers, of course!)

Eyelash curler. Taking the 10 extra seconds to use this tool really has its benefits. Use it gently to get a nice curl on your top lashes to open up your eye. Heat the curler (again, gently!) and you’re sure to get a great lash look before you even apply your mascara.

A variety of brushes. I have so many brushes cluttering up my stash, but I always seem to gravitate to a few favorites. My advice: check Costco or Sephora for a moderately priced set of good quality brushes. Don’t skimp, but don’t overspend, either. Cheap brushes feel icky, the hairs fall out, and they’re not worth any amount of money you’ll spend. Paying a bit more will save you aggravation in the long run—plus you won’t need to replace them if you take care of them! If you’re not entirely sure what to use a particular brush for, check out a very old post that goes into more detail

Decent nail tools. I try to do my nails every week, and having good at-home products will mean you’re saving time and money compared to making several trips to a manicurist each week. Make sure you have toenail and fingernail clippers that are comfortable to use and that are sharp enough to cut—not mash—your nails. I don’t use cuticle scissors, but a cheap orange stick should do for taming cuticles and pushing them back. Emory boards are a must—they’re perfect for shaping and smoothing out your tips (plus, if you have a cat, they’re good cheap cat toys. Seriously, my cat thinks they rock!). If you’re going without polish, you may want to pick up a nail buffer…otherwise, save the money and spend it on polish instead!

So there you go…this is probably not an exhaustive list, but if you want to get back to basics, consider investing in tools. They’ll last a lot longer than a tube of lipstick and they could make your makeup application a heck of a lot easier.

I told you I couldn’t do without decent tweezers. What’s your favorite makeup tool? Leave me a comment!


Vicky Hoang said...

i definitely agree with you :) it was nice and informative! thanks.

J. said...

Hm, I think I have to say tweezers as well. But the rest of your list makes a lot of sense too :)

Lydia said...

I think tweezers are the #1 tool because you can't fake them. You can use your fingers or Qtips in place of brushes, a toothbrush for a brow brush, but there's no substitute for a decent pair of tweezers!

my pretty paints said...

I heard that Tweezerman does free sharpening, do you happen to know how that works?

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