Jan 14, 2012

3 Small Makeup Brushes/Tools That Make a Big Difference!

Everyone talks about the perfect red lipstick and the extra-volume mascara, the flawless finish foundation and that darkest black eyeliner, but behind all the colour and glamour of makeup - if you look right at the basics - you will find the brushes and the tools that help bring out the best in every product.  While I love a good stippling brush or even an egg-shaped sponge, this list is a bit different.  These are 3 makeup tools/accessories that people tend to overlook (okay, well I did until recently) but make a big difference in their own small ways :)

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Err..yes...that's a lash comb, an eyelash curler, and the shocking pink one - that's a lip brush.
#1.  THE LASH COMB - A must-have for a clump-free application of mascara.  Yes, I know good mascaras should not be clumping, and of course, I have heard that it's all about the technique, but I haven't yet mastered the "technique," and I have tried my fair share of good mascaras, but a clumsy oaf like me invariably gets clumps :D   Easy solution:  Use the lash comb to get instantly separated lashes and a much neater and natural effect.  Another tip I picked up from a YT video by the gossmakeupartist - brush the mascara on to a clean lash comb and use that to comb through the lashes - gives a natural effect without the clumps.

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Sonia Kashuk Lash and Brow Groomer
This one has plastic teeth.  Have read that metal ones are better, but am just too scared of them :|
# 2.  THE EYELASH CURLER - Curling lashes is an instant way to make your eyes look wider, brighter, and awake.  From the much sought-after Shu to the most basic ELF, you can find one at any budget - just ensure the curler arch fits the shape of your eyes.  To get the perfect curl, hold the lash curler as close to the base of your lashes as possible and curl.  Then, move the curler a little way up the lashes and curl again.  A step-by-step curl looks more natural than the crimp right at the base technique, at least in my opinion.

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Chanel eyelash curler
#3. THE LIP BRUSH - the SA at my favorite makeup counter made me realize what a difference a lip brush can make to the finish of a lipstick.  Even the driest lipsticks go on smoother for a more controlled and sophisticated application of colour when applied with a lip brush.  An absolute essential, especially, if you have fine lines on your lips or are just generally prone to dry lips.

Sephora Lip Brush
Am sure there are many more brushes and accessories that make everyday makeup just a little more special - these were my 3 must-haves - what's yours?

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