Using the right beauty tools can take your makeup and hair to the next level. Having said that, you don’t need to splurge on the most expensive tools or own a huge collection of brushes in every size available to achieve amazing results. I have a few favourites that have become an essential part of my beauty routine and I can’t be without them! So here are my most used beauty tools.
If you’ve used the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, you’ll know that it applies foundation absolutely flawlessly. I use it almost every day and it’s my favourite way to apply foundation, especially liquid or cream formulas. I always make sure to dampen it first and then squeeze out the excess water to get the most even and natural-looking coverage. I have tried the Beauty Blender and I loved it just as much, but it’s a lot more expensive and you can achieve the same results using the Real Techniques sponge.
Whenever I’m not using the sponge, I’m using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush which comes as a part of the Core Collection (not sure if you can find it separately). It’s very dense and soft and great for buffing liquid foundation into the skin. I sometimes use a mineral loose powder foundation and this is my favourite brush for that.
Real Techniques brushes in general are amazing. They’re very effective at applying and blending makeup, don’t shed, last for ages, and are very affordable. Another Real Techniques brush that I use all the time is the Contour Brush. My favourite way to use it is actually not for contouring, but for blending and setting concealer around my eyes. It’s also the perfect size to apply highlighter, so if you’re looking for a high quality multi-purpose brush, this one is amazing.
The last Real Techniques brush that I have to mention is the Retractable Bronzer Brush which is brilliant for applying powder and bronzer. The bristles are super soft and gentle and give a very light and natural finish. It also works well with cream or powder blush and the retractable design makes it perfect to have on the go, so it’s a very versatile makeup brush and a great makeup bag staple.
For my eyes, I like to use my Urban Decay Crease Brush to add colour into the crease and blend it out for a smokey eye or just to apply colour all over the lid. Even if you’re not good at applying eye shadow and creating a smokey eye look, the brush just makes it so easy for you.
Another favourite of mine is the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. This is a cult classic beauty tool that a lot of people rave about, and with good reason. I know that it looks a bit like a torture device, but it can make a huge difference to your eye makeup. It’s very well made and effective at curling eyelashes and the shape suits just about all eye shapes.
The final beauty tool that I can’t live without is the Tangle Teezer Detangling Hairbrush which I use every single day without exception and don’t go anywhere without it. I keep one of the original sizes in my vanity and one of the compact stylers in my handbag. It really helps to keep my long hair tangle-free and it hasn’t caused any damage or breakage. And if you like back-brushing to add volume, you can use it for that too.
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