Makeup Must Haves: Tools

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Notice I didn’t JUST say brushes, because there are a few things besides brushes that I absolutely have to recommend for any basic makeup kit. As far as brushes are concerned, I will say this. The better the quality, the better your results are going to be. Unfortunately, better quality USUALLY means higher prices, unless you know what to look for. It’s all Greek to me, and the professionals do a much better job of explaining it, so I’ll save that for a post later this week, when I feature one of my favorite beauty bloggers.

I know price can be a big factor for a lot of people, and dropping $100+ on makeup brushes just isn’t in the cards for most of us, and most importantly, the price shouldn’t hinder someone from doing something they really want to do. This is where the wonderful world of dupes comes in. Dupes are, for lack of a better term, the store brand equivalent of high end makeup brushes. They are usually made by the same manufacturer as the high end brushes, they just happen to cost a lot less because they don’t have the high end name attached to them.

I will admit that up until about an hour ago, i was one of the many who owned sub par brushes. I just purchased THIS set off of amazon and will have it in my pretty little hands on Thursday! A fellow WordPress blogger reviewed them on her blog HERE, and a lot of the reviews on amazon were really encouraging to read, so definitely check them out!

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Now that we’ve got brushes out of the way, lets talk beauty blenders. IMHO, beauty blenders are the best invention since sliced bread, and everyone who wears makeup should have at least one in their kit. Personally, I have two that I use almost everyday, one for under eye concealer (hello bags!), and the other for liquid foundation application. I get a smooth, flawless finish each and every time, no streaks or smudges to be found. And the best part? You can get the ones pictured above at target for around $5.

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The last tool in your arsenal should be an eye lash curler. I know they look painful, but they are so so so sooooooo worth it, and so long as you do it right, you barely even feel it. My eyes just look bigger and brighter, like you can actually see my eyes and not my freakishly long lashes. I got the one pictured above at Target for $1.

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4 thoughts on “Makeup Must Haves: Tools

  1. I love the elf eyelash curler too-can’t beat it for $1! And I absolutely love my beauty blender but I’m not looking forward to shelling out the money when it comes time to replace it, so I’m going to try and get a good dupe for it. I’ll look into the Target brand for sure 🙂 I have the Real Techniques version but I wasn’t a big fan of it.

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    1. I’ve never used the more expensive beauty blenders, so I can’t tell you if there is much difference, but I love mine, they make foundation and concealer application look flawless.

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  2. I signed up for Birch box with a promo code in October that netted me a free beauty blender (the original, high end one). It’s freaking amazing and definitely worth the splurge after trying all the knock offs.

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    1. What difference did you notice the most? I use one for my under eye concealer and one for my foundation, and it looks dang near flawless all day, so I’m curious if it just takes it up another notch or feels different.

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