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Makeup Essentials: Tools

This post is the final installment of my makeup essentials series. Check out parts one, two, three and four for my essential face, eyes and lips products.
I can sit here all day long and preach to you about how great all my essential makeup products are, but the truth is, more than half the reason I love them so much is because of the tools I use to apply them!

1. Beauty Blender | 2. Real Techniques brushes | 3. e.l.f. brushes | 4. Sigma brushes | 5. Sonia Kashuk eyelash curler


I do use my fingers to apply certain products, such as tinted moisturizer and concealer, but I am a huge advocate of using makeup brushes. Not only do they make a difference in how products will appear on the skin, but there also is something so glamorous about sitting at your makeup table and using brushes to put makeup on. It’s very old Hollywood, if you ask me. 
The Beauty Blender sponge rocked my world a few years ago – I use this to apply my foundation and blend out any concealer or cream blush. It gives a perfect airbrushed-look every time. $20 is pretty steep for a sponge, but if you clean it regularly, it does last several months. I also usually order mine from Amazon so I can get a two pack for between $20-$25. 
The Real Techniques and e.l.f. face brushes also are great for their relatively inexpensive price point. The RT expert face brush and buffing brush are great for applying product and to further buff product into the skin for a seamless finish. I only use the e.l.f. powder brush – for $3, it gets the job done! 
I primarily use Sigma brushes to apply my eye makeup. These are often referenced as dupes for MAC cosmetic brushes, and although I can’t confirm that theory, I think they are great quality brushes. A few of my favorites are the E25, E40 and E55.
Lastly, I hold dear my Sonia Kashuk eyelash curler. I’ve used other brands of eyelash curlers – Revlon and e.l.f., to name a couple – but a cheap price point doesn’t always work out. I believe the SK eyelash curler retails for around $9 or $10, and it is worth every penny. The pad is comfortable, you easily can adjust the pressure for the right amount of curl, and you will never get a bend in your lashes. Plus, it also looks like the popular Shu Uemera eyelash curler – why not fool a few people? 
And, that’s a wrap on my makeup essentials series! I’ve enjoyed sharing my favorite products and also hearing about new products to try from all of you. I’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions for any other upcoming beauty series you’d like to see here in the future.