Makeup perfection isn’t simply about brand or quality.

Proper application is fundamental.  That’s why having the right tools is so important.

Every makeup tool has its own unique function.  But in a world with too many options, it’s easy to wind up with a makeup bag that weighs 10 kilos and it bursting at the seams.

Although there are a million different tools found in makeup bags around the world, you don’t need them all.  Sometimes the best thing to do is wipe the slate clean and start over.

For those of you who need a little help identifying what is truly essential, here are the five most must-have makeup tools:

1. Foundation Brush

There are a lot of different types of brushes for all types of application.

Foundation brushes though, are an absolutely must-have.  For many women, this is one of, if not the most important tools to add to their makeup bags.

The best foundation brushes are stiff, made with synthetic fibers.  For foundation, you what strong brushes with little fluff as they need the ability to pick up, hold, and then release different creams and liquids.

2. Compact Mirror

It’s impossible to fix a problem you can’t see!

To get a good look at what you’re working with and working on, it’s absolutely crucial to have a mirror of some sort.  Pocket-sized mirrors are a necessary addition to every makeup bag.

3. Makeup Sponge

It’s important to have a good makeup sponge for applying foundation.

The right makeup sponge will allow for smooth and consistent application.

The wrong one…not so much.

Different women have different preferences as far as sponges go, but most of the best ones have curvy designs that match the various contours of a woman’s face.

4. Eye Shadow Brush(es)

Every woman strives to frame her eyes in the most flattering way possible.

This almost always means coordinating with the rest of your look.  Sometimes this calls for dramatic strokes, other times a natural blend.

Both angled shadow brushes and dome shaped blending brushes have their place.

5. Eyelash Curler

Every woman knows how important their lashes are.  Especially if you have stick-straight lashes, a quality curler is an absolute need.

Done right, this tool will open up your eyes and add a dramatic look to any makeup creation.  Even if you are going for a more natural look, curling your lashes will always highlight your eyes.

Adding it to your makeup bag will allow you to perform a quick curl before reapplying your mascara.

Any professional makeup artist would tell you that you’re going to need a lot more than this if you’re going to get serious.

However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a makeup bag, professional or not, that doesn’t contain these staple makeup tools.

Your best bet is to start with the basics, then slowly add the news tools you find more useful.


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