A poor workman blames his tools, sure, but a poor makeup and skincare fan will assume they can be totally ignored. Tools help not only in application of makeup, but in making sure the blank canvas is in its smoothest, perkiest and most receptive state. Skincare can be amped up to a professional level, beauty tasks can be done quickly and efficiently, hair and teeth brushing can become a genuinely enjoyable, luxurious experience. Here are the beauty tools worth buying to up your beauty game.
If you’re into your skincare routine one easy upgrade is the incorporation of some sort of facial roller. Though they look a little like medieval torture devices, they’re actually really useful to stimulate facial muscles and blood flow – which can help product absorption, give a temporary firming effect and even speed up healing of blemishes or irritation. The crème de la crème is Sarah Chapman’s The Face Lift, which grips in all manner of sensual ways. If you’re sensitive and concerned about too much prodding, I point you instead toward the Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller, which is smooth (rather than nodular) and very cooling. For those ballin’ on a budget, a great option is The Body Shop Oils Of Life Twin-Ball Facial Massager. I particularly love to use this around the jaw to help lymph drainage (not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds good – and does seem to help minimise the dreaded jawline acne).
If eyes are the windows to the soul, eyelashes are the curtains, and thus need to be on their best behaviour at all times. To boost your natural follicles, a curler is essential. I love the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (which is stupidly now discontinued in the UK??) but the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler is almost imperceptibly different. If you’re into false lashes but totally hopeless at applying them, the Tarte Lash Helper is totally ingenious. It basically applies false lashes and then bonds them to your actual lashes in a way no tool has ever managed before.
Quick side note – if you pluck your eyebrows, you really need the Tweezerman Tweezers. I ideologically oppose removal of eyebrow hairs by any means, but if you insist on doing it then please at least do it right.
For hair, I know of two brushes which stand out above the rest. The first is the Sheila Stotts Removal Brush, which I use post shower to distribute all the oils and proteins that stop my processed hair from falling out. It also has the nicest “headfeel” of any brush I’ve tried – think those weird, arcade game looking head massagers. The other brush I’d hate to do without is my Aveda Paddle Brush. This is what I use on dry hair, to detangle without pain and add sheen and bounce without frizz.
For makeup, I tend to favour things which can be applied with hands and fingers. However, the Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge, MAC 217 Brush and ELF Crease Brush are all very hard workers in my arsenal. The sponge will basically make any foundation look well applied and high quality, and in a matter of moments, too. The MAC brush is absolutely perfect for any “one wash” eyeshadow looks – which is basically the only eyeshadow looks I do. For the easiest cut crease in the world, though, I rely on the $3 ELF guy – it’s small and tapered enough to be precise, but soft and diffuse enough to get the blending done both quickly and well.
A final potentially odd but absolutely brilliant tool is the ISSA Silicone Electric Toothbrush. Made by the people who make Foreo (that plastic vibrating facial sponge) this cleans teeth like nothing else. Perhaps not necessarily beauty related, but as Annie (the orphan, not me) sang, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”
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