10 Favorite Makeup Tools (Beginner’s Makeup Tools Starter Kit)

In my last post, I shared my favorite makeup products.  In this post, I decided to share my favorite makeup tools, since they’re the keys to having nice looking makeup!

I only have a few makeup brushes and other tools, just because I don’t think you need many!  Anyway, here are my favorites:

  1.  Beauty Blender, $20
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I am pretty sure that every single beauty junky has a Beauty Blender, but it’s because it’s actually great.  The Beauty Blender is incomparable to other cosmetic sponges because when you dampen it (people say you can use it dry, but I highly recommend you dampen it), it allows for careful application and blending of foundation, concealer, and other liquid and cream products, that makes your makeup still look natural.

2.  Sigma F82 Brush, $25

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Photo credit to Sigma Cosmetics

When I decide I want to apply my foundation with a brush, I use this one.  The dense fibers help you blend foundation seamlessly, while not taking away from the coverage.  I sometimes use this brush to buff in my face makeup, and follow up with my Beauty Blender to make sure that my base is fully blended.

3.  Real Techniques Powder Brush, ~$10

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Photo credit to Ulta

Since I don’t use powder foundation, I don’t need a super dense powder brush.  All I need is something that will set my face, and this Real Techniques brush does it for me.  Also, it’s really soft and affordable!

4.  Real Techniques Blush Brush, ~$10

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Photo credit to Ulta

Same thing about this blush brush—it’s effective in applying blush (collecting enough pigment from the pan without being too heavy upon application to the skin), it has soft bristles, and it’s cheap.  Also, I use this as my bronzer brush!

5.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush A23, $25

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Photo credit to Anastasia Beverly Hills

This is the perfect brush for applying highlighter, since it’s small enough, but not too small so you are able to diffuse the pigment, allowing for a naturally glowy look.  Also, this brush would be fine to apply blush.

6.  MAC 239 Flat Shader Brush, $25

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This flat shader brush allows you to apply both powder and cream eyeshadows with its full pigment, while still being even.

7.  MAC 217 Tapered Blending Brush, $25

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This is the best eye blending brush.  It’s tapered enough to apply crease colors cleanly, but soft enough to blend out any harsh lines.

8.  MAC 219 Pencil Brush, $25

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This brush should be an extra brush in your collection, not an essential to it.  I specifically use this brush to apply inner corner highlight or shadow on my lower lash line.  However, I think you can use your ring finger to apply inner corner highlight, and the MAC 239 brush for the lower lash line.

9.  Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brush, $18

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This brush is the best at filling in your brows.  It’s small and angled, ensuring that your brow product application is precise, especially with the inner parts of your brows (small enough to draw natural-looking strokes to replicate brow hairs).  But you cannot forget about the spooley.  The spooley on this brush duo is amazing for blending out powder and pomade because it’s stiff enough to really brush the product through the brows evenly.

10.  Shu Uemura Lash Curler, $21

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Photo credit to Shu Uemura

The Shu Uemura lash curler is the best lash curler for Asian lashes, since it helps perk our lashes up, and it fits out eye shape perfectly, ensuring that every lash gets curled.  I’ve had mine for years, and it still works just as well as it did when I first got it.  And thank god, it has never cut off my lashes (beware of drugstore lash curlers because they have a tendency to do so).  I can’t imagine putting mascara on without using this curler!

Thanks for reading this blog post, and if I’m lucky, it helped someone out there with their makeup tool buying!

See you in the next post,

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