17 February 2013

The Beauty Tool Kit



With London Fashion Week related hashtags and backstage snaps clogging up my Twitter and Instagram feeds (not complaining, only jealous!), getting a sneak peek at the upcoming makeup trends and the tools used to apply, correct and perfect looks urged me to raid my drawers to put together an edit of the best brow tamers and shapers, skin smoothers and cult lash curlers around...

Shu Uemura lash curlers are probably the most talked-about out there, a simple squeeze of these ensures my lashes stay curled all day long. I'm not sure where I'd be without my trusty Tweezermans - they make tweezing less tedious, grabbing the most stubborn strays, and their firm grip means they're great for fixing on a pair of falsies too. If I'm short on time, I'll skip brow shading but won't leave the house without a quick comb through using Anastasia's Brow Wiz spooly on the opposite end to the pencil - it's diddy, dense brush does just the trick at taming my brows to how they should be. To sharpen my pencil stash, the Urban Decay double barrel sharpener with a larger barrel alongside the smaller size is so handy, its removable lid catching sharpenings neatly. A nifty Muji set contains a spatula for scooping out products from pots I don't want to dip my mitts into and the pipette and funnel make it easier to decant things into smaller tubs especially for travelling.

For a flawless face I can't fault the Beauty Blender, and this ain't just any old makeup sponge. The pointed tip perfect for around the eyes and nose, and the rounded bottom for forehead, cheeks and chin. I apply my foundation as normal, then perfect my complexion using this, slightly damp and with a time consuming, arm-aching 'bouncing' motion, but the results are worth every stipple. My most reached for bundle of brushes are the Real Techniques Buffing brush for my base, Contour brush for cheeks and eye-wise, its simply a handful of MAC 217 or 222 fluffy brushes, then for when I'm wanting to build-up a bold pout it's MAC's 318 retractable lip brush. For quick cleaning, I use MAC's brush cleanser and Fix + to set and to transform powder eye shadows to wet. Lastly, you can't beat a stash of cotton pads, a bundle of buds and a wad of tissues for nail paint neateners, spillage clean-ups or makeup touch-ups.

Now, these don't make an every day occurrence in my routine, more so when I've got a bit of time on my hands, but if you're just starting out or looking to add to your stash, you can't really go wrong with this bunch - they're completely foolproof, because after all... a beauty junkie never blames her tools!
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  1. I love RT brushes! Not only are they inexpensive and of good quality, I love how they're so colorful as well. I was thinking of investing in Urban Decay's sharpener, but I was hesitant because of the price. Thanks for sharing your favorite tools :)

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    1. You can't beat 'em! Ah it's worth it - especially if you have chunkier pencils that need sharpening, it's the best of both worlds! :-)

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  2. Great post! I have one of the models own beauty blenders and still haven't used it, I really want to though, think I'll have to sit down with it when I've got plenty of time!
    Eleanor x

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  3. Yes do! They're time consuming but the finish it leaves is amaaazing! :-)

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  4. I love the real technique brushes! Ive always wanted to try the Mac Fix+ is it any good?

    Marufa xx

    http://thepocketsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Me too - they're fab! It's nice for refreshing the skin with or without makeup but an inexpensive thermal water spray would probably do the same! :-) x

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