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Since becoming a blogger, I have become much more interested in experimenting with my makeup. I must admit that I find myself pouring over the beauty blogs trying to recreate different eye looks and mimic their contouring techniques. In the process, I have discovered there are a few beauty tools that I am reaching for again and again, so I thought I would share the tools that I find most helpful.
1. BareMinerals Precision Face Brush This has got to be my most favorite brush ever. After years of applying my pressed mineral foundation with the enclosed pad, I discovered this angled blending brush. Dap it right into the compact and apply to your face in a circular motion. It buffs it out to a beautiful flawless finish and it works wonderfully for blending any over zealous contouring as well. This brush is an absolute must.
Once you get past the price tag on this tool, you will see its value. It seems a bit extravagant, but realize that you can wash and reuse. For liquid foundation, nothing beats it. Begin by wetting and ringing out the sponge. Apply a little foundation on the back of your hand and dab the sponge into it. Put it on your face in a tapping motion. The narrow top allows you to reach all the tiny crevices of your face to give you a nice even complexion. Get it here.
3. Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
This brush is one of my most useful tools when I am trying to create a smokey eye. After applying a heavy line of eyeliner, I use this brush to smudge it all around my eye and up into the lid. It allows you to be very precise so that you do not end up with shadow all over your face. Get it here.
4. Sephora Collection Pro Tapered Crease #19 Before I truly had a grasp on how to apply eyeshadow, I used to put it on so that you could clearly define each color. Yikes!! I know. Now that I understand more about blending, blending, blending, I use this brush not only to apply color to the crease of my eye, but to blend the final effect as well.
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12
As a recent convert to defining my brow, I have since learned a few invaluable techniques thanks to Keiko Lynn's brow tutorial. Begin by lining the outer edges of the brow with brow liner. Next, brush the liner into the brow using the bristle end of this brush. Finally, apply brow powder to fill in with the angled brush in light strokes. Voila, great looking brows. Get it here.
6. BMC Air Drying Makeup Brush Organizing Tree
Do you dread washing your makeup brushes because you know the next time you use them, they are still wet? Or do you find that after washing them, the bristles start to fall out? This little contraption is genius in solving those problems. After washing the brush, insert the handle from the bottom so that the brush hangs upside down. Now the water can drain out and stay away from the glue that holds the bristles. Get it here.