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Your First Makeup Tools Kit

Good quality brushes are essential if you want professional-looking makeup. In my opinion, they are the most important tools a girl can have in her bag. The two main brushes that you need are for powder and blush, both of which should have soft, natural bristles.

Makeup sponge:

You can also apply the foundation with your fingers if you find this easier. However, dabbing on the foundation with a makeup sponge will give you better coverage. A triangle-shaped makeup sponge is the best tool for applying foundation as it reaches areas such as the sides of the nose and the corners of the eyes. Any excess blusher and flaky eye makeup can be wiped away with a makeup sponge.

Eyeliner brush: Powdery eyeshadow can also be used as an eyeliner by applying eyeshadow with a damp, narrow brush. A narrow brush gets right to the base of the lashes. You can also apply liquid liner with an eyeliner brush.

Sponge applicator:

Use a sponge applicator to apply eyeshadow to the eyelid. Starting from the outer corner of the eye, blend the eyeshadow using a shading brush.

Concealer brush: The concealer brush is slightly flat. It helps hide circles under the eyes, patches around the nose, and any small flaws and blemishes neatly and naturally. The bristles should be fairly firm as a soft-bristled brush may create an uneven finish.

Powderpuff: Use a powder puff to apply loose powder over foundation and touch up makeup throughout the day. For an even matt result, apply powder by pressing, not dragging the powder puff over the skin. Tap any excess powder from the puff onto the back of your hand for a light result.

Lumene: Facial powders always include a powder puff.

Eyelash curler:

It is an absolutely essential tool for your makeup. While it may look like a mini medieval torture device, this tool is actually extremely helpful in opening up the eye and adding a dramatic look to any makeup creation. The key when using an eyelash curler is to learn how to hold it.

Other great products to have in your kit include slant tweezers, a brush cleaner, and good-quality makeup brushes. With tweezers, the important thing to remember is to buy a pair that has textured ends for easy grip and painless hair removal.

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