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Hello everyone! Today I want to share with you the basic makeup tools I think everyone should have to achieve everyday looks or more dramatic looks:
- Makeup sponge (Real Techniques is my favorite) This is my favorite tool to apply foundation with; it gives that airbrushed, flawless look. I use the sponge damp, as is recommended, to apply the foundation but I will also use it to apply translucent setting powder afterwards. I love this technique because you won’t over powder and it will give a blurred effect to the skin without using too many products.
- Fluffy brush for crease colors and transitions. This type of brush will help to blend out the colors so all the colors look blended together instead of choppy.
- Small tapered blending brush for detail crease work. This brush can help to pack on darker colors in the crease but in a more concentrated manner than the fluffy brush. It’s also good for putting color in the outer V of your eyelid.
- Flat shader brush for eyelid color. This one is good for packing colors on the lids quickly and precisely.
- Foundation brush – Dense sythnetic foundation brushes help to spread out foundation without caking on too much or stealing the product. You don’t have to use as much foundation and it saves you time. There are foundations that apply better with a brush and others that apply better with a makeup sponge.
- Blush brush – I like an angled brush for blush because you can really concentrate the blush on the apples of your cheeks and back giving a more airbrushed look (if you couldn’t tell I really love a good air brushed and blended look to my makeup). You could clean this brush off to apply bronzer as well if you used a quick spray cleaner.
- Tapered Highlighting brush for applying face highlight without it looking too overdone or stripy.
- Small angled brush for brow bone and inner corner highlight. This ELF brush is great because it is so small and angled that it’s virtually impossible to screw up brow bone and inner corner highlight. It’s is also great quality for the price point.
- Small face brush to set concealer and foundation (it could be big or small, makeup geek’s choice). I actually use 2 different brushes: one for setting concealer and one for setting the rest of my face. I use the Morphe E8 to set concealer.
So there you have all my favorite basic makeup tools to achieve any look. I love that all of these choices are good quality but are easy on the wallet. Keep in mind that there are so many alternatives to each of the products I mentioned. You can get a great look with budget friendly products; check out E.L.F. Cosmetics, their makeup and brushes are amazing. I would suggest watching different beauty gurus on YouTube since that is how I discover new brands. Let me know if the comments what your must have makeup tools are!