Favorite Beauty and Makeup Tools

I’ve been asked quite a bit, especially when I used to work for the makeup department, as to what my favorite makeup brushes were and what are essentials tools to use for everyday makeup so I thought, why not post some of my favorite brushes and tools here? I use all of these items for everyday makeup looks and not just for photoshoots or special occasions. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t use ALL of these at once obviously, and I have more brushes and such in my makeup cart, but these are the brushes and tools that I use the most that work the best for me.

As far as brands go, there are many makeup brands that  produce and sell brushes, sponges, etc., but these are the brands that I happen to really like that are also affordable. If another brand works for use, by all means use it. Hope these suggestions help you decide what to include in your makeup collection and what essentials you should have in your arsenal.

One Disclaimer: I love the Morphe brushes, not because they are trendy and a lot of youtube beauty gurus use them. I truly love how blendable they are and help you apply your makeup flawlessly. Their prices are right also and can be bought online at Morphebrushes.com as well as their stores.

FOR THE FACE:

Original Beauty Blender- By now pretty much everyone has heard of and tried the beauty blender and there is a reason for that. It helps your foundation go on flawlessly. The beauty blender sponges are a lot different than sponges you find at the drug store even though the cheaper ones are marketed to look like the original ones. Honestly in the long run, it’s better to pay the twenty dollars for the actual original beauty blender that will work better and last longer than the cheap knock off drug store sponges that don’t really work and make your foundation come out blotchy.

   The only other makeup sponge that works well besides the beauty blender is the orange Real Techniques Sponge which you can get at Target and some of the drug stores but it’s not cheaply made like the drugstore brand sponges and works very well at applying your foundation beautifully.

Another essential tool to have in your makeup collection is a powder puff. You can get them pretty much anywhere and they are super cheap. They are perfect for blotting any excess oily or shine you make have during the day. They are easy to throw into your bag for quick touch ups.

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Big fluffy Powder Puff Brushes- A large fluffy powder puff brush is an essential in doing makeup. You can basically use whatever brand you want for this type of brush. It just depends on your preference, if you want it firm or soft, etc. This brush is good for your powders such as concealing powder, setting powder, and blush. I found my beautiful purple and rose gold brush online and my larger one is from the brand, Matto.

Kabuki Brush- I love kabuki brushes because the way the bristles are formed allow the brush to hold more of your product which is great because you end up having to use less. The best kabuki brush I’ve used is the one from Bare Minerals. I use it for my powder foundation such as my Bare Minerals and MAC studio fix. The bare minerals kabuki will last you forever also.

Morphe M510 brush- Great for highlighting!

Eco Tools Highlighting Fan Brush- I love the brand eco tools and you can find them at target and drug stores.

EYE SHADOW BRUSHES AND TOOLS:

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*These eye shadow brushes are super blendable and apply your eye makeup smooth and flawlessly.

Morphe tall blending brush M441

Morphe M443 shadow blending brush

Morphe Silver G26 shadow brush

Eco Tools Angled Shadow Brush- Perfect for adding crease colors

Shiseido Eyelash Curler- This is the best lash curler I’ve ever used! It is a little more pricey than curlers at the drugstore because it’s from Shiseido but it’s not crazy expensive it will last a long time and the refills barely cost anything.

 

Makeup Tool Essentials

These are my favorite makeup tools that I use daily. I have many beauty tools I use but these are my tops.I recommend all of these products to check out and try. Most of these are inexpensive and are available online as well in most stores.

 

FAVORITE FACE TOOL ESSENTIALS:

  1. Powder puff– For touch ups and to control shine. Very cheap to buy and can be found almost anywhere. They usually cost a dollar or two.
  2. The Original Beauty Blender. I also am really liking my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. My go to for foundation, concealer, setting under eye powder and more is definitely the beauty blender although I do like the shape of the real technique sponge. 
  3.  A Big Fluffy Powder Brush- This is a must-have for setting makeup, touch ups, wiping away any eye shadow excess, etc. This brush does the most work when doing makeup and it has many jobs and can fix a multiple of sins. 

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FAVORITE EYE TOOLS:

1. Morphe Eye-Shadow Brush M433

2. Morphe Eye-Shadow Brush M441

3. My sharp angled Brush- The brand wiped off the handle because I use it so much.

4. Shiseido Eye Lash Curler- I can’t be without my eye curler and the best eye curler I’ve ever used is by Shiseido.

5. Eye Brow Comb and Brush- I believe this is a must-have in any makeup lovers and artist’s kit. It brushes your brows straight, separates your lashes if you have any clumps, and more. You can find these anywhere but the one I have right now is by Beauty360.

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FAVORITE HIGLIGHTING TOOLS: 

1. Morphe brush M510

2. Higlighting Fan Brush- You can get these anywhere and don’t have to spend money on a luxury fan brush if you don’t want to.

These two brushes are my tops because my Morphe brush is perfect for when I want to have a blinding highlight so aliens can see me from space, and my fan brush is perfect for everyday when I want a more natural glow.

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FAVORITE BLUSH TOOLS:

  1. Artis Oval 6 Brush

2. Ucanbe Purple and Black Blush and Contour Brush

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LIP TOOLS:

1.   I only have one lip tool and that’s only if I’m not wearing liquid lipstick. It’s my lip brush. There are so many on the market by I like the retractable ones because they are easier to store and less messy. My current one I’m using is the retractable lipbrush by E.L.F

*****My last makeup tool essential is my fan. I’m sure you’ve seen me in photoshoots and pictures with my wooden flip fans. I have a collection. My fans are essentials because I use them to dry and makeup, setting spray, (especially since I use my double setting spray technique) lipstick, and more.

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I hope this list inspired you to try new makeup tools out and to see which ones are the best.

NEW HUGE BEAUTY REVIEW

Here’s my latest video for this post of my LATEST FAVORITES that I had been wanting to share, film, and talk about for awhile now. Enjoy this video and if you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to my YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I listed the products that I talk about in my video below here also.

1. BLOOD SUGAR PALETTE by Jeffree Star Cosmetics

2. GOTH-O-GRAPHIC by Wet N Wild

3. PRETTY EASY LIQUID EYE LINING PEN by Clinique (Thank you for this recommendation Kandee Johnson.)

4. RE(MARC)ABLE FOUNDATION by Marc Jacobs 

5. “YES PLEASE” CUTE AF eyesshadow palette by Colourpop

6. MORPHE MAKEUP BRUSHES

7. SECRET BRIGHTENING POWDER (Perfect for brightening under your eyes) by Laura Mercier.

8.  REAL TECHNIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE

Vintage/Pinup Autumn/Winter Makeup Look

 

This look was really fun to create and even though it isn’t the classic vintage makeup look, it still has mostly vintage elements to it. Enjoy and below are all the products I used.

Primer: Bobbi Brown  Vitamin EnrichedFace Base

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me, Matte/Poreless in 112 Natural Ivory

Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape in “Fair”

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Eye Shadows: “Tako” by Sugarpill and quad palette, “500 Addictive,” by Revlon Colorstay

Eyeliner: “Schwing,” by The Balm.

Mascara: Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in “Black/Noir 867.”

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in “Chocolate,” by Anastasia of Beverly Hills.

Highlighter: Urban Decay Afterglow Palette in color “O.N.S”

Blush: Stila Convertible Color Compact in, “Lillium.”

Lipsticks: Jeffrey Star Cosmetics, velour liquid lip in, “Deceased,” and “Delicious.”

Brushes: For inner corner of eyes and under brow bone, I used the Rose Gold mini MAC Cosmetics brush in “535SE”

                 For base shadow, I used Morphe “M433”

For crease, I used Lab, Put A Lid On It, Angled Brush.

For my Highlight Brush, I used my fabulous smaller red rose highlight brush from Story Book Cosmetics.

Setting Spray: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist