Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Tool kit

Today I spent my time rummaging through my make-up kit in order to fill out a questionnaire for the Instyle beauty awards. A selection of make-up artists have been asked to name our favourite products and share top tips etc..
Whilst many of you know my choice of brands and favourite products, I don't think I've ever posted about the tools I use!!

Good brushes are essential and although they're expensive they last forever and are well worth investing in. I would strongly recommend a visit to Mac or Space NK for the best selection.

 - Invest in a good eye shadow brush, a tapered one works best. Hard flat brushes make it difficult to blend neatly. This is my favorite no.217 by MAC
- A tiny bullet brush to blend any eyeliner above or below the lashes is a good brush too. Working your eyeliner into the skin with a brush will make it last much longer and prevent it from smudging too much. ( alternatively, you can always use a soft cotton bud ) http://uk.spacenk.com/Smokey-Eye-Liner-Brush/MUK157910009,en_GB,pd.html?start=5&cgid=BRANDS&prefn1=brand&prefv1=LAURA%20MERCIER
- A good bronzing and blusher brush are a must too. Patchy skin is preventable if you have beautiful brushes. Try http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/146/304/Products/Brushes/Face/129-PowderBlush-Brush/index.tmpl

If this is all a bit excessive then I suggest you pop into Boots and purchase the Ecotools Bamboo 5 piece brush set  http://www.ecotools.com/bamboo-5-piece-brush-set I recently bought these after forgetting my brushes and was so impressed by them that I bought a second pack.

Other tool essentials are
 - eye lash curlers... Shu Uemura do the best ones.
- cotton buds - the pointed ones  are great if you want to clean up any eyeliner or create a little kitten flick.
- tweeers by tweezerman are a must...

and finally if you have a few lipsticks floating on your dressing table or getting lost at the bottom of your bag, buy a little plastic pillbox from muji and transfer them all in there. http://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?V=1&Sec=18&Sub=74&PID=4958
You can mix and match colours and it's a great way to keep a track of them, if like me you are forever loosing your lipsticks!

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