Essential Beauty Tools

The art of makeup requires good tools, even an amazing makeup artist can’t work without good brushes, and neither should you. While there is much to be said about finger application, there will always be times where you’ll need a little bit more precision and control, which can only be achieved with a good brush.

There are literally hundreds of different types of applicators and tools, and sometimes it can be a little intimidating to try to pick the best ones, so I’ve compiled a list of “must-haves” for you to use as a jumping off point.

The Basics

Every makeup collection should contain at least these pieces

Applicator Sponge

These come in many shapes and sizes, but should always be disposable. Good for one to two applications these are used to apply foundations, and cream blushes. There really doesn’t seem to be a big difference between the least and most expensive, so this is one item you can scrimp on, just make sure you don’t reuse them too much as they are a wonderful breeding ground for bacteria.

Eyelash Curler

Used before you apply mascara, an eyelash curler can make your eyes look bigger and brighter. They are available in both metal and plastic, but the plastic ones tend to break. I also like the metal ones because, if you want a little extra curling power, you can heat it up with your blow-dryer, but for no more than 5 seconds.

Jaymi’s picksShe Uemera

Shadow Brushes

There are quite a few types of eyeshadow brushes on the market but you really only need 2, a 1” brush to coat the lid and a slanted brush to fit in the crease. Its nice to have a few more but those are really the two necessary brushes.

Jaymis picks
Becca Soft Focus Shader

Ecotools Bamboo Eye Shading Brush

Lipstick brush

Lip brushes allow you to use less lipstick but it also can be used to soften the line of your lip liner. With the brush, you can blend it right into the lipstick so that it is not visible.

Jaymi’s Picks
MAC 316 lip brush

Powder Brush

Used to apply a thin even coat of powder across your face or body, easier to use than a sponge or puff ( which can leave excess behind) These look like blush blushes but are bigger and fuller

Jaymi’s Pick
Ecotools Powder brush

Blush brush

Same idea as a powder brush but smaller and more compact, used to apply blus or bronzer to the cheek and forehead area. Can be straight across the top or angled

Jaymi’s Picks –
Becca #41
MAC #169 Angled Brush

One of the easiest ways to start a brush collection is to just buy a set with all the basics in it and just add from there. These are all great starter kits


Becca Travel Tote Set

Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set

Nars Travel Brush Set

Kat Von D Brush Set

Don’t be afraid to mix up your brushes either, you don’t have to stick with just one type, the best way to find out which are best fro you is to experiment with as many as you can.

Happy Shopping