For most beauty scenarios, your hands and a couple of make-up brushes will do the trick, but there are some jobs that require a special set of tools. From perfecting your complexion to maintaining tidy eyebrows, these are the most essential must-have miracle workers that every woman needs in her kit.
- Eyelash Curlers
If there is an eyelash curler shaped hole in your beauty routine then you need to invest in one now! Before you dismiss them as an unnecessary, frivolous purchase know this; curling your eyelashes is the quickest and easiest way to look more awake – however, tired you may be. Giving your lashes a quick squeeze before mascara adds lift and shape to even the straightest, droopiest of hairs, opening up the eyes and making them sparkle. You can also expect your usual mascara to perform at a much higher level than usual – hello full, long, fluttery lashes!
- A Beauty Sponge
A damp sponge might not sound like the most obvious way to perfect your make-up but trust us, this tool will blend concealer like a dream, soften a harsh contour and undo any mistakes like a magic wand. Bounced over the skin, it makes even heavy, full coverage make-up look like it naturally lives on your face and using it wet means it won’t soak up too much of your foundation/concealer/cream highlighter because it is already saturated with liquid. Yes, it might add a few extra minutes to your make-up routine but the results are more than worth it.
Unruly brows? Stray chin hair? Rubbish at applying false lashes? If you have a pair of tweezers then problems like this are easily solved. Probably the first beauty tool we were introduced to, it still deserves a place in every make-up bag due to its sheer versatility. Make sure yours is sharp (for precision), clean (to prevent irritation) and small (for those tricky jobs). If you know someone who still hasn’t found their perfect pair of tweezers might we suggest gifting them some this Christmas?
- Pencil Sharpener
If you are an eyeliner fanatic or can’t go a day without your favorite lip liner, then make sure you have a dedicated beauty pencil sharpener in your stash. Most come with different shaped holes, perfect for both skinny and chubby pencils, and can be used to sharpen anything that has a nib. Our favorite is the Susan Posnick Sharpener – it gets the job done fast and looks pretty chic for a pencil sharpener.
- Nail File
Whether you invest in a crystal file or only use the classic emery board, a nail file will keep your nails smooth, smart, shaped and snag-free all year round. In a bind, you can also use them as a straight guide for any areas of your make-up you want to perfect, such as helping you achieve a super sharp eyeliner wing or to carve out your cheekbones like a pro.