Is tons of makeup worth it?
Having too much makeup isn't necessary at all. More in quantity might lead to less in quality. The first thing you should ask yourself is...
What kind of makeup looks do you want to achieve?
- No makeup makeup looks?
- Enhancing your own natural beauty?
- Contouring and highlighting?
- Bold bright?
*Samples are a great way to try new things without spending money. Asking a brand representative for samples can get you off to a great start.
Don't believe the hype!
If your not a makeup contisure, makeup brands will steal your attention by pretty packaging and advertising. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's better. Find brands that call out to you wheather that means spending $1 or $50. Thinking about the brand can narrow down a number of things like choosing natural makeup, lower price points with quality formulas, animal cruelty free or even gluten or Paraben free makeup according to your skins needs. They both can have the same value only if its useful in your collection for your personal needs.
Here are some of my favorite tools for applying makeup:
Foundation is one of the most important parts of makeup. It doesn't matter if you choose tinted Moisturizer, Full Coverage Foundation or Cream Based Foundation, you should have a tool that pushes the product evenly into the skin without streaking. These tools are great for foundation application for an airbrushed natural flawless finish.
|Beauty Blender (round bottom half)|
|Real Techniques Expert Face brush|
Concealer is used to cover dark circles under the eyes, blemishes on the skin or brighten the under eye area. Using a tool that is small enough to target that area is important.
|Beauty Blender (pointed half)|
e.l.f. Studio Flawless Concealer Brush
Powder Brushes are usually large, big and fluffy to cover the width of the face but if you use less setting powder, a fan brush will dust on smaller amounts of powder and a more dense small fluffy brush can target powder in the right places like the t-zone and under eyes.
e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush
e.l.f. Studio Fan Brush
|Real Techniques Powder Brush|
e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush
e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush
e.l.f. Studio Small Tapered Brush
e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush
e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush
|Latex or none latex Sponge|
Eye Shadow Brushes come in all shapes and sized. The differences are to create more detailed looks on the eyes. An eye shadow brush is used to lay down eye shadow. It might not blend shadow as well as a blending brush and wont apply eye liner in a perfect line because its too big. Below are a few brushes I think are must haves to create any eye makeup look.
e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush
e.l.f. Essential Eyelash & Brow Wand
e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush
|Tinkle Brow Razors|
RAMY BROW SCISSORS BY TWEEZERMAN
|Wet N Wild MegaClear Clear Brow and Mascara|
Cleaning your tools is extremely important and is a responsibility you have once you use them to keep them bacteria free and in good shape. Not cleaning them often can give you breakout and even infection. Lots of micro creepy crawlers you cant see live inside your brushes if not cleaned properly so make sure to do so! Here are some rules to live by:
- Brushes need to be deeply cleansed at least once a week. I think Dawn Dish Soap is easy and very effective.
- An quick cleansing spray is great for someone with minimal brushes. It gives you the option to switch colors without mixing them together. Cinema Secrets Quick Cleanse Brush Cleaner is my favorite because it dries fast, cleans brushes very well and smells like vanilla!
- Latex sponges are disposable and should not be used for a long period of time. Cleaning them wont rid the color or bacteria from them.
- All steal tools like eye lash curlers, tweezers and scissors should be wiped down with 99% alcohol before and after every use.
- Beauty Blenders has their own cleanser specifically for their sponge called Liquid Blendercleanser. I haven't found anything else that does the job as good this so purchasing their cleanser is a good idea in my opinion.