Make-up, it’s a tricky little thing. In theory, it would be a lot easier if we left it to the professionals, but in times of financial meltdown – not to mention taking the fun out of experimenting – it ain’t gonna happen.Luckily we’ve quizzed the experts to track down the top 10 tools that they simply can’t live without.
And something you can always carry around with you: CONFIDENCE.
Because with these terrific tools in your make-up bag, you really are going to be the belle of the ball every day of the week.
Top tool #1: Eyelash curlers
All of our resident experts said eyelash curlers, eyelash curlers, eyelash curlers! One even swore blind that they boosted the effect of mascara by at least 50 per cent. So only slightly important for creating that lush lash look.
beautyheaven loves: Ardell Heated Eyelash Curler
Top tool #2: Foundation brush
For flawless foundation, always apply with a brush. It’s a make-up must-have for the experts.
beautyheaven loves: Red Earth Foundation Brush
Top tool #3: Eye brush
Wondering why your smoky eye is more Rocky Horror than smokin’ hot? It’s probably because you’re using the little applicators that come with the compact (perfect for a touch-up but not the real deal). Start blending with a good quality brush and you’ll be amazed at the difference. We promise.
beautyheaven loves: Clinique Eye Shadow Brush
Top tool #4: Brow brush
Brows frame the face. Fact. And if you can’t quite get to the brow bar (or face a pluck), a quick brush of your brows will leave you good as new in no time. Just don’t go getting obsessed. It’s not like we are. Not at all.
beautyheaven loves: Serge Louis Alvarez Eyebrow Brush P2
Top tool #5: Big bronzer brush
The bigger the better according to make-up guru Yolanda Lukowski. That way, you get a more natural coverage. Her top tip? “You want to sweep it over the face, not on concentrated areas, also dust quickly over your decolletage and shoulders too.”
beautyheaven loves: Bloom Retractable Bronzer Brush
Top tool #6: Nail file
Ladies don’t bite. They don’t tear either. So make sure you always have an emery board to hand – we love them; there’s a gorgeously old Hollywood glamour feel about filing your nails. Wouldn’t granny be proud!
beautyheaven loves: Fing'rs 2 Black Files
Top tool #7: Toothbrush
You can tell a lot about a girl by her shoes and her smile. Snap up a battery operated one (plonked right between electric and manual pricewise) and dazzle everyone with your pearly whites.
beautyheaven loves: Spinbrush Pro Clean – Medium Brush
Top tool #8: Tweezers
As make-up pro Elsa Morgan says, “polished brows give a lovely lift to a face at any age.” Slanty, pointy, the choice is yours. Of course, if you’re indecisive – like us – you’re best bet is to go for dual-ended.
beautyheaven loves: Manicare 2 in 1 Tweezers
Top tool #9: Rosewater
Hair and make-up artist Nicole Groch swears by rosewater. According to the pro, it’s great over and under make-up as it refreshes, restores, tones and hydrates the skin. All together now: good skin = good make-up.
beautyheaven loves: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
Top tool #10: Clean hands
Your hands are your best tool – as Yolanda says, “you can do anything with 10 fingers to blend make-up with!” But always keep them clean: grubby grime and bountiful bacteria are never going to be the shades of the season.
beautyheaven loves: Dettol Healthy Touch Moisture Liquid Hand Wash