10 Must-Have Tools For Your Beauty Stash

May 24, 2017  |  
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Whether you enjoy a minimalist approach or really like to cake it on, makeup can instantly transform a woman and give her the confidence needed to tackle any of life’s challenges. Sure bestowing that much power on lady crayons may seem a little much, but there is no denying that a solid bit of primping can really help to lift your mood and give you the feeling that you can conquer the world. But amid the endless choices, what beauty weapons should be in every woman’s arsenal? Here are our picks.

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Rose Gold Slant Tweezer, $23

A Perfect Set of Tweezers

We can’t stress enough the importance of making sure a trusty set of tweezers has a permanent spot in your makeup bag. As diligent as you might be with keeping your eyebrow and stray facial hair in check, it is inevitable that on your hot date you’ll find an unruly strand smack dab on your lip, chin or outside your eyebrow. So make sure you have a trusty set at your disposal. Could you go fancy? Sure. But we still put our faith in Tweezerman.

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Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $21

Eyelash Curler

On first glance, there’s no doubt that an eyelash curler looks SCARY. That contraption resembles more of a torture device than an implement of coquettish, luscious lashes. But trust us, it is a true beauty game changer. In just a few strokes, an eyelash curler can give you the shape and fullness that will make your peepers look flirty and sexy.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12, $18

Double-Ended Eyebrow Brush

Often times when it comes to makeup, eyebrows are at the bottom of the beauty totem pole. You’ve got your lipstick, your eyeshadow, your foundation, but your eyebrows often play second fiddle. But we’re here to tell you that when it comes to beauty bag essentials, having a double-ended eyebrow brush is a must. This two-in-one tool will allow you to comb through brows to give a neater appearance, as well as fill and blend them in.

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NARS Blending Eye Shadow Brush, $32

Eye Shadow Brush

There are a number of eye shadow brushes at your disposal depending on the look you’re going for. But let’s be real: If you’re on the move and don’t have the space to take five different brushes with you, then we have to recommend going the basic blending brush route. It may not be as easy to craft that perfect smokey eye or layer on a striking ombre effect as having a variety of brushes at your disposal, but if you need a quick dusting of color with the ability to give the hint of something extra, then a basic blender is the way to go.

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e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush

Bent Eyeliner Brush, $3

There are few things trickier than nailing the perfect line. Whether you’re partial to gel, liquid or pencil, hugging your lash line and walking away with something that doesn’t make you look like you’re audition for a guest spot on the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” can be really tough. But when push comes to shove and you’ve only got limited space in your beauty bag to arm yourself with all the essentials, we strongly suggest that an angled eyeliner brush be one of the tools that makes the cut. A good bent eyeliner brush will allow you to carefully draw a great line and can also be the ideal implement if you’re looking to get a winged-tip or cat eye. It might take a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start using it earlier.

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Beautyblender Original, $20

Beauty Blender

Makeup sponges are a must-include in any beauty bag. But the Beauty Blender takes anyone’s sponge game to a whole new level. The tear-drop shaped sponge does wonders in giving users a wonderfully finished look to their foundation. Just dab with a little water and let the magic begin.

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Bobbi Brown Blush Brush, $56

A Fabulous Blush Brush

Whether looking to rosy-up those cheeks or aiming to infuse a subtle bronzer glow across your cheeks and forehead, a fabulous, thick, bushy blush brush is a perfect way to round out any makeup travel bag.

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Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer, $32


OK, admittedly, this isn’t exactly a “tool” in the conventional sense. But primer gets a prominent spot on our list because — just like any good beauty tool — it is an essential element, a building block to creating a stunning makeup look for any woman. Primer allows makeup to not only go on smoother, but last longer, making it quite the impressive little addition to any beauty routine.

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Kate Spade Telephone Dial Compact Mirror, $30

A Makeup Mirror

This might be the most obvious suggestion on our list, but it’s still worth saying out loud. With all of the tools at your disposal to include in your beauty bag, it might be easy to forget a trusty compact mirror. While anything with a clear reflection works, if you want something with a little something extra there are plenty of great designer numbers to choose from.

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Q-tips Purse Pack, $.97

A Good Old Fashioned Stack of Q-Tips

And last, but certainly not least, any beauty maven worth her salt should have a stack of good, old fashioned Q-tips in the mix. They might be one of the most versatile beauty items ever created. They can correct, blend, smudge, de-smudge, lighten … you name it, a Q-Tip can probably do it. While you don’t need a whole carton, keeping at least five in your makeup bag at all times is a pro move for any makeup enthusiast.

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