They’re the absolute essentials for your kit
Besides having a great foundation, mascara, blush, bronzer and lippy in your makeup kit (at the bare minimum!), it’s absolutely essential to equip yourself with a few key tools and products to ensure your makeup is not only consistently flawless, but that you’re looking after your skin, too. Here, discover the essentials every makeup addict should have in her beauty kit.
#1 / An effective makeup remover
From cleansing first thing in the morning to re-applying your makeup halfway through the day, it’s imperative to start with a clean canvas. Enter micellar water – it’s the perfect way to remove dirt, grime and makeup in one simple step.
Garnier Micellar Water in Oil is a clever all-in-one solution that can cleanse skin and remove long-wearing or waterproof makeup quickly and efficiently, making it an excellent choice for an express morning cleanse and wiping away the day’s makeup and grime before bed. The formulation is so effective, there’s no need for rigorous rubbing or scrubbing to cleanse your skin, and there’s no need to rinse when you’re done either. Plus, its nourishing formula is enriched with argan oil to nourish skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. To use, apply onto a cotton pad and use directly on your skin to remove makeup and grime instantly.
#2 / Cotton tips
Whether you’re etching on a winged liner or painting on a bold coloured lipstick, mistakes tend to happen. Which is why it’s essential to have a fine cotton tip (such as Swisspers Dual Cosmetic Cotton Tips) to clean up the edges. Simply dip the cotton tip in micellar water to clean away any smudges.
#3 / Blotting papers
If you have combination or oily skin, chances are that you’ll be looking a little shiny come lunch time, especially on your chin and T-zone. The solution: pack some blotting papers, like MAC Blot Films, in your makeup bag, and use them to soak up any excess oils on your skin.
#4 / A good set of brushes
Good quality makeup brushes for your face, cheeks and eyes are a no-brainer when it comes to applying your makeup, as they provide an even application that you just won’t get with old, dirty, or poor-quality brushes. A good place to start is with Nude By Nature Essential Collection Brush Set.
#5 / Brush cleaner
Whether you use your brushes once a week or every morning, your tools should be washed regularly with a special cleansing solution to avoid bacteria growth and product build-up on the bristles. Plus, clean brushes make for much better application. Try Estée Lauder Makeup Brush Cleanser, used once a week.
#6 / Lash curler
If you have short or straight lashes, then it’s essential to prep your lashes first with a lash curler (shu uemura new generation eyelash curler will do the trick) to let your mascara work to its full potential. Place the curler as close to your lashline as possible, hold for three seconds, then let go to boost the curl.
#7 / Sharpener
If you’re one to reach for makeup pencils for eyes and lips on the regular, then you’re going to need a sharpener, like Maybelline New York Expert Tools™ Dual Sharpener, to ensure that your products remain pointed for a more precise application.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.