Best Beauty Buys: brushes + tools

Buying beauty tools can be daunting. The amount of options is astonishing and price points can vary from a few dollars to $100, making it impossible to know what to buy. Over the last few years, I’ve amassed quite the collection of brushes and tools from picking up a few here and there and I’m always shocked by how many sit on my vanity yet are rarely used.

Want to buy only what you absolutely need? Here are six beauty tools you need in your kit. Sure, you might end up adding a few more later (think a concealer brush and an angled eyeliner brush), but these will get you off to a good start.

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Eyelash Curler:

Tweezerman Pro Curl Eyelash Curler

Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler in Rose Gold ($26)

If you use only one beauty tool each day, it should be an eyelash curler. No matter how tired you are, curling your lashes will immediately make your eyes look bigger and wake up your entire face. You really can’t go wrong. You also can’t go back once you’ve given a professional curler a try. While I spent years touting Shu Uemura’s as my HG curler, this Tweezerman one not only comes in rose gold (!!!), it just might be even better. You can also order it online from Sephora (no longer possible with the Shu curler). With a thick, curved silicone pad and specially designed angles, the Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler will get every lash curled – crease-free. It’s the best $26 you’ll ever spend on a beauty tool.

Blush Brush + Powder Brush:

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Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Blush Brush ($10.99) + Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Powder Brush ($12.49) 

Full stop – the brushes from YouTube beauty guru + makeup artist Samantha Chapman are unbelievable quality and price. I’ve tried the majority of the collection and love them all, but if you’re buying two brushes to use on your face I recommend these two. Made of cruelty-free synthetic hair, these brushes feel soft and luxurious. The Real Techniques Blush Brush is domed, making it perfect for sweeping blush and highlighter across your cheeks while the Real Techniques Powder Brush is perfect for bronzer and powders. The entire collection can be purchased at Walmart and online from FarleyCo Beauty.

Foundation Brush:


Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($29) 

I’ve sung the praises of this vegan foundation brush before. Originally launched with Urban Decay’s Naked foundation, the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush has densely packed hairs and a domed top to softly buff foundation right into your skin. I’ve never had foundation look so natural as when I apply it with this brush. The best part? It also doubles as a brush for liquid blushes/stains (like Benefit’s tints)! Just paint a thin line on the centre of the brush and buff it into your cheeks. Magical.

Eyeshadow brushes:

Stila Precision Crease Brush No 7MAC 286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush

Stila Precision Crease Brush, Number 7 ($16.79) + MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush (~$31) 

If you’re not doing anything crazy with your eye makeup, you can probably get away with two (or three) shadow brushes. My must-haves that I use daily are Stila Precision Crease Brush, Number 7 and MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush. The third brush would be a medium-stiff eyeshadow brush for applying gel liner/shadow close to the lashline, but I find these brushes are generally pretty much the same. The Stila brush is one that’s lasted me years and though I can’t explain it I always find myself looking for it. Use it to apply shadow to the inner and outer corners – the curved shape always applies just the right amount. The MAC 286 is perfect for both blending your shadow and applying colour to your crease. It’s soft & luxe and you’ll find yourself blending like a fiend.  

 ***Disclosure: I was sent the Real Techniques brushes and am a Tweezerman Ambassador (I’m sent new products each quarter for editorial consideration + review). As always, I’m sharing these products with you because I love them and think you will too! ***