6 tools every makeup artist needs

Makeup has the ability to make us look like a better, healthier version of ourselves in mere seconds. But sometimes a product is only as good as the tool you apply it with. Here are six makeup artist-approved beauty tools that will make your go-to face-enhancing products look even better.

Blending Sponge

When it comes to liquid foundation application, your fingers are no longer the tool of choice. Modern-day makeup blending sponges like the Napoleon Perdis Pro Makeup Blending Sponge are curved to conform to the natural contours of your face, and allow you to press the product into your skin, creating an airbrushed, streak-free finish. For best results, dampen the sponge before use, and to clean after each use, simply rinse clean with warm water and a little facial cleanser.

Blush Brush

A pop of colour in the cheeks has the ability to instantly brighten your complexion by adding a youthful flush. For a natural-looking finish and precise application, use an angled blush brush. 3INA The Blush Brush is specifically angled to complement the contours of your face, while its soft-yet-dense bristles perfectly deposit both cream and powder blush onto the skin. For a flawless finish, use the blush brush to apply the product in upwards strokes along your cheekbones and up towards your temples.

Contouring Brush

A full-faced makeup finish isn’t complete without highly contoured cheeks. The trick to precision sculpting is a brush that uses short, flat hair to strongly define the facial structures. The Nars Kabuki Ita Brush from Mecca Maxima utilises black goat hair and a flat angular design to sculpt, contour and define the face using bronzer, highlighter or even blush.

Eyebrow Brush

Eyebrows are the most important facial feature. They frame your entire face; they add much-needed definition to your eye area; a full, thick set can even make you appear more youthful. The Billion Dollar Brows Brow Brush from Mecca Maxima makes filling in your eyebrows an easy exercise thanks to its dual-use ends. Use the short, angled brush end to recreate hair-like strokes in the brow with a colour-matched powder to add fullness and a defined arch, and the spoolie end to brush the product through the brows for a softer, more natural-looking finish.

Highlighter Brush

Feather-light fan brushes such as Inglot Makeup Brush 37R may look complicated, but they’re actually your secret weapon to flawless makeup. You can use it to apply powdered highlighter to your cheek, brow and collar bones for a subtle glow, or lightly dust it underneath your eyes to remove unwanted eyeshadow fallout without disturbing your foundation or concealer.

Eyelash Curler

Eyelashes have a tendency to grow outwards rather than upwards, which means you often need a little extra help to achieve a perfectly curled lash. Before applying a volumising mascara, apply an ergonomically-designed eyelash curler like Mecca Maxima’s Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler to the base of your lashes, gently clamp to close and hold for 30 seconds. Doing so will instantly lift and curl your lashes, while making them appear longer in length. Use it daily for fresh-wide awake eyes without the need for false lashes or lash extensions.