Lets face it – performing those general beauty odds and ends can be bone-crushingly tedious at best. Plucking eyebrows, filing my nails and sharpening my lip pencils will never make the top 10 list of ‘Things Angie Loves Doing’. But with a small stash of beauty tools on hand to make the jobs that much quicker and easier, I can get back to the things I do love doing, like binge watching The Hills with a packet of Mint Slice figuring out world peace and planning my world domination.
Sharp cosmetic pencils are scientifically proven* to make your life 100% easier and your makeup look 200% better.
I use a dual-size sharpener to keep the depressing amount of things that constantly need sharpening, well, you know, sharp. The catcher means I’m not chasing those hell annoying shavings around the bathroom, while they leave their colourful calling card all over my white vanity.
Tweezers that actually tweeze are the holy grail and you should never let them out of your sight.
I have a set of tweezers that are not of any particular brand name, are about 5 years old and I have no idea where I got them from – but they are SO GOOD at their job that I think I will lose my reason if I ever misplaced them. Yep, it’s that serious. I know the pain of unworthy tweezers all too well – specifically that pain of when they drag along the hair rather than pulling it out, or when you attempt to grab a hair multiple times and the tweezers refuse to acknowledge the hair’s existence. Tweezers like that do not deserve to live and need to be filed in the bin immediately.
Yes, I CAN apply false eyelashes without poking an eye out – and they will even stay on. What is this black magic.
Proven fact #2 – I am beyond useless at applying false eyelashes. No really, if you think you’re bad, multiply that by infinity, and you might be close to imagining my non-talent at applying falsies. As a contact lens wearer I have no fear of strange objects near my eyeballs, but for the life of me I cannot get those infuriatingly fiddly things to stay glued down on both sides. Things got slightly easier when I employed the use of a Kit false eyelash applicator, and the eyelash glue to end all eyelash glues, the Duo adhesive. We’re still not at expert level eyelash application but things aren’t as dire as before.
When my hand slips while doing my eyeliner/lipliner/whatever, it’s not automatically the end of the world – PHEW
I am actually certain that I will never do my makeup again with a few pointed cotton tips in reaching distance. The struggle of blotches of mascara all over my just-applied under eye concealer is REAL (because for some reason my idiotic nose lives and dies by this simple principle: fresh coating of mascara = perfect time to have a sneezing fit). The pointed tips are far superior over their rounded tip brothers and sisters, and their many talents include cleaning up the edges of lipstick when you’ve drawn outside the lines, straightening up that almost-perfect flick and smudging smudgy eyeliner. What they are not so adept at is cleaning your ears, as you will almost certainly poke your brain.
I can make my face look Photoshopped without Photoshopping my face.
True story. The Chapman sisters have sprinkled fairy dust on pretty much every makeup applicator they’ve unleashed on the world, and their Miracle Complexion sponge is no exception. My foundation brushes are actually gathering dust while I bask in the exception blending skills of this sponge, and while it’s a pain and a half to have to clean it after each use, I’m willing to go that extra mile – which says a lot about how much I love it, because Lazy is actually my middle name. Well, it’s Leigh, but close enough.
I too can achieve eyelashes that would put a supermodel’s to shame.
More eyelash problems – mine are immune to the powers of a traditional eyelash curler. I could crimp to my heart’s content until the end of time but they’ll still be straight as the moment I started. I first tried Modelco’s Turbo Lash Wand way back in the day when I think it was first released, and loved it – my lashes were firmly put in their place and obediently produced a curl. I’ve recently been introduced to it again (why I stopped using it is beyond me) and the magic is still there. Fluttery eyelashes, come at me.
I don’t need to spend $40 and waste an hour in a salon to have nice nails.
Ahh, those halcyon days of when I was a gel nail wearer. Yes, I had picture perfect nails around the clock, but the thought of the amount of time and money much I spent on a refill every month for two years frightens me… Okay, let’s figure this out. $45 refill x 24 visits equals… $1080. And then for maybe half those visits I also got a pedicure (because YOLO), so an extra $40 x 12… $480. So $1560 all up. Oh. Anyhoo, now that I’ve stopped whiling away over a thousand dollars ON MY NAILS, I’m making use of a Manicare nail file/buffer/polisher cube thing, which is almost the same as a professional manicure, amiright? (Just smile and nod). And now that we’ve been blessed with gel-like polishes like Sally Hansen’s, (although I’m about as good as applying nail polish as I am applying false eyelashes), I can divert those saved funds into more important things like makeup food and rent. Now excuse me while I go reexamine my life and priorities.
What are the beauty tools you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments!
*May not be scientifically proven. But it sounds about right.