I’m a total sucker for the “latest and greatest”, what’s “hip and cool” and I have an overflowing makeup bag (3 of them actually) to show for it. These are not makeup bags that travel with me because they are overflowing with must-have tools that revolutionize the way I wear my makeup everyday. No, these bags sit at the bottom of a drawer. I won’t empty them though because they contain a small fortune in not-at-all-helpful, completely bogus beauty tools.
Why do I, and so many perfectly intelligent women, continue to purchase all this junk? It’s because there is a real need for something that will work and we constantly see another prospective answer when we see an ad for the newest eyelash curler or set of brushes.
So here it is, the list of all-time must-have tools that you need in your makeup bag. Shockingly enough the list isn’t long – certainly not 3 bags worth.
First, is the single greatest touch-up tool of all times, the compact, retractable, hollow handle powder brush. It’s small enough to slip in a clutch or any size makeup bag. Filled with full coverage mineral powder, it can cover a midday breakout, freshen your face after-hours and absorb excess oil. The hollow handle allows you to keep using the same brush every season as your tan fades and your powder shade lightens.
A second brush filled with mineral bronzer in a shade lighter than you would normally use adds just the right color boost over your makeup without causing you to look like you applied a second coat of color with a spatula.
Next is the ultimate brush combination, an eyebrow brush and comb on one end with a stiff bristled, slant-cut applicator brush on the other. This is mother of all eyebrow tools. You groom your brows with the brush and comb and apply eyebrow powder in a perfectly executed line with the other. This tool creates precision lines, but still blends color perfectly so you don’t look painted. It also works like a dream for lashes. The applicator brush is perfect for applying powder liner. The brush and comb separate lashes should you get the dread mascara clumpage and when dampened, prep lashes for touch ups later in the day.
You’ve got to have the lipstick caddy with built-in mirror. It’s just big enough to fit your favorite tube of lipstick or gloss. It’s designer cute so you won’t mind busting it out anywhere. The long mirror is perfect for putting on lipstick or taking a peek at your eyes or hair without looking like the kind of girl who needs to check her self out. This tiny caddy is indispensable. Once you’ve had one, you’ll never want to be without it.
The last must-have is perhaps the most dual-purpose item ever created, the cotton swab. We found a tiny, totally green cardboard caddy that holds ten swabs – perfect for your makeup bag. It may seem silly but once you have them on-hand, you will be lost without them! They are perfect for cleaning up lipstick smudges, mascara or liner runs; they apply just the right amount of anything anywhere and they stand-in as applicators for eye shadow, liner or lipstick when you’re on-the-go.
Pack your bag with these handy helpers and you’re good to go!