Sponges: Handy for applying foundation (especially around the nose and eye area), they are also good for applying powder. Wash them frequently and dry naturally to maintain their condition.
brush: The larger the brush, the better. Be sure to blow excess powder
off the brush before using it. Wash it in a light shampoo and allow to
dry naturally. A mild hair conditioner keeps natural fibers in peak
Blusher brush: Although smaller than a powder brush,
a blusher brush is far larger than the freebie found in a compact. The
quality of the brush makes all the difference to the application and is
worth investing in. Wash as above.
Lip brush: This is an
essential tool for applying non-budge lipstick. It is also much easier
to control: have you ever tried manipulating a whole lipstick into the
pointy bits of your mouth? Wash frequently to avoid colors bleeding
into one another.
Eyeshadow brush: Ditch the sponge applicator and use a decent eyeshadow brush for a smooth and even application.
brush: This is an underestimated tool, but the key to a groomed look.
Brush the eyebrows upwards to create a wide-eyed, open-faced look.
Eyelash curler: No professional make-up artist would ever be without eyelash curler.
Scissors: An indispensable tool for anything and everything.
Eyelash brush: Use this tool between each coat of mascara to prevent lashes from clogging.
Only the blondest of the blonds never has a stray hair hat needs
whipping out. When buying tweezers, make sure that the ends meet
perfectly, otherwise they will only do a second-rate job. I find that
the ones with slightly sloping edges works best.
Sharpener: Essential for great results with a lip or eye pencil.