Sure, your fingertips and those little applicators that come with your eyeshadow and blush get the job done, but if you want professional-looking makeup, you have to use professional-quality tools. Take a peek inside the kits of top makeup artists and stylists to see which beauty game-changers they swear by that should be in your bag too.
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Curling your lashes may seem like an extra step in your routine, but it's well worth your while. Doing so will not only give pin-straight lashes some bend, by giving lashes a lift, eyes look wider and more awake instantly. Look for a curler with an ergonomically correct design that comfortably hugs the shape of your eye.
Pro pick: The Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($19; shiseido.com) has a shape that will curl your lashes and make them fan out beautifully instead of making them stick up like doll lashes, says celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose.