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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It's time to downsize from that big round brush lurking in your drawer, Pastor says. “A small round brush smoothes unruly hair and gives bounce to limp strands, and if you have a lot of thick hair, it gives more tension, allowing hair to straighten easily,” she explains.
Pro pick: The Cricket Technique 1 1/4 Boar Bristle Brush ($13; folica.com) is just the right size.