6 Essential Makeup Tools (And How To Use Them)

Ready to step up your makeup game? Whether you’re a beginner or a pro MUA, there are certain tools out there that are straight up beauty must-haves.

From blending your foundation to curling your eyelashes, these are the essentials every beauty obsessive needs to add to their makeup kit, pronto.

beautyblender Sponge

Used worldwide by professional makeup artists, the beautyblender Sponge is an absolute essential for applying and blending base makeup. This teardrop shaped sponge absorbs water rather than product, so your foundation, concealer, BB cream etc. will last even longer. Using a bouncing technique, the top of the sponge hugs the contours of the face and covers blemishes whilst the bottom flawlessly blends makeup over larger areas. Perfecting for achieving that natural, streak-free finish, beautyblender has been dubbed a modern-day phenomenon, and we totally agree.

How to use:

1. Dampen the sponge and squeeze out

2. Dot makeup onto your face then bounce the sponge gently onto the makeup, blending with a patting motion

3. Wash with Blendercleanser or a gentle soap and warm water

4. Squeeze gently and let dry

BEAUTY BAY Rose Gold Glam Angled Powder Brush

Call off the search, the BEAUTY BAY Rose Gold Glam Bake Off Angled Powder Brush is the powder brush you’ve been looking for. As well as looking good in your makeup bag, this brush is designed to evenly distribute powder over your complexion to set and enhance your look. The angular shape is ideal for applying contour and blusher too, so it’s a great multitasker for when you’re short on space. Oh, and like all BEAUTY BAY brushes it’s vegan and cruelty-free, obvs.

How to use:

1. Use the fluffy bristles to pick up a fine layer of loose powder (tap off any excess)

2. Sweep over your complexion to set makeup

3. To apply contour, swirl into your contour powder then gently glide the brush back and forth below the cheekbones, under the jawline and along the hairline

4. To apply blusher, lightly swirl the product onto the apples of your cheeks and blend up into your cheekbones

House Of Lashes Lash Aid Eyelash Curler

A necessity for any makeup kit, House Of Lashes Lash Aid Eyelash Curler creates length and volume without ten coats of mascara (we’re not about wasting makeup). Thankfully, the beauty world has moved on from scarily clinical looking eyelash curlers, so you won’t need to hide this pearlescent pink tool in the dark corner of your makeup bag. It’s super easy to use, lifting and curling every lash (even those short, stubborn ones) for effortless mascara application and an enviable, wide-eyed finish. 

How to use:

1. Open the curler place over yourlashes

2. Squeeze gently and hold for a few seconds

3. Open and remove

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brush 13 Angled Liner/Spooley

Behind every great brow is a great brush, and the BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Angled Liner/Spooley Brush is the ultimate two-in-one. The liner brush features short, firm bristles to create clean, defined edges, whilst the spoolie enables you to groom the brows and blend the product for a natural finish. It’s official, your brow game just peaked.

How to use:

1. Comb through the brows with the spooley

2. Dip the liner brush into your favourite brow colour and sweep over the brows to fill

3. Use the spooley to blend the product

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer

There’s a reason why the Tweezerman Slant Tweezers have won countless awards and are considered the industry standard by most. When it comes to precise plucking, they’re at the top of their game. The stainless-steel tip is sharp enough to grab even the most stubborn of hairs and the twenty-five-degree angle works against the brow bone to expertly shape, tame and transform the brows. Trust us, your makeup kit needs these.

How to use:

1. Take a hot shower or use a warm cloth to open the pores

2. Tweeze in the direction of hair growth to avoid breakage

3. Use cold water to close the pores after tweezing

ZOEVA Rose Golden Luxe Soft Crease Brush

Perfect for buffing eyeshadow into the eye crease, the ZOEVA Rose Golden Vol.2 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush is a makeup kit staple. Offering smooth transitions, next-level blending and ultra-soft bristles, this oval-shaped brush enables you to achieve pro MUA-worthy results. It’s also packaged in a reusable protective pouch for easy (and planet friendly) storage. 

How to use:

1. Using circular motions, smoothly blend your favourite eyeshadow into the crease of the eye

2. Create depth by applying a darker shade to the eyelid and blending in a windshield-wiper motion