Affordable Makeup Tools

in , by Katie Margaret, July 31, 2014

When you live your life on a tight budget like me, you are not allowed to be a "makeup snob". Drugstore makes up is the way to go. To be honest, you don't need expensive makeup to look great. The most important thing about makeup is having the correct tools to apply it with. For me, it's all about the brushes. I remember when I was younger and first started to wear makeup. I used those little sponge wands that come with your eye shadow. Let's just say I had my "experimental" days with makeup and figuring out how to apply it. Once I got older I started figuring out what tools worked best with my makeup and how to apply it. Now I realize that having the right tools are the key when wearing makeup.

The first thing you're going to want to have are some good brushes for your face. Face brushes are very important because this is what makes your complexion. Your face is what people notice. I like to start with having a good brush to apply foundation. The key with foundation brushes is finding a brush that will blend well.  Any stippling or powder brush will do. Some other brushes you will need are a complexion brush, an angled bronzing brush and a smaller brush for blush. You might be thinking "How much does that all coast? I thought this blog was about saving money?". Well, makeup brushes don't have to coast that much money to get a good one. There are some great brushes out there at very affordable prices. You can find them at Target, Walmart or any drug store. One brand that I have heard a lot of great things about is Eco Tools. I've never used them myself, but I have a friend who absolutely loves her Eco Tools brush. She said they are super soft and work great for applying powder and other face products. All of the Eco Tools brushes run under $10 and you can buy them at just about any store that carries makeup. I take it one step cheaper and use Elf brushes. I love the e.l.f Studio line of brushes. I cannot say enough great things about e.l.f products. Their products are so great for the price. Their studio brushes are very comparable to the Eco Tools, but they only coast $3 apiece! The price is hard to beat.

Along with your face brushes, you will need some good eye shadow brushes. I have quite a collection of eye shadow brushes. e.l.f. Essential eye shadow brushes are great for the price. They only coast $1. The studio line is even better and they run $3. For eye shadow brushes, I also like Up & Up and Sonia Kashuk at Target. With eye shadow brushes, you want to make sure you have a good variety. It's important for you to figure out what kinds of brushes work best for you. A few must-have brushes for me are a classic eye shadow brush, a fluffy brush for blending and a smudge brush for blending my eyeliner.

One other important tool I need to add in is an eyelash curler. These are super cheap and they are a must-have before applying mascara. A little trick I like to do it run my eyelash curler under by blow drier for a few seconds. It gives you a bigger curl.

So once you have all the tools you need, now you want to make sure you take good care of them so they last a long time. There is nothing I hate more than a dirty makeup brush. I recommend cleaning them once a week or as needed with a good brush cleaner. I like to use Sophia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleaner from Target. For daily upkeep, I like the e.l.f. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner. I recently picked up a bottle at Target for $3. The price is great and it helps my brushes stay fresh. If you don't feel like going out and buying a brush cleaner, you can also use a home remedy brush cleaner. A popular one that I keep seeing from other bloggers on Pinterest is mixing olive oil and dish soap. I haven't tried it, but it would be worth a shot. As long as you are keeping your tools clean, your makeup will be flawless. 

Last but not least, it's important to store your makeup brushes someplace where they will stay clean. I prefer to keep my brushes separate from the rest of my makeup. I store my brushes in a glass jar facing up. It works perfectly! A mason jar or just a plain old glass will work great for storing brushes. You really don't have to go further than your own house to find a good brush storage container.

So there you go...once you get the tools, you will be able to apply your everyday makeup like a professional, without spending tons of money.

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