Monday, October 28, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Makeup Tools


Hello, beauties! Today is week ten of The Starting Off Project, and we're down to our very last topic (cue the sad violins). It feels like we started this beauty journey just yesterday, but instead we're finally coming to a close. For this last week, we're going to be talking all about makeup tools. So grab yourself a strong cup of coffee and read on!

Over the past ten weeks, we've talked about everything from skincare to lipstick, and all the makeup in between. You've learned what each product is, what it does, application basics, and a few of my personal favorites. But before we finally let you venture forth into the world of makeup, it's time we talked about all the tools you'll need to get those flawless looks every time.


To start, there are two basic tools that every beauty junkie needs to have in their arsenal, tweezers and an eyelash curler. A good pair of tweezers is essential for grooming the brows. Just make sure not to over pluck! An eyelash curler helps to lift and curl your lashes giving your eyes that extra little bit of pop. Be careful if you have short lashes, though. Make sure you pinch the lashes and not your eyelid!

When it comes to makeup brushes, you're going to hear about loads of different brands, and there is truly a whole world of brushes out there to explore. Personally, I think it all comes down to trial and error. Plus, once you start figuring out how you like to wear your makeup, you'll be better able to figure out exactly what brushes you need. However, here are some of the basic brushes you might decide to invest in:

  • Fluffy Powder Brush
  • Blush Brush
  • Foundation Brush
  • Concealer Brush
  • Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush
  • Small Eyeshadow Brush
  • Slanted Eye Brush (for eyeliner and brows)
  • Dual Sided Brow/Lash Brush
  • Lip Brush

These are just the basics. You'll find that there are tons of brushes with all sorts of different uses. Just take one look at the MAC website to see what I'm talking about.


When it comes to my personal favorites, I'm a fan of EcoTools and Real Techniques. Both brands are great quality and pick up product fantastically. The bristles are so soft and I have yet to experience any fall out. EcoTools and Real Techniques both have starter kits that have a handful of the most important brushes you need, and they are at a price point that is budget friendly for those who are dipping their toes into the brush world for the first time. Either brand would be great for a beginner!

For tweezers, you want a nice, sharp, slanted pair that will deftly pick up each individual hair with a great grip. I really enjoy using my Tweezerman tweezers (which I couldn't find for the life of me today), and they are well known for being one of the top tweezer brands around. When it comes to eyelash curlers, mine is a basic one from Cover Girl. However, Shu Uemura's eyelash curler is a makeup fanatic darling.

Now that you know which brushes to buy and a couple of great budget friendly brands, you are ready to head out into the world of beauty armed with great tools! And with that, #theSOproject has now officially come to a close! Friday there will be a round up post for those of you who may have missed a few along the way. Be sure to check back in to see all the highlights of the last ten beauty-filled weeks.

What are your fave beauty tools and brushes? Which brushes do you recommend to beginners?



  1. I have still yet to purchase a Shu Uemura lash curler. Are they really worth the investment? xx

    1. Supposedly they are like the Cadillac of eyelash curlers! I haven't purchased one myself, but it is definitely on my list! I read nothing but good things about them, so it sounds like they are completely worth the investment! xx

  2. I don't know where I would be without my tweezers... honestly. brill post :) xx

    1. I hear ya! I'm lost without my Tweezerman tweezers! I'm glad I have a few backups, but it's just not the same! I'm glad you enjoyed the post, hun! xx

  3. Ecotools brushes are amazing! I love their retractable kabuki brush.

    I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I hope to see you take part!


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