The Starting Off Project
It's the final week of The Starting Off Project, but we're going out with a bang! Week 10 sees us looking at a vital tool in your makeup arsenal; makeup tools.
If you own even a little makeup, you'll most likely have some kind of makeup tool. Most likely this will be a brush or sponge, especially if you invest in foundation and would prefer not to use your hands. On that note though, your hands are one of the most important makeup tools you will ever use. In a hurry and need to apply your makeup on the train? Don't like the finish a sponge or brush leaves on your skin? Down the tools and see how your hands work for you. People can be surprised how versatile each part of your hand can be when applying makeup. The radiance you can get from warming foundation in your hands and gliding it across your cheeks so it sinks in effortlessly is not something to be overlooked. Best of all? Massaging boosts circulation, so you're giving your skin the best possible start for the day you can muster up. Use the palm of your hand to apply your base, full coverage or even just a sheer brush of colour can be best achieved in this manner. Contouring is best done by the heel of your hand, as there's a greater surface area to be able to blend outwards but to add a little blush, your thumb is your friend. An index finger is great for applying eyeshadow and smudging eyeliner, making smokey eyes a breeze. To get the perfect lip, your middle finger can pat away without fear of other fingers getting in the way and this also works for highlighter across the cheeks and under the brows. I like to use my ring finger for concealer as this is the most delicate of all your fingers, leaving that thin skin eye area nicely intact.
If you're not a fan of getting your hands dirty, a good makeup brush will be the answer to most beauty lovers prayers. I've got a fair few at my disposal and they all do a multitude of different things, leaving me with plenty of options when it comes to covering my imperfections. Real Techniques features heavily in my collection, making up my ideal brushes when it comes to setting my base. The Buffing Brush as part of the Core Collection, is a brush I can't live without! A good little brush like this can be used to really get your foundation set how you like it, down to working in that cream blush that you can't quite work out how to apply with your fingers. I've even taken to using it to apply my concealer as it gets rid of my dark circles better than I can seem to do with my fingers on a good day. Then there are my multitude of brow, blush, powder and eyeshadow brushes. Each one I find some inventive way of using it outside of its intended purpose. If you think a concealer brush works better for applying cream eyeshadow, go for it as there's no right and wrong, just run with what works for you. Sponges are also a common little tool that can make applying makeup a dream. I use my beauty blender to get my foundation just how I like it and then finish up with a variety of brushes for all my other makeup. I can seem to get just the right finish and I've taken to adding a few to my collection to try with other beauty products to see just how they fare.
Then you have your miscellaneous makeup tools, the unsung heroes of your makeup bag that don't get a mention but you couldn't live without. You've got your tweezers, the miracle workers for the brows and any other stray hairs that may be lurking. You've also got scissors which I know I can't possibly be without when it comes to taming my overly feisty brows and it's also handy for any fly-aways that I can't keep in control until my next hair appointment.
So this wraps up a pretty sweet and concise post for The Starting Off Project. It's bee great writing about all the wonderful uses and tips I can muster about a variety of different makeup. I hope you've enjoyed this series of posts, and be sure to let me know what you'd like to read more of in the future. So on that note, what is your favourite makeup tool?