You've prepared your face so you can work your makeup magic. To complete the transformation, you need the right tools -- the magic wands of the trade, so to speak. Professional makeup artists create their bewitching effects on celebrities not so much with the makeup they choose but with the methods and tools they use to apply it.
You, too, can become a wizard with makeup by lining up your own arsenal of makeup tools. Start with these three essential items:
- Use an eye shadow brush -- not a sponge applicator or a cotton swab -- to apply eye shadow. It's easy on the sensitive skin around your eyes and enables you to apply color more precisely [source: Oprah.com].
- Apply foundation with a sponge or foundation brush, not your fingers. Sponges are good for either spot coverage or all-over coverage, while foundation brushes are especially good for providing full coverage. Both tools enable you to be gentle while evenly applying makeup [sources: Oprah.com, Today].
- As with foundation, you want to avoid using your fingers when applying blush. To get naturally rosy or bronzed cheeks, you need to find a good blush brush. Brushes are designed to work with the natural curves on your face without applying too much pressure [source: Oprah.com].
Although you may be tempted to apply makeup with your fingers, keep in mind that fingers carry dirt, germs and oils that can transfer to your face, causing irritation and breakouts [sources: Syrett, Today]. Plus, when you touch your makeup with your fingers, you transfer whatever gunk is on your hands to your makeup -- you could mix your eye shadow into your blush, and you run the risk of turning all your makeup into bacterial Petri dishes.
Now that your skin is prepped and your tools are laid out, it's time for the main event -- putting on your makeup. Read on to learn the proper application process.