In the beauty world, product is only half the story. The tools you use are equally important, but because people tend to buy one tool for a specific purpose and use it for a long time, there's not as much turnover in or attention to the beauty tool market. We have some favorites, though, because of course we do.
Below, we're sharing eight of our favorite tools to help you get the most out of your favorite products, from your skincare and makeup routines to your daily hair care. Let us know what your go-tos are in the comments.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Small Angled Cut Brush
$17 via Macy's
Good brushes can always make a huge difference, and a flat, angled brush has been my preference to create a cat eye with gel liner since college. The shape is also really useful for filling in brows.
Clarisonic Mia 1 Cleansing System
$99 via Macy's
Even though not all estheticians condone its use, the Clarisonic is far and away the most popular skin gadget on the market. For $99, it's well worth a test drive to see if it makes a difference for you--after all, there's plenty of skincare goop that costs more than that by itself.
GHD Classic 1 Inch Styler
$185 via Sephora
I have naturally very curly hair that always requires a pass with a flat iron if I'm going to blow it out myself, and I've been using the same GHD since approximately 2008. Not only does it work like a charm, but it lasts.
Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Bristle Hair Brush
$150 via Net-a-Porter
Mason Pearson is the Hermès of hair brushes, and devotees swear that it reduces frizz and improves the texture and shine of their hair.
The Original Beauty Blender
$20 via Macy's
The Beauty Blender is a longtime makeup guru favorite, and it's not hard to see why: it provides a flawless application of everything from primer to powder, all in a cute little egg.
Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X
$449 via Sephora
I've had both laser hair removal in a medispa and with this at-home laser, and I'm just as happy with the Tria's results as I was with the much more expensive, much more inconvenient in-office experience.
Tweezerman Brow Scissors and Brush
$19 via Sephora
People didn't start complimenting my brows until I started trimming them a couple times a month; it makes for a much neater application of any kind of filler product you like.
Twin Turbo 3200 Hair Dryer
$92 via Amazon
The owner of a very expensive Tribeca hair salon recommended this dryer to me, and I figured that I couldn't beat the price point. I was right; it's been a better, more consistent hair dryer than any of the $300 models I've used, and I've noticed it in a ton of salons since then.
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