Tag: tools

Foundation Brushes

Since I largely use tinted moisturizer, I really should call these “moisturizer brushes” but either way, they are my favorite tool for blending any color on my face.  Over the years, I have tried great (and not so great) brushes and most are still in my collection – a testimony to how long these tools will last.

Armani Beauty Designer Foundation Brush

The fibers are shorter than other foundation brushes, which gives great control but can hinder blending.  I especially like the sharper end to get into the areas around my nose, under eyes and chin. The brush contains a blend of fibers which is typical for foundation brushes. The effect of this brush is a heavier coverage with ability to add precision. Overall this is a great brush that will last a long time. ($51)

Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush

The longer brush by Bobbi Brown won’t provide precise lines, but blends tinted moisturizer flawlessly.  The color almost buffs into the skin achieving Bobbi Brown’s signature “your own skin” look.  It also gives foundation a more moderate coverage.  I am sure the lighter bristles on the end have another purpose, but it provides encouragement for frequently cleaning because pigment is readily visible. ($35)

As a fan of foundation brushes, I think these two offer the best of what is out there.  If you are one who favors a heavier coverage, Armani is the way to go.  For those who like a tinted look, try Bobbi Brown.

Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray

Raise your hand if you don’t wash your brushes every single week: guilty as charged.  I know it is not a replacement for brush shampooing, but the Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray makes me feel just a little bit better about my brush-cleaning-laziness.  This spray is alcohol free and safe for synthetic and natural brushes.  And it is quick drying.  This really comes in handy if you have leftover color on your brush you don’t want interfering with your next application.

Gillette Mach3 Shaving System

Do you remember your first razor?  Well, I do. Weird, I know. It was the round one with the neon disk in the center.  I guess my obsession with cosmetics and products spills over into the beauty tools category too.  My dermatologist recommended this razor as the absolute best.  Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles (i.e. 17 blades, huge moisturizing strip, etc.), it has the best performance around.  Leave it to the men to have the best razor and not tell the ladies about it.  Plus, I like its clean and metallic design – doesn’t make me feel so silly and prissy about shaving my legs.