When I first started using makeup (and we’re going waaaayyy back folks, to like 1999 lol) I remember seeing my mom’s eyelash curler and thinking “I will NEVER use one of those.” It looked scary (still does) and I didn’t want something like that going near my eyes. Fast forward to my late high school years (2004) and eyelash curlers have found regular use in my routine…until a rather embarrassing incident when my lashes met an unfortunate fate. I went to curl my lashes as usual, and the rubber guard had fallen off (unbeknownst to me) and snip! There go half my lashes on one eye. <—-not kidding, this really did happen.
While there will always be the isolated mishap, most makeup tools have made my life exponentially better.
Metal Eyelash Comb: Ever try using the plastic ones to try to comb through your lashes? Yeah, they don’t work (at least not for me). But this metal one here, works wonders if you’ve gone a bit overboard on your mascara, or if you are dealing with a clumpy formula. This one I picked up from Coastal Scents and it was super inexpensive! Could never be without this anymore.
Slanted Tweezers: For the obvious job of maintaining brows and keep stray hairs at bay, but sometimes are used for more obscure purposes….like aiding in de-potting. Any way you slay it, these are my favorite tweezers ever. They are made by La Cross and I am pretty sure that I bought them at Walgreens years ago. I’ve tried others and nothing compares.
Brow Comb: I used to think that just the bristle end was for your brows and the other end was for your lashes. Not true, at least that’s not how I use them. I use the plastic side to add in trimming my brows. It’s the perfect way to comb them so you can see which hairs need to be trimmed. The other side works great for everyday grooming, and I usually use it in conjunction with the plastic side if my brows are being particularly unruly.
Eyelash Curler: Goes without saying, it curls lashes. I don’t know what brand this is but I will bet I paid less than $10 for it. I generally don’t use it daily. I use it more for when I am using false lashes than anything. My lashes have sort of a natural curl to them so lash curlers don’t make a dramatic difference to me. But it does really help my false lashes blend nicely with my real ones.
Glass Nail File: This one happens to be from Sephora and it’s the only one I have ever purchased. I have used this since the beginning of this year and have seriously barely made a dent in it. Glass files are so much easier on my nails than an emery board is. They give you more control I think and also last for an insanely long time. I see having this one file well into the future.
Spoolie: I use this particular spoolie for my hair. It is absolutely wonderful for taming fly aways. I spray a bit of hair spray on my fly aways and quickly run the spoolie over them. It works like a charm. If you’ve never tried this, you really must. This one was from ELF for a whole $1. Total bargain!
What are your favorite instruments of torture…ermmm, tools? Do tell! Any embarrassing mishaps like mine, indulge me, I promise I won’t laugh (only with you , not at you).