Have you ever completely spaced out in the makeup-brush aisle trying to choose the ideal shadow applicator only to throw up your hands and walk away with nothing? No more. This is the one: Makeup artists get excited when they talk about their love of this tool, which Louer says she buys “10 at a time.” The reason is sheer versatility. The prop expertly deposits both creams and powders (including under-eye concealer), the soft synthetic bristles smoothing and stippling formulas into a seamless finish. Perhaps its greatest talent is perfecting the ever-popular, notoriously tricky smoky eye. Grayson says he uses the oval-shaped head “like a windshield wiper” along the creases of lids to blend and diffuse even the sootiest of shades.
When you curl thousands of sets of eyelashes, as makeup artists like Johny Saade do, you get kind of attached to your pro tool. “This is the first lash curler I ever used, and it will be the last,” declares Gita Bass. “It is my desert-island product,” says Kirin Bhatty. Let’s first focus on what this award-winning tool doesn’t do: pinch, snag, snap, or damage lashes. What it does just right is deliver the perfect curl (not crimp) in a single squeeze. You don’t need to keep clamping, trying to grab all the baby hairs in the inner corners, says Saade. And Bass adds that it comfortably cradles and “works on 99 percent of all eye shapes.” If you’re still scared to bring this metal gadget anywhere near your eyes, try this approach: Prop up your elbow on a table, steady your hand, open the head, then nestle it against your lid. Gently and very slowly close it over your lash line and give it a few squeezes. Your lashes will look lifted and instantly longer, your eyes even bigger.
“I had these on a photo shoot and a model did her eyebrows with them in, like, two minutes,” says Robinette. And that wasn’t just expert know-how at work: These sharp, slanted go-to’s slip under baby hairs that other tweezers can’t even come close to grabbing. Better yet, thanks to their superfine tips, they do so “without discomfort,” Bass adds—so no more screaming obscenities at yourself in the mirror after an accidental skin pinch.
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