Top Hair & Makeup Tools

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Top Hair & Makeup Tools

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T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight

Best Beauty Buys 2009, T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight
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BEST BLOW-DRYER
Thanks to negative ions and tourmaline-infused parts, this lightweight machine dries hair more quickly-and with less damaging heat-than conventional dryers. "And it's the lightest professional blow-dryer I know," says Marcia Cross's stylist David Abrams of Santa Monica.

$200; buy online now at

t3micro.com.

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Conair Infiniti

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Conair Infiniti
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BEST INEXPENSIVE BLOW-DRYER
"This heats up and performs like a professional blow-dryer" for a lot lessmoney, says N.Y.C. stylist Ellin LaVar. The automatic retractable cord makes it a cinch to store-under the sink or in a suitcase. "Fast, hot and durable" is how Ali Larter?s stylist Erin Anderson of New York sums it up.

$35; buy online now at

amazon.com.

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FHI Heat Runway

Best Beauty Buys 2009, FHI Heat Runway
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BEST FLATIRON
"With one or two passes, hair is sleek and smooth," stylist Jonathan Hanousek of L.A. says of this backstage staple. The plates are tourmaline-infused, so "it doesn't fry your hair. And it heats upreally fast," says David Babaii, who has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow.

$450; buy online now at

fhiheat.com.

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Ibiza G5

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Ibiza G5
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BEST ROUND BRUSH
This brush offers the right mix of hair-gripping nylon and shine-enhancing boar bristles. "It's flexibleenough to create volume and bounce but stiff enough to do a blow-dry," says L.A. stylist JohnFrancis, who works on Hilary Duff's hair.

$45; buy online now at

ibizahair.com.

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Mason Pearson Popular

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Mason Pearson Popular
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BEST PADDLE BRUSH
As far as Jessica Simpson's L.A. stylist Ken Paves is concerned, "this is the only brush in the world." It detangles, works well with all hair textures, and holds up no matter how much abuse it takes from hot styling tools, says N.Y.C. stylist Ursula Stephen, who uses it on Rihanna.

$151; buy online now at

whatshebuys.com.

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Hot Tools Marcel (1")

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Hot Tools Marcel
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BEST CURLING IRON
"This iron has a gauge, so you can make it as hot as you want," says L.A. stylist Robert Ramos. "It's gentle on hair and lasts forever."
$30; buy online now at

folica.com.

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Conair Mini Pro Ceramic Straightener

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Conair Mini Pro Ceramic Straightener
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EDITORS' PICK
This tiny iron is ideal for travel or stashing in your desk at work. It warms up in just 30 seconds and comes with a heat-safe carrying case so you can put it away immediately. The best part? It works as well as, if not better than, some of the heftier models.

$23; buy online now at

conair.com.

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Shu Uemura

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Shu Uemura
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BEST EYELASH CURLER
Wider than most curlers, it "reaches even the tiniest lashes," says J.J. Jacobucci, who uses it to give Eve's fringes a soft curve.

$19; buy online now at

shuuemura-usa.com.

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Sonia Kashuk

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Sonia Kashuk
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BEST INEXPENSIVE BRUSH LINE
This wallet-friendly line is beloved by the pros for its high-quality synthetic and natural bristles and super-comfy ergonomic handles.

$2-13; buy online now at

target.com.

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Eco Tools

Best Beauty Buys, Eco Tools
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EDITORS' PICK
These professional-quality brushes are made with all earth-friendly materials-from recycled aluminum to bamboo. You'd never know it from the smooth handles and soft bristles.

$6; buy online now at

walgreens.com.

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Tweezerman Slant

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Tweezerman
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BEST TWEEZERS
Pros get right to the point about these ultra-precise tweezers: "The sharp, angled tips get the job done," says L.A. makeup artist Jake Bailey. They pluck exactly where you aim them. A bonus: The company offers free sharpening for life.

$20; buy online now at

tweezerman.com.

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MAC 224

Best Beauty Buys 2009, MAC 224
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BEST EYE SHADOW BRUSH
"If I could own only one brush, this would be it," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Carolina Gonzalez. Its long, domed shape is ideal for applying base and crease colors; fluffy bristles make blending easy.

$28; buy online now at

maccosmetics.com.

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Shu Uemura 18R

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Shu Uemura
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BEST POWDER BRUSH
The loose bristles pick up the perfect amount of powder, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Mathew Nigara, who uses it to give clients like Kate Winslet an immaculate finish.

$48; buy online now at

shuuemura-usa.com.

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Lancome Bi-Facil

Best Beauty Buys 2009, Lancome Bi-Facil
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BEST EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
One swipe removes every kind of eye makeup-even waterproof mascara-without leaving an oily residue. It also contains conditioners so skin feels hydrated and refreshed.

$26; buy online now at

lancome-usa.com.

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Beauty Blender

Best Beauty Buys, Beauty Blender
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BEST FOUNDATION APPLICATOR
Makeup artist Troy Surratt has just one word to describe this sponge: "revolutionary." its rounded edges make for foolproof application.

$20; buy online now at

beautyblender.com.

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MAC 187

Best Beauty Buys, MAC 187
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BEST BLUSH BRUSH
"Blush can be tricky to apply, but this brush fans out the color so it doesn't get too concentrated,"says makeup artist Fiona Stiles. The mix of soft synthetic and coarser natural bristles makes it ideal for cream or powder blush.

$42; buy online now at

maccosmetics.com.

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