Makeup Tools That Really Work, According to Experts

Beauty industry vets share the brushes, sponges and more that have a permanent place in their makeup kits

01 of 07

Cryo Sticks

Makeup Tools Roundup

Before you apply makeup, use these cooling wands to "reduce inflammation and tighten skin," says pro Marco Campos.
Buy It! Biologique Recherche, $120;

02 of 07

Makeup Applicator


"It doesn't absorb product and is easier to clean than a traditional sponge," says pro Dana Delaney of this blender, which can also be used to apply skin care.
Buy It! Leia, $59;

03 of 07

Foundation Brush


When you apply your base with this dualended tool, "the airbrushed result is unmatched," says Jill Dunn, cohost of the Breaking Beauty podcast.
Buy It! IT Cosmetics, $49;

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Eyelash Curler

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Carlene Higgins, cohost of the Breaking Beauty podcast, loves how the curved angle "helps find and fan every lash."
Buy It! Shu Uemura, $23;

05 of 07

Body Brush


Pro Elena Miglino says this is a must for applying body bronzer: "It's faster and more precise than a mitt."
Buy It! Makeup by Mario, $45;

06 of 07

Blotting Papers


These small but mighty sheets "take down excess shine without disturbing makeup," says pro Jenna Nelson.
Buy It! Tatcha, $12 (for 40);

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Makeup Remover Pads

Makeup Tools Roundup

Pro Christine Cherbonnier loves this reusable microfiber disc because it removes even the most stubborn makeup.
Buy It! Face Halo, $11;

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