Multi-tasking brushes and sponges put to the test.
Flawless make-up with just three tools
Over the years we’ve tried hundreds of beauty application tools, test-driving everything that came our way, from pricey designer brushes down to budget blenders from the supermarket, all in the quest to achieve a more flawless finish when applying our make-up.
In keeping with our New Year resolution to scale back, we’ve decided to streamline our collection to just a few versatile essentials because let’s face it, who actually uses 30 brushes to apply their slap every day? And then there’s the chore of having to wash them all regularly, which pros recommend doing every single week!
Wouldn’t it be so much easier to have just one compact case with tools that carry out a number of jobs? Say, a sponge that can apply foundation, bronzer, blusher and highlighter in one go. Or how about a do-it-all precision brush for expert concealing and painting on a perfect red lip? We’ve done our research and found you the top three tools that do it all.
Benefit Angled Brow Brush & Spoolie, Sephora Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain
This dual-ended tool features an angled brush designed to seamlessly apply brow powders, creams and waxes or to slick on gel eyeliner. While the spoolie side can be used to swipe on mascara or further blend and comb brow products.
Real Techniques The Miracle Complexion Sponge, visit Boots Pharmacy at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat
You may already own the now iconic BeautyBlender, but have you tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge? While we’re still fans of the original egg-shaped pink sponge, this clever dupe comes with both a pointed end (great for covering imperfections) and a flat side that is ideal for baking and contouring.
For the best results, dampen the sponge and use dabbing, stippling motions to apply just about any liquid or cream formula, be it foundation, blush or contour. The result is a super smooth, airbrushed finish with not a streak in sight.
Smashbox Multitasking Brush, Sephora Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Bahrain
This skinny tapered tool not only offers exact precision for concealing blemishes, dark spots, under-eye circles and redness around the nose, but it can also be used to apply lipstick, highlighter and define brow lines – genius!