Makeup for Eyes: The Essential Tools

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2003

The right tools are necessary for flawless makeup. Select them by the type and size of job they will perform. For example, an eye-shadow brush should be large enough to cover the lid in one or two strokes but not so wide that it overwhelms the whole eye area.

Depending on how much eye makeup you'll be using, it's helpful to have most -- if not all -- of these tools close at hand.

1. Cotton swabs make excellent erasers; dip them in foundation and dab over your makeup for quick fixes.

2. A small fluffy brush is just the right size for setting foundation with a light layer of powder.

3. Use a foundation brush to prep lids with base; this will give the eye shadow something to adhere to.

4. A sponge can also be used to blend foundation upward from the lash line.

5. Choose a flat eye-shadow brush for sweeping shadow across the lids from lashes to brows. To help your makeup last throughout the day, apply the powder over a matching cream shadow.

6. A crease brush is best for blending shadow into the crease of the lid.

7. Use a sponge-tip applicator to dust a highlighter on the brow bone and at the center of the lid (put just a touch here).

8. A flat, stiff eyeliner brush makes it possible to draw a precise line at the base of the lashes. Layer the powder liner over a matching eye pencil to help it stay on longer.

An eyelash curler is the only thing that will give lashes a long-lasting curl. Replace the pad on the curler when it appears worn (usually after several months).

10. Use a spoolie to groom the brows; it can also be used to separate lashes and get rid of any clumps after putting on mascara.

11. Fill in brows with eyebrow powder, using a stiff, angled eye brush to put on eyebrow powder.

12. A pair of slant-tip tweezers is best for precisely plucking stray eyebrow hairs yourself.

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