Megan does makeup

Essential drugstore beauty tools

Makeup doesn’t just fall perfectly in place on anybody’s face no matter how much we wish it did. It takes time and the right tools to create a look that is right for you.

The best beauty tools do not have to be incredibly expensive, you can pick up nice brushes, sponges and other items at the drugstore. It is all about knowing which ones are the winners.

One of my all time favorite ways to apply my foundation is with a beauty sponge. Not those white foamy triangles but the squishy colorful ones you may have been seeing pop up everywhere. They have become a massive trend for a good reason.

A beauty sponge when dampened can blend foundation, concealer and other cream products across the face with ease. Every morning I wet my sponge under the sink and squeeze out the water. Then I dab my liquid foundation all over my face then bounce the sponge across my skin which blends everything out.

My favorite has been the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, it’s orange with a slanted edge then a pointed end. The flat edge I use for foundation then I use the point to blend concealer under my eyes.

Since we are on the topic of Real Techniques, I enjoy their massive powder brush and the Expert Face Brush. I use the face brush to stipple on foundation then use the powder brush to set a light layer of powder around the perimeter of my face.

There’s no shedding and they hold up quite well.

Elf Cosmetics has a large line of brushes for the face and eyes which I have really enjoyed. For the face I have the Complexion, the Small Stipple and the Angled Blush brushes. The complexion and the blush brushes I use to apply bronzer while I use the stipple to apply cream blush.

I also use the Contour and Blending brushes on my eyes. They are smaller so they work great on the lower lash line to blend eyeshadow or place it specifically in the crease or outer lid.

Wet n Wild Beauty has some brushes out now and will be releasing a new set of them in the near future. The ones they have now are pretty nice too! I use the Small Concealer Brush to put eyeshadow close to my bottom lashes.

My final favorite tool is my eyelash curler from Revlon. You don’t need to spend a lot on something that just squeezes your eyelashes.

As I wrap this up, I wanted to thank everyone who has kept up with my column! It has been a year since I started Megan Does Makeup and it has brought me so much joy. The positive responses I get from readers has inspired me to continue putting out content each month.

Here’s to another year of shimmery shadows and bright lipstick!

Bloom has a passion for makeup and making people feel beautiful. Megan Does Makeup is about tips for applying products, if a product is worth the money and inspiration for makeup looks. The column is published on the third Sunday of each month in the Lifestyle Section.

Bloom can be reached at the Lifestyle Department email life@sungazette.com. Follow her on Instagram at @megandoesmake upxo.