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Ask any carpenter, chef, or dentist, getting the job done right depends upon using, maintaining, and worshiping the right tools. Thatâ€™s right, worship, as in have-to-have tweezers for the perfect brow, or the correctly angled brush for eyeliner application. Like the aforementioned disciplines, beauty is all about the tools too. Continuing BITBâ€™s birthday celebration, we present to you 5 Fab Beauty Tools We Canâ€™t Live Without.
Beautyblender (ARV $19.95)
Possibly the most useful tool ever for applying foundation quickly and smoothly, Beauyblender is a handy dandy, egg shaped, reusable sponge that finally solves the fingers or brush question when it comes to applying foundation. Bounce, or stipple as makeup artists say, the round edge on forehead, cheeks, and chin for streak-free application. Use the pointed side for hard-to-reach spots around the nose, eyes, and mouth. When you are finished, simply wash and dry. We guarantee that you will fall in love with this adorable sponge.
Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infuser (ARV $185)
Clarisonic cleansing goes to the next level with the Opal, a magical little device that makes the skin around your eyes more receptive to skin care serums. Itâ€™s a very cute, palm-sized device that uses 200+ sound movements per second, which in effect gently taps around the eye area. The sonic action helps the serum go on evenly and penetrate more deeply beneath the skin. Results include improved elasticity, hydration, and reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. In fact, according to a consumer study, 95% report tighter, firmer skin in the targeted area.
Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Flat Iron (ARV $160)
For getting straight in a jiffy, we canâ€™t live without our Sedu. The larger 1.5â€ plate size works wonders on thick wavy hair to get to smooth and sleek with a significant number of fewer swipes. This reliable workhorse offers everything you expect from an iron: temp control, fast heat-up, and ceramic plate. For thinner locks, try the 1â€ model. In terms of tools, nothing beats a reliable device that works as claimed.
mÄ“â„¢ Smooth (ARV $395)
What good can be said about hair removal: itâ€™s time consuming, requires almost daily upkeep, and is expensive if done professionally. Thankfully, mÄ“ Smooth has changed all that. The professional at-home hair removal system uses elÅsÂ® technology, a combo of Intense Pulsed Light and Radio Frequency that inhibits hair growth. It takes a slight commitmentâ€”full legs must be treated for 10 minutes a week, for seven weeks in a rowâ€”in order to catch all the hairs at the proper growth stage. Once a month maintenance may be required after that. But the great news here is that mÄ“ Smooth works on all skin tones and hair color, unlike many of its competitors.
Tweezerman SlantÂ® Tweezer (ARV $22)
We have to agree with Allure magazine editors, who have awarded this Tweezerman model its Best of Beauty honor for 12 years. Nothing beats it for brow shaping; the slant angle allows you to seek and destroy even the most rebellious hair. Precision like this requires some upkeep and Tweezerman will sharpen all of its beauty tools for free.