5 Makeup Tools You Can Skip


Whoa. Does your assortment of makeup tools look like this? Perhaps some purging is in order.
Whoa. Does your assortment of makeup tools look like this? Perhaps some purging is in order.
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Raise your hand if you've been in this situation: You're innocently strolling through the makeup section of a department store in your local mall. Maybe you're just passing through, or maybe you've come with a mission to buy one specific product, perhaps a lipstick or a new shade of blush.

Fast-forward 30 minutes, and you walk out of the store loaded down with three new eye shadows (and accompanying brushes), bronzing powder (and contouring brush), lipstick and lip liner (with lip brush, of course) ... and a rotating mascara wand? You dump all of the loot into your already overloaded makeup drawer -- and barely touch any of it again.

Sound familiar? No matter how hard we try to be strong, at one point or another most of us have fallen prey to the hard sell by a makeup salesperson. And it's not only the cosmetics they're shilling -- you might find yourself realizing a sudden, deep need for tools, too. Even if you've never heard of a stippling brush, after a few minutes you could start thinking it's the key to happiness. If you don't watch yourself, you'll snap it up -- and not see it again until the next time you clean out your makeup drawer.

So you don't get burned the next time you stroll through the makeup department, here's a list of four makeup tools you really don't need -- and one product everyone has that you should throw out as soon as humanly possible.

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