Hello! I'm Rebecca-Louise from UK beauty blog Autumn Leaves. I post product reviews, looks, hauls and unique content daily over there, but today I'm here to guest post for the lovely Gemma and I'm going to share my top 5 makeup tools. It wasn't easy narrowing it down but this is most definitely the best of the bunch...
eBay Blending Sponge (99p) - I've always got a stash of blending sponges, especially as they're so cheap. I use the pointed end to gently press concealer under the eyes and then blend downwards, and I use the rounded end when applying concealer around blemishes as it tends to keep the coverage unlike brushes which will sweep the product away. But they're really versatile as you can use them damp or dry which can often help with product application especially if something is too dry or doesn't blend that easily. One of my other favourite things to do is to spritz the sponge with a bit of setting spray and gently press over the face to keep things in place for the day. You could also use it with cream blush, or use it at an angle with a cream contour product - see why I can't be without one?!
ELF Studio Complexion Brush (£3.95) - As most of the time I'll only have one blending sponge in my makeup bag which I'll use for concealer, I'll always have this brush for pressing setting spray over the face - spritzed directly onto the brush as the taklon bristles are really absorbent. I've also used it for pressed/loose powder and bronzer as it's soft but without being overly fluffy so keeps things light & natural on the face. The sides are slightly flatter meaning you're able to pat or sweep with ease. Another bargain buy.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush and Contour Brush (£14.69 - from the Core Collection) - Although admittedly the other two brushes in this set are rather neglected, these two alone make it well worthwhile. I'm sure you've heard about the buffing brush, but this beauty creates a seriously flawless base with pretty much any foundation/BB cream/tinted moisturiser. Tip: sing 'happy birthday' to yourself twice in your head and that'll be the perfect amount of time to buff your product in for! Then there's the contour brush which is the perfect size for fitting in the hollow of the cheekbones and although it picks up product with ease, it doesn't deposit it heavily at all. It's also the perfect size for adding just a little blush on the apples of your cheeks. Pretty sure I've had this set for 2 years and it's still in perfect condition after monthly washes!
Primark Eyelash Curlers (£1) - In the blogosphere all you really read about is the Shu Uemera or Japonesque eyelash curlers, and although I've not tried either of those I couldn't understand the hype. My Primark eyelash curlers do a fantastic job and are a heck of a lot cheaper. They come with one refill pad, but they're really well made and the pad cushions the lashes rather than crushes them to keep the curl really soft but obvious as well. They're the perfect size and shape for curling all lashes, and I definitely couldn't be without them.
If you could only use 5 makeup tools which would they be?
Big thank you to Gemma for having me here to guest post!