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Tools of the Trade
by Wendy Fitos

If you have ever walked through a Sephora, do your eyes start spinning in awe at all the makeup brushes, tweezers, sponges and accessories that you see in front of you?

Does going to CVS for a prescription suddenly turn into a $50 extravaganza and your medication costs a mere $5? I will admit it-YES! YES! YES! YES!

All the shapes and sizes, the points and the slants, sable or goat hair-the choices are amazing AND completely overwhelming. At last count, I believe I own over 300 makeup brushes, 10 pairs of tweezers and I can't even count the endless accessories.

The saddest part of all? I tend to use the same 10 makeup brushes and possibly 2 pairs of tweezers on a regular basis. The Oh-So-Cute accessories take way to much time to even bother with.

How did this happen? I hate to spend $20 on a good dinner, I pack my lunch and without a mother who will buy me my DVD's, my DVD player would be collecting a lot of dust.

Yet somehow I managed to spend a good mortgage payment on goods that may never see the light of day again.

My goal is to see that this never happens to another woman!

Women will often ask me if brushes are necessary to a good makeup application and I will always say yes because having the right brushes can change a look from harsh to beautiful without a lot of effort. When helping clients select the right brushes, I ask a lot of questions to find out what brushes will be of the most use and how much time they want to spend on their makeup.

I find that the majority of women want to spend no more than ten to fifteen minutes getting ready so I have narrowed down the brushes, tweezers and accessories to 8 pieces.


*The Powder brush is essential because it has several functions. Besides applying powder, the powder brush can be swept over the entire face at the end of an application for a warmly blended look. If eyeshadow still looks harsh, the powder brush can be swept over the eyes to pick up excess color and contouring the cheekbones, jaw and neckline becomes a breeze.

*The All Over Eyeshadow Brush has loose, fluffy bristles that are used to apply lighter colors from the lash line to the eyebrow that will make the eye look bigger. This brush can also be used to contour and highlight small areas on the face that you want to bring out or help recede as well as applying other eyecolors to the lid and crease of the eye.

*A Brow Brush to apply brow powder can also double as an eyeliner brush for women who like a line around the eye that is subtle and well blended. The brow brushes that come with brow powder have bristles that can be a rough on the skin

*Lash brushes help mascara look less clumpy and separate the lashes for more definition to the shape of the eye as lashes can be swept in an upward motion with the brush to give the eye a "lift."

*A fluffy Blush Brush -I don't think Mimi from the Drew Carey show owned one. I will say no more.

Coming Next - Tweezers & Accessories

Wendy Fitos is a licensed Makeup Artist and Esthetician. She can be reached to schedule consultations and lessons at Spa Ostara, 24945 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 (440)-835-2922 or by email at MkeupJunki@aol.com.

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