Must-Have Tools and Brushes!

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(And please excuse how much I need to clean these 🙂

I am a minimalist. If I don’t have to do something, I don’t do it. So naturally, my tools are minimal as well! I’m a firm believer that no matter how creamy, pigmented, or luxurious your products are, you just can’t get the perfect look without having your perfect tools of the trade. Therefore, investing in a good set of brushes is SO worth your money in the long run. Yes, it may be expensive at first, but if you’re using these products every day, the benefits far outweigh the initial cost.

ANYWAY, let’s get to my tool recommendations!

Note: All of the Sigma brushes mentioned are from the Essential Kit, $160, http://www.sigmabeauty.com

Face:

  •  Beauty Blender, $19.95, sephora.com: This is HANDS DOWN my favorite way to apply foundation/concealer. I tried using stippling brushes, but in my experience, it just took too long to achieve that “airbrushed” look (like, girl’s got no time for that!). I also tried using buffing brushes (e.g., the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush), but I could still tell that there was foundation sitting on my skin. Then, I joined the cult following of this sponge, and my life has been forever changed! Yes, it may seem a little crazy to spend twenty dollars on a sponge, but in the cosmetic industry, you really get what you pay for. Not only is it the easiest way to apply liquid/cream bases, but it is the best way to create the most natural, flawless-looking canvas for a perfect face! Just squeeze the Beauty Blender under water and dab your liquid across your face, and you are good to go!
  • Powder puffs (for pressed powders), $1 4-pack, http://www.eyeslipsface.com: Setting your liquid/cream foundation with powder is absolutely essential for a couple reason. First of all, it extends the wear of your makeup and how long it stays beautiful, and it also stops your liquids (especially your under eye concealer) from creasing throughout the day. Lastly, for us oily girls out there, it keeps us matte and shine-free all day. Therefore, if you’re a pressed powder kind of gal (e.g., Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder), using a powder puff instead of a brush is ideal because you can control how much powder you put on specific areas of the face. Dry skin girls may not need to use powder as much, but for those who need oil control, applying pressed powder with a puff to the T-zone is just enough to keep dat shine away. 🙂
  • Sigma F30 Large Powder (for loose powders), $28, http://www.sigmabeauty.com: If you’re a fan of using loose powders (e.g., Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder, MY FAVE!), using a brush is a better idea because it’s a lot easier to control than a puff. All you do is dip a brush into the powder, tap the excess off of the side, and apply to where you need it.
  • Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour, $22, http://www.sigmabeauty.com: I love this brush because you can use it for so many different products! You can use it to contour, but I’ll be honest, I don’t like the way it looks on me and I can never figure it out, but I’m sure this brush works great for contouring if that’s your thing! What I use this brush for is applying blush with the fat side, then turning it over and using the tip to apply highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones. This is the SOFTEST brush out of the entire Essential Kit, so bonus. 🙂
  • Fingers, free, God: If you’re on a super tight budget, in a rush, or just incredibly lazy like I am, using the tools God gave you are still a very reliable way to apply liquid! Just make sure they’re clean first. Don’t wanna spread dat bacteria. 🙂

Eyes

  • Sigma E55 Eye Shading, $14, http://www.sigmabeauty.com: You NEED this brush for any eye look. I repeat: you NEED this brush for ANY eye look. Step aside from the Q-tips and foam applicators that come with many palettes. This is the perfect way to apply your eyeshadow to your lid for the most basic to the most intense looks. Nuff said.
  • Sigma E30 Pencil, $14, http://www.sigmabeauty.com: If you’re in the mood to step it up from a one-shadow look, applying darker colors to the crease with this brush is exactly how you accomplish that. Doing this adds definition to the eye and more beautiful colors to any eye look.
  • Sigma E40 Tapered Blending, $16, http://www.sigmabeauty.com: This is your gateway to the most professional-looking eye looks you’ve ever seen. Sure, you can slap some color on your lid and put a darker color in the crease, but it just won’t look polished. Blending out these colors will make for a more seamless transition from lid to crease to brow bone. This is your best friend, and will be for the rest of your life. Just buy it!

So, there you go! These are the absolute minimum brushes I would need for a full face of makeup! Brushes are an investment, but they’re also a surefire way to achieve that perfect look you crave. There are so many brush lines out there, some more expensive than others, but a great drugstore brush line is Real Techniques, which is sold in Ulta and Walgreen’s. Also, e.l.f. has a great brush line with INSANELY cheap brushes! And, of course, I recommend the Sigma Essential Brush kit. It really has all of the essentials, and it’s middle ground as far as price goes. If you have any questions or other recommendations, feel free to leave a comment down below! Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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Welcome to Just a Spoonful of Beauty!

Hello, lovelies!

My name is Katie, and I’ve been obsessed with makeup for about a year and a half now. Ever since I got into makeup, I’ve watched the YouTube beauty greats (like Jaclyn Hill, emilynoel83, Allison Anderson, etc.), and I’ve always admired their work and talent. Recently, I realized that I have enough experience by now to share some of my advice with people who may be in the same place that I was a couple years ago, and what a more fun and easy way to do it than a blog?! I’ll try to keep up this blog as much as possible with fun reviews, tutorials, first impressions, favorites, you name it! I hope to connect with as many beauty fanatics and gain as much knowledge as possible in the name of makeup, but enough about my channel and onto the weirdo behind the screen!

Besides makeup, I’ve got three dogs, Odie, Loki, and Kiki, and obsessions with lots of people and things, including (but not limited to): Ed Sheeran, anything and everything Disney, Vera Bradley, sugar, YouTube, learning Spanish, singing (in the shower, in the supermarket, in my sleep, anywhere), cheese, Sam Smith, harmonizing with my best friends, being happy, cute designs/patterns, finding new eyeshadow combinations every day, shopping, sleeping, connecting with people, dancing in my car, blasting music, and, of course, makeup. Yes, I am a typical white girl, and I embrace it (although I do not like coffee, I’m more of an unsweet tea type of gal :)! Speaking of tea, I think everyone is beau-TEA-ful (wow, Katie, way to stretch that pun) no matter what “imperfections” they may think they have. I’m a firm believer that God makes no mistakes, so that mole on your nose? Totally a kiss from above. 🙂 There is nothing wrong with any girl out there, except that they may an attitude that doesn’t reflect how perfect they are. Therefore, I think makeup is there to enhance our beautiful features, not to hide them. I love Bobbi Brown and her message that “Makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident”, so I strive to do my makeup every single day in a way that makes me feel beautiful, not to hide, not to stay on trend, and not because I have to. Anyway, enough on that rant. Bottom line: I love the power of makeup!

I’m super excited to start my another chapter of my makeup journey on this blog. I fully understand I’ll make lots of mistakes along the way, but that will make the triumphs so much more rewarding. If you have any questions or requests for upcoming posts, please leave a comment down below! Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you soon! 🙂