Primitive methods of foundation application include fingers, sponges and brushes – not that there’s anything wrong with them, but when the Beautyblender came along, everything changed. The dabbing, bouncing motion of the Beautyblender helps foundation melt into the skin without leaving streaks, and giving it a nice, airbrushed finish.
If you’ve got a foundation that’s been giving you streaks or just doesn’t seem to apply well, give it another go with the Beautyblender – you might just find yourself falling back in love with it again.
#2 Clarisonic Mia Fit, $250
You’ve not felt cleaner skin until you’ve used a cleansing device on your face. Most of the time, fingers just push grime and makeup around when you’re washing, but the bristles of a Clarisonic cleansing device reaches into the pores to clean out makeup and impurities, all while gentle exfoliating it.
The Mia Fit is the latest offering from Clarisonic. With its smaller size, you can just pop it into your gym back to give skin a thorough clean after your yoga sesh.
#3 Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light, $398
I have to admit, I was skeptical about the efficacy and claims of light therapy but nothing seemed to work on a slight skin problem which I had, so I decided to give the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light a go. Back story: I had a steroid jab on an angry cystic pimple right before my wedding, the pimple went away but after it healed, there was a visible dent on my chin. A couple of weeks passed but nothing seemed to fill up the dent until I reached for the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light.
There are three different colours – blue is antibacterial which means its great for pimples, yellow gets rid of pigmentation and gives your skin a brighter appearance, while red stimulates collagen production. Pretty bold claims, but stay with me. After just three days of intensely using the red light on my dent, it filled up and the dent was no more. Granted, it doesn’t promise that it’ll turn back the clock on your skin, but it does the job for quick fixes if you’re committed to using it over a long period.
#4 shu uemura Eyelash Curler, $30
Not all eyelash curlers are made equal and although they all seem to be able to do the job well, it’s universally agreed upon by beauty experts, editors and makeup artists around the world that shu uemura makes one of the best eyelash curlers around. The shape fits Asian eyes best and is able to reach nearer to the roots to give lashes more lift and curl.
Dry skin makes it difficult for skincare products to penetrate into the skin, and for makeup to sit nicely without making the face look parched. That’s why exfoliating is so important – it lifts dead skin cells off the surface so that it doesn’t clog pores and cause pimples, reduce the overall dullness, as well as allow for better absorption of skincare products.
While facial scrubs and masks do the job, those with drier skin might need more help with the Phillips VisaCare Microdermabrasion. With a light suction and unique microdermabrasion attachment, surface skin is removed easily. First time users might experience redness, but it’s actually pretty normal. Just remember not to over exfoliate though.
#6 Colour Me Automatic Foundation Applicator, $75
Similar to the tapping action you’d used with a Beautyblender, the Colour Me Automatic Foundation Applicator achieves the same effect, with less effort. This motorised gadget pulsates 15,000 times per minute for flawless coverage and comes with different attachments for liquid foundations and powder. Foundation leaves an airbrushed finish, with a coverage that lasts much longer.
#7 Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen, $209
Topical anti-blemish products often leave the surface of the skin dry and flaky in a bid to dry out the pimple, but the Foreo ESPADA Acne-Clearing Blue Light Pen targets them at its roots with light therapy and T-Sonic Pulsation. The blue light eliminates acne-causing bacteria in just 30 seconds, and there’s a gentle vibration to massage the area to promote circulation and healing.
I’m quite particular when it comes to keeping my brushes and sponges clean and I find it extremely difficult to wash fluffy big brushes (especially those with white tips). I was reluctant to shell out 50 bucks (I had an older version of this which was slightly cheaper) for what essentially looked like an oven mitt, but after seeing how it was able to deep clean my makeup brushes, it felt like a worthy investment as this means that I could extend the longevity of the brushes.
#9 The Original MakeUp Eraser Pink, $30
I’m not the most religious when it comes to night beauty regimens and there are days where I like to just remove my makeup in one step and continue with the rest of the products instead of double cleansing.
The Makeup Eraser is a godsend as it removes makeup (waterproof ones too) on one side, and gently exfoliates on the other with only water. I’d be simultaneously marveling at the makeup it removed and grossed out by how dirty the Makeup Eraser is. No biggie though, you can just toss it in the wash and reuse it. This is also a great alternative to disposable makeup wipes if you’re concerned about creating waste.
#10 Dyson Supersonic, $599
The design of handheld hair dryers have remained largely unchanged until now. Like a well-balanced sword, the Dyson Supersonic feels great in the hand and allows for maximum maneuverability without tiring out the arms. The small but mighty motor dries hair in less time, subjecting your hair to less heat damage.