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From sponges to blackhead vacuums, the market is full of gadgets to help you maximize your beauty routine. Finding a tool that simplifies literally any aspect of our makeup routine (or just makes it more fun) is our favorite hobby outside of the office—that's why we've rounded up the most essential beauty tools that every makeup lover should own.
Read on for our top picks.
Best Reusable: Face Halo The Modern Makeup Remover
This product is essentially a velvety washcloth that removes every trace of product when you wet it—no cleanser required. Pretty genius, right? All you do is wet the pad with water, then lightly buff over your face in a circular motion to remove makeup on the face, lips, and even eyes. Each Halo is reusable—just throw it in the washing machine.
Best for Blending: Beauty Blender The Original Blender
Don't let any other lookalike sponge fool you, the Beauty Blender makeup blending sponge reigns supreme. This water activated sponge helps you blend foundation, liquid highlighters, cream blushes, and so much more. And since it's reusable, you'll definitely get your money's worth. Formulated to absorb minimal product, the makeup stays on your face and doesn't get absorbed (i.e. wasted) by the sponge. Extend the life of your blender by cleaning it regularly with Beauty Blender Liquid Cleanser.
Best Dermaplaning: DERMAFLASH Luxe Device Sonic Dermaplaning Tool
This at home dermaplaning tool helps create a smooth canvas for makeup by removing the oldest layer of dead skin cells, along with peach fuzz and and surface debris that has built up on your skin over time. According to Dermaflash, a clinical study found that the texture, tone, and radiance of skin was instantly improved after just one use of the device, helping skincare to absorb more efficiently and allowing for flawless makeup application.
Best Organizer: Boxalls Rotating Makeup Organizer
This rotating makeup organizer helps keep all of your makeup, skincare, and fragrances neatly organized for easy access. You can store everything from makeup brushes to skincare in this easy-to-spin holder, featuring clear, adjustable trays for optimal customization and visibility.
Best Jade Roller: ETHONS Jade Facial Roller and 2-in-1 For Face Massager
This jade facial roller and gua sha stone are formulated to help soothe tired and puffy skin, promote circulation, and help skincare absorb more efficiently with daily use. Massage over skin in the morning to help wake it up, and use at night for a calming, relaxing experience. Keep it in the refrigerator to allow the stone to fully cool before rolling on the face for the maximum depuffing effect.
Use a jade roller and/or gua sha tool before makeup application for a more sculpted look.
Best Eco-Friendly: EcoTools Start The Day Beautifully Kit Makeup Brush Set
This easy to use makeup brush set comes with everything you need for a starter set of makeup brushes, perfect for daily use and travel. With an angled foundation brush, concealer brush, eyeshadow brush, angled liner and blush brush, you have all the bases covered. To boot, everything is cruelty-free and made from recycled aluminum and plastic (with 20 percent cotton and 80 percent bamboo fibers).
Best Mirror: GLAMCOR Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror With Selfie Function
Say goodbye to bad lighting and leaning over your sink to look into your bathroom mirror—you'll never be the same after using this light up glam stand from Glamcor. A lighted perimeter lets you see every detail when applying makeup in the morning or evening for a perfect finish, and features dimmer settings, a rechargeable battery, and a selfie timer function.
Best Brush Cleaner: BrushPearl Ultrasonic Makeup Brush Cleaning Device
I don't know who needs to hear this... but wash your makeup brushes. This ultrasonic makeup brush cleaning device cleans multiple brushes at once in three cycles (wash, rinse, and dry) without damaging the delicate bristles. Clean your brushes with BrushPearl once a week for sanitation and the prevention of blemish-causing bacteria.
Best for At-Home Facials: Eunon Blackhead Remover Vacuum
If you're a makeup lover, you've probably woken up to your fair share of blackheads and clogged pores. This device allegedly "vacuums" grime from your pores, and plenty of skincare addicts swear by it. First, steam the face to open your pores, and then gently glide the device over your skin to rid it of all dirt and clogged pores (focusing on areas where you're prone to blackheads).
Best for Avoiding Smudges: Hotop Mascara Shield Applicator
Ever applied mascara only to accidentally tap your lids or brows with the wand? This mascara "shield" helps you apply mascara to the tops and bottom of eyelashes without the dreaded smudges. Place on eye, apply mascara liberally, and don't worry about anything else, k?
Best Face Mask Brush: Terresa Face Mask Brush
The next time you reach for your favorite face mask to prep for makeup application, use one of these brushes versus dipping your fingers in the jar—which can contaminate the product with bacteria from your hands. When you use a synthetic face brush to apply your mask, you end up using less product and get a more even application (plus cleaner lines for better selfies).
Best for Brows: Pixnor Four Piece Tweezer and Eyebrow Set
This set of precision tweezers gets unruly hair out of sight for better brow makeup application, but they can also help for more precise false eyelash application.
Best Eyelash Curler: Chella Heated Eyelash Curler
Tired of clamping down traditional metal eyelash curlers? Just like a hot tool works better on your hair when it's... hot, this heated lash curler gently warms lashes to deliver a long-lasting curl. No crimping, no pinching, no clamping.
Use a heated eyelash curler before mascara application for the best result.
Best Makeup Fridge: Cooluli Electric Cooler and Warmer
The novelty deemed the "skincare fridge" has become all the rage, and the obsession is nowhere near over. Want to boost the calming, de-puffing powers of your face rollers, eye creams, gel patches, and primers? Store your products in this mini fridge to enhance the cooling effect of your favorite products.
Best for DIY Palettes: Japonesque 35-Well Pro Palette
If you're anything like the Byrdie editors, then you have an impressive lipstick collection that's in desperate need of consolidation. This palette contains 24 wells for you to deposit your lip colors into—putting all your lip products in one place so you have all the options and all the drawer space.
Best Brush Set: Qivange Eye Makeup Brushes Set Eye Makeup Brushes Set
Brushes are definitely the most basic, versatile product to keep in your beauty arsenal. And while there are essentials for the face, the eyes are often (mistakenly) overlooked. If you're just smudging eyeshadow on with your fingertips and hoping for the best, let this brush set made specifically for the eyes elevate your look.
Best Makeup Shield: Michelle Villanueva Eyeshadow Shields
Love eyeshadow but hate cleaning up the fallout from a smoky eye? These eyeshadow shields can be applied directly underneath eyes to catch any eyeshadow, glitter, or other kinds of products that fall onto the skin, meaning minimal cleanup and a smooth base for your face makeup.
Best Lip Hydrator: Patchology Flashpatch Hydrating Lip Gels
Experiencing dry, cracked, lips? Use them often (and correctly) and these lip gels can be one of the most important tools at your disposal. Wear before applying a drying matte to infuse moisture into lips, while peptides and green tea extract help sooth and restore elasticity.
Best Foundation Brush: Clarisonic Foundation Brush
This vibrating foundation brush gives you a perfect blend every time. It can be used to seamlessly blend cream or liquid foundations, and even creamy blushes and highlighters (basically any product that has a cream-to-liquid consistency). Attach the brush head to your Clarisonic cleansing device, dab foundation onto your face, then move the device in circular motions to blend. The results are truly magic.