Best makeup brushes & tools according to redditors

We found 2,111 Reddit comments discussing the best makeup brushes & tools. We ranked the 806 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/disneyprincesslina · 63 pointsr/sugarfreemua

I would suggest this brush set:

Rather than the one you've chosen. I've owned both and have gotten much more use out of the linked one than that other set. While the other is more extensive, this set has more useful brushes and is a little better quality.

Everything else looks great!

u/mellistu · 46 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

The internet can teach you!

You don't need to drop $54 on an Urban Decay palette to figure out how to put on eyeshadow. Drugstore mascara is often touted as some of the best. Most people who are just starting out only need a couple things - get some Real Techniques brushes and a couple different drugstore options and you can be off to see the wizard before you know it.

Try /r/makeupaddiction, /r/beautydiagrams, /r/indiemakeupandmore, and especially /r/howdoibeauty (which is a closed sub, but you just have to message the mods for permission).

You can do it!

u/imaprincess · 38 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Great starter set -- Real Techniques Starter Set. Only $15

u/bee_tee_dubbs · 32 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

How important having the right brush is for success with ABH Dipbrow!

I tried it a few times with a small-ish eyeshadow/lip brush and kept looking like I'd drawn them on with a sharpie.

Once I bit the bullet and got an eyebrow-specific brush (small angle brush on one end, spoolie on the other) my brow game was forever changed.

Doesn't have to be expensive either, I got this one on Amazon and it works great!

u/Leisureguy · 27 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here are some good brush possibilities, in ascending order by price:

The Ecotools Bamboo Finishing Kabuki brush, which makes a terrific shaving brush; you can pick it up for $7.50 in the cosmetics section of (e.g.) Walgreens.

In the $8-$14 range, any of the Omega boar brushes would do a good job, and those are available from many sources. I prefer the brushes without the dyed band---the plain white brushes---but both work well. Read this beginner's guide to boar brushes on proper use. These are soaked before each use: just wet well with hot water and leave it sitting while you shower. I really like the Pro 48 (10048); it's large, but I still find it comfortable for face lathering.

The Omega 11047 boar/badger brush, which you soak for boar content, but then acts like a badger---and makes a good travel brush as well as an everyday brush. $17 plus shipping, but you can buy something in addition for little or no extra shipping charge.

One of the HJM black synthetic brushes from for $25, including shipping. (US residents do not pay VAT.) This is a supeb brush, as gentle as any silvertip and quite efficient at lather creation.

The Whipped Dog silvertip badger: $26 including shipping with your choice of resin handle. The 22mm size is the best all-round size.

u/YouSophisticat · 22 pointsr/BeautyGuruChatter

Cheap Amazon foundation buffing brushes that work the same, if not better, than expensive brushes. I've spent $10 on these brushes and I've also gone out and spent $50 on 1 brush, but I always go back to these brushes.

Edit: added link

u/[deleted] · 21 pointsr/MakeupAddiction
u/234and1 · 18 pointsr/MakeupAddiction


1 The lightest, flimsiest, and most natural looking - would be an everyday lash for me if I was in a client facing position. My top choice for learner lashes because they are cheap and non irritating, and can take enough of a beating

2 A bit fuller, band is slightly more durable. I like the way these look more than 1, but they are a little bit harder to learn on.

I'd stay away from these entirely because they are absolutely the worst things to work with, and I can usually slap on falsies in about 2 minutes - these take 10 minutes and a bunch of cutting and trimming. band is super inflexible. awful.

good luck! shipping time kind of sucks and is sporadic, i've gotten them within a week or forgotten and see a surprise a month later...

u/sewsewsewyourboat · 12 pointsr/sugarfreemua

i strongly suggest going over to /r/HoodedEyes. there are some good techniques there, and practice every day an eye look. I HIGHLY recommend watching this Wayne Goss tutorial on hooded eyes: the straight line technique. I think this will be especially beneficial to your eye shape.

I'd also highly recommend that you learn tightlining. That's actually a pretty simple technique to master but will make your eyes pop.

As for colors for your eyeshadow, i think you'll be most happy with a light base plus one or two darker brown colors, just enough to give the illusion of an eye lift, but nothing terribly dark to make you cringe years later after you have mastered the technique. I personally like to use a light beige base color plus another brown that is basically a contour color because that basically contours the eye in a pretty nice shape but is not noticeable.

As for tools, I was really impressed with this set as a beginner's set. The blending brush is definitely nice.

Now, as for the other stuff, your eyebrows are very nice. They're pretty neat as it is, so it's no big deal. You probably don't even need anything done with those.

As for foundation... honestly, go to sephora/nordstrom/ulta as many times as you can and get color matched. Get samples. Test at home, ask for opinions both IRL and on here, if desired. Go again, and try to get different color matchers each time. Also, avoid that stupid Sephora IQ gimmick device. If you have any redness at all, it'll match you to an incredibly dark color.

To help you answer your questions about tone... ask yourself what colors look best on you. It's a bit difficult for me to get a decent idea of your tone with one photo. But wearing different colors and seeing how your skin looks can give you a decent indication. If you have trouble figuring out what tone the clothing is, you can probably google it and see what others say.

But... going off the one photo, you look more warm.

u/TheKittenButcher · 11 pointsr/MakeupAddiction


  • MAC Face and Body (C1 mixed with White)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC15) under eyes
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SX03) on blemishes
  • Tarte Tipsy blush
  • NYX Taupe blush (to contour)
  • MAC Soft and Gentle


  • MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot
  • Urban Decay Liar and Blackheart on the inner and outer corners, Nooner in the crease
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pigment in Yellow Gold applied wet to the center of the lid
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher
  • These no name lashes I ordered from Amazon
  • NYX Milk on the waterline


  • MAC Vegas Volt
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream


  • Makeup Forever Aqua Brow (10 Light Blonde)
u/invisiblespacedog · 11 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

The absolute best brushes I've ever used in my life are these Bestope face brushes from Amazon. They're a set of 8 for $8, and they're the softest things ever. They're the perfect density, and I've had them for a year and there's been no shedding or any problems. I reach for these more than my Sephora brushes!

u/nicewle · 11 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Nevermind I realized I can just copy the brushes I used and put it here haha but you absolutely don’t need these, all you need is a regular blending brush, a slightly smaller blending brush and maybe a brush to apply the darker shades in the corner.

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending (its really the only tapered blending brush I have but tbh it’s not THAT good, just a medium sized tapered blending brush. Not worth the money alone but I got it in a kit)
Sigma E30 Pencil brush to darken the crease.
Sephora brand pointed blending brush with the label rubbed off also Sephora brand small angled brush for brows. They were both in the same set
• a brush I got on amazon in a set. The brand is Lamora and the name on the brush is just ‘blending brush).
Sigma E65 Small Angle to carve brows
If I’m being honest the softest brush here is the amazon and Sephora one, but maybe I just know nothing about brushes. These specific sigma brushes I listed have nothing special! Hope this list helped anyway! : )

u/ProsimiansOnPluto · 8 pointsr/MakeupAddiction usually has it.

The other awesome thing is cheap eyelashes from Amazon, like 10 pairs for $2 kind of cheap. I buy style 0, they look the most like natural. If you wear glasses and find that lashes usually hit your lenses, these are the perfect length. The trick to putting on eyelashes without having your own is to anchor the outer third of the strip first. You hold onto the center of the strip with tweezers, lay the outer corner first, then let go of the strip completely (they shouldn't move) and grab the inner corner with your tweezers and slowly guide the rest of the strip onto your eyelid. If this doesn't make sense, let me know I'll be happy to make a video for you. With the secure hold glue, make sure you let it get a little tacky before applying. About thirty seconds should do it.

10 Pairs Handmade Natural Soft False Eyelashes Fake Eye Lash

u/Synarya · 8 pointsr/asktransgender

I found this video helpful when I was first learning. It's more in depth than would be needed for a beginners video, but it should help you learn what everything is and what it does. When I was starting with make up, I just focused on learning to apply concealer, foundation, eyeliner and mascara, and then once I felt I had a good grip on those I moved on to learning eye shadow. Still working on making eye shadow look good consistently tho.

Edit: Also, this is a good, cheap brush set to start with

u/lawomen12345 · 8 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

BS-MALL(TM) Makeup Brush Set Premium Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Set Cosmetics Foundation Blending Blush Eyeliner Face Powder Brush Makeup Brush Kit(10pcs, Silver Black)

u/MKittyFantastico · 8 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I second ELF - super soft and inexpensive. I also ordered this eye set off Amazon a few weeks ago and am loving them. I'm an eyeshadow newbie and they've really upped my blending game!

u/CorvusCoraxx · 7 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I do! For anyone in the US here's the sigma dupes, and here is the RT dupes. Also I found the bamboo set and this one comes with an extra brush I totally wish came with mine. Not sure of the quality of these as I haven't tried them myself but i'd guess its pretty similar.

u/kinezumi89 · 7 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

Honestly (honestly) I've actually had good luck with cheapo Amazon brushes. Granted I love my IT Cosmetics blending brush, but for the price I don't love it thaaat much more than my cheaper brushes.

This is probably my favorite set that I've bought, and it comes in a nice cardboard tube that will be useful for traveling. It has over 6000 reviews and a 4.8 star rating!

I have another set that I got from r/mue, but I haven't come across it yet on Amazon (pretty sure that's where it was originally from). I bought the set because it was cheap and pretty, but I actually use them every day! So I wouldn't shy away from cheaper sets. Manufacturers are able to make pretty good brush sets for pretty cheap these days!

I don't use many face brushes, but I love my RT powder brush. So big and fluffy!

u/klm2389 · 7 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

There's not a single makeup wearing person out there who didn't have to practice their eye makeup a LOT before finally getting the hang of it, so don't give up yet!! I have a few tips to offer that helped me improve my own eyeshadow skills. First things first, investing in a good quality set of eyeshadow brushes will make a big difference. There's absolutely no need to buy the most expensive ones available, just look for brushes with synthetic fibers and a set that offers a decent range of sizes and shapes. (an ideal starter set should at least include a medium/large fluffy blending brush, a crease brush, a lid brush, a shader brush, an angled blending brush and perhaps a small liner brush) I've bought great brushes on Amazon for super cheap that I happen to like even better than some of the more expensive ones I own. Morphe also has really nice brushes that are pretty affordable. Good brushes make applying eyeshadow effortless, and with a little practice and trial and error you'll be a pro! Next, make sure you're using something to prime your eyelids before applying any shadow. I find that a thin layer of concealer on your eyelid/brow bone, set with a little translucent powder, works great for this purpose. It's not really necessary to buy a primer just for eyeshadow, in my opinion (unless it's glitter based, you'll need a specific primer for that). Make sure you're starting with the lightest shades first and ending with dark shades. Apply a only little bit of shadow at a time with very light pressure, and blend, blend, blend it out good using small, circular motions. I like to clean my brush off on a dry towel before applying each new shadow color to prevent the shades from becoming muddy. While thorough blending is the key to gorgeous shadow looks, it is very possible to blend your eye makeup too much, so be mindful to not overdo it. You want each shade to look seamless among one another, rather than just solid blocks of color on your eyelid. I would try out some simple eye looks that use just 2-3 basic shades, and once you've mastered those, start experimenting with more adventurous shadow colors and textures. Now, on to eyeliner. It's important to know what styles of liner will flatter your eye shape the best. I, for one, have never been able to make winged liner work with my eye shape, despite many attempts (sadly). Try out different eyeliner formulas, like liquid, pencil or gel to figure out what you like the best. Always take your sweet time while applying eyeliner, rushing may result in uneven and shaky lines which are hard to fix without messing up the rest of your eye makeup. Lastly, just have fun with it. Makeup is all about creativity and self expression! Hope these tips help you, keep trying and I promise you'll see improvement!!

u/lra919 · 7 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Definitely. I actually just ordered an E.L.F brush set (This one: ) and it is a really good beginner set. I didn't wash them before first use, though, and there must've been some kind of chemical on them because it really irritated my skin. After washing they've been perfect though! It's only twelve, and they have directions on the packaging.

u/wishoneverystar · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Don't wash your face too much, your skin could be greasy because it is too dry. If my face looks greasy during the day, I dab it with a tissue. There are oil absorbing sheets you can get too, like this. Wash with a cleanser, CeraVe is a very popular brand on this sub, and seriously look into some creams with active ingredients like BHA(aka salicylic acid), AHA(glycolic acid + a few others), and benzoyl peroxide. These are 3 things that you can get over the counter. Check out the wiki on the sidebar for "Acne" there are a couple of other ingredients you could look into as well, like vitamin C and clay. If you read this sub more you'll see people mention stuff like clindamcin or tretinoin, but those are Rx so go to a derm if you can.

Have patience! If will get better :)

u/talkativecarpet · 7 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Hi, I have pretty similar coloring to you (very fair skin with strawberry blonde hair) to you so here's stuff I like to use:

  • Urban Decay Naked Basics palette - I love this palette as the shades look beautiful on anyone. I use the Real Techniques Eye Brush set, I do a layer of Foxy all over my lid first (makes blending super easy), then Faint on my outer socket, then blend it in with Naked 2 over the rest of the lid. I finish it up with Venus under my eyebrow arch. Personally I love the Real Techniques brushes, I think the eye set is great as it makes smokey eye really easy.
  • For primer I use Benefit Porefessional, however I'm pretty sure this L'Oreal one is a dupe for it and is half the price. However if your skin is oily I'd recommend No7 Beautifully Matte, my mum has super oily skin and this is the only one that works for her, it's almost chalky in consistency and really sticks to the skin. Primer makes the world of difference, I even wear it when I can't be bothered to do actual makeup as it smooths my skin out.
  • I just bought some L'Oreal BB Powder and am loving it, it works with or without makeup. Everyday I use it over primer and it also makes foundation look natural over the top.
  • I shape my eyebrows myself (it's turned into an obsession) and when I fill them in I use Benefit Brow Zings in light. It works amazingly well for my hair colour, however yours is a bit darker so you might want to look for a specific redhead brow product. If you are using a powder product I love the brow brush in the above mentioned Real Techniques Eye set.
  • For blush I use Benetint, if you have reddish hair I think it looks amazing.
  • Have you ever tried contouring? It's something that has changed my life. I use the contouring brush from the Real techniques core collection with Hoola. A lot of bronzer has shimmer in it which isn't great for contouring. I learn't how to do it via youtube videos, Pixiwoo and Lisa Elridge are the ones I seem to remember being good.
  • I agree with the other comments about the lower lid liner, I think just the flick on top looks better. I say this as a former kohl addict. But if you want to continue wearing it i'd thicken the line a tiny bit so it's not just on your waterline.
  • Lips wise there's a Nide range by L'Oreal, the Julianne Moore one is for redheads and is the only nude I've found that works with my hair.

    Hope all or some of these are helpful and i'm sure the other addicts here will have some great advice. Also I love your piercings, especially your septum, it's one i've always wanted but i'm not sure that my nose is a good shape for it. Yours looks rad.
u/Papander · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

Read this pretty long post about DE shaving. The "HERE" link inside that post has good information as well.

Some comments about the products you have chosen:

> So I've been looking into buying a DE starter kit and looked at all the suggestions and I've sorted out this much so far.
Razor: DE86bl
Blades: Sampler
Pre-Shave Soap: Glycerine
Alum: Alum
Styptic: Clubman Pinaud

The Edwin Jagger is a very good razor.

The sampler comes only with 2 blades per brand, which could be enough but in my opinion 5 blades per brand would be better. Blade samplers in amazon are somewhat expensive.

Clearly natural is a pre-shave soap which is not necessary, but some people do find them helpful. You use it to wash your face before you lather your shaving cream/soap. You are missing the shaving cream/soap from your list.

Alum again not necessary, but some users like it.

Styptic pencil, do you bleed a lot? I ask because I hardly ever bleed, my blood coagulates really fast. So I have never seen a use for a styptic pencil.

> So for brushes it sounds like boar or badger, which I believe is preferred, hair is the way to go, but then the recommendation for the $75 level is bamboo and at the $100 one of the 2 recommended is synthetic.

The Ecotools bamboo brush is a women's makeup brush. Using it for shaving seems rather extreme. However I'm not sure how its making process differs from a shaving brush, do they use different glue or what. But I have seen threads posted where people say that the brush has died on them. If you are on a very tight budget and want a very soft brush that you can also find locally, then I think the Ecotools is a good option. That being said you can get Omega boar brush for about $10 from various online stores.

> I was looking through some of the threads and somewhere I found someone recommend this set which seemed nice, has a badger brush a little cup for lathering and a thing to hang the brush on to dry and comes with little starter shaving soap (although I have no idea if the soap is any good). So thoughts on that set and any inputs on brushes would be appreciated.

I don't think that recommendation had many upvotes. The brush is a pure badger brush and it's also prone to excessive shedding. The soap is nothing special. A brush stand isn't necessary. After you are done shaving thoroughly rinse the brush with running water from the tap, shake out the excess water, and use a towel to dry the tips of the brush, leave the brush standing on its base in a open space to air dry. The apothecary mug is not necessary either. It's mainly intended to hold the soap puck. However most shaving soaps will come in their own containers. The mug can also be quite small so when you are loading your brush you end up banging your fingers against the sides. I wouldn't recommend this set.

> And then lastly, how important are aftershaves? Are they just to smell nice or does it help you skin take a breather after threateningly rubbing sharp stuff all over it? My main mental picture of aftershave never having used it before is the scene from Home Alone, so feel free to educate me.

There are many different kinds of aftershave products; alum block, afershave splash, aftershave balm, moisturizing cream, moisturizing oil like jojoba oil, unrefined shea butter, and witch hazel. You pretty much have to try which works for you, but I'd start with a cheap aftershave balm like the Nivea sensitive aftershave balm (if you get satisfactory results with it you don't have to explore the other options unless you want to).

In the Home Alone he used aftershave splash. I'm not really a fan of these, the alcohol can be too drying for your skin and they are often more heavily scented which can irritate your skin. Some users do love them though, but I'd say they are for normal to oily skin. I like to use the other type of products, such as the aftershave balm, it soothes/heals and moisturizes your skin.

u/MacabreChaos · 6 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


I have these makeup brushes that keep fluctuating slightly below and slightly above $10. Otherwise, I also have a Sims 3 expansion pack and a Copic book that also fluctuates, but if they're all over $10 by the time the contest ends, anything from my ~$10 wishlist would be fine. :D

Bonus Cupid

u/vldsa · 6 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

This $14 set off Amazon. Better than the RT, EcoTools, and Morphe brushes that I've used - very velvety and soft, and I haven't experienced any shedding in the past eight+ months that I've used them.

u/ArtisticallyDeclined · 6 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

The Real Techniques Core Collection and Starter Set are really nice, soft brushes and they're affordable. Both sets come with a travel case.

u/oiseaudelamusique · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I'm a fan of the EcoTools Essential Eye Set. I don't do anything crazy fancy, but I can get a good, basic look, or a nice halo eye using these.

u/Phanners · 5 pointsr/HoodedEyes

I keep hearing good things about Real Techniques brushes, I actually have their Starter Set coming in the mail as we speak so I can't personally recommend them yet. But the price is right, and most of the reviews claim that the blending brush is on the small side so that's a plus.

u/itsnotgoingtohappen · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I made a shopping list. Pick one substitute instead of a splurge and you come in under $250. The splurges I picked are well worth the cost, though. Note also that the chocolate bar palette is the only one I listed because it's pretty much the be-all-end-all of palettes for its simultaneous pops of flattering colors and neutrality. I also believe everyone should have a gorgeous red lippie. Enjoy!


  • Real Techniques Starter Set - $13.49 on Amazon, normally $17.99
  • Real Techniques Core Collection - $13.49 on Amazon, normally $17.99


  • Maybelline New York Baby Skin Primer, $5.99 on Amazon
  • Pond's Luminous Finish BB Cream, $8.95 on Amazon, normally $10.00
  • Splurge item: Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation, $34 at
  • Strong Substitute: ULTA Mineral Powder Foundation, $14 at ULTA

    Face & Contouring:

  • ULTA Baked Bronzer, $10 at ULTA
  • theBalm Bahama Mama $14 at Amazon
  • Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush Pink Plum, $5.59 at Amazon
  • If you don't like cream blush, NYX Powder Blush in Desert Rose, $6 on Amazon
  • e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip LILAC PETAL, $5-6 on Amazon, but I think it's like $3 at Target


  • Splurge item: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, $49 at
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $12 sample size at (the sample size has lasted me forever)
  • Splurge item: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23 at
  • Substitute: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara, $6.99 on Amazon
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil set with Black Bean,Milk, and Yogurt, $13 on Amazon
  • Splurge item: stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $20 on Amazon
  • Substitute: NYX Felt Tip Liner, $8 on Amazon
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder, $6 on Amazon


  • Splurge: MAC Russian Red, $16 at
  • Substitute: Revlon Really Red - I couldn't find this on Amazon reliably, but check drug stores.
  • Basically any NYX lippie is great to start out and they range from about $4-8. Find one in your fave color at target or ULTA.

    Edit: Forgot eyebrows. Darn. Still can come under $250 with the right substitutions.
u/AngelsHaveTheTardis · 5 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

I'm brand new here, so I haven't been glammed yet, BUT I will be glamming/running a contest soon! You're so generous to host giveaways for us newbies :D Anyways, I'd really like these so I can get better at falsies. Thanks again!

u/BellaScarletta · 5 pointsr/FeminineNotFeminist

I can't speak for other cheap sets, but I bought this set years ago and it's still amazing. It's not less than $10, but $35 for 22 brushes isn't too shabby.

If you end up trying another set, let us know how it works out!

u/brookehhaven · 5 pointsr/Makeup

Well, if you're looking at Morphe, just go over to amazon and search brushes there. You'll get about the same quality as their base line products. Only their "special" or more expensive brushes are non-white label, as far as I can tell.
White Label means that a company (usually in China) produces a bunch of the same brushes, and will stamp a company name on them for a fee.
This set is on par with most of my Morphe brushes. Not that they're bad brushes, they aren't, but there's just no reason to pay Morphe prices for them.

u/sonyaellenmann · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I got this brush set on Amazon for super cheap and it's been perfectly adequate so far:

Hard to gauge how soft would be soft enough for you, though. The fluffy blending brush is very lightweight! But, I mean, duh. It's a fluffy blending brush.

u/ahatmadeofshoes12 · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Its really hard to tell what your makeup looks like in this shot because of the downward angle and the hair over the face. I'd recommend posting one where there are less shadows and we can see the eyes and eyebrows more since it will allow everyone to see things better to give you better feedback. Eyebrows in particular are essential for framing the face and one of the hardest things to get right but with the hair in the way there's no way to see them well to really give good feedback. The little bit I can see looks very light so you might want to look into getting into brow products to darken it up and shape it. For a cheap starter brow kit to practice with the ELF brow kit is really good and only $3. I still use that one because my brows are dark enough that I don't need too much but if you have lighter/sparser brows you might like something better. Right now the contrast between the light brows and dark hair is pretty stark. Here is a good tutorial for filling in/shaping brows for someone with fair skin and dark hair.

Again its hard to tell about eye makeup but it kind of looks like you've done some smudgy soft brown liner but again the angle makes it hard to tell. I can see that your eyelashes appear really light so I'd definitely recommend a black mascara. Maybelline has really good mascaras if you are looking for something cheap to start with. Curling eyelashes and applying mascara does a lot to open up the eyes and make your whole face brighter, especially if you have very light eyelashes (mine are blonde so I know the struggle).

It looks like you have a hooded eye shape which means that when your eyes are open most of your lid is hidden and tucked into the crease of your eye. Mine are slightly hooded so my eyelids don't show much. Its a bit tricker to work with but you can still do a ton.

Here's a good easy every day tutorial for a similar eye shape. I love the Shade and Light Eye palette that she uses in the video but its a more expensive item and while it is well worth it you might want to look for similar colors from the drugstore. But this should give you are visual for something you could do.

Liner is tough for your eye shape. I find that it makes a big difference on me but you have to be able to apply the line very thin or it will take over the entire lid space that is visible when your eyes are open. This just takes a lot of practice.

Having a good set of brushes helps too. I am in LOVE with this set from Lamora Beauty. They're cheap but great quality and have just about every type of basic eye brush you could ever need.

Your skin looks really beautiful. Only suggestion would be a bit of blush and maybe some color to your lips. The first youtuber I posted has similar coloring to you. She wears kind of mauvey tones for her more natural looks so you could try and find something similar to this, I think that would look nice on you.

If you like something more colorful then go for that too but its always good to master a neutral basic look and then branch out. Hopefully this helps.

u/hihotintin · 5 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I bought the Lamora set and really like them overall. I only bought their eye brush set

u/chelsey-dagger · 4 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Coastal Scents has some decent sets: Here's a 12-brush set for $19, and I used this set for $35 for a long time until I could afford fancy brushes.

u/red_one2012 · 4 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I think these might be the same ones:

u/Transloosnt_Ley-dee · 4 pointsr/MakeupAddiction Thanks! I've never even heard of some of those! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

u/bossyfosy · 4 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

Is this to taupe for you? WnW has good singles IMO. Milani is also great for singles at the drugstore as well.

As per brushes, this is my absolute favorite set of brushes. I re-glued them so that they were stronger, but I've had them for over a year and they have yet to shed with weekly washing.

u/chynnese · 4 pointsr/AustralianMakeup

I really like the black-handled Elf brushes, got a set of 10 brushes for around 11 USD but not sure if the set is available in Australia. :/ Someone else mentioned they go for around 8 AUD though.

If you have access to Amazon somehow, I bought the BH Mall brush set a few months back and absolutely love them. A YouTuber I follow also uploaded a video review of them today, oddly enough. She didn't like the angled brow brush but I absolutely adore it.

u/WholesaleBees · 4 pointsr/drugstoreMUA

Supposing your friend has no brushes/tools:

u/princessbubbleguum · 4 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

real Techniques Starter Set
I've had these for about a year now and not one hair has fallen out. They are really good quality for the price. I have a few drugstore ones and they all have fallen apart or are not as soft. (Except for elf)
On the higher end brushes would be mac or morphe brushes. Morphe is still more affordable though might want to check out there gunmetal line

u/gub117 · 4 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

No pics since I'm not at home.. but here's what I've gotten recently with reviews!!

  • ELF Cream Eyliner in Black - This liner is AMAZING!! So pigmented, creamy, easy to use, and lasted all day. I was actually able to make a decent wing with this..which is a big deal for me!

  • bareMinerals Eyeshadow in Nude Beach - This. Is. The. Most. BEAUTIFUL. Eyeshadow. Ever. Seriously amazing..wear it every day now!! IN LOVE GO GET IT NOW!

  • real Techniques Starter Set - These brushes, like everyone says, are amazing. Great quality, super soft, no complaints at all!!

  • NYX Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish - I used an Urban Decay MSS before this, but this one seems just as good as sooo much cheaper! I have dry skin, so this is great to keep my skin moisturized and not have dry, patchy areas.

  • Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey - Since everyone and their mom has raved about this I thought I'd try it, and it is really great! The color is gorgeous and you can get so many looks from it. It looks really natural on me and not like I'm wearing anything on my lips at all, more of a stained look. I'm not a fan of the scent though..

  • MUFE Aqua Eyes in Champagne 23L - This was a dud for me..not a fan of the color (very, very light..doesn't show up on my eyes at all), not very creamy, so I really have no use for it. Will be returned unfortunately!!

  • Maybelline Great Lash BIG - I know people are 50/50 on this but I've always loved the regular Great Lash for bottom lashes or for very natural lashes! I really love this one..for me it works like Bad Gal Lash but about 1/5 of the price! Will keep wearing this! I also got Clump Crusher but haven't opened it yet :)
u/justateburrito · 4 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

I'm confused, I just added up these items new, including shipping and it totaled $77.28

Razor $38

2 Kabuki Brushes $11.08

2 Arko sticks $4.79

2 Alum blocks $11.62

20 Blade Sampler 11.79

u/tiffbunny · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Since /r/ladyshavers is a bit dead, i'll throw in my 2c here as a ladyshaver of a few years now.

Razor: You want to start her off with a long-handled, knurled razor, as both are more ideal for shaving limbs and other places in a shower or bath environment (read: wet, soapy hands). My go-to suggestion for new women DE users is the Merkur 23C, or something like it. As I mentioned elsewhere in the thread, the Parker 96R is also a commonly mentioned razor among women shavers, and their QC seems to have improved recently.

Shaving soaps/creams/sticks: I loved the hard soaps I was getting from Alphy and Becs (small UK-based shop) via their ebay shop, then I got my hubby into DE shaving and tried some of his Taylor's Sandalwood... man, you really can't go wrong with it, can you? It's a luxurious scent/lather experience, even in the shower, so I suggest you choose a scent she'd like from them, choose a scent she'd like from YOUR favorite soap or cream brand, and give her both. Bodyshaving goes through a lot of shaving cream in a shorter period of time, resulting in a much higher cost per shave than face shavers incur, so I mainly use hard soaps to keep costs down, but it's hard to go back to them after the ease and joy of a nice cream like Taylor's.

Shaving sticks are fantastic in the shower as well, though I haven't tried a large variety of them and wouldn't feel right recommending specific ones. Can't hurt to thrown a stick of Arko or EU Palmolive into the kit you're building for her, though. If she likes them but not the stick application, she (or you) can always grate them into a nice bowl, which also further customizes her experience, and might make the bathroom counters look nicer too--which will hopefully make her willing to get even more soaps! The more personal it feels to her, the more she'll be invested in DE shaving, and the more it will become something the both of you share as opposed to something she kind of sort of also does because you do it.

I'm assuming you're US-based, in which case I'd also recommend 2 small soap shops, Chagrin Valley (great people and soaps, but only 2 scents for shaving soaps. Worth giving their normal soaps a browse too, their products are top notch.) and Eva Nestorova's Etsy shop. (The specific soap I linked is supposedly almost identical to the much beloved Klar Kabinette.) Eva also has a soap sampler pack that's a great value, and your wife will almost certainly love at least one of the scents.

Bonus: any soap she doesn't like, you get! And you get to try out some of her new things as well, if she lets you. :D

Blades: Definitely get her a proper sampler pack, don't just buy a couple kinds that you think she'll like. Why? Because the experience and novelty of going through the pack herself over time to figure out what does and doesn't work for her is a part of the gift, and with it you're saying "this is a long-term commitment to this style of shaving, take your time and figure out what's perfect for you" and it will encourage her to shop around a bit before settling on a blade. And she may find that different blades work better or worse depending on how much hair growth she has. For instance, I hate Astras if I haven't shaved in a couple weeks, whereas they're fine when I just ask them to clean up leg stubble. And cleaning up leg stubble is a waste of my feathers blades, etc.

(Also, if she really gets into it, you might want to have her consider a separate razor--or at least blade--for shaving her ladybits, if she chooses to. I'm to the point where once my latest order arrives, I'll be using 2 different razor and blade combos-- 1 mild combo for shaving legs, arms (yes), and stubbly armpits, and 2nd, more aggressive setup for my land down under and seriously overgrown armpits. Both because my particular ladybits laugh at mild razors, and because it means my blades in the first setup last about 5x longer if they don't have to deal with coarser pubic hair as well. That might not be something all women are interested in investing in, but this is a hobby for me like many of the men in this sub, so I don't mind. :) )

Alum: If she's prone to razor burn, this is a must. If she's shaving her ladybits, this is a must. If she has sensitive skin.. you get the picture.

Styptic: I just rub my alum block on the nick until the bleeding stops and don't bother with a pencil, but she may prefer a styptic pencil as it's more aggressive in stopping the bleeding right away.

Brush: Silvertip's extra softness is not beneficial for body shaving, don't waste money on it. Regular badger is fine, boar is fine, and overall I personally think brushes with slightly more backbone are better for body shaving. If she wants a synthetic, I've heard that the Ecotools Bamboo brush, available in many cosmetic shops and drugstores, is absolutely fantastic. I've just ordered a Spanish horsehair brush myself, I'm excited to see how it works out. Ultimately, since we're not using them on skin nearly as sensitive as our faces, brushes (blasphemy!) are much less of a factor for ladyshavers. I suggest buying a decent mid-range non-silvertip brush from wheverever you're getting most of her other kit supplies from.

Other possible accessories: A razor and brush holder, or a double model, a gorgeous wood lather bowl, or frilly antique scuttle, a more practical scuttle, etc (Note: These links are from my wishlist and ladyshaver friends of mine. I haven't tried them out yet myself. But hopefully they're a good starting point.)

Bonus points: Some great lotion to slather over herself after the shave, and clean and crisply scented candles because women love candles. I don't know why, but we do. Well, I love candles because my husband is a fart-machine, but YMMV. Suggestion: A candle that's both candle and massage cream.

TLDR: Merkur 23c, Taylor's Sandalwood/Coconut/Rose, any decent boar or badger brush, alum, razor holder, pretty lather bowl/scuttle in a style she'd like. Sampler pack. Candles and lotion are bonus points for creating a total-package spa-at-home gift experience.

u/LinearSimcon · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

The brushes that are recommended are so for a reason, the VDH set contains a brush that is supposedly inferior to the ones recommended. Quotes from the two recommendations thread $75 and $100:

> HJM black synthetic brushes from (US residents do not pay VAT.)

>The Whipped Dog silvertip badger with your choice of resin handle (I like the octagonal best). The 22mm size is the best all-round size.

>Brush - $7.50 at Walgreens - The Ecotools Bamboo Finishing Kabuki brush is also available from, currently for $17 for two brushes. I suggest getting one locally in a drugstore. This cosmetics brush makes a truly excellent shaving brush---one that I use regularly. This brush is much better than the wretched Tweezerman and Escoli brushes. OPTION: For $19.64 including shipping the Vie-Long 11737C "Bombitoo" boar brush is an extremely good brush. While soft, it is an efficient lathermaker with excellent capacity. Wet it well before you shower, and it will be ready to go when you're done. Feels more like horsehair than boar.

Personally I'd recommend getting an Omega Boar brush which I find to offer good value for money :). I own two from the professional series and they're really good.
ShoeBox ShaveShop, Maggard razors and West coast shaving.

u/trancelogix · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction



  • Loreal True Match
  • NYX HD Concealer
  • Covergirl loose powder
  • Maybelline FIT blush in Light Rose


  • MAC eyeshadow in Vanilla
  • MAC eyeshadow in Twinks
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto in Black
  • Maybelline The Falsies in Black
  • These fake eyelashes in style 2
  • Anastasia Dipbrow in Ebony


  • NYX lipstick in Chaos

    Does anyone have any advice on how to get your concealer to stop creasing? It's always been a problem and I'm not sure what to do.
u/NothingISayIsReal · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

15pcs Nail Art Painting Pen Brush!!!! :D make yo nails pretty

China Glaze Nail Polish, Concrete Catwalk, 0.5 Fluid Ounce

20 Pairs Regular Long and Thick Eyelashes Style 1 and 2

St. Ives Exfoliating Pads, 60 Count! If you're into makeup, you should be familiar with awesome skincare and these are amazing <3

Five dolla holla

u/ladydickens · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I buy my falsies on Amazon, 20 pairs for $3 or so. Shipping takes about a month but it's free. They're not like, amazing quality but they're great and I get two uses out of them - I could probably get more but because they're so inexpensive I don't sweat it. Anyways I just placed an order last night and I was looking through the different styles - style 6 (can be found when you go to change the color) seems like it's what you're looking for. Here's the link!

u/raging_conch · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I wasn't big in to make up at the time but for xmas 2012 I asked for a Coastal Scents makeup brush set that was $35 I have used maybe half the brushes and maybe 2-3 daily. I washed them every 2 weeks about and haven't had a problem with them falling apart or anything.

u/classica87 · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Real Techniques and EcoTools both have lovely brushes that are affordable and easy to find, so you can't go wrong with those. This set from Coastal Scents is also very nice and has great reviews. When I really started getting into makeup last year I got this set for around $25 on sale and have been very pleased so far. I only had one brush fall apart on me, but that was after I cleaned it improperly and got water in the ferrule. I have brushes from all three brands and would recommend any of them.

u/Bananashamock · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

That is a coastal scents brush, from THIS SET. It is soft! I really like those brushes.

u/wucylen · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I started wearing falsies everyday since maybe february and haven't looked back! I buy these in bulk

I can use a pair for up to 2 weeks if I'm careful/don't get drunk and ruin them. They are so natural looking no one ever suspects a thing ;) I usually have to cut the ends a bit cause they're too long for my eye length, plus it's more natural looking if they don't span across your entire eye from corner to corner. Let me know if you want me to post a picture of me wearing them or anything :)

u/newheart_restart · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

They're actually cheaper than I remember! They're a little weird to get used to but actually really nice once you do. You can only wear them a couple times though. And I'd carry around a little extra glue since the thread thing that holds them together is pretty flimsy.

u/summerxskin · 3 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

I'm not entering but just wanted to give some recommendations because this is really sweet.

For brushes, Real Techniques makes some fabulous sets(you could perhaps get the eyes and core collection to get someone started), ELF Studio makes a nice set, and I have heard good things about this one.

For lipsticks, I'm a big fan of the Rimmel Kate Moss line and NYX Round Case lipsticks with Tea rose being one of my favorite colors. If you're interested in buying one non drugstore item, a MAC lipstick would be an amazing gift.

For the face trio, Sleek makes this amazing palette with a contour powder, highlighter, and blush. I also highly recommend their single blushers. Individual items I would recommend from the drugstore are the NYC Sunny bronzer or NYX Taupe, Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana highlighter or the Boots liquid illuminator, and NYX powder/cream blushes.

For shadows, I'm going to recommend Sleek again. They make fabulous 12 pan palettes called i-divine. Some favorites of mine are the Original, Au Natural, and Oh So Special.

Some other products I love that would be great for a beginner are the NYX milk pencil, Maybelline Color Tattoos, Covergirl Clump Crusher, Revlon lip butters, and an Asian bb cream(Missha, Skinfood, and Holika Holika make some good ones).

u/Kimandmakeup · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

My favorite is the #7 Anastasia too!! (aka 7b on Ulta) but I've heard the Ardell duo brow brush is a dupe.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Non-mobile: this set

^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?

u/snowkhan · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Check out the BS Mall brush sets on amazon, they're really inexpensive but great quality starter brushes! There are a few sets available and they come in different colors, I did a quick search and included two sets below.

Set 1
Set 2

u/perfidiia · 3 pointsr/transpassing

yeah like someone else said, i’m not super sure what look you were going for. personally, if ur just starting w makeup i’d just start w a bb cream as foundation (depending on what level of coverage u need), mascara, and a lip colour. unless ur in a transphobic or homophobic area, definitely don’t be afraid to go to a local drug store and ask whoever’s at the makeup counter for help finding a good foundation shade!! they’re usually really friendly. unlike another commenter, i wouldn’t recommend trying contouring. it’s really hard to get right, especially if ur inexperienced. eyebrows can be tricky too bc going too dark can be very masculinizing. in terms of eyeshadow and eyebrows, watching some youtube videos or, if you can afford it, getting just a half hour makeup lesson can be really helpful. you can look up the definitions cuz it’s hard to describe without pictures, but ultimately all you need is a transition shade for your crease, a shade to go on your eyelid, and a darker shade for your outer “crease” if you want to deepen the look. (a n eye primer can be very helpful for blending out your eyeshadow and getting the brightest colour. the last i’ll say is remember that the way ur face looks in the lighting of ur bedroom is not how it’ll look outside in the sunlight. i’d recommend doing ur makeup in the brightest light in ur home. finally, if the time comes that you want a full-ish brush set, i’ve heard this one is really good if ur on a budget. sorry if this is wayyyy too much. makeup can be intimidating at first, but youtube will be ur best friend for the first little bit. the most important thing is to practice. hope this could be of some help :). ultimately makeup is about having fun, feeling confident, and expressing yourself.

u/Jennasaykwaaa · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I really like real techniques. Also if you want a good set for cheap this set from amazon is amazing actually

Currently 9.99 I have not regretted this at all.

u/ahchava · 3 pointsr/BdsmDIY

Makeup brushes are typically softer than paint brushes out of the package. I'd like to recommend this awesome makeup brush set that's super low cost. Bonus, whatever you don't find she responds well to for BDSM purposes she can add to her makeup collection.

u/ArchDesign · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I think the best way to think about your theme is, just the things that make us feel pampered, loved, and beautiful. What gifts can you buy that could put self-love back into someone's life? Maybe it's just giving someone a few things to alleviate stress, like some nice bath products or a subtle candle scent. Or maybe you could just look for items that accentuate femininity and grace, like a embroidered handkerchief! Here is a list of things that will give the ladies in your life some help giving back to themselves:

  1. Soap miniatures
  2. Face masks
  3. Elf brushes:
    e.l.f. Cosmetics 12 Piece Brush Set
  4. Coconut oil samples: Found some at World Market in those wood bins in the food section
  5. Miniature shampoo/conditioner: found in the travel sections at most any store like Target or Walmart
  6. Facial exfoliating brush (non-electric) or sponge:
    Konjac Sponge (3 Pack) Activated Bamboo Charcoal. Facial Cleansing & Exfoliating Beauty Sponges
  7. razors and a nice shaving cream
  8. loofa and body wash
  9. Stud earrings: Authentic Freshwater Cultured Pearl Set of Five White,Grey,Peach,Pink,Peacock Pearl Earrings with Stainless Steel Backs (6-6.5mm)
  10. Small makeup bags: you can also get these for like 1-3 bucks at the discount bins in Target and Michael's or at paper/pen stores. Set of 4 - ZICOME New Cute Candy Colored Travel Theme Memories Pastorable Style Pencil Case Coin Makeup Bag Purse Case
  11. Chocolates (because they make us feel good)
    12 discount panties (like 6 for 20.00 or less at target
  12. Pumice stones, foot file, pedicure set
  13. Bath bombs, bath salts, bath pearls
  14. Aloe Vera socks
  15. Burt's Bees miniature set:
    Burt's Bees Fabulous Mini's Travel Set
  16. A pack of tea (so good for you) and tea cup!
  17. Summer's Eve Cleanser or cleansing wipes: Hail to the V y'all, cause this stuff is AMAZING!!!
  18. Oil blotting paper or face cleansing wipes
  19. Nail polish remover pads:
    6 LA Colors Nail Polish Remover Pads Aceton Free Fruit Scent 6 Different Ones (Total 199 pADSs
u/engineerwithboobs · 3 pointsr/TalesFromRetail

Check out Amazon. I got a 12-piece set of e.l.f. brushes for about $12 with Prime.

Edit: Found it!

u/terberter6669 · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Definitely! Although I don't know if you've looked into any other brush brands, but Ecotools is a really really inexpensive brand but their brushes are awesome. I stopped using my sephora eye brushes (except the angled liner one) because I got the ecotools eye essentials kit.

u/Aoibhell · 3 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

This is one of my favorite questions to ask people! My husband and I are big on paying it forward.

Last christmas, the Doc Mcstuffins doll was one of the hot toys. We were lucky enough to get one for our niece, but it turned out that she already had one. People were selling it on eBay and Craigslist for 3 times its worth because it was in such high demand. We decided to list our doll on cl for the price we paid ($50, I believe). The woman who inquired first seemed so happy to find the doll... When she showed up to pick it up, she handed me the cash. I handed it back to her and said, "No charge. Merry Christmas." She shed a few tears and thanked me profusely. It was awesome.

The items I'd most like to have are: Eco Tools 6 Piece Eye Set, Coastal Scents To Go Palette Beijing, or Sleek I Divine Oh So Special palette

Thanks For hosting... Great question! How about you?

u/TheGreenBasket · 3 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup
  2. Delicious, delicious home cooked king crab legs dripping with garlic butter.
  3. Here is my item. It's .50 cents over, but it's eligible for prime if you have it. If not, I can definitely link to something else. ;)
  4. When attacking it's prey the mantis shrimp's claws move at the same speed as a .22 calibur bullet. They have been known to break the glass on their cages at zoos.
  5. Flash This
u/slarenkaren · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I have this Sigma set and I love it. It's got every brush I ever need, and the brush holder it comes with is sturdy, beautiful, and portable. In addition to these brushes, I also have this Sigma flat top kabuki. They are all amazing brushes.

u/1877cherns4cherns · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Ugh. I know how frustrating it can be to not know where to start. Hopefully we can help you!

I would agree with the previous comment. Go to Sephora and get color matched for a foundation and a color-correcting undereye concealer. You have beautiful skin and I think a light coverage, but Dewey foundation would be the best (I really like the Bare Minerals liquid foundation).

As for blush, I would stick to warmer colors to best flatter your skin tone. This Sleek blush palette in Lace would be a great place to start. Great value, great colors, and it will give you an idea about what you like.

Invest in a quality eyelash curler (important!). Curl as close to the roots as possible and work your way up. Find a drugstore mascara you love.

I'm pretty ignorant about eyeshadow, but I think the Naked 3 palette or any rose-gold palette would look gorgeous on you. You can use a concealer as an eyeshadow primer.

As far as lips go, it's a matter of experimentation. I think warm, rosy colors would look incredible on you, especially if they have a hydrating formula. Ask a Sephora makeup artist to show you different shades, and you can find similar ones at the drugstore.

Quality brushes are essential when starting out. Don't skimp and you'll never look back. You will need a foundation brush, a crease brush (you can easily use this in crease and on lid until you get a flat shader brush specifically for the lid -- just clean in between colors), and a blush brush. Later, you can invest in a fluffy crease brush
for better blending and a flat shader brush.

I hope this helps! Try some things out, and post a picture when you're gone so we can give you CC. I would use a better quality picture next time, so we can see :)

Have fun!

u/TheWildTofuHunter · 3 pointsr/popping

Can you keep mini disposable wash cloths (like baby wipes) or oil sheets ( on hand to wipe down your skin every hour or so? You might get oil buildup that bothers your skin which doesn't help if it stays on open pores for 5-6 hours.

u/aquajack6 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

oh I have the same issue. Ok, so my dad gave me those microfiber lens cleaners that are better than regular microfiber clothes or cotton, something like this Always keep something like that around.

Also, regularly using oil absorbing sheets helps. I like Clean & Clear's

I also always keep napkins or tissues around to wipe off my eyebrows, often oily eyebrows are the culprit of oil getting on glasses. Anywhere hair is on the face, you will get more oil production-so making it a habit to wipe your eyebrows with a napkin or tissue will help

u/wicksa · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

i am not really sure what you mean about the eyelid thing, maybe a picture would help?

i have never used costal scents, but ive seen a few girls here make some nice looks with it. no idea on the quality. i know you said ELF is too expensive, but this palette is only 10 pounds. i have it and i like it. they are pretty good quality for a cheaper eye shadow palette. if you can afford some eye primer, the colors will look even better. i use urban decay primer potion, but that sounds like its a little out of your budget, maybe someone can recommend a cheap one!

i have combination skin (oily and dry! ughhh) and I always use liquid foundation. Powder can make the dry spots look really flaky. Revlon Colorstay is a good drugstore brand, I like it, it has good coverage and staying power, and I hear a lot of people mention it on here.

[edit] i see you are a teen and have youthful skin. if you dont get many breakouts and dont have a lot of unevenness in your skin tone, you could probably get away with a tinted moisterizer or a BB cream instead of a full coverage foundation. i recently got a sample of loreals BB cream and I was a big fan!

i really like ecotools brushes. They are good quality and relatively cheap!

Good luck!

u/imamathcat · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

You definitely don't have to go for a full face everyday. As stated below, most people here love makeup, so they tend to go all out for their FOTD. I, on the other hand, never wear any foundation/blush/bronzer/etc and only stick with concealer, eye makeup, and the occasional lip.

I find brushes make a huge difference for me in terms of makeup application, Real Techniques is a great affordable brand that you can easily find on Amazon. Their [core set] ( has some good face brushes, and then the [Starter set] ( has a good variety of eye brushes.

For lips, Nyx is great, as are products from Revlon (particularly their lip butters and super lustrous lipsticks). I haven't found a good drug store product that doesn't need to be touched up every 3 or 4 hours though. I personally rarely wear lipliner unless its with a bright shade or a liquid lipstick, so I think if you're starting out with easy to use colors you can probably skip it for now. I haven't found a great drug store lip liner, but my holy grail is the [Sephora Brand clear liner] ( which is only $10.

For mascara, it is definitely up to personal preference, but some of the most popular drug store items are probably [Maybelline's the Rocket] ( or [Cover Girl's Clump Crusher] (

As far as eyeliner, it depends on what kind of formula you want. The only drug store eyeliner I really use is [Revlon's ColorStay] ( which is a basic twist up pencil liner.

As someone else mentioned, we can't really suggest any color products without seeing a picture or at least knowing you skin tone.

u/KarmaCorgi · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Face Kit:

Eye Kit:

Pretty good price, too! Definitely cheaper than Ulta. I've been using them almost every day since I got them about a week ago and I love them; they feel so nice, and my makeup looks SO much better. I've been using the bareMinerals brushes I got with my startup kit and I don't think my mineral powder foundation EVER looked this good.

u/MakeupAndHalo · 3 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

These would probably be best! I have yet to get them myself but many MUAs and others say they are really good for the price and one the best sets to start out with.

Real Techniques Starter Set

Real Techniques Core Collection

u/pompea · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Actually just found this gem on Amazon too. A two-pack for only $2 more than the original with Best Seller and Prime status.

u/IT143 · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

No I wish I got the $1 one rather than the Ulta one! The Ulta one was like a rubbery sponge! Just bruuuuutal!

I'll be honest when I say I have only been using the bb about a month. I bought the two pack for 20+ish? I have been using my normal brush cleaner on it and sort of rub it in, and squeeze it a few times, and so on. You can deff see makeup come out of it, but its still a bit stained. I plan on trying a few other ideas to give it a deeper cleanse. Since I bought the two pack, I haven't been too concerned with how long it lasts, since I have another on backup!

u/kdia2055 · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

If you buy it on amazon you can get two for the price of one!


u/pcossucks · 2 pointsr/PCOS

I actually use a $3 shave oil (Shave Secret) that I buy at WalMart, and it's the only thing that keeps me razor bump free. I will never go back. There's a couple of really nice shave oils out there, but none so cheap that work so well. I use the executive blade option (6 blades) from, which mails me four blades each month for $9.

My throat was a big issue until I discovered the Beauty Blender and using powder to set my concealer/foundation properly. Once you get rid of the razor bumps it's a lot easier to manage, too.

u/lhpeanut46 · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

you can also get it at walgreens online

or amazon (These have good reviews but I'm not 100% on their authenticity.)

u/hyperventilate · 2 pointsr/cosplayers

Apply lightly in layers. Use a huge, thick, fluffy powder brush. Then, take a spritz bottle on the lightest mist setting you can get and spray it up into the air maybe twice times. Look up into the mist and let it sprinkle on your face. That should get rid of some of the residue.

Here is a decent brush set.

I used to do stage makeup.

Edit: If you can, put the powder into a child's tight (You can get them at the dollar store) and tie it off. Hold it over one another's face and tap it so it dusts the face with powder. Use the brush to dab it into the appropriate places, don't swipe. Then mist.

u/Mishiiee · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

As someone mentioned before, the ecotool brush set. Or you can always go with E.L.F.

Not sure with the lipsticks, as I'm still a beginner (and kind of makeup challenged myself) and I right now opt for lip balm or the couple lip stains I have.

As for eye shadow, you can always go with something like this for your neutrals. Or something by NYX (which can be found in some Targets) like this

As for other things to start with, you might want to figure out how her skin care routine is, and toss in a few things that she could use in that regard. It'll make the makeup look better :)

Some other tools that she might not have, like an eyelash curler (E.L.F. has one for $3), NYX Milk is a good base/primer for eyeshadows as well.


u/GherkinJerkin · 2 pointsr/Makeup

How much time do you have? I bought a ton of nail art supplies off of ebay that shipped from china that cost a couple dollars each. The quality is good but it takes about a month's ship time to get to the states.
Tape - best for painting lines
Gold/Silver dots
Brushes for next level designs
Neon shapes
Dotting tools
Fimo shapes
That's a lot of suggestions but you can pick and choose based on what she likes. Just searching for "nail art" brings up SO many things!
If you want makeup I highly suggest
Too Faced Neutral Eyes even if she's not great with makeup this is wonderful. It's got colors for day, fancy, and night.
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains are great for a girl who doesn't wear lipstick but likes chapstick. Feels like chapstick but gives all day color
Eco Tools Brush Set is great for beginners.
OR ELF brush set which I recommend more than eco tools. (I had to replace my Eco Tools fairly quickly, but you can buy them at the same place you get the Toofaced pallet and Balm stains).
I also really like their Eye Primer in Sheer
I hope these give you some ideas!

u/racooney · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Your [oil and acrylic paint set] ( and my [essential eye brush set] ( belong together because although your art takes place on canvas and mine takes place on my face, we are kindred spirits. This means our implements are bonded through our mutual love of artistic expression.

u/-Ketracel-White · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Don't know if the exact same brush you're talking about is included, but I have been SO impressed with the Ecotools eye set (this one here, for the curious). Blending time = cut in half.

u/daisyismydog · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

Happy half birthday! I was just thinking about birthdays :P

  1. I usually go look at indie swatches if I'm bored. here is one of my favorites. I also go on /r/netflixbestof and pick a Netflix movie to watch.

  2. Sushi + green tea ice cream and dark chocolate + horchata + Nutella (eaten by the spoonful) + a family size bag of BBQ chips (the meal would last all day!)

  3. EcoTools eye set + Real Techniques powder brush

  4. John McCain was tortured during the Vietnam War and as a result is incapable of raising his arms above his head.

  5. Flash This

    Thanks for hosting!
u/kewpie_ · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

This sigma kabuki brush is going on sale at 5:30PM EST

u/tryin4anon · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup
  • Here is my entire brush collection, including my favorite(s).

  • My first brush probably came with a classic cover girl blush...but for real, real, it was the Clinque set my sister got me for Christmas approximately 12-15 years ago. They sat dormant for a while, and about 6 years ago, I started using them, and still do. I guess I've just taken good care of them.

  • This is my coveted/holy grail/ dream brush.

    Brush love...obviously lol
u/pukebear · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

I have a few colors in mind for this fall, but the one I'm most excited about is Limecrime Salem. I know they're controversial, but this color was calling to me, so I ordered it from Urban Outfitters. Here's a swatch on my lips (if that's ok).

I'm going to tag /u/Elle_Woods to do this giveaway!

If I won, I'd want this Sigma brush or this Anastasia Beauty Genius.

Thanks for the giveaway :)

u/thecheapstuff · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

I'm a huge fan of these blotting sheets. They're really great if you're wearing makeup, since they remove oil without removing/messing up makeup.

u/floating_on_a_cloud · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Thanks for the reply!

I will try out those blotting papers. Are these Clean & Clear ones good as well?

> Also this mineral powder is great at keeping the shine away.

I am a male. Pardon my ignorance, but do males use this mineral powder? If so, I will definitely try it out. When should I use the powder - morning, evening, or both?

u/BabyImBadNews · 2 pointsr/washingtondc

I would suggest getting some Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets and blotting your face when you get to work.

u/ladyllana · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Makeup brushes because I am long overdue for a new set.

I think it would be the best thing to hear that dialogue between two pilots. I would do it if I was one. One would need an epic Chewy mimic, and the other would say "...I don't know, fly casual". Almost makes me want to be a pilot, just for this.

u/T4n6l3d · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Thanks! And I just realized when I read ecotool that I actually have ecotool brushes not RT. I have this set and this set

I'm guessing the one you use is this brush (says for bronzer) or [this brush] ( Do either look familiar?

u/tessie999 · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Hmmm well I'm in the UK but I can recommend stuff I like! I know some of the eyeshadow palettes I like can be found in Walmart/Target sometimes (from what I've read on here).

I got ecotools brushes as my first set and I really like them. The quality is pretty solid and they are cheap - I know MAC brushes are supposed to be the best if you want to start off with the big stuff. I don't use make up that often so it's not a biggie...

One thing to note though is that has a concealer brush - not a foundation one. If you want a foundation one on it's own you can get it in MAC. Fingers would be faster to get the hang of tough to stick to that if you like :) I think brushes are supposed to give more consistency but it's honestly whatever works for you!

You can get loads of really nice multi-coloured palettes here on the cheap by E.L.F.. I got [this palette from Coastal Scents!)[
I liked it but you need a primer for some of the matte (not sparkly/shiny shades - just the flat colour).

For high quality expensive eyeshadow you could again go to MAC or Sephora :) I'm not sure what budget you are looking at - I'm very much a cheapskate for these things so I go for a balance between price, quality and quantity.


I have this primer that is also a liner for your eyeshadow! In all honesty the liner didn't last that long...the tip got dirty kinda quick and I only really used it for black. For pretty colours with different eyeshadows I used a nude eye pencil and then my liner brush from ecotools. I'm not a big liner user but if you want to I'd say to just buy a separate liner.

Some people REALLY like the Urban Decay's Primer Potions which are bottom left here. I think you need to go to the stores listed though to buy it.

Honestly the best advice I can give is check the sidebar and post some B&As here - or just your plain face asking for tips. People here are really nice and helpful - they helped me out a lot! :3 Also the sidebar as some good brands with a range in budget from drugstore to the super high-end expensive stuff!

Just start small and work up. The only thing I went big on was the eyeshadows where I bought that 88 palette...but I think that's fair enough for when you are just starting out. Get a primer for the cheaper eyeshadows though since they are not that pigmented (not much colour)!

I'm sorry those were all UK links but when I try to access US versions they switch me over to the UK version...I'm sure there will be an online store with it though :3 Amazon could be your best friend!!

Good luck and happy makeuping :3

u/jmeows · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup


My go to fall colour is probably going to be Moss by Almay! I am a huggggggge fan of golds, so I'm trying to try something a tiny bit different for a change.

Swatch that I did myself

Swatch that I found online

Item from wishlist... BUT I LIKE SURPRISES!

and calling /u/ellyrose- to come on out (if she hasn't already)

u/madebs666 · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Yeah, i got the name wrong in my post, it's Real Techniques Starter Kit

u/nighttvales · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Came here to say this! It looks like they have a dedicated eye set now too.

u/attuned_to_symmetry · 2 pointsr/MakeUpAddictionUK

The Real Techniques eye starter set (the purple pack) is coming up on lightning deal tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 8:40AM!

u/Eggwolls · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

The first thing I learned about makeup is that you NEED to invest in GOOD brushes. Real Techniques is the way to go 100%.
Eye brush set.
Expert face brush.
The only other brush set I can recommend is Coastal Scents.

I think as far as lipsticks go, pinky MLBB shades are a good place to start. Wet N Wild has very cheap (but pigmented) colors to try and if she doesn't like them, then it's not much money wasted. I'd not want to buy a more expensive brand and her not like it. /: You know what I mean?

The ELF blush/contour kit. I've always heard great reviews of this little kit.

NYX Natural palette is a must imo. Very pigmented and all the nudes you need to pull off any natural eye look. Not to mention, the lightest shades can be used as a highlight and some of the darker shades can be used as a brow filler.

Hope this helps! Good luck to you and invite your friend here. <: SrslyGlammin

EDIT: Also. I great youtube channel for a lot of drugstore reviews (Don't buys and Do buys) is here and here. Same lady. Does awesome and informative reviews!

u/Meagasus · 2 pointsr/sugarfreemua

How awesome are you! The big question is: what's your budget!?

A couple reactions to your list: honestly if she is just starting out, this brush set is OK (not great, but OK). It does seem to have a lot of eye/detail brushes and not a lot for base. The thing is, she won't know what brushes she's in love with until she tries out a bunch. If she's into it, then she might want to buy better quality brushes in the kind she likes. I'm saying this also because I'm a mua and I use brushes kind of unconventionally and I find a lot of mu enthusiasts/pros are the same way (example--it might say "crease" brush, but I'll use it for buffing out concealer or smudging eyeliner). She won't know until she tries a bunch of different kinds, so I think getting a variety of inexpensive brushes isn't a bad idea. It also depends on the face she's working on?

You might want to splurge on one kinda decent set, too, though if you're saving a ton of money getting a more inexpensive set. This one might be good to start BUTTTTTTT if you have a TJMaxx near you DEFINITELY go check it out. You can get surprisingly decent brush sets there for a great price--you also might be able to feel them before buying to check them out. I got that RT eye brush set for, like, $7.99 or something.

The brush/sponge cleaner--If I were you, I'd save some $$ by just getting a baby shampoo or Dr. Bronner's soap. (Not to say that Eco Tools one is super pricey, but if she's washing her brushes as much as she should, she may run out quick). In my kit, I use Parian Spirit or Cinema Secrets, but it's kind of $$$. If I'm running low, I'll use baby shampoo because it's super gentle. For lip brushes or special fx makeup stuff, I'll even use Dawn. The silicone brush cleaner is a cool gadget, but be warned it can wreak havoc on brushes (esp. cheap brushes!)

The organizer is a good idea and it's cute, but the only thing is that type are kinda tricky in that they don't really hold that much. If she is really getting into it, maybe something more versatile? I'm obsessed with Muji organizers, but $$$. WAIT, just checked and they're having a sale:

They are wonderful because they are SUPER versatile and all kind of fit together, so you can make your own little set up.

What about a cute vanity mirror?

Brush holder?

An amazing book that still has an insane amount of relevant information even 20 years later:

I use this guy for if I know I'm only doing one client. Would be great for personal use, too:

OK, I'm going to bed, haha! Have fun, you are an amazing sister and whatever you get her will be cherished.

u/guardrailslayer · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup
  1. I'm guessing reddit doesn't count. I'm also an on-again-off-again regular at The Pink Room, a chat board for fans of Ju-Ju-Be bags (mostly moms, but lots of nice people there).

  2. Ever since I was a very young kid, my choice birthday meal has been Steak 'Um Roll-Ups. Take Steak Ums, wrap them around stuffing, cover in gravy, mushrooms, and French's fried onions, and bake them. mmmmm

  3. Real Techniques Starter Set & NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese

  4. Some animals, including goats and octopi, have rectangular pupils!

  5. Flash This
u/Endrealis · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

This is just what I do so obviously you don't have to listen to any or all of my advice.

If your looking for good brushes but not super expensive then I'd recommend this Real Techniques brush set. It's on sale right now on Amazon or I think Ulta is doing some type of buy 1 get 1 50% off something or other. If you want individual brushes I'd go for Morphe or Coastal Scents. For simple looks I think an all over lid brush, a crease brush, and a blending brush is great to start with. I feel like with those three you can use them for a lot of looks until you're ready to build up your collection.

For shadows you can pick up E.L.F, Coastal Scents, Nyx, and BH Palettes are nice starters. Some shades aren't the greatest quality but if your practicing and don't want to spend a lot then it'll go far. They have palettes for several different styles depending on what color you want to go. Or if you don't want tons of shades and want singles you can try MakeupGeek or Coastal Scents. They sell single pans so you only have what you want in your collection. I'd also pick up a primer if you have the funds. You can get Nyx eyelid primer for about $7.00 and it'll help your shadows stay on your lids without creasing.

For eyeshadow tutorials I feel like picture tutorials are best. Videos for me are awful because I hate pausing to finish my step to get to the next step because they're faster than me. Picture tutorials are great because I can pull it up on my phone in my bathroom zoom in on the step and move onto the next one. Not saying I only use picture tutorials because I watch Youtube videos to learn blending techniques etc. You can always search Pinterest for picture tutorials

Typically what I do for the pics you linked is:

(For this example let's say I'm using Twilight, Prom Night, and Sensuous from [This MakeupGeek swatches]) for hopefully an easy follow through)

1: Prime the lids and let it sit for a moment unless it states otherwise. Some things like glitter glue etc need to be tacky.

2: Take a crease (or similar brush) and take a light color like Twilight and put it in your crease. I'd swipe the brush back and forth on your crease until you've reached the opacity you like. You can always bring it higher than your crease if you like that look as well.

3: Take an all over lid brush (or similar) and put another color such as Prom Night all over the lid but not above the crease. Again put on as much or as little as you want until you've reached the opacity you'd like.

4: I like to go back with a crease brush and apply more Twilight to the crease and blending them together so there's no harsh line.

5: If you want to take the look further you can take the crease brush once more and apply Sensuous to the crease from the outside of your eye towards the inside until about halfway or your desired spot.

6: Blend it out so there are no harsh lines and apply more Twilight to your crease if necessary.

I hope you find what your looking for and hopefully this helped a little bit!

u/a_wild_dena_appears · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

These real techniques brushes are great! And they aren't expensive at all!

u/TegansMom · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I bought the Coastal Scents 22 piece set from Amazon a while back and I really like it, great variety. I've never used high end brushes like Sigma so I can't compare but I haven't had a major problem with shedding or anything like that. Real Techniques is great too and they're on sale on Amazon right now. I also really like Sephora's Daily Brush Cleaner Spray, super convenient!

u/sararosered · 2 pointsr/buccos

OMG I just got these and these to replace some shitty ass Mary Kay brushes I should have never bought.

The Shany ones are SO soft... they've shed a little bit worth it. The reviews say they have a 'chemical' smell which they do out of the package, but since I washed them before I used them it was an irrelevant point.

Real Techniques are just amazeballs in any form.

u/Bobstbob · 2 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

I can tell you what I ordered online: I basically ended up following The official under $50 post.

Sodial. But mind you, I am still waiting for it to get here (its been only 5 days) from China. Apparently its not too short of a wait.

This blade sampler pack. This is from England so, again there is a significant wait.

The Ecotools Kabushi brush. I got mine from a walgreens for $8.

Also someday I want to get the 22mm octogon resin handle silvertip from Whipped Dog. $26

I got proraso from a local buisness as my shave cream but i'll let you figure out what you want to get him. Perhaps the sampler pack from Maggard Razors.

Hope this was helpful. Perhaps you already knew most of this but I figured if I'm just saying what everyone else has already said, there is always a downvote button.

u/OneLegAtATime · 2 pointsr/TheVeneration


I've mentioned this setup at some point here, but now with pictures! I'm sick and working from home today, so I need something to get my mind off of this grant writing.


  • Lord L6, Astra SP blades. Razor is $9 on amazon. Blades are 20 cents a pop if bought in small batches, or 10 cents a pop if bought in larger quantities. each blade lasts me 2-3 shaves.
  • Arko (less than 5 bucks for a 2-pack).
  • Razorock alum $7
  • Ecotools makeup brush - cheap, synthetic 2-pack from amazon

    Probably one of the cheapest full shave kits you can buy. The single Arko stick has lasted me 2 years so far, and I anticipate it will last another 3-4 until it becomes a mushy pile. Arko works really well with the extremely hard water we get in southern california.

    I only shave 2-3 times a week, and lathering straight onto the face reduces the amount of soap wasted. First thing I would upgrade is the brush, followed by a search for an aftershave after the alum.

    I would highly recommend the Lord. Some people seem to have longevity issues with the aluminum handle screwing into the heavier-metal head, but as long as you don't force it you won't strip the threads. Supposed to shave like a Merkur for a fraction of the cost.


  • Aeropress (inverted)
  • Porlex mini grinder
  • Burundi beans, lighter roast.

    Not my favorite roast, but probably my favorite extraction process (I also own turkish coffee, french press, moka pot, vacuum pot/siphon). Inverted, it acts like a french press with a paper filter. Of course, it also means you have a foot-tall precarious boiling-water hazard, which has been an issue some drowsy mornings.
u/mr1337 · 2 pointsr/Frugal

A good double-edge safety razor, blade sampler pack, shaving brush, and shaving soap can free the both of you from expensive cartridge razors and canned goo. It could take you a little bit to learn how to shave the "old fashioned" way, but as someone who recently took the plunge, it's worth it. Gives a much better shave for a fraction of the cost. (Replacement blades are usually $0.07 - $0.30 each)

If you have hard water, you may want to go with a shaving cream instead, or you could get a gallon of distilled water for $1 that will last you through about a month's worth of shaves.

Shameless plug for /r/wicked_edge. There are a lot of resources there to help you transition.

[edit] Here's a cheaper alternate razor - this is what I have. You can get them even cheaper if you want to wait a few weeks.

u/Hayase · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I've been shaving with this since 2014 and was thinking of upgrading. What do you guys think about synthetic brushes?

u/bemon · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I have great success with a synthetic brush like the one linked below. It creates excellent lather in a very short amount of time. Never going back to animal hair.

u/Bsr5088 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Edit: adjusted for price range

Depends on what your looking for really. For $75 you could buy a cheap badger brush and gold plate it =p (maybe). Are you looking for a fancy nice looking brush. Or just a badger brush that people recommend?

Personally my favorite brush so far is just a synthetic one from amazon, which many people highly recommend. the Eco Tools finishing brush, which is $12 for two. its not exactly super badger, but for the price its worth a shot. Maybe some of the more experienced guys can chime in though, I havent tried very many brushes.

u/Lowoctave · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I bought them for $15. But now they are going for $12.


u/skippingwithsporks · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

What razor blades are you using? Different people have different skin and hair types, and find that different blades work for them. If you're cutting up your face like that, maybe try a different brand of blade. I'd suggest getting a sampler pack so that you can try a bunch and figure out which ones work the best for your skin.

For example:

It took me a bit of practice and a bunch of razors to get it right, since some tugged on my skin and others were too sharp (hello nick city). My favorite is Blue Bird, they work perfectly for me. Skin prep is really important too! I use Arko shave sticks and an Ecotools brush. The shave sticks lather nicely and last forever (one stick lasted me about 4 months of shaving my legs).

u/jbisinla · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I would probably return / trash that brush and grab this $9 synthetic brush that I really like, or this inexpensive synthetic one that leisureguy really likes. (Or maybe I'm just biased because I know how many nicks / weepers I've painted over for my second / third pass and would not feel OK using someone else's old brush.) (The anthrax concerns obsolete at this point though. :))

Then consider whether you really want to learn to shave with an SE (single edge) safety razor, which has fewer blade choices and a different technique than a DE (double edge) razor.

If so, then grab some blades for use with your Gem razor (the Valet AutoStrop apparently does not take standard SE blades).

If not, then consider picking up a DE razor, which can start as low as $3 or so and a blade sampler pack, that will allow you to choose from a variety of blades as you go. (If you've got a little extra $, the Edwin Jagger is a very well regarded mild razor.)

In terms of soap, make sure it's not just a bath bar with clay added and marketed as a shaving soap, as many homemade soap companies do that, and it's usually a sub-optimal product. Look for a soap that's well thought of on the shaving forums. (You can find soaps made without animal products for shaving if you look around.)

Once you've got your full set up, then the first step is to practice making lather. A good lather is the foundation for a good shave. Practice 5-10 latherings at least, making lather on the brush or in a bowl, then lathering up your non-dominant hand for practice.

Then start shaving. Remember to use NO PRESSURE. Use a sharp blade and just let the razor do the work.

Good luck! We're here to help!

u/KingMoultrie · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Oh, the lie I'd been living with cartridges.

After my initial success with the Parker 71r I picked up from Amazon (using gel), I switched blades, and was very disappointed by the second brand I tried (Sharp).

My Ecotools brush, and La Toja Shaving Stick finally came in the mail today! No more canned goo!

So I popped a fresh Shark blade into my Parker, lathered up (surprisingly easy enough to get a newbie lather), and couldn't have been happier with the results.

No razor burn. A small nick. BBS.

I dare say, it was the best shave I've ever had.

u/Vegas99 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Easy as Pie!

oh my goodness you are hard to shop for. I'd have no idea what to buy for you.

u/misshensley81 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I am awesome at TWIRLING MY PASTIES! This video is NSFW! By the way lol I am on the left...
This is what I would Looooooove, so that my eyes are purty ;)

Thanks for the contest, sugar! And I think this is pretty creative for a first try. <3

u/angelninja · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Snow, snow, go away

You are soooo very pretty inside and out!

Hair Bow $1.40

Wig Holder $3.99

Drip Dry Hangers $8.20

Raspberry Tea $4.71

All of the eyelashes $1.70

All totaled out to exactly $20
Thanks for the contest!

u/EnvyAdams · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

These lashes are $2.15 with free shipping, under my beauty wishlist.

Don't feel bad, I missed my cake day too! Here's to waiting another year.

u/orika07 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

What makes me beautiful!

Just added this to my wishlist yesterday, its such a pretty colour!

But this is my cheapest make up related item :)

Thanks for the contest!

u/ihavenoidea__ · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup
  1. and I know, I'm lame.

  2. Mmmm, for my dinner two days ago I went to a buffet and ate everything. Salad, steak, mac and cheese (the cheesiest kind ever), dessert, slurpee's.

  3. Can I put things that add up to 20 or no? If not you can just pick one of the things: Lipstick organizer, Lash glue, Lash holder thingy, and lashes! It all equals 20.36 with shipping and all things I've been lusting over!

  4. Babies have a reflex called the Calming Reflex and it's super interesting the things you can do to trigger it and just make the baby become super calm!

  5. Flash This!
u/blue_eyedsweetie · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

I think this is kind of cool . I'm always getting mascara below my bottom lashes.

I want these for practice !!!

These are another thing I think we could all use !!

u/moon-sun1015 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Amazon pay Jerron right meow. this is my item, and thanks for doing this!

u/quinnundine · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

In list 'Add ons'

thanks for the contest! :))))


u/cuddlewench · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

DUDE. $34 22 Piece Coastal Scents brush set also comes in a bitchin' carrying case. Has all your basics that you'd ever need, you can get it from Amazon. Has a few face brushes but primarily eye and a couple of lip ones. Mine just came in a few days ago and I am in love. Haven't used the brushes yet but they seem to be of solid quality.

For what it's worth, I also have experience using Real Techniques, Ecotools, ELF and Sigma. For the price, this package can't be beat.


u/mrsmunson · 2 pointsr/frugalbeauty

I agree. I have this coastal scents set, and I love it. I bought the same set for my sister-in-law too. Although we're both stumped as to what to do with that gigantic fan brush lol.

u/thebookthief · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Congrats on getting into makeup! It's going to change your life!

Since you're just starting, I would go and get my brows cleaned up a little so you know what shape you're working with. Read reviews of brow places and such before you go - I personally prefer threading over waxing, and make sure to communicate that you don't want them thin, just cleaned up. I can't tell from the picture, but you may also want to get your lip threaded if it's noticeable. I like to have a clean look in this regard because then the makeup looks even better.

I would also look into a quality moisturizer and facial cleanser if you don't have those already. Also makeup remover and makeup brushes. All that good stuff. I recently bought [this set of brushes] ( from Coastal Scents which are pretty good quality in my opinion.

When I really started getting into makeup techniques I watched a bunch of youtube tutorials. I lurked MUA as well for product recommendations inspiration, but watching videos made it easier for me to get the techniques down. At first it will be a lot of trial and error and figuring out what's "too much," etc, but you'll develop the skills over time with practice and feedback. Don't get discouraged like I used to. It just takes time. Luckily it will take less time with the right resources, which I unfortunately never looked into years ago!

I included a few links to some youtube tutorials below. Not saying you should replicate any of these particular looks exactly, but they will help you get used to what you should be doing. I'm not sure which foundation is best for your complexion, so I can't really give advice on that. I have been using Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation for years because it just seems to work for me. I also like the Hello Flawless powder from Benefit. For eyeshadows, brow powder, and liner, I first tried those out with cheaper makeup, from ELF or the drugstore, and then researched and bought the better ones once I got the hang of it and had more of an idea of the right colors for me.

Hope this helps!

Edit: formatting

u/ilyjen · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I bought the Coastal Scents 22 piece brush set about a year ago and it's worked fabulously for me. I think what sold me is there is a variety of real and synthetic brushes in it (depending on the brush type) which actually does make a big difference. Also, in the year that I've had them, there has been hardly any fallout. It's a solid set given the cost.

u/MacDaddiO · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Since I don't have an ALP I can't say specifically for that. I have a brush that I use for my ALB to get it to apply in a more even manner, but I don't know the name of it unfortunately :( I got it in my Coastal Scents brush set. I'm trying to find the set on Amazon now, I'll edit this post when I do :)

Edit: [Found it!] ( it's brush #3- round powder synthetic hair brush.

u/lildrummerliz · 2 pointsr/Trichsters

I'm still doing research to find the best ones. Someone made a post about these- I haven't tried them out yet, but I will!

u/emerilise · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

Pretty sure it's These are very, very natural looking, in fact you might not even see much of a difference when you have them on, it just makes your lashes look longer. Hopefully these are the ones your coworker was wearing. I know they come in different styles, but you're probably going to have to look for it on amazon.

u/kron_ · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Depends on your personal taste, eyeshape, makeup style...
I like the Ardelle Wispies:

If you are looking for something even more natural these could work and are pretty cheap:

I also think brands like NYC and ELF sell $1-$3 lashes that look fairly natural.

u/butmehm2 · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

Lol that's not even all my brushes! I was drying my face ones when I took the pic. And the pink brushes are on Amazon for like $15!

u/nicehotpink · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction
u/cuppycaek · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

Woohoo, congrats on the BIG MONEY! :)

I've had Velvet Teddy on my Wishlist for such a longgg time, it looks so pretty when I see it posted in FOTD's!

And a look posted by CosmicOlive not too long ago made me lust after the NYX Adorable Palette as well :)

I would also like to try this Ardell Brush Duo, as I recently bought some Dipbrow and am having some serious struggles with my current tools.

Thank you so much for hosting, and awesome job on the record shattering work! :)

u/neurogeneticist · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

This is the brush I use. However, I may be in the minority in what I like in an eyebrow brush. The bristles are not very stiff, but I love this as it's very easy to get short, feathery, natural strokes! If I'm going for a bolder brow, I use a small Sonia Kashuk angled liner brush from the anniversary set that was out over the summer - it looks pretty similar to a SK brush someone posted earlier!

u/MissHillyG · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I think Ardell makes one! It's an angled brush on one end and a spoolie on the other end. You can find it on Amazon!
I'll try to link it.
I am not sure how comparable it is to the ABH one.

EDIT: Ardell Duo Brow Brush

u/Penla · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction
u/openthelocked · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddicts

I really enjoy this Ardell brush for use with my Dipbrow. It's stiff but soft and great for blending.

u/All4Trump · 2 pointsr/MUAontheCheap

I’m sure it will come back sooner or later. Maybe in a slightly different style or color.

Meanwhile, if you search for ‘makeup brush set’ on Amazon, you will find tons of sets with near-5-star reviews for around $15, and some even under $10!

I have heard really good things about this set. - I own just the stubby kabuki from this set and it is excellent.

Here’s one with white bristles (also comes in purple!)

And there’s even a unicorn set .

So really - lots of choices out there. I would just read the reviews carefully. There’s even an app that can tell how how many of the Amazon reviews are fake. I forgot the name of the app, though.

Update: OK, it might be
I’d just heard about it online. I don’t know if this is the app I’d heard about.

(According to Fakespot, the first 2 sets have reliable reviews; the unicorn set does not).

u/Mameification · 2 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

I recommend these EmaxDesign brushes from Amazon. You get a variety of brushes for very little money. They are decent quality (in fact, I prefer some of them to their more expensive counterparts). That way you can get a sense of what kind of brush you like to use, and down the line you can upgrade just the type of brushes you actually use.

u/mokutou · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I've had decent success with Amazon brushes, and regularly reach for them. I've used and enjoyed these brushes, especially as a beginner set. They're very soft, no shedding, and pretty versatile.

u/Shelli_and_Page · 2 pointsr/crossdressing

I got a set of brushes awhile back that I really like from Amazon. I do all my application/blending with brushes too. I haven't had much luck with the sponge things.

u/wodemaohenkeai · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I bought this one. Decent quality for the low price. The two kabuki brushes are my favorites for achieving an airbrushed finish (I prefer it to a BB, but that's just me).

u/cafea · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I just received my DragonPad 11 piece brush set order today for $11.94 (free shipping with prime). They are sooo soft, on par with more expensive brushes like MAC. The brush denseness is good for the price. The kabuki feels on a little thin, but the rest is adequate. I tried them out on my hand and they worked well! Applied eyeshadows and blended easily. I was also rough with them and no shedding so far. They did arrive with a smell, but I can only smell it when I sniff up close. I think this brush set is well worth the price!

u/breadofchampions · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

You know, no where does it say what brand it is! This is the link to the listing though. I pulled them out of their packages to feel the quality, etc and they're soooo nice!

I'm very excited to try them out tomorrow morning! :)

u/Raewynrh · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

I have the real techniques eye set and I looove them. I also got a super soft set on Amazon that are excellent for blending.
The face brushes are pretty small but I actually use the quite a bit.

u/BrassUnicorn · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I appreciate all women who commit to their shoes. I am the type who will keep their shoes on the entire time their out but will also accept if someone offers me a piggy back ride to the car.

I use mac cork as my eyebrow color and my casual every day crease color all the time. The mac naked essential palette has a color I use too. Pencils look better using the same tip to top method but I just can't make pencil look good on me so I stay with powder then gel.

On the contouring I'm happy to say I've also had that issue and I've figured it out I use a flat top kabuki brush to make very solid thin lines with the side of the brush then use the flat top part to buff it out. I bought these on a whim before christmas and they actually are pretty solid and a good choice. I have to condition them after washing but it worth the extra work for how well they work/the price

u/cat_with_giant_boobs · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I bought this set and I've had no issues with any of the brushes.

I know they're not handcrafted Japanese quality, but for the price I do think they're really decent. I will not pay anymore for a brush set until the need presents itself and I know exactly what I'm looking for and can justify the price.

u/danceydancetime · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Weird, those look exactly like this random set I got on Amazon recently:

Assuming they are similar/the same, the brushes are suuper dense and fluffy. Insane quality for $15. I really like using the large ones for foundations, contouring creams, and blush. Not fluffy enough to use for face powder and powder contour in my opinion, but I already had brushes for that so it's fine. The eye brushes are really good for blending and shaping color in the crease. I prefer a flat brush for applying to the lid, these ones aren't quite as good at picking up depositing a lot of color at once, I've found.

u/fluttershy123 · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction
u/whenthereisfire · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

I think it's these:

I bought this set for myself a little while ago and I've been really enjoying it! The smaller brushes are especially awesome. I'm just starting out with makeup and wanted a full range of brushes to learn with and these are way better than I expected! I hope you have fun with them OP!

u/xotori · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

Honestly the ones from this stupidly cheap brush set. I reach for them more often that my UD optical blurring or any of my Real Technique brushes. I'm really lazy about washing brushes so I have 2 sets of these haha. They're surprisingly soft, do their job well, & haven't shed on me.

This one also includes eye brushes which are also nice:

This one's just the foundation brushes:

u/Dragons-With-Tits · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Makeup Eye Brush Set - Eyeshadow...

I recently got these and like them. Not the greatest quality, of course, but doable.

u/peachpiper · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Yes I used an urban decay anti aging eye primer, it is not tinted. I did how ever use a translucent setting powder to set and not an all over shade. I used 3 shades and a shimmer for the lid/ I copied a tutorial I watched and used the same shades
The brush set I use is here (not really sure which brushes I should be using)
I use the big fluffy one the most

u/Peoniii · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

thank you so much for the reply! I think my blending is ok? I feel like I see other people blend on youtube and it looks smoother than my blending. I have to spend a long time on blending. It's good to hear a brush can help with that! I will look at that brush incase I ever catch the chance to buy it. I'll go look into the IT cosmetic brush line now :)!

edit: Are they these?:
They have amazing reviews!! I think I might have to get them if they have such a great quality for that price.

u/this-shit-rules · 2 pointsr/Makeup

Personally when I first started wearing eyeshadow regularly, like 1.5-2 years ago, I bought a set of eyeshadow brushes from Amazon. The brand is lamora. I still use them.

Makeup Eye Brush Set - Eyeshadow Eyeliner Blending Crease Kit - Best Choice 7 Essential Makeup Brushes - Pencil, Shader, Tapered, Definer - Last Longer, Apply Better Makeup & Make You Look Flawless

u/evilvee · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I like Real Techniques for their face brushes, but I think their eye brushes are a bit wonky-shaped. If you use Amazon, Lamora is super cheap and high quality. I love their eye brushes. I have both the 7 brush kit and the smokey eye kit. I've had them for over a year and they've survived washing once a week without shedding and they're just as soft as when I got them.

u/fuddydudd · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I just bought this set of brushes and I love them. You definitely don’t need to break the bank with brushes, especially when starting out with eye makeup.

u/MacNCheesyBeezy · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

Just search for "makeup brush sets" on Amazon, and you will have tons of choices. For example this one.. It has a bunch of face brushes plus more, and I've really loved the brushes I got off Amazon. It doesn't have to cost $65 for a brush set.

u/FeistyAle · 2 pointsr/Makeup

I love this set here

I use it daily and they clean up wonderfully!

u/Justascruffygirl · 2 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

Like 4 years ago, my sister got me a set of cheapy Amazon Brushes and it turns out they’re amazing. the handle on one of them has fallen off, but otherwise they’re in great shape.

They’re dense and haven’t lost any bristles and way softer than expected for cheap brushes from amazon.

I’m fairly certain it was these ones BS Mall Brushes

u/the_errancy · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Not available on prime, and comes in a pack of two, which is more than I need. I'd be willing to split it with another NYC based Redditor, though. EDIT Out of stock on prime. Still 2. Might talk my lady into taking the other.

u/anotherDocObVious · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

/u/LeisureGuy suggests the Ecotools Kabuki Bamboo synthetic brush - I have had it for the past year or so now, and it's served the purpose well for me.

Some folks here have reported that it sux, but not for me - I have not had any problems with it generating enough lather for a 3 pass shave (even though most of the time, I'm done by 2 passes)

u/dance_ninja · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Thanks for the advice! I was looking at samplers, but the price of those Personas are appealing, so I had to ask.

This is what I was looking at for a kit:

  • Razor
  • Brush
  • Shaving soap
  • Blade Sampler
  • Nick Relief

    I know this stuff probably isn't the best (I was only looking at the under $50 section for this stuff), but I wanted to try things out before I spent more money. Are there any big issues with this potential kit?

    As for the aftershave, do I have to use it, or can it just be a lotion, like Aveeno? It's what I currently apply after shaving right now.

    Also, I noticed some people get bowls and stands. Are they necessary? Can I just use a small glass that I wash now and then instead?
u/dogs_and_dogs · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thank you for holding this :)
EDIT: If add-ons are not allowed, the alternate

u/littlemisstigger · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Mom! Mom! Mom! I need this soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad! My eyelashes suck and I need them to pop. If my eyes don't pop I won't get a date for the big dance! You'll ruin my entire life if I don't get this!

Pretty please with sugar on top!

Also, life will not be ruined if I don't win, but it might :P

u/mckennashaw · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

You need to go to the gym read this [article on why you should work out] (
or even better this hilarious video on motivation to work out
and if all else fails, [do a home work out] (

okay I want [these amazing lashes with lash glue if possible] (

u/hasa-diga · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

I would DEFINITELY get this and for less than $3? What a steal!! :)

u/Lunar3 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm queen of attention to details. I have a few things on my list under $5 this set of lashes, this nail care kit, this Great red polish plus I have more items on my other lists as well.

u/fireflygirlie · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


u/bitch_is_cray_cray · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Item on ze wishlist. Definitely foundation, preferably mineral powder because my face is so wishy washy sometimes - never know if I'll need it! Lip balm aaaaaaand make up remover. I don't normally play with my eyes, mascara's fun and all that but it's not a necessity and it's a female canine to remove! Thanks a lot for the tea cup contest! I can't wait till the day I get a job and credit card so I can do my own glamming :)

u/stopthebefts · 1 pointr/HaircareScience

You should order them in the big multi-packs from Ebay or Amazon, which ship directly from Asian countries like China, so you get ~identical lashes at a huge discount, like $1.50 for 10 pairs with shipping. Pick one that has individual lashes so you can easily layer on mascara, like the set on the right. You can mount them on the edge of a table or something so you can apply the mascara. To reduce another variable in the experimental design, you should use single-use mascara wands to apply the mascara, so you're just seeing the lengthening effects of the mascara formula, and limit the amount of times you go over the lashes with a specific mascara. Then maybe just measure how long the lashes are after application. I wouldn't use real people because there are too many variables.

u/AboutTheBass · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

What if my favorite show is over? :c

Breaking Bad </3

Currently hooked on Boardwalk Empire.


u/shrmnmss · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Oh, I hate to hear that! These are sooooo light!

These are the ones I got, maybe this will help!

u/Roehok · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

How about my derpy cat?


u/DisWeirdo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/something_anything · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

I wish for these lashes! I love accentuating my eyes when doing my makeup, and I think these will help a lot :)

u/plaidsuitpants · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

FALSIES I want to bat my eyes so much that someone thinks I'm having "visions."

u/allehcat · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

[Lashesssss!] ( because I'm running out! I leave them places, they get all gunky, and sometimes they just get lost. Thanks for the chance!

u/miscommunication_me · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Yay for Wishful Wednesday! I've never tried wearing fake eyelashes before and I really want to start (especially since I've been experimenting with smokey eyes). This set looks good and I could get a lot of practice. Thank you!

u/musicalobsessed · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

What makes me beautiful

20 Pairs Regular Long and Thick Eyelashes

20 pairs for $3? Yes please! I am a competitive dancer and Im starting do a lot of musicals at regional theaters so these would help a lot! Plus they're just fun!

u/IRISistable · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My random user is /u/sweetbeauty

I had TONS of things in common with my match. She likes lisa frank and I like lisa frank. She likes adorable necklaces and so do it! She likes kinder hippos and I love those damn things!! They are on one of my wishlists. She wants this and I bought that exact same set on 01/30 of this year. She likes Rachael Ray and that is my favorite cookware set. I have her plates in green! She likes colorful knives, guess who bought that set back in March? She has contacts and I have contacts! I just added that to my wish list too. She likes makeup and I love makeup. Those brushes are amazing, btw. She also had quite a few makeup items that I liked, but I wasn't about to link all those. Ditto with books!! My random person is pretty awesome.

Also, welcome!!

RAOAs before foes

u/ColorMeStunned · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I use the EcoTools brush set here:

I've used both the Contour and Buff brush and they both work great. Beautifully soft.

u/shewhogoesthere · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Everyday Minerals. I swear by them. Been using it for years and my makeup looks so sheer and natural, yet I can cover any flaws I need to. It just melts into my skin. And they have free samples (well you pay shipping, a couple bucks) and can try a bunch of foundation shades before committing to a full size. I don't know what your skintone is, but their concealers are also fantastic if you have the right brush...

Which leads me to coastal scents. If they still have a brush called the 'mini detail' buy that right now. As someone who has dealt with cystic acne and regular acne..its the best thing ever. A teeny tiny brush that will dab on foundation/concealer (liquid, cream, mineral, whatever you end up using) with precision on top of blemishes. Its amazing and works better than anything else. You need to be able to blend and dab product right on that spot without getting it everywhere around it. As for blush and thicker brushes...I still recommend EcoTools. Try to find one of their travel sets with the half size brushes, they have the best blush brushes that work with mineral makeup, blush, bronzer, highlighter...I bought a couple packs and use that mini blush brush for everything. its fluffy and not stiff and seems to pick up the exact right amount of powder on every product.
This is the set I have

And this one also looks good

u/Miss_Anthropie · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

The mini kabuki set is indeed special--it's "limited edition" but has been sold for forever so idk what's up with the LE designation. Anyway. Can't get it in stores, at least in my experience, amazon has it for 10 USD

Even the designs are supposedly special.

The handles are aluminum and have a certain weight to them, which takes away the "cheap" feeling, and all brushes are sufficiently dense and fluffy (especially the concealer brush, which is the magic finger I referred to). If you choose to get them, I hope you'll like them :)

u/love-from-london · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Bought from here. Supposedly quality can be a bit hit-or-miss, but they're all so nice and soft, and they're great for the price!

u/TheEchoQueen · 1 pointr/Drag

One good starter set is by Coastal Scents: Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set

u/wombatzilla · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I just bought these Coastal Scents brushes and I love them, I'm a beginner too though so I'm not sure how they compare to others.

u/SurlySnowWhite · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Right? I looked up brushes on Amazon after I saw gooorgeous cut crease looks on here. I was like "Whyyyy can't I do that!" then realized I needed brushes. Hahah. I wish I'd known that years ago!

I just ordered these. I'm so excited!

And yeah I wasted two+ years with one guy and I'm so glad I ended that relationship. At least I learned a lot from it.

u/letsmakeart · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I think my best advice would honestly be to work on honing your skills. I used to be able to do pretty okay shadows cause I never really learned about blending and pretty much stuck to one colour shadow at a time. But now I live for blending. It honestly makes such a difference. Even with just one shadow, blending out the edges makes it look so much better. I like really fluffy brushes that really blur things dramatically, but it's really up to you. The Real Techniques eye set of 4 brushes is good for "tighter" blending brushes. The fluffy one I love is from a coastal scents 22 piece brush set, they don't sell it individually and it does not have a name printed on, unfortunately.

So yeah, I'd suggest working on skills more than anything. But I will try and answer what you actually asked for haha. My fave palettes are the too faced chocolate bar and naked basics 2. I also love inglot shadows because I like the customization they offer (you buy the shadows in singles and can build your own duos or palettes), and they make really good, blendable mattes. Mattes are notorious for generally being harder to blend than shimmery or glittery colours sort of across most brands, but the inglot matte ones are very good. Naked 3 palette might work really nicely for you as well, but I think the semi-sweet chocolate bar palette would be the best. Nice shadow quality, nice range of shades, but I think they would look especially nice with brown eyes and your skin tone. I would recommend naked basics for the purpose of having a nice set of strong, basic (ha ha) matte shades. But yeah, semi-sweet chocolate bar!

u/TheMagicalGobo · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I just bought this set from amazon, and I really like them. I don't own very many high-end brushes, so maybe I don't know what I'm missing, but this set has good variety and they're soft and easy to clean. Also, they cost quite a bit less than your budget and are eligible for super-saver shipping!

I also like the eco tools brushes from the drugstore; they're so soft and nice, and don't cost an arm and a leg :)

u/bemusedmuse · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Are you looking for a starter kit? It's always more cost effective to buy separate brushes in my opinion but as far as budget friendly starter kits go, I hear many good things about the Coastal Scents 22 piece brush set. While I don't own the set, I hear it's very good for the price.

u/Summlove_ · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I use Morphe Brushes and Coastal Scents --> this set, specifically

u/cow_bear · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I'd do a proper link except I'm on my phone :)

u/Cowsandroses · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

There's a coastal scents brush set on amazon for around $30

Found it!
Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set

u/kokomocat · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

These are the lashes she got me

Super cute, affordable and you can use each pair 2x, 3 max!

u/mhunki · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I want to start wearing makeup agian, but I have no nice brushes.
and they're pink!

u/misserinmay · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

See, I was going on Amazon reviews and ended up with these: Definitely going to have to check those out now though.

u/imxrelx · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I got it off amazon, 22 pieces for 16.80 including shipping! They are super soft and I tugged on them and didn't lose any bristles.

u/Petalsper · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I found them on amazon. Here's a link.

u/butternutsquashsoup · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I use this Ardell brush with an angled brush end and a spoolie and it works great!

u/jaburke · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I have two angled brushes: The one I have amongst my other eye brushes is from Sephora that I got in this set though of course you can buy it individually. It's a good angle brush but I dedicate it solely to eyeshadow. The one I actually use for my brows is the Ardell Duo Brow Brush. The angle brush on this one probably isn't as firm as my Sephora brush but for the price it gets the job done. I bought it because of the price, particularly because it has the spoolie end and I was too cheap to buy the Anastasia version of this brush for $18 lol

u/NotSuzyHomemaker · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

drama llama!

These if you have Prime, this if you don't.

Thanks for the contest!

u/ottiecat · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I've been using this from Amazon for ages, I really need to upgrade to that, it's not stiff or big enough. I need to get better at grooming my brows on time, I swear they turn into a jungle as soon as I get them threaded.

u/roseatesg · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

I think Ebony should work fine! I use the Ardell Duo Brow Brush to apply.

The steps are pretty easy but it takes practise to get the shape you like!

I spoolie my brows first to get them to go in one direction, then I draw the outline (shape) of the brow that I want.

I'll fill in from the back of the brow inwards so the inner of my brow won't be as harsh as the outer :-) Something like this! Haha I'm still far from an expert for my brows - but currently I like how it looks.

u/Synlight · 1 pointr/Makeup

Oops I was wrong, mine aren't EcoTools, although I do have a couple of those and I like them.

Here is the set I got. They work really well, don't shed, and you get a lot of brushes for the money.

EmaxDesign 12 Pieces Makeup Brush Set Professional Bamboo Handle Premium Synthetic Kabuki Foundation Blending Blush Concealer Eye Face Liquid Powder Cream Cosmetics Brushes Kit With Bag

u/tiara733 · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I bought this set from Amazon (from other sellers, it's under $10 but shipping takes longer). They're really soft and pretty good quality!

u/penneforyourthoughts · 1 pointr/MakeupAddictionCanada

I bought this brush set from Amazon after hearing the youtuber Thataylaa talk about it, and I like it. I have also slowly added individual Elf and Real Techniques which you can find at Rexall among other places when I feel like there's a gap in my collection. I love my Elf and Real Techniques brushes, so if you want to start out by making a little list of what types of products you need brushes to apply, then going to somewhere like Rexall and looking through their sets and individual brushes to fill your needs, that would be a good way to start.

u/imjustheretobehere · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I use the fourth brush from the left in this set for my all-over base shadow and light brown crease because it's nice and fluffy. I use this brush for the darker brown in my crease because it's denser and more precise. If it feels too harsh, I'll go back with a light brown color on my fluffy brush to blend it out. And this has been my go to for packing eyeshadow on the lid. It's small enough for my lid and does a great job.

u/please_leave_soon · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Yes! I have these amazon brushes and they are amazing. Way softer than my sonia kashuk ones and the blush brush is about as soft as my ecotools one if not softer. I seriously recommend them.

u/ashmagic487 · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I'm pretty happy with my Bestope brush set. It's $8.99 and I use all of the eye brushes daily. I've had mine for a year and I've washed them and they've held up really well.

[Updated Version] BESTOPE Makeup Brushes Premium Makeup Brush Set Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Foundation Eyeliner Blush Contour Brushes for Powder Cream Concealer Brush Kit(8PCs, Black Sliver)

u/thearcogiant · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I had these recommended by a couple friends and finally ordered. They are great.

u/japanezerscrooge · 1 pointr/Drag

Sorry for the delay in replying! So I got the brushes from this link: and this link: for a great variety of basic eye and face brushes. Paid about 16 bucks total, and that should still be the price! The bristles on the first set are so dense that I needed a separate dusting brush for brushing off loose powder/finishing my foundation beat, and luckily i already had one. If you don't, this one looks excellent:

As far as wigs are concerned, I look at wigs marketed to both white women and women of color, since they both have different, excellent attributes. If you want something silky and smooth that you can style yoursef, do a search for K'ryssma wigs and pay attention to the reviews! I got this one:, and it was gorgeous. Needed some work on the hairline (I plucked out some of the hair from the lace so the hairline looked more natural). K'ryssma wigs are machine made and come in a wide range of styles. The one I got had a LOT of hair, which was great! I was looking for a base wig to stack on and style myself, so the straight/slightly wavy style was perfect for me.

Many of the wigs for black women's hair have phenomenal texture (like straightened kinky hair) which gives them great body and fullness. Not as much movement, but not everyone needs that! The one I got for myself was the NEESHA wig (tons of YouTube reviews! this one is very popular) at this link: Haven't tried to stye it yet, and the lace is quite stiff/hard but this wig has a TON of hair.

BEFORE YOU BUY A WIG decide if you are going to try to style it yourself or if you need one that's mostly good right out of the box. That way you can avoid ending up with a wig you can't use without buying a ton of other styling products. Check out onlinekyne on YouTube--he has a ton of styling and baby queen tutorials, and isn't so experienced that his stuff is intimidating to watch. I also watch Mr. Villberg's wig transformation tutorials for ideas.

That's all I have time for now, but I will try to get back to you later today with more info! Best of luck, and let me know if you have any other questions!

u/shortstack1386 · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I know you said cost isn't a factor, so it might seem silly to link a $12 set of brushes, but I ordered these a few weeks ago because if they ended up sucking I was only out a whole $12 and I actually really love them. They're really soft, they wash well, and overall I've just been really pleased with them. Well, the face brushes more so than the eye brushes. The face brushes were why I ordered this set and I only use 1 or 2 of the eye brushes. The eye brushes aren't bad, I just have plenty of other eye brushes.

u/forestlady · 1 pointr/Indiemakeupandmore

I use the flat face brush from this collection which is just a kind of stiffer brush I believe. I tend to swirl on top of the shifter and then tap off a lot of the excess when applying blush/highlighter/bronzer (including 2-3 taps on the sink edge) to get a light layer. Granted, the only indie blush/bronzer/highlighters I have are Shiro loose powders which also come with a sifter that I do not remove.

u/swerdna_le · 1 pointr/frugalbeauty

I just purchased this set -

I've only had them for a few days, but I like all of them so far. They are thick so they blend well. My only complaint so far is that the brushes for the eyes are just a tad big for my eyelid, but I have small eyes.

u/thekateone · 1 pointr/Makeup

I have this set of BS-Mall brushes and I swear the flat top brush is the softest brush and leaves no streaks when I apply foundation with it.

u/Bardaichila · 1 pointr/frugalbeauty

This looks very similar to a brush set I got on Amazon. I have found the brushes great for applying foundation and eyeshadow, not as great for blending. I've had them for over a year and they've held up really well to repeated cleanings - no loss of bristles, still look brand new.

u/bacteriy · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I bought these and they are very nice! Very soft. The only thing that Bothers me is that they are kind of similar to one another.

u/thatfoodyoudontlike · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

i use these, specifically the first and fourth ones. i especially enjoy the first one. the angle is perfect for my face and i’ve had these brushes for 5 ish years and they’re still going strong! the brushes also have a good density, not too dense, but not too fluffy, which is perfect for my foundation application! i know it comes in a set and that’s inconvenient, so i’ll try to look for some single brushes that have a similar shape.

u/Xochtl · 1 pointr/MakeupAddicts

I use these brushes with Achiote, I'm like nc15-20 and I have to layer it still but the end result is great. Obviously you shouldn't have to buy new brushes just for one product, but I find dense kabuki-like brushes work very well for Tarte blushes!

u/lovinmywalruskisses · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I received these brushes for Christmas as they had good reviews and it remember they were well loved on here as well. They so have quite a strong chemical smell however -- any tips on getting rid of this smell? So I need to wash them all? It's so strong that my entire car trunk reeks after them being in them for a car ride home. :)

u/paulmcpizza · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction
  • Foundation: My hands... (the shame)
  • Powder: Ecotools kabuki brush
  • Bronzer/Contour: The brush that comes with Benefit blush boxes.
  • Blush: Ailunce Rounded Dome Kabuki brush, fourth large brush from the left in this photo. Side note, these brushes are super soft, I like them a lot. The eye brushes are a little large for my eye unfortunately.
  • Brows: Small black angled brush from elf gel eyeliners and nameless spoolie.
  • Eyeshadow: Ecotools flat shader, crease brush, highlighter brush, pencil brush, smudger, etc.
  • Lips: Ecotools retractable lip brush
u/prideofslytherin · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Thanks! I'm a big fan of the well-reviewed Amazon sets like this one. I like Coastal Scents' synthetic brushes. Real Techniques' whole line is fantastic. Sephora Collection does a really good job. On the cheaper side, I haven't had any problems with my ecoTools brushes after over a year. Also, around Christmas walgreens always releases a brush set from their Studio 35 beauty line. It's a six piece set, five brushes and a pouch. It's usually pink or orange, and those bristles are HEAVENLY SOFT. They're made of baby angel hair or something, and the set is like $10-$15.

u/weatherzz · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Go for it! What's to lose?! It's life changing lol. The link I sent you is AMAZING. I've never tried "high end" brushes but bought these and they are honestly amazing. They're so soft & are definitely well made!

u/trecey123 · 1 pointr/makeupexchange

Yeah $1 for all 3 + shipping. It doesn’t have any branding on it actually, but it’s from this set shipping is $4 flat to cover goods & services, but it’s a better value if you’re buying more items.

u/MsMister · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Apologies, on phone. I LOVE these brushes. They're Sigma dupes. Here's the ones I ordered: Premium Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Set Cosmetics Foundation Blending Blush Eyeliner Face Powder Brush Makeup Brush Kit (10pcs, Silver Black)

u/jadexmachina · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

It sounds like you're in a similar place as I was a couple years ago, so let me just info dump the bits I've picked up.

This tutorial helped me a lot with blending eyeshadow. The other thing I did was look all over the internet for people who had the same kind of eyes as me, and then see what kind of looks they did, and how they placed their eyeshadow. But honestly, the best thing you can do is practice.

I would highly recommend picking up some kind of neutral eyeshadow palette: and buy JUST ONE. I know a ton of people spend lots of money on lots of palettes and that's perfectly fine, but using one palette for an extended period of time will give you a better idea of what you like. For example, I bought Naked Basics 1, and at first I loved it, because eyeshadow! Then I hated it, because I thought the shadows wouldn't blend. Then I bought proper brushes and practiced with new tips: suddenly, I loved the shadows again because they blended. So first (and second) impressions may not be correct (which is why it's important to practice skills first, before jumping in and buying huge hauls). I also figured out that cool-tones are not so great on me, by figuring out which shades in UD Basics 1 looked good on my skintone, and which ones washed me out. Some options: Too Faced Natural Eyes, UD Basics, Lorac Pro 1, KVD Shade and Light, UD Naked 1, Wet N Wild Comfort Zone.

Here's the brush set I'm using right now. I'm ridiculously in love, because they were so cheap, and so soft. Seriously, I would pay 5x this price for these brushes. They have a bit of a chemical smell when you recieve them, but it goes away if you wash it.

Some random tips that helped me: don't try to blend on top of primer. Set down some neutral wash of shadow all over the lid, like Wet n Wild Creme Brulee or UD Foxy, it'll set your primer, and you can blend on top of that. Only pick up small amounts of shadow at a time, if you stab your brush into black shadow and touch it onto your lid, no matter how much you blend you will end up with a black spot of eyeshadow. Work in small motions, be patient with your blending. It will get better with practice.

As for lip color, I recommend similar things. Try researching and buying drugstore lipsticks first, because they'll be cheaper and you can get a better sense of what you like before spending a lot more money. As a beginner in makeup, it's too easy to buy a hugeeee amount of things because this subreddit suggests you do, but buy only a couple things at a time, and don't be afraid to return if you don't like it.

Hopefully that helped a little, feel free to shoot me any questions if you have any!

u/Riaglow · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I recently got brushes these off amazon after reading tons of reviews and they’re great it’s a smaller set but you do have some essential eye brushes in there, they blend shadows like a dream also great price point. However if you’re looking for a bigger set BH is good for that

u/uv_catastrofille · 1 pointr/sugarfreemua

Mine is a cheap set off amazon! The "Seven Essential makeup brushes" set from Lamora. I'm not sure if it's smaller than yours, but there's a few options to pick from.

u/lalatos · 1 pointr/Makeup

I bought some on Amazon (Link below) - I was so amazed by the quality of the brushes for its price - The ones that I got from CVS/Rit Aid doesn't last me very long, and the ones from MAC or Sephora is just so pricy although the quality is amazing.

u/kmillieee · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

And brushes I honestly just bought a cheap set on Amazon and they seem fine haha, but I have some Sephora brand brushes that I like a lot better. This is basically the brush set I bought. Not very nice but it does the job. The one I got has more eyeshadow brushes though.

u/HepburnHepcat · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I do a lot of my shopping online but I've seen it before in store at sephora too, I just did a search on for beauty blender and it showed up for $39.95 for 2 blenders and the cleanser! Apparently amazon has it for sale 2 for 20 bucks (no cleanser though), and free shipping if you're a prime member:

u/squidboots · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction
u/CrAzyCatDame · 1 pointr/MakeupRehab

I will say on the cleanser (because I am sort of cheap) I use the Dr.Bronner's Magic Castile soap in lavender (I bought the bar form) but they have liquid from Target and it cleans my BB perfectly. Also Amazon has a two pack for [24.99] (

Edit words... also my reasoning on the Castile soap is the fact it is way more than you will get with the name brand beauty blender version.

u/KateKane_mfc · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Cheer up buttercup!

I know it's not ideal, and I hope you are feeling better, but at least it's still exciting news!!

Here are a few things I thought you would like:

Mom/Dad/Baby picture frame

New Mom mixology book

the BEST beauty makeup blender

Yoga workout cards

u/shazwald · 1 pointr/makeupexchange

The beauty blender has already been claimed, I'm sorry. You can actually get 2 beauty blenders for around $20 on Amazon

u/SpaceTortoise · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

You can buy two for the price of one on amazon

And they are the original ones.

u/Teh_Squishy · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Do you have prime? $22 for a duo pack. I think it's legit, just got mine and daammnn is it soft! Im in love!

u/ButturedToast · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. I own these make up brushes and by golly, I adore them. Up until I got those, I was basically using my fingers for everything...and when I put on my foundation for the very first time using the foundation brush I just about fainted from how good it looked.
  2. Infinitly Improbable Pink is GORGEOUS ! And looks neutral enough that I can sneak it on my fingers for work, mwahahaha.
  3. My goal would probably to take a womans self defense class. I have a tiny 1 session one on Sunday, but I feel like I wanna know/learn more. Hopefully sign up for a multi session one afterwards.
  4. poppin bottles

    Thanks for the contest c:
u/Snophie · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Thanks for the response! For brushes do you think just ordering something like this or this would be good? I have no idea what half of them are for but ~$1 per brush (+case on the one) seems like a pretty good deal. Like it looks like the case one has one of those little angle brushes which I think I've seen used with eyeliner goop stuff I think but the other doesn't. And for eye shadow do you think just getting a giant thing like this would be smart? It seems cheap and there are so many colors so I'd have no problem figuring out which ones I like hahaha.

u/heyheynikki · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Heya, welcome to RAoM!! I hope you enjoy it here :D Also, happy birthday c:

I'd definitely recommend picking up the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk -- it's a great base that really makes colors pop! It's also really creamy, so it blends out easily.

I also love my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I have Rendezvous (a very orange-y coral) and Lovestick (bright pink), which are perfect for summer. I also have Romantic (pretty true red) and my sister has Crush (a darker plum), which are great for fall. These are really easy to wear because they feel just like lip balms, but they're also very nicely pigmented.

If you want to play around with a lot more colors, I would say go for the Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette -- I use at least one color from this every time I do my make-up! It's not too pricey, but it gives you a lot to experiment with :)

I think it would be a pretty great time to pick up some brushes. Since you're just starting out, I'd probably go with ELF brushes because they're super cheap. Here are a few of my favorites (although I'd recommend looking in store at Target, because the white brushes are only $1 and the black ones are usually only $3; they might be cheaper on the ELF website too):

Eyeshadow Brush -- great for packing on the color
Blending Brush -- because everyone could use a nice blender!
Contouring Brush -- really great for applying color in the crease
12 Piece Set -- I don't actually own all these brushes, but it looks like a great set to start with, especially for only $12!

As for something I'd like...well, I'm currently obsessing over this lipstick in Black Cherry, because it is the PERFECT color for fall, and I don't have any other dark lip colors :3

Oh yea, and Summer Fun !

u/whiskeydreamkathleen · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/Amavin · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I got these. But honestly, one of my brushes fell off the stick. i'm going to fix it with a little bit of glue, the bristles are fine, but it's a $10 set ya know you get what you pay for.

When I rebuy, I'm going to get this set which is better quality from what I've read.

u/ferocity562 · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup
u/Starhawke8 · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

You don't absolutely need to have brushes, they just greatly help over your finger. Try either a small set like this Ecotools one, which you can find at most Walgreens/Walmart/Kmart/etc. Alternatively, elf has many $1 and $3 eyeshadow brushes, some of which are excellent.

From elf, I would recommend the eyeshadow, blending, crease, and smudge (smudge brush not sponge!) brushes of their $1 Essential line, and the eyeshadow "C", small angled, contour, angled contour and flawless concealer brushes of their $3 Studio line.

Second, the main thing that you're going to need to do to make eyeshadow (applies to all makeup really) is:

  • practice
  • learn what color schemes you like mixed together
  • watch youtube videos
  • browse on here and its imgur site
  • pay attention to what other people are doing if you like what they've done
  • find out if you like certain eyeshadows applied wet or dry
  • invest in a cheap primer that works for you. This will help your eyeshadow adhere to your lid much better.
  • if you use brushes, make sure they're clean first

    Learn how much pressure you need to use to build color: start lightly at first, you can always add more. The "c" shaped eyeshadow brushes are great for patting color on. You want to use the blending/contouring ones in a windshield-wiping motion to blend across things like your crease or blend out a color line, so that it doesn't look harsh.

    It will all look very weird and harsh on you at first. That because you're not used to seeing yourself with that appearance. I know it's a lot to start with, but these are things that I wish I had known to ask in retrospect. I hope this helped, rather than overwhelmed you. Good luck and have fun playing around with it!
u/riseupagainst · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This eye brush set is an add-on item from my "Misc under $10" WL. Patrick Kane is our hero!

u/chaethomia · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I would avoid buying any off-brand brushes, especially from eBay. You never know what you're getting.

My top recommendations for beginner brush sets are either the ELF Studio set (this was what I started with and it served me well), the Real Techniques Core Collection plus Starter Set, or the Ecotools Eye Set plus Mineral Set.

u/Tourney · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

If you ever need to buy more, try getting these EcoTools brushes (Amazon link). Each one is about 4.5 inches long (closer to 4 inches if you don't include the bristles). I bought some at Target a while ago and I love them, they're fantastic.

u/gigiatl · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

When I was in grad school I was super poor, like grad students tend to be. My supervisor came to work with this little pup she found wandering around the the road. He was so sweet, smiling and wagging his tail for us. We spent the day trying to find a home or a rescue organization for him while he hung out in the office with us. He seemed healthy, house trained, we thought maybe he might have a home already, but couldn't find any information. At the end of the day after we had no luck finding a home I told her I would take him home for the night. Well, needless to say, after that night, he found his home, with me. I took him to a rescue organization that offered discount vet care. The doctors there agreed he seemed pretty healthy other than some ear mites and potential mange because he seemed to be itching a lot, and ran some blood work and we played outside while the results came in. Much to our dismay...heartworms :( I've known this dog less than 24 hours and started tearing up. He's such a good dog! So sweet, so loving. We decided to start treatment. Because it was a rescue orgainization they would do it for half price, but would have to cut corners. I had to bring him in to get the shots and then take him home for observation instead of leaving him at the hospital. I forget the details of his treatment, but I remember it was a series of shots into his spine. They were terribly painful and he got really sick during the treatment. Every time I would carry him out of the clinic, take him into work, and he would lay under the desk all day, barely moving. About the time he would feel better it was time for another shot. The doctor kept warning me that there's always a potential of severe negative consequences to the treatment. After the last shot, though, he started getting stronger and stronger. Pretty soon he was back to his old self with a TON more energy. Ultimately, he had too much energy for me to keep him with my grad school schedule, it just wasn't fair. So I begged my Dad to take him in. My dad lives on about 60 acres of fresh air and sunshine. He begrudgingly said he would take my dog, but on the circumstance that I would take him back as soon as humanly possible. He "didn't need another dog." Ok, Dad, ya ya, he's a great dog, you'll love him. So I take Brink (dog's name) on the 10-hour road trip to my Dad's. I tell him he loves to stay outside, but maybe just at night Brink could come in and sleep. My dad gave me the side eye and told me not to push my luck, but thankfully, I'm daddy's little girl. So soon I heard through the grape-vine that Brink was allowed in anytime he wanted, but only into the mud room where he had a fine bed and bowl set up for him. Well, one night, about 10pm my Dad was in his easy chair in the den, and here comes Brink, bed in tow. Brink laid his bed down by my Dad's chair and laid down and went to sleep. That was about 5 years ago and that's where Brink's bed still is. My dad secretly fell in love that night and they have been inseparable ever since. We joke he's the most expensive stray ever, and to be honest, my rent was late the month I paid for his heart-worm treatment, but it's the best money I ever spent. I love that freakin' dog and I think he found his perfect forever home at my Dad's place :)

My FAVORITE vegan food is this Ethiopian vegetarian sampler with Gomen, rice, lentils, all my favorites from a local restaurant called Desta.

Eco Tools Brush Set

Thanks for the contest, you're super awesome! Sorry my story is so long :) hugarabbitday

u/widdersyns · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

hopscotch! Well, my boyfriend likes to make funny faces. so here are two pics of us being silly together. I'd really like these brushes. I don't have good quality brushes at all, and since I just got some nice new eyeshadow it would be great to have nice brushes to use on it. :)

u/Anemoni · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup


I think you should go for a darker Auburn color, I think it would look great with your skin. As for haircuts, I really like the androgynous look of Lena Dunham's haircut.

u/arieltron · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Ashy blonde with bangs! Rainbow
Edit: these brushes

u/GrtNPwrfulOz · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My wine goblet will be secure from others' hands with this Pyramidhead charm on the stem to make clear I'm the rightful owner!

I'll need a broom to go along with my regular makeup brushes so I can maintain my glamour even when transformed into a gigantic dragon.

After the terrible accident in Potions class that erm...altered my appearance a little, I'll need a hat to disguise myself.

A must read tome from one of our greatest wizards.

Hopefully, all the junk in my trunk will fit in my school banquet attire

This caped-crusader costume is so my animal accomplice, Potato, can look the part.

u/wannabebaker101 · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Thanks for hosting!!

Here is my pup Lilly! She's a rat terrior mix. She's almost 3 years old and a huge cuddle bug.

Lilly is OBSESSED with my (mean) cat, who's name is Kitty. Kitty just kinda comes and goes as he pleases. He's old and grumpy!

BONUS picture of my sister's new puppy (I'm obsessed with him) [Teddy!!](} He's a maltipoo and sooo cute and fluffy.

Some funny pictures: my family was trying to get a "family photo" with Lilly, Teddy, and my brother's dog (Tucker) and this is what happened.....chaos.

Edit- from my wishlist I would take this Sigma brush and this milani blush.

u/autumnfalln · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think I saw some other people suggest this on here, but you could spend some time trying to make your cubicle less...cubiclely! Decorate it, make it cute and stuff. DIY some simple things that you're able to do at work- fabric covered memo board, origami decorations, inspirational quote printables, etc.

You can also exercise your mind! Try sudoku or crosswords or search the App store or Google Play for some logic puzzles. One of my absolute favorites is Unblock Me! So fun!

Become an expert on something! Research Ancient Egyptian history, the Sonic the Hedgehog gene, or learn all about Theodore Roosevelt!

And you can always go on Pinterest and pin-binge on delicious and cute cupcake recipes to make at home later. ;D

You can also do some discreet exercises in your cubicle. Might as well get paid to work out, haha! One thing that I like to do sometimes that strengthens and stretches out your legs and feet is to trace the alphabet in the air with both feet. Don't like, put your leg up in the air, just while you're sitting in your chair at your desk, just lift up your foot off the ground just enough so you aren't touching it anymore and trace through each letter of the alphabet.

You could also use your spare time to do some creative writing or drawing projects if you're into that sort of thing!

I hope some of these ideas help to break you out of your Cubicle Coma! Thank you so much for this contest!! If I win, I would love this brush! Thanks again! =D

u/Jl_15 · 1 pointr/AskDocs

Not a doc, but oil blotter papers work great. You can get them at Target or probably most pharmacy stores. Mary Kay sells them, too. And, of course, Amazon:

u/Icedcoffeeee · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Even when I'm not that oily, like an hour after washing my face..ha! These help a ton with the shine. They're fairly discreet, except for the blue color, for touching up on the go.

They're really easy to find in Walgreens, target etc too. About $6.

u/futongbo · 1 pointr/beauty

I'm obsessed with these oil absorbing sheets:

u/GoodbyeOpis · 1 pointr/Stims

That sucks, because my skin is oily to begin with. I have some of these that I use sometimes and they turn a darker color where oil has been absorbed. I usually only need to use one or two, and I just used 5 to clean my face and neck lol. Guess I'll start carrying a pack around

u/imwasserverbrannt · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have the same problem, I use these:

Edit: I also find that using Stridex twice a day (morning and night) has helped a LOT.

u/images-ofbrokenlight · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

this one is the first result if I put blotting sheets in amazon...I don't think brand matters so much though.

u/neverenoughblank · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

makeup brushes


Moonwalking With Einstein (can be a kindle version if it helps!)

Thanks for the contest and happy cake day!!

u/paint-can · 1 pointr/sugarfreemua

Should be all good on the SPF. I'm a sunscreen nerd & do 50 even with BB cream because I don't use much BB.

I use the ecotools eyeshadow brush from this kit. You can find this brand at drugstores & Ulta. The elf one looks good but it comes down to your preference on softness/stiffness & how thin you want it.

u/pneumatik · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Ecotools has kind of a beginner set that I got for my first set, and I love it! This is the set that I got, and it's a good little starting kit. I built on it with some Sephora brushes for blending, highlighter, and blush, but this kit started me off on a good foot!

u/gordonshumway85 · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

That's a good one, so is this one. The one I linked has a blush brush. They're both good quality sets.

u/nofeelshere · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I got the basic 6 brush set last year to use as my first proper make up brushes.
Even though I now have a silly amount of brushes I still use these almost every day, really good quality for the price. I use the angked liner brush for my eyebrows and it's perfect. The only one I don't use is the foam sponge one cause I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with it ha.

u/bookishgeek · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup
u/Chirosune · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I would use these real techniques brushes to apply and blend eyeshadows with. They are recommended by a lot of people. The first one on the left is used for blending and the 2nd one with the rounded edge is to apply eyeshadow.

u/EmpressHotdog · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Happy birthday to you!!! I hope you have a good day!

If it was my birthday, I would love to have more brushes, like this set of RT Starter Set because at the moment I have about three brushes for eyeshadow, and I want to practice doing my eyeshadow with different brushes! And this NYX eyebrow cake powder so that I can practice doing my black eyebrows! I bought an ELF brow kit in medium which is definitely not my color, because I have black hair :( It's my party!

u/Shortcoder · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Happy (almost) Birthday!
If it was my birthday I would like to receive Real Techniques Brushes and Baby Lips: Cherry Me.
It's my party!

u/WhiteboardMonster · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Stalk her makeup collection to see what she already has, so you don't buy doubles.

If you want to go for fancy presentation, I think you should get a few types of product, like brushes, some lip things, and some eye things.

Real techniques brushes are great, and you can get them in stores or on Amazon; here's a couple [sets] (

The Sleek palettes are well thought of and cheap, and I don't think she'd object to getting this.

Lipstick is based a lot on skin tone, so if you want to get anything like that you should try to figure out what her undertones are. Before you panic, an easy way to guess is if she wears

warm, autumnal colors

She's probably got warm undertones. You can also take a peek at her foundation to see if it has anything on there like "warm" or "neutral" or "cool" - then you can maybe take a look at the lipstick labels and compare. If a red says "true red" it's may have some blue undertones.

Ideally, you'll be able to ask a sales rep somewhere, and maybe you can bring pictures taken in natural lighting for them to get a good idea.

If you don't want to do all that, a nice assortment of tinted lipbalms (people here seem to like the baby lips ones, and they're at basically all drugstores/makeup sections in stores that have makeup sections)

And you can't go wrong with a good primer. Go to Sephora or something and pick up one of the travel size Smashbox photo-finish face primers (the travel size is a better deal, ounce per ounce) and add a few things of chocolate for good measure.

u/LSP64 · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Real techniques has a great set of eyeshadow brushes! I have this set, and it is awesome. The bristles are soft, they don't shed, and they are great for blending. And only $20 :)

u/Zamiewithazee · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Congratulations! I'm trying to quit some bad habits myself, so I'm definitely, INCREDIBLY happy for you!

Errr, I don't really get shiny in the face, but I did just do an intense Just Dance workout and I'm sweaty as a sinner in church! (Though you can't really tell :/) I've been trying to get myself back into shape and get some muscle tone back. This is gonna be the summer that turns everything around :D


u/janee346 · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I'm not quite sure if what you bought from Amazon was real/decent or not, since I don't know the actual products you bought.

What I can say is, when I'm buying products on Amazon, I read the reviews and look at the seller. If many people in the reviews are saying that the product or the seller is shitty, than I will skip it altogether. I usually just buy products that are sold from (not to be confused with 'Fulfilled by Amazon').

Personally, I would suggest these Real Techniques brushes. I know you said you bought an Elf brush set, which is a great starter for you, but these brushes are relatively cheap and will last you a long long time. Many people on here recommend them and I have a bunch of them as well.

I'm not quite sure what your budget is, but I would definitely invest on a decent palette. In my opinion, it's better to go for higher end palettes that will last you a long time and are of better quality. You can find this palette here on Amazon, called the Lorac Pro Palette. Again, from, so no worries there. I bought my Lorac Pro on Amazon and had no issues with the shipping or anything. The eyeshadows are buttery, pigmented and there are many many color combinations with this palette, specifically neutral colors (if that's what you're into.)

Lastly, I would recommend looking into a lot of NYX products. They have a wide variety, which you can look through here. Many of their products are decent for the price and probably one (if not the best) of the best drugstore brands out there.

So basically, I would suggest looking at items that say "Ships from and sold by". In my opinion, that's the best way to know you're getting the real deal. If you want to take the chance, I would look up the sellers and at the reviews to see if what you're getting is good.

u/ryanthemadking · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

The middle brush from this set is my favorite for inner corner and lower lashlines. :)

u/MissBazinga · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Congrats on being awesome :) Looking at your pic... I really think the lipstick from the MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday Colour Collection in Rebel and Tribalist would look fantastic on you!!

As for me I've had my eyes on this brush set :)

u/Pookabbit · 1 pointr/Indiemakeupandmore

I picked up the real techniques starter set and mostly use the three leftmost brushes shown in the pic. i ope they aren't the problem, haha, i kinda love how they feel :P (thanks for helping!)

u/ArcadiaRhodes · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

Not familiar with that brand, but there are more well known brands in that price range that would be a great gift.

I'd get:

this real techniques set

Along with this one

And maybe add their version of the beauty blender here

**I linked from Amazon UK since I'm assuming that's where you are. You can also get them in Superdrug.

u/emstx · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

EcoTools are very nice, but aren't my favorite (I think this is mainly due to the shape of the brushes that I got, rather than the quality). Real Techniques, Bdellium Tools, and Elf Studio Line brushes are my favorite brands for both eyes and face.

Two favorite faces brushes: Bdellium Tools 957 and ELF's Powder Brush

My favorite eye brushes: Real Techniques eye set and Bdellium eye kit and ELF's Angled eyeliner

u/PatitoIncognito · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

You need some brushes! Real Techniques is a great brand to start with. They have some nice kits for eyes or face and great single brushes like the expert face brush and blush brush. EcoTools is another inexpensive brand for good quality brushes. Have you tried a lipstick before? Try the brand NYX. I'm around your age and I honestly used to think lipstick was for older ladies (sorry!), but I'm digging it now. Like others have said, primer, concealer, and color tattoos would be good items to add to your collection as well. Update us on what you end up choosing and happy birthday!

Summer Fun

edit: For the prize, if I do happen to win, you can surprise me. =) Thanks for hosting!

u/dizzyvonblue · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Wow! This is amazing of you, thanks!!

If I were to somehow win, I'd love this Too Faced milk chocolate bronzer and these brushes

I'm probably going to continue to job hunt this weekend. Maybe go see a movie and have dinner with my fiancé. I'm working on a couple art projects also!

1.21 Gigawatts

u/artyvegetabletart · 1 pointr/VeganBeauty

Yeah, I figured I'd get one of the starter kits. I'm kinda torn though because I had these and their face equivalent. I'm Considering just breaking down and using most of my money for that. I usually only wear eyeliner and maybe some blush SO I could forgo a lot of the fluff until my next paycheck.

u/rockerchu · 1 pointr/makeupexchange

I actually don't use the two smallest brushes of the purple-handled Starter kit and I bought the kit new a week ago. Would you be willing to trade that for the Benefit They're Real! mini? *Edit: I can provide verification, just not at this exact moment.

u/Dutchycw · 1 pointr/Makeup

I have some real techniques brushes that work fine with this eyeliner. Got this kit about a year ago and i actually like to use the angled eyebrow brush to apply liner instead of the small pixel-point eyeliner brush. They both work good for me!
Sometimes i do find the colour not as dark as i want. I just go over with a different liquid liner but i think this product might also fix that problem. Desi Perkins used this in a youtube video before and it seems to work really good!

u/DrugsForHugs · 1 pointr/RandomActsofMakeup

Thanks for the contest! Flash this.

Bored on the Internet site as awful and materialistic as this is Selfridges is the only website I go on other than reddit. I'm not an Internet person.

2: perfect meal, I've already eaten it. I went to Claridges for my birthday and it was heaven.
Starter was a spiced tiger prawn ravioli
Main: spring chicken with morel cous cous, vegetables and shaved truffles
Dessert: a trio of chocolate mousses (sp?!)

I think this is about $20 if my conversion is correct

My not so recently learned random fact is that the smell the rain leaves is called petrichor (it's always the fact I crack out under pressure)

Edit: formatting

u/crazindndude · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

A not $50 alternative is the Ecotools Kabuki Brush, which you get 2 for $11. It's not advertised as a shaving brush, but that just makes it more of a sleeper hit to me.

I was turned on to it by Leisureguy's endorsement. It's also in the buying guide now if I'm not mistaken.

Edit - I think because of the shorter bristles as compared to a standard shaving brush, the kabuki brush is better suited for solid soaps rather than creams. That may be complete bs though.

u/warmoats · 1 pointr/Shave_Bazaar

This was my first brush, as recommended by /u/leisureguy on /r/wicked_edge. Get it above for $7 or two for $11. Great for learning and does an awesome job at producing lather.

u/jrafferty · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Hello again Leisureguy. I took a few days to respond to this because I wanted to try a few things.

I had a jug of distilled water lying around so I filled my bowl with it and microwaved it (for a little too long) until it was nice and hot (read actually boiling haha). I let it cool for a few minutes before putting my brush in it to soak while I showered.

Got out of the shower and did my pre-shave wash. Pulled my brush out of the bowl and took it immediately to my Honey Bee soap and worked the brush through the soap (varying the pressure from vigorous with the bristles splayed out to light using just the tips) until bubbles turned microscopic and then kept going for another 30 seconds or so.

Because this was an experiment I decided to attempt a bowl lather rather than a face lather because as you can see from my pictures of the lather I got with Mama Bear soap, I used a bowl for that so I wanted to use the same technique for this experiment.

After nearly 5 minutes of working the lather in the bowl, I got the exact same results that I am used to getting with my tap water. I didn't add any water while trying to work up the lather because it always seemed really wet already with lots of visible sudsy bubbles so I didn't want to add more water to that. Should I have tried adding a little water to it?

I know that I am using a sub-par brush at the moment because money is tight, but is the VDH brush really that bad or do I just suck? haha

I know you praise the Ecotools brush and I can get it locally for around $8 but looking at it, it seems to be a very small knot that isn't packed very tightly (lots of space between the bristles).

Given the information I've provided, would I have better luck trying that until I have the money to invest in a WD silvertip? Or is there something else maybe I might be doing wrong?

u/Imalostmerchant · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

On a related note, do you think your old brush would be a decent upgrade from my Ecotools? I've had it for 3 or 4 months now and it's fine and all but I think I am ready for an upgrade.

u/halawia · 0 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My favorite movie is What Dreams May Come. I feel awkward saying I'd like to win for myself, but I would. Even though my sister would probably end up trying to steal half of it and my kids might do what they've done to my other make- up and ruin half of it lol

Seeing as I'm terrible at sprouting my own long beautiful lashes, I've always wanted to try these: