These seven beauty tools are a bit odd. With their bizarre shapes, weird textures, and spiny surfaces, these beauty tools intrigue, excite, and intimidate (we admit to holding a few at arms' length ourselves).
But these curious devices are actually crazy effective and surprisingly user-friendly. We rounded up the best—and most bizarre—gadgets for skin + makeup.
The rows of needles may freak you out at first glance. And probably at second and third glance, too. But this prickly device is basically foolproof. The skin-needling roller is a tool that creates teeny, tiny holes in the skin, triggering a healing response that produces more collagen. Derma rollers can have anywhere from 180 to 1000 micro needles on them. One of the most common sizes is the 540 needle roller. But it’s the length of the needle that really matters. Look for a .50mm needle to create the depth to you will need to actually stimulate collagen production.
To Use: A good rule of thumb is to run the Derma Roller about 10 over the area you’re looking to treat. Roll in every direction: top to bottom, left to right and diagonally. After rolling, follow up with an application of antioxidant-rich oil or serum to step up your skincare game. Keep in mind you won’t see immediate results. From our experience, it takes about a month to six weeks to see improvement.
We know what you're thinking: It's a sponge. Nothing earth-shattering or groundbreaking there. But this isn't your average, everyday water magnet. Made from a root vegetable, its squishy, nubby fibers gently polish rough patches and dislodge dead skin, making it the ideal daily exfoliating tool. Konjac sponges are more gentle than scrubs; so you can use them sensitive skin, rosacea, and dry flakes. After scrubbing our face with one every night for a week, our skin felt absurdly soft and looked so glow-y, one colleague asked if we'd had a facial. Bonus: They're refreshingly low maintenance—just wet and wipe—and they dry in a snap.
To use: Can be used with just water or your favorite cleanser. Do not wring the sponge after use. Just press the water out after rinsing and allow to air dry.
This squishy wonder will help you achieve the perfect complexion. The soft touch, dual-ended sponge applicator applies makeup immaculately for a smooth, streak-free finish. What sets this ingenious sponge apart is that it's double-ended, with a rounded tip on one end to apply makeup all over the face and neck. Flip the Beauty Blender over for a pointed tip to access hard to reach areas and for precision blending. Plus, they’re pink—so we’re sold.
To use: Dip sponge into makeup and blend onto face with a repeated dabbing or "stippling" motion. Use the tips for hard-to-reach areas and the rounded sides to blend larger areas of the face.
While you can use synthetic taklon brushes, Q-tips, or even your fingers to apply glitter or pigment onto your lid, these options are messy. Really messy. This magic wand applies sparkle + shimmer + shine with ease alone or over eyeshadow. Because the Pro Silicone Applicator is made of silicone, the brush picks up every bit of glitter—that means no spills! And when you press the applicator onto your lids, it magically eliminates any fallout.
To use: Dip brush into makeup and blend onto eye with a dabbing motion.
Bent Liner Brush
We admit, this brush looks really wonky. Kind of like it was damaged; or caught in a car door. It’s designed this way, on purpose. The bent handle allows for greater control while viewing the area of application, making it ideal for beginners + eyeliner challenged. The small head can access the tightest corners of the inner eye, depositing the perfect amount of product to create a precise, clean look. The Bent Liner Brush features straight fibers, and can be used with creams and liquids.
To Use: Place tip towards the inner most corner of the eye and use small, feathered strokes towards the outer corner.
Eye Brow Stencil
Think of these eyebrow stencils as a cheat sheet for your brows. Eyebrow stencils help you keep your brows perfectly proportional when doing some DIY plucking or waxing. Crafted of pliable plastic, these stencils are durable, easy to use, easy to clean; and a must-have for your beauty arsenal.
To Use: Select the shape that best suits your face type. Using an angled brush, apply a dash of powder where your brow begins, ends and arcs highest. Align the Eyebrow Stencil accordingly and fill the shape with powder. Remove the stencil and tweeze or wax hairs outside of powdered area for a natural-looking, polished brow.
The number one reason why women buy new makeup brushes is because over time, they become so caked with makeup and gunk that they stop working. True. Not only is that gross, but terrible for your skin. Clean your makeup brushes using Deep Clean Brush Cleaner. This innovative device featuring dual textures to wash both eye and face brushes.
To Use: Lather up brush bristles or sponge and the swirl on the silicone pad to clean. Place brush under running water and sweep back and forth on the pad to remove makeup residue and soap. Rinse off soap residue. Reshape brush bristles and lay flat to dry.
Miracle Peel Microdermabrasion Mitt
Inside secrets are, for the most part, usually neither inside nor secret. Here comes (and goes) one of the last that were, for a time actually both Miracle Peel Microdermabrasion Mitt. Use this mitt to fade stubborn blemishes, minimize wrinkles, diminish age spots, or simply exfoliate more effectively. It removes makeup, oils, and pollutants with just water—no cleanser necessary.
To Use: Just add water to these mitts to clean your face and remove all makeup. Gently buff skin for 20-90 seconds. Miracle Peel Microdermabrasion Mitt can be used damp or completely dry. Be careful around eye area or if you have sensitive skin. Do not overuse.
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