Wet ‘N Wild Concealer brush: One of the friendlier salespeople at my neighborhood Sephora tipped me off to this brush that features a flat head. That makes it easy to maneuver under your eyes, for example. You can’t beat the price. $.99 at your favorite corner drugstore.
Color Me Pro Edition Applicator: Foundation that looks air-brushed? Sign me up. The folks at ColorMe sent me this fun sonic gadget, which is like an electric toothbrush for your face, except it’s a sponge. You apply a pump of your primer/concealer/foundation/highlighter onto a little triangular sponge; then press a button and move it around your face in a circular motion. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but the result is pretty good. I found it worked better with with a heavier product than it did, say, with my tinted moisturizer. But I’m still experimenting. The only, er, flaw, is that you need towelettes ($9.50 for 20) to clean the sponge and then the sponge refills are $9 for a set of two. I’m not a clean freak but I do have sensitive skin, so the process of cleaning and replacing makes me wary. $68, colormebeauty.
Nars Liquid Blush: Creamy blushes get my nod, and this new one from Nars is a snap to apply and blend. The color diffuses into your skin so you don’t get patches of pink or peach or mauve. Fans of natural-looking color should apply. $30 at Sephora, Bluemercury, Ulta and department stores.
Rodan + Fields’ Enhancement Lash Boost: Lush-looking lashes are the holy grail. Mine are thin and not particularly full. According to the Rodan + Fields website, Lash Boost “features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length.” It also says best results come when you’ve used the product for eight weeks. I have not been faithful, so I can’t report on its efficacy yet. (A few years ago I used Neulash off-label, so to speak, on my brows, and they did look a lot fuller.) $150, rodanandfields.
Rudela & Co. Silc/Blender Silicone-Based Makeup Sponge: I’ve happily used the beautyblender sponge for a few years, but was always slightly worried that I didn’t clean it properly and was going to get a flesh-eating bacterial infection on my face. So, a silicone-based, hypoallergenic blender that could be easily wiped off seemed like a great alternative. Until I tried it. Instead of gently spreading the makeup onto my skin, it felt as if I were rubbing a sticky ball over my face. I’ll give it a few more go-rounds to see if I can get the knack—or not. $12, rudelaandco.