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If Instagram makeup stars have you itching to run out and purchase the latest tool, you’re not alone. But as much as you may be curious to see if a silicone sponge can out-spackle your Beauty Blender, Anthony Giles suggests saving your money. “They don’t really work and they actually make makeup much more complicated,” he says. “I prefer to keep it traditional.”
Instead, he recommends purchasing cruelty-free powder brushes that are made from shaven natural goat hairs. And for liquid and cream products, Giles suggests using synthetic brushes that can easily pick up product and be cleaned off. Whatever kind of tool you reach for, make sure to wash your brushes regularly—these are the gross things that can happen if you don’t.
Can’t live without eye primer? Most high-end primers start at $20, and though budget-friendly options have more recently hit drugstores, Lorin Cole says that there’s an even cheaper alternative—creamy white shadow. “Use it from the inner corner blending out toward the outer corner,” she says. “This creates a sheen and makes it easier to blend your eyeshadow without getting that cakey look.” Here are 13 tricks to make your makeup last all day.