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The Essential Beauty Toolkit

To supplement all of the gentle facial cleansers and soft blush colors, every beauty toolkit needs some serious hardware. Here are the top tools you need to stay looking fabulous.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers, $20, available here. By far the most precise tweezers around.

Oval Acrylic Face Brush, $6, available here. Soft-bristled brush deep cleans with a light touch.

Two other essentials, so

Sephora Double-Ended Blemish Extractor, $16, available here. This facial tool clears out pores and blackheads like a pro.

Seki Edge i-lash Folding Lash Curler, $10, available here. Cute accessory folds into a tiny, purse-sized tool.

nomerz nomerz 11 years
This is what Sephora says: Sephora's long-handled Stainless Steel Double Loop Extractor is two-sided, featuring a small loop for white heads and a flat side to extract blackheads. To use: Prior to using the Double Ended Blemish Extractor, steaming the face, or using a hot water compress is strongly recommended to help soften comedones. This will make them much easier to remove. When you're ready to begin the extraction process lay the preferred side on top of the blemish - basically encircling this area with the loop. Apply slow and even pressure lightly until the trapped sebum is forced out of the follicle. Do not continue to attempt the extraction if the trapped sebum is not released easily. Applying too much force can cause infection and scarring. Use the small loop for whiteheads and the flat side for blackheads. A deep, cystic pimple should not be opened with a loop extractor. When dealing with deep acne, it's best to visit a dermatologist. A doctor may use a sterile needle, but only after a pustule has formed. Additional treatments depend on the severity of the acne. In addition to using steam to soften the pores and sebum, you can also use a mixture of baking soda and water. Put it all over the face before you begin extractions, leave it on for 2 minutes, and it will bring things to the surface, making extractions easier. Also, like Sephora said, if some zits don't come up easily, LEAVE THEM ALONE and wait a couple days until they are ready. Hope that all helps!
nomerz nomerz 11 years
"Technically" you aren't supposed to pop zits, but when you use your fingers to pop zits you are just getting what's on the surface and further spreading bacteria on your face... but by using the extractor you can get what's under the surface (by pushing the zit up and in the center)and if you use an anti-septic cleanser to wipe the face and extractor afterwards, you won't spread bacteria. :)
LaLaLola LaLaLola 11 years
I've heard of these but I don't use any of them except for the face brush, which I already got but from Shiseido. I'm still tripping over the price tag of those tweezers, twenty bucks!! I guess I'm just old fashioned
jennifer76 jennifer76 11 years
Yah, I only use the tweezers, too. What is a blemish extractor? I thought you weren't supposed to pop zits...?
colormesticky colormesticky 11 years
The only thing in that list that's essential to me is the tweezers. I always drop those brushes and break the handles, I'd never use a blemish extractor (that's what husbands are for if I need help :p), and I never use my eyelash curler.
nomerz nomerz 11 years
Tweezerman's are the best, and extractors are awesome too. Use the flat side first to bring the blemish to the center, and then the other side to get it out. (I'm going to school to get my esthetician license, that's how I know...)
t0xxic t0xxic 11 years
My hubby would love the blemish extractor. Apparently Im his personal facial. I need some tweezers to thanks for reminding me, ~*Ive got 275 Comments to top! Lets re-do our future/baby name blog!!! *~
buttercup buttercup 11 years
Tweezermans rock! They're by far the best around.
AshleyBrook AshleyBrook 11 years
Great essentials!
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