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Module 1: Makeup Tools

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Q-tips. There are so many useful uses for a Q-tip, which is a must have makeup tool. They can be used to create a “Smokey eye” or to smudge eyeliner. They are also great for cleaning up mistakes that are made so that you don’t have to start all over again. They are disposable and clean, so as long as you keep them in a container that does not let germs and bacteria in, they are very sanitary. This is one of the non-makeup tools that every makeup artist should have, because it can serve a multitude of purposes and help you with not only the application, but the blending and removal of makeup. They are also very inexpensive, so that is not an issue when you dispose of them. Blotting paper. This thin paper is used to reduce shine and can be just applied to the area, such as the eyelids, lips, or skin and it will absorb the wax and oil and reduce shine. Wrap a single sheet of blotting paper over your beauty blender sponge. Then roll it on the skin. It will get into the small crevices in the face and get rid of a little bit of the oil. It will leave the sheen and is great to use instead of fingers, that can deposit bacteria or oil into the skin. Tweezers. These are an essential tool for any makeup artist. You can even clean them with the same cleaner as your brushes. Just spray them and wipe them down after each use. It is perfect for plucking a few of the stray hairs that are messing up your look. Plus, you want to pluck any chin hairs or upper lip hairs, to perfect your masterpiece. Sponges. Sponges are great for giving your foundation a natural look once you tap it in. You can use a triangle sponge to apply the foundation to the inner corners of your eyes. They can be thrown away after use, to ensure that you don’t spread bacteria or viruses. They can't be washed with soap and water, so be sure to buy in bulk and save. More on different types of sponges, in the next topic.