You won’t find my go-to tool box in the garage. If you’re like me, your most valuable tools are stored away by the vanity, at the ready to address any and all predicaments when it comes to your most visible asset.

Perfect for your purse or for jet-setting in style, SEPHORA COLLECTION Urban Luxe Snakeskin Mini Brush Set has four essential brushes to touch up everything from eye make-up to rouge. $16, available at Sephora.

Beauty powerhouse LANCOME has just released its first-ever eyelash curler, Le Curler…and we’re happy to report that it’s the classic design that millions of women have depended for many, many years. $23, available at fine department stores

Basic brushes from MAC include the classic foundation brush ($33) for even make-up application, the tapered blending brush ($31) for use with eye shadow, and the small angle brush ($20) for precision eye-lining. Available at MAC, Macy’s and Nordstrom.

Define and add depth to eyes with SEPHORA Pro Crease #10, a natural-bristle brush perfect for powder eye shadow. $20, available at Sephora.

Use BOBBI BROWN’s Full Coverage Face Brush as a finishing tool to expertly apply bronzer or sheer powder. $42, available at fine department stores.

Love to bat those (false) eyelashes? SEPHORA’s Bulls Head Eye Lash Applicator makes it effortless. The rubber-coated grip allows for more control for easier application and removal. $12, available at Sephora.

Face-to-Face: A Comparison

Sonic technology is now the preferred cleaning method for achieving healthier, more youthful skin. These cleaning brushes also allow skin care products to absorb better, as well as help minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

CLARISONIC’S latest sonic skin cleansing brush, the Mia 2, has two speeds and the brand’s patented T-Timer that allows for custom-cleaning the different zones of the face—all in 60 seconds! The back-and-forth oscillation produced by the sonic frequency results in six times better cleansing than cleaning with hands alone. $149 (comes with charging unit, travel case and cleanser), available at fine department stores.

The Ultra Cleansing System from SKINNSONIC BY DIMITRI JAMES has four cleaning modes to address different skin types and congested areas on the face, as well as polish the neck and décolleté. The higher sonic oscillations per second gently and effectively removes dirt, oil, make-up and everything else that makes skin dull. $139 (comes with charging unit and 3 brushes), available at

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