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    26 Useful Beauty Tools You'll Probably Want To Stash In Your Cabinet

    Flexible curling rods, makeup brush cleaners, and more tools that'll be helpful for your beauty routine.

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    1. A deep waver that'll help you nail a wavy 'do, even if your hair is tricky to style. Its tech helps combat frizz and boost shine, so you can have that "I just went to the beach" look all day long.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life! I’m in love! I have long, fine hair that doesn’t hold curl very well. It tends to be very straight and I always have it back in a pony or up in a messy bun because it has no volume. This wave iron gives it tons of body and volume. It’s like magic!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.98+ (available in two colors).

    2. An Every Drop beauty spatula, so you can get the most out of your makeup and skincare products down to the last drop. That primer at the bottom of the bottle? Yep, you can use it for a little more time.,

    Promising review: "I love this cute little makeup spatula! It's so convenient and useful. If you're a makeup/product junkie that doesn't like waisting, (like I am) this is the perfect problem solver for those empty bottles left with product caked on the inner walls. It's long too, so it works in just about any size bottle or jar. I only bought one and I use it for everything. It's washable so it will last you a long time." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ (also available in a pack of two).

    3. Flexible curling rods because they can create beautiful curls without using hot styling tools. Leave these rods overnight and take them out in the morning for ah-mazing "I just went to the salon" hair.

    Promising review: "I have thick 4c hair and I love this set. My hair came out so curly. It really reminded me of the movie star curls because it has been such a long time since I have seen my hair curl without having to use heat to it. I will either use a curling cream or a curling gel and leave the rods in overnight and then I get my curls in the morning." —Marisa Fields-Williams

    Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. Dermaplaning tools so you can finally say goodbye to pesky peach fuzz on your face. They have micro-guarded blades that effectively remove hair and help protect your skin from cuts.

    Reviewer uses a pink dermaplaning tool to remove baby hairs from their face

    Promising review: "I'm a redhead with light see-through hair on my arms and face. I'm a makeup artist and kept hearing from others about face shaving (dermaplaning) and how it makes the makeup look better, and decided why not, let's try it! And I'm so impressed! I wish I had a picture as I was using the tool how much white peach fuzz came off in small strokes!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. Makeup brush shampoo, a makeup brush cleaner, and a makeup brush drying rack, because it's been a minute since your tools received a deep clean from all the bacteria and dead skin cells hanging out on bristles.


    Promising review (for the makeup brush shampoo): "This cleanser is great! It fully removes all makeup from the brushes without leaving them feeling beat up (I'm not the most gentle when it comes to cleaning brushes). I use a thick foundation that soaks heavily into the bristles, but this removed it all. At first I thought it was a bit thin, but after using it, a little bit goes a long way. It has a nice lather and easily rinses out. " —Amazon Customer

    Get the makeup brush shampoo on the right for $6.49, the makeup brush cleaner in the middle for $25.99, and the makeup brush drying rack on the right for $8.99.

    6. Reusable makeup remover pads so gentle, effective, and easy to clean, you'll forget about those disposable wipes in your bathroom cabinet. These babies will take off stubborn concealer, eyeshadow, and foundation *and* you can pop 'em in the washing machine after you're done using them.

    Promising review: "I have used organic cotton face pads for decades, for toners, micellar water, makeup remover, etc. It always bothered me that I could not find a suitable solution to make this part of my personal care routine less wasteful. These are perfect. Super soft. The black side for mascara and lipstick is brilliant. I use them for everything and no longer throw away or compost all those cotton pads. They also wash easily in the provided mesh bag." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 14-pack and a little laundry bag from Amazon for $12.97.

    7. A pack of clip-in hair extensions for times when you want to give your hair a little more length. If your locks are on the shorter side or you really want to rock a longer ponytail, these synthetic strands will give you the 'do of your dreams.

    These hair extensions are heat-resistant up to 300-ish degrees, so you can blow dry, straighten, and curl them with the rest of your hair.

    Promising review: "I can't believe all the money I spent on natural hair extensions until I got these. OMG I'm so amazed by how natural they look. They are super voluminous and soft. I bought two since my hair is really short and I like to use a huge amount of hair, but even with one you can rock lots of hairstyles. Thank you so much for this product! In the picture I'm wearing only one and you can tell how good they are." —JE

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five lengths and 55 colors, some solid, some with highlights, and some with a balayage effect).

    8. Facial applicator brushes that'll be super handy for skincare treatments. With soft bristles and a sturdy handle, you'll be *painting* masks and serums on your face like a pro without making a mess.,

    Promising review: "I no longer dread putting on my face products. I was using my fingers to apply the product to my face, it was so messy and it got in my nails too. When I came across these silicone brushes, I knew I had to have them. I use my facial products more often because I'm no longer worried about the annoying mess. The silicone brush is very flexible and spreads the product on my face nicely." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $3.78.

    9. A wide-tooth detangling comb so you can say goodbye to all those annoying knots after you hop out of the shower. This little tool gently works through your hair without pulling, pain, or bunching to get the job done., Amazon

    Promising review: "If you're looking for an awesome detangling comb, I definitely recommend this! Let me tell you, this comb is magic! It detangles very easily and quickly and doesn't hurt at all! It normally takes me about five minutes to detangle with my fingers and this comb did it in seconds!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in four colors). 

    10. An eyelash curler to take your lash line to new heights. This tiny gadget has a soft silicone pad that helps lift and curl your lashes for mega volume.,

    Promising review: "The eyelash curler I was using broke so I was looking for a new one. This one caught my eye as it looked similar to the one I had. I love that you only have to squeeze one or two times to get a curl that lasts all day and makes my short eyelashes look longer."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    11. A jade roller and gua sha set that'll feel like a mini spa treatment: Use these babies to help reduce under eye bags and smooth out tired skin. Plus, they'll give you a reason to take a pretty #shelfie.,

    Promising review: "I love this jade roller! It sits on my bathroom counter and I use it every morning and night with an oil. It really helps get rid of puffiness and swelling in my face (which means less contour for me!). I’ve used it for a month or so now and it’s still in great shape and is a staple for me now." —Amazon Customer

    Get the set from Amazon for $14.95.

    12. A multi-use brush, because it'll make applying makeup while you're out and about a breeze. Whether you're looking to apply highlighter to one spot *or* blend in foundation all over, just slide the adjuster up and down to change the bristle length.

    Subtl Beauty

    Promising review: "This face brush is very versatile. When I need a more precise application (like for eyes and cheeks), I only extend the brush halfway, which keeps the brush hairs close together. I use the brush completely extended (full size) when doing all over powder. The bristles are soft." —Subtl Beauty Customer

    Get it from Subtl Beauty for $20.

    13. A universal hair diffuser you'll want to keep in your bathroom cabinet if you're looking to give your 'do a volume boost or define curls. It fits on most hair dryers too!

    Model holds blow dryer with black diffuser while curling their hair

    Promising review: "Love this diffuser! It’s super easy to use, it fits both of my hair dryers (most importantly, my favorite hair dryer that has a wide nozzle) and does a great job on my curls. It hasn’t fallen off once and attaches and detaches like a champ. Every time I use it, I think, 'Man. This is a very well-designed product.' Get it. You’ll be happy." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in six colors).

    14. An ultrasonic facial cleanser that'll get to work on makeup residue clogging your pores. Vibrations and a rotating magnetic bead system gently remove impurities, so you can get a glowing and smooth complexion.,

    Promising review: "This facial brush is tiny but packs quality. I love that it doesn’t take up a lot of space in my my bathroom. The head is sized just right for cleansing your face in less time, but also small enough to get into tight spaces like around your nose. The silicone bristles are so soft and the rotating beads are comforting." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.87+ (available in two colors).

    15. A gel manicure kit, so you can give yourself a salon-worthy gel mani at home. This petite set comes with everything you need to get your nails in tip-top shape and the magnetic top even flips over for gel pedicures.

    Model uses Le Mini Macaron Rose Crème Gel Manicure kit on their hands

    You'll get an LED lamp with a USB cord and power charger, a chip-resistant nail polish in a pink shade, a cuticle stick, mini nail file, and 10 remover pads for easy nail polish removal.

    Get it from Asos for $26.25.

    16. And a flamingo-shaped acrylic nail holder that won't ~ruffle your feathers~ when you're trying to create fun nail art. Just use double-sided tape to stick on a fake nail and you can practice painting designs without wasting an entire acrylic set.


    Makynail is a nail art Etsy shop based in Los Angeles. They're known for their colorful nail charms, stickers, and tools designed to take manicures to the next level.

    Get it from Makynail on Etsy for $2.69 (also available in a swan design).

    17. A brow care set to make eyebrow maintenance less of a pain: An angled tweezer, brow razor, scissors, an angled brow brush, a concealer brush, and a spoolie will help you tame pesky hairs and define your brows with minimal effort.

    A black box that says "Brow Uncomplicated Tool Kit" with black tools

    Promising review: "This is a perfect set for traveling or giving as a gift to someone! The tweezers have a great sharp edge which is perfect for those pesky strays that you need to pluck to clean up your brows! The packaging is sleek and slim, making it perfect for sticking in your purse as well! Love this set. Would highly recommend!" —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $30.

    18. An ice roller so cooling, soothing, and perfect for self-care time. Pop it in the freezer and take it out whenever you want to minimize dark circles and give your face a little massage.

    Model uses green ice roller face massager on their face

    Promising review: "The facial roller is extremely easy to use. After just a couple times of using the product I noticed that my bags under my eyes went down and the redness and puffiness of my skin has calmed. I use the roller every night before bed after my face is cleansed. I can just sit and I am able to just relax myself using this treatment." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in six colors).

    19. A set of spiral hair ties that'll make putting your hair up in a ponytail, bun, or braid a little easier. Its coiled shape helps prevent tangling and minimizes pressure on your strands, so you won't be saying "ouch!" next time you want to let your hair down.


    Promising review: "These are my new favorite hair ties! They are super comfy and do not pull your hair when you take them out. Also comfortable to wear on your wrist when they aren’t in your hair!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $7.95.

    20. And gorgeous hair clips, so you can easily secure bangs in place *or* add some sparkle to a low bun or braid.

    model wears multi-colored glittery hair clips in hair above low bun
    Fibs and Fables

    Fibs and Fables is a Black-owned business known for their beautiful hair accessories. You'll find colorful clips, headbands, scrunchies, and turbans inspired by global storytelling. 

    Get them from Fibs and Fables for $16+ (available in three colors). 

    21. A portable nail care set for your fingers and toes that'll take care of hangnails, ripped cuticles, and uneven edges. It has basically every tool you'll need for a mani or pedi and comes with a pretty purple case. Whenever your nails need pre-polishing maintenance, this small kit will be a big help.

    model uses purple leopard print nail care set while painting their nails

    This kit comes with foot-care tools (a large toenail clipper, a nipper for dead skin, a dead skin fork), hand care tools (a small nail clipper for trimming the nail, a slated edge nail clipper, a nail file, cuticle trimmers, and a cuticle knife), *and* facial care tools (eyebrow scissors, eyebrow tweezers, an ear pick, and a blackhead and acne needle).

    Promising review: "I have been doing my own nails since the pandemic and needed more than a file and basic clippers. This kit was perfect and reasonably priced. The case is also very pretty. I am going to order more for stocking stuffers." —S. McDonald

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69+ (available in two colors).

    22. And toe separators that'll help alleviate bunion-related pain and double up as pedicure tools. They'll gently separate your toes so they don't rub against each other. Yes to *not* smudging your freshly-painted toenails when they're drying.,

    Promising review: "Whenever I remember to use them, I always say I can't live without them. They won't slide off easily, which means you can actually use them during a pedicure as well without fear of them slipping and messing up polish. As for the therapeutic relief — I can stand up in the morning without pain after I wear these. If I forget for a few days, the tightness returns. And it just feels so good wearing them when I relax, or maybe wearing them actually relaxes me." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pair from Amazon for $29.95.

    23. A colorful tweezer set, so you can shape your brows or get rid of peach fuzzies whenever you need to. Each of these tools has a precision tip, which makes removing baby hairs so dang easy.


    Promising review: "I highly recommend this product. the little leather white and simple packaging for the tweezers were perfect. I have been wanting some tweezers for my eyebrows and these are nice, easy to use and maneuver. I am glad that there are different designs for the fit purposes." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    24. A konjac sponge, because it'll be a gentle essential for cleansing your face. It contains konjac root and pink kaolin clay and helps exfoliate skin, leaving you with a more radiant complexion.

    Model rubs konjac sponge onto cheek while washing face

    Promising review: "I originally got this for myself, but my husband used it once, and now loves it. It was apparently a life-changing experience for him. He says it feels really nice on his beard and face, and makes his skin feel baby smooth. I guess I know what to put in his stocking this year." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $6.99.

    25. And a body brush, so you can gently exfoliate dry skin while you're in the bathtub. Grab your favorite scrub and enjoy the feeling of soft bristles against your bod while you have some self-care time.

    bristle body brush with wooden handle
    Honeydipped Essentials

    Honeydipped Essentials is a woman-owned business focused on wellness. They have an amazing selection of all-natural products, including soothing bath soaks, cleaning sprays, and more.

    Get it from Honeydipped Essentials for $9.80

    26. A hair scalp massager that'll help remove oily buildup and give you an excuse to stay in the shower a little longer. Your head will have less flakes and greasy strands, thanks to this small haircare tool.

    Reviewer uses hair scalp massager on their head

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this! I thought it was a big gimmick but it is amazing! My scalp feels so much cleaner and my hair feels less heavy on the roots. Especially someone like myself who uses hair dye and colored shampoos and conditioners, this scrubber is perfect for getting rid of buildup. Even when I use dry shampoo and wash my hair I normally don't feel Like I get it all out, but this thing gets it all!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon from $6.98+ (available in three colors).

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