We all know the art store is a great place to stock up on good quality yet affordable eye makeup brushes, but the beauty finds don’t end there. Since I’ve been going to the art store more often with a special friend, I’ve discovered several items with uses any beauty addict could appreciate.
1. The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver
Made for use with brushes hardened from oil and acrylic paints, this soap is the real deal for artists looking to deep clean their tools. Fortunately, it also works like a charm on another, often oil-based type of product: makeup! To use, wet your brush, swirl it inside the container for a few seconds, wet it again if necessary, and then rinse one last time. I like to swirl the brush in my hand as well to get the soap deep down in the bristles right before I rinse it clean.
This product cleaned my brushes so well that I was inspired to clean my entire brush collection in one evening! Though the price seems steep, a little soap goes a long way, and the large container will last you a long time. For example, after my brush-cleansing-binge, the soap looked mostly untouched. It also comes in a smaller size for a cheaper price if you’re concerned about cleaning eye makeup brushes, but the size is not ideal for powder and foundation brushes.
2. and 3. Simply Simmons Fan Brush Size 4 and Simply Simmons Filbert Comb Size 8
This fan brush is a cheap yet good quality alternative to beauty store brushes, which can start at $20. Use it to add light shimmer and highlight to the top of the cheek bone (product is added to the tips of the brush only, then lightly stippled on) or to apply blush (product is added to the flat side of the brush, then swept across the cheeks).
I like it because it uses less product while giving a more concentrated flush of color than blush brushes, which pick up more pigment and provide a blurred effect. The #8 Simply Simmons Filbert Comb, meanwhile, easily swaps in for a concealer brush because of the size. Both brushes are much cheaper than their beauty store counterparts, are soft enough for the skin, and have bristles that are densely-packed so you won’t have problems picking up product.
4. Kneaded Eraser
Heavily glittery or powdery shadow formulas tend to cause annoying fallout, which is frustrating to clean up. I found that kneaded erasers, which artists use to pick up graphite and charcoal “fallout,” can also be used for eye shadow fallout. Just take a small piece of the eraser, heat it up a bit with your hands, and stipple it on to pick up dark shadow particles and large glitter pieces. (Clear tape also works for this purpose, but I found that it tugs too much at my skin and lifts a lot of foundation as well.)
Here, I used the eraser to pick up dark shadow and some shimmer that fell onto the top of my cheekbone.
5. Kiss-Off Stain Remover
I often get makeup stains on the neckline of my shirt, so I had high hopes for Kiss-Off, which claims to eliminate a bunch of different types of stains, including ones from lipstick and other makeup. To use, wet the stain and apply Kiss-Off directly on it. Continue by rinsing one more time and repeat the process until the stain is gone.
Here, the stain remover had to be applied only once to get rid of the unfortunate foundation marks around my white shirt’s neckline.
I also tested this out on a white sock that was smeared with my darkest and brightest lipsticks and purple shadows. Kiss-Off managed to remove all the makeup stains after two applications.
6. Storage and Solvent Cups
Although these tiny containers are meant for holding solvents used by artists, they’re also convenient for holding small amounts of face creams, broken lipstick tips, toner, or, in my case, Ibuprofen. During a recent trip, I used these to transport some face creams inside my carryon luggage; they stayed put and didn’t burst open during my entire trip. Of course, if you’re super worried about spills, those pricier, twist-off travel containers may be a better option. But for holding small amounts of makeup upright, these get the job done.
Do you ever shop for beauty stuff at the art store? Tell me your finds in the comments.