Welcome to Leigh's List. A weekly column, a bit like an agony aunt, but for your shopping woes. A self-confessed shopping addict, Leigh Campbell enjoys nothing more than hunting down the *thing* you've been searching for but haven't been able to find.
“Hey Leigh, I hope you can help me with brushes for my makeup bag? I use a liquid foundation and a few powders and of course eyeshadow.
“I have a couple of brushes but I don't really know which to use for what and I also don't want to spend a huge amount on a whole brush set I won't use.
“Which brushes do you actually use? Which ones do you think I should start with if I make a collection?”
Oh, the timing! I recently flew interstate and packed all my makeup in a bag, but what didn't I pack? My brushes or tools, not one. I made a quick dash to the closest pharmacy to grab some essentials.
I don't use a huge amount of brushes and tools anyway, so with that recent experience in mind and looking at what I do for most days, here is what I recommend.
1. An eyelash curler.
I have pretty short, straight lashes, so I really hate it if I have to do my mascara without my lash curler. I clamp the bottom of my top lashes near the lash line, then do the same thing every few millimetres until I reach the end of my lashes.