Head of the Class
These tutorial kits are the next best thing to having a makeup artist in your entourage
all-in-one makeup tutorial kit is like going to a beauty academy
without leaving your home. These kits are designed to help you expand
and perfect your makeup application skills, whether you've never picked
up a brow pencil before or you've mastered a basic look. Maybe you want to advance to a smoky eye or perfect your use of concealer and contouring powders (who doesn't?).
kits take the guesswork out of applying your makeup," says Tasha Reiko
Brown, a top Hollywood makeup artist. "Instead of picking products out
one by one, everything is already selected to create a cohesive look.
And with the step-by-step instructions that are provided, you can try
out new looks even if you consider yourself completely clueless about
Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit:
"This is cheekbones in a compact," says Reiko Brown. "If you've seen
Beyoncé or JLo on the red carpet and thought, 'I wish I could
get that kind of definition,' this kit gives you a foolproof way to do
just that, and it's easy enough to use every single day." Tape the
included face map to your mirror, then follow the illustrated guide to
using the trio of contouring, bronzing and highlighting powders.
Tarte Eye Couture Day-to-Night Eye Palette:
"The 10 shades in this palette get darker as you move from right to
left in the kit," says Reiko Brown, "taking you from daytime to evening
And the kit is what I call 'clutch appropriate,' small enough to
carry so if you decide to hit the town at the last minute, you have
what you need for a touch-up. Plus, the colors are universally
flattering, so this would make a great gift, too."
Benefit Brows a-go-go:
"I call this 'killer brows in a box,' " says Reiko Brown. "One thing I
love is that it includes two shades of brow powder that you can blend
to create the shade that's just perfect for you." Also packed into this
kit are brow wax, liner, highlighter powder, Benefit's cult favorite
Eye Bright, mini tweezers, stiff angled brow brush, and a four-step
lesson on creating professional-looking brows.
Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection:
"This kit takes the blah out of a basic eye," says Reiko Brown. "The
shadows are neutral, yes, but they have pigment to them and beautiful
texture so you can do a naked everyday eye that's not at all boring."
The collection includes nine neutral matte and soft shimmer shadows, an
applicator tool and three Get-the-Look cards.