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8 top beauty tools to help you look great

Our expert panel - beauty writer and editor Megan Kirkwood, makeup artist Bahar Niramwalla and beauty writer Marilisa Racco - weigh in with their picks

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Best blow dryer: Rowenta Beauty Infini Pro Auto Sensor Dryer, $219 through www.rowenta.ca. “This powerful dryer speeds up drying time, stays cool to the touch and smooths the hair cuticle, resulting in sleek strands.”– Bahar Niramwalla

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Best eyelash curler: Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler, $20 at Sephora (www.sephora.ca). “Make those long, fluttery lashes from the Gucci runway a reality. This curler’s ergonomic handle and replacement silicone pads give it longevity. It also comes in an array of fun colours.” – Marilisa Racco

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Best curling iron: T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Professional Curling Iron, $149 at Sephora. “A unique hollow barrel with ceramic heaters heats hair evenly, resulting in less hair damage. It’s perfect for beach-wave addicts (see: the undone tresses at Versace and Lanvin for spring).” – Megan Kirkwood

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Best face tool: Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System, $215 at at Sephora (www.sephora.ca), and select Shoppers Drug Mart and Holt Renfrew locations. “This tool ... works eye serum and cream into the epidermis around the eye-bone area, providing immediate firming and brightening benefits.” – M.R.

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Best blush brush: Aerin Kabuki Blush Brush, $52 at select Holt Renfrew locations. “With its soft, supple bristles, all it takes to get spring’s fresh flush is one dab on the cheeks from this fat yet remarkably compact blush brush.” – M.R.

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Best hair brush: Goody Quik-Style Half-Round Styler Brush, $14.99 at Wal-Mart (www.walmart.ca). “This will cut your hair-styling time considerably. Its microfibre bristles draw out excess moisture, meaning quicker blowouts and less heat damage.” – M.R.

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Best eye-makeup brush: Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush, $25 at Sephora and select Holt Renfrew locations. “This brush will make easy work of the flirty cat eye that Dior showed this spring. The shorter handle allows you to get really close to the mirror, so mistakes can be kept to a minimum.” – M.R.

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Best foundation brush: Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush, $49 at Holt Renfrew. “Flawless skin is in this spring. This brush works really well with both cream and liquid formulations and spreads product evenly so there’s no streaking.”– M.R.

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