Do you ever feel like your DIY facial mask applications look more like you've been pied in the face? Not that you have to have a perfect spalike appearance to your at-home mask, but if there's a cleaner, neater way to get it on, then why not? A few years ago, an esthetician friend gave me a facial mask brush, and I cannot sing its praises enough.

Not only does this skin care tool provide a smooth, even application, but you'll find you actually need less product — and make a whole lot less of a mess — when you use it. Plus, there's something kind of glamorously old-school about a perfectly-applied mask. To apply, dip the brush into the product and use upward, long and sweeping motions to create an even layer all over the face. Or try a similarly shaped large foundation brush to get the same results.