Tools of the Trade: Eight Must-Have Makeup Brushes
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Dermablend Foundation Brush
For a flawless, full-coverage finish, use this brush to apply liquid or cream foundation smoothly, and without the streaking effect that fingers and sponges can produce. Alternate the direction of your strokes for optimal blending.
Estee Lauder Concealer Brush
This brush’s tightly packed bristles and rounded edge make it ideal for blending concealer into under-eye contours and blemishes. Choose synthetic, nonabsorptive fibers to ensure light but long-lasting coverage, and use short, precise strokes.
Too Faced Large Powder Brush
Whether you’re dusting your face with bronzer or setting foundation, a large, full, rounded brush is essential to both distribute loose powder makeup evenly over your face and sweep off any excess.
Eco Tools Blush Brush
With its angled bristles, this brush ensures natural-looking distribution of blush pigment and color definition across your cheekbones. Smile into the mirror to draw out the apples of your cheeks, then sweep the blush out toward your hairline.
bareMinerals Eyeshadow Brush
A square, slightly tapered head, about half an inch wide, makes for a perfect multipurpose eyeshadow applicator. Use its thin edge to coat eyelids, or use the tip to color the crease; then clean off the bristles and blend colors with the flat side.
By Terry Eyeliner Brush
The sharp point of this brush affords maximum precision as you apply eyeliner along your upper and lower lash lines; to blend and soften the color, brush the makeup lightly with the ends of the bristles. Experiment with thicker and thinner lines by sweeping the brush at different angles.
Maybelline Lip Brush
This brush serves the dual purpose of both applying lipstick and expertly blending lipstick and lip liner. Be sure to get either a retractable version or one with a cover so you can carry it with you for on-the-go touch-ups.
Models Own Eyebrow Brush and Lash Comb
The brush half of this nifty two-in-one tool shapes eyebrows for maximum arch impact and even hair distribution, while the comb half gently separates eyelashes and removes clumps of mascara. Look for bristles that are firm but not too stiff or prickly.