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Tools of the Trade: Eight Must-Have Makeup Brushes

Makeup superstores bring out different responses in people: entering the hallowed halls of Sephora is enough to make some break out in a cold sweat, while for others, it’s practically orgasmic (and if not, Nars has a blush for that). Whether you're more the former or the latter, we've gathered our eight must-have makeup brushes with which to apply your potions. These eight brushes are non-negotiable for any makeup lover worth her weight in Benetint.
Dermablend Foundation Brush
Estee Lauder Concealer Brush
Too Faced Large Powder Brush
Bobbi Brown Blush Brush
bareMinerals Eyeshadow Brush
By Terry Eyeliner Brush
Urban Decay Good Karma Lip Brush
Revlon Double Ended Eyebrow Brush

Revlon Double Ended Eyebrow Brush

The brush half of this nifty three-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.

Revlon Double Ended Eyebrow Brush 1 ea
Brand: Revlon
Price: Out of stock
Store: Drugstore.com

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.

Bobbi Brown 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.

Urban Decay Good Karma 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.

Revlon Double Ended Eyebrow Brush

The brush half of this nifty three-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.

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