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Must-Have Makeup Brushes

Makeup is a form of art. With that said, every artist needs the best tools in order to create a masterpiece. Having the right makeup brushes to apply your makeup makes all the difference. Featured here are the top 9 must-have makeup brushes that every woman should have in her makeup bag.

Must-Have Makeup Brushes

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Powder Brush:

A large, soft powder brush is ideal for applying pressed powder or loose powder with expert precision and even distribution. When applying powder, the goal should be to ‘set’ your foundation (preventing it from melting off or settling into fine lines). Using this powder brush, lightly dust foundation onto your face, starting with your T-Zone (forehead, nose, chin). The powder has a mattifying effect, so don’t over do-it by applying to much.

Foundation Brush:

When you want the look of flawless skin, you need to use a foundation brush. In a circular motion, apply liquid foundation onto your clean skin with a foundation brush. Achieve your ideal look with a foundation brush specially designed to create a smooth, natural-makeup finish. The synthetic bristles ensure smooth, streak-free application and optimal payoff with all of your favorite liquid, cream, and powder formulas. The rounded shape and longer bristles flex with the skin and produce beautiful, airbrushed results. A little goes a long way – so start with just a dime-sized amount of foundation. You can always add more coverage if you need to.

Eyeliner Brush:

When you’re in the mood for a defined eye, without using a pencil or liquid eyeliner, opt for an eyeliner brush (to apply powder eyeshadow). An eyeliner brusher is the ultimate precision tool, perfect for applying powder eyeliner, contouring the outer angle of the eye, or shading and smudging a pencil line for a smoky, softly lined look.

Blush Brush:

For that lit-from-within look, rosy cheeks always creates the appearance of a youthful complexion. Using a blush brush, lightly apply peach, pink, or rose colored blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush:

Use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to sweep on a light colored eyeshadow across your eye, either as your base eyeshadow or for the ‘natural’ look. The fluffy eyeshadow brush helps you achieve a sheer eyeshadow application when you just want a hint of color on your lids.

Blender Eyeshadow Brush:

A blender eyeshadow brush is a must-have makeup brush to eliminate any lines of demarcation when using different eyeshadow colors (and especially when doing the highlighting and contouring makeup technique).

Dense Eyeshadow Brush:

To apply deeper hued eyeshadow shades, you’ll need a dense eyeshadow brush. This makeup brush is especially useful when applying eyeshadow into your crease line.

Angled Eyeshadow Brush:

For perfect eyebrows, an angled eyeshadow brush works wonders. Apply eyeshadow (about 2 shades lighter than your hair color) to your eyebrows for a lightly-defined look. The benefit of using an angled eyeshadow brush in combination with eyeshadow is that your eyebrows get filled-in without looking harsh or unnatural.

Bronzer Brush:

For a sun-kissed look (and when sculpting your face with the makeup contouring technique), you need a bronzer brush. This ball-shaped makeup brush has fully angled bristles that generously grasp bronzer powder and fits perfectly to the skin with a bigger surface to blend. Superior quality bristles improve the powder’s application, promoting a flexible and uniform application.



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  1. I agree on all of these brushes. However, I would definitely add the ‘fan brush’ to the list – it is so wonderful when applying transluscent/luminizing powder! An essential for me.

    • Christina-Lauren says:

      Great suggestion, Whitney! My friend (who’s a makeup junkie) recently told me about her fan brush, and swears by it. I’ve never used one, but will definitely look into it.

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