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12 Makeup Brushes You Actually Need and Exactly How to Use Them

Apr 19, 2018

 

1. Foundation Brush

Use it to smooth liquid or cream foundation for streak-free application. Start in the middle of your face and blend the product outward to prevent harsh makeup lines around the edge of your face.

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2. Beauty Blender

The trick to using one of these most effectively is to squeeze it a few times under water first. After the sponge has absorbed a bit a water and expanded slightly in size, roll off the excess on a towel. This wetting process will not only prevent your sponge from soaking up all of your foundation (because it's already full of water) but will also help blend your makeup as smoothly as possible. Use the sponge’s broad sides to apply the product on your face. Use the tip to reach creases around the nose and to pinpoint small areas.

3. Kabuki Brush

This big brush is perfect for softly applying bronzers and powders, and for evenly distributing product across your face or body.

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4. Powder Brush

The long, fluffy bristles evenly diffuse loose powders.

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5. Angled Blush Brush

The slanted bristles make it easier to apply products perfectly to your cheekbones.

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6. Concealer Brush

Use a small, synthetic brush to pinpoint specific areas that need extra coverage, like small spots and blemishes.

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7. All-Over Eye Shadow Brush

Use an eye shadow brush to evenly apply powder and cream shadows.

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8. Blending Eye Shadow Brush

Use the fluffy bristles to diffuse eye shadow in the crease of your eye, or use it to blend multiple shades of eye shadow together.

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9. Smudger Brush

Use this to soften eyeliner for a smoky, sultry look.

Alternate use: Target areas around the eye, such as the inner and outer corners, when applying intense pigment.

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10. Angled Eyeliner Brush

This brush easily lines lashes with cream or gel liner or shadow.

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11. Lash/Brow Comb/Brush

Use this duo to comb, tame, and de-clump your lashes and brows.

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12. Fan Brush

Use this to clean up fallen product or gently apply powders and highlighters on your cheekbones, temples, and cupids bow.

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