When you're already toting a full makeup bag, it's tough to decide which brushes are worth the added investment (and weight). You don't need to own a million different options, but a flawless makeup application often depends on the tools used to apply it. Specific brushes work best for specific products – and even specific skin types.
Here at Get The Look, we've told you that brushes should be used in your daily makeup application, and let you in on how to properly clean them to prevent nasty infections or breakouts. Now that you know the basics, it's time to get educated on the types of brushes you actually need – and their specific uses for the perfect makeup application. Read on to find 10 must-have brushes you need to blend, highlight, and contour your face to perfection.
MAKEUP: 10 ESSENTIAL BRUSHES YOU NEED
THE BLUSH BRUSH
It pays to invest in a blush brush, because once you find the right on, it does it all. A domed bristle brush picks up and deposits blush to define, contour, and shade your cheeks. Simply apply the brush in a circular motion to the apples of your cheeks.
THE BLENDING BRUSH
A blending brush is a must-have for dusting eye shadow along the crease of your lids since the flexible bristles make it easy to blend colours and soften lines. A brush with a narrow tip will give you more control over specific areas of your eyes. One that looks too rounded can overemphasize your makeup, giving you the black-eye effect.
THE CONCEALER BRUSH
A great concealer brush can be the MVP of your makeup bag since it tackles your worst problems in one step: blemishes, scars, brown spots, broken capillaries, and under-eye circles. The best brush for the job is one with a tapered head and bristles that are both firm and flexible for extra precision.
THE CONTOURING BRUSH
A fluffy contouring brush is your best bet for highlighting and sharpening your features. Whether you're working with wet or dry products, opt for an angled brush to sculpt your cheekbones with a soft-focus finish. It can also enhance the brow bone and narrow the face.
THE EYELINER BRUSH
The trick to finding a good eyeliner brush is looking for a small, angled brush that's easy to grip. If you're creating a Kristina Bazan-worthy cat eye, you want super sharp lines but also a brush versatile enough to work with wet and dry eyeliners.
THE FOUNDATION BRUSH
Tired of seeing a streaky finish when you're applying foundation by hand? The foundation brush will give you more even coverage and a smooth, poreless finish. Look for one with a domed head and densely packed bristles, especially when you're dealing with dark under-eye circles and fine lines. You can also use it to apply face creams and serums.
THE POWDER BRUSH
The powder brush is a makeup bag staple. It helps you set your face with powder after you've applied foundation and sweeps extra makeup without messing with your carefully crafted beauty look – otherwise known as "baking." A good buy is a large, dense and fluffy brush with a tapered head.
THE HIGHLIGHTER BRUSH
This brush has a feathery texture to sweep highlighter, blush or bronzer over your cheekbones – the key is keeping a light touch so your makeup doesn't look too overdone. Find a soft brush that's substantial enough to pick up the power in the first place.
THE LIP BRUSH
Once you get the hang of using a lip brush, you'll never want to apply colour straight out of the tube again. It helps you colour in the lines for a smudge-proof pout and also works for mixing formulas. Look for a brush with a tapered point and soft bristles for easy application.
THE SPOOLIE BRUSH
The spoolie brush is a fun way to achieve fuller, more organized brows. The angled brush smooths and defines brows with powder and the spiral end tames your crazy brows and brushes them out after you wake up. The spoolie also double as a wand for removing mascara clumps and separating lashes. You can buy these brushes separately, or downsize with an all-in-one wand.