If you love makeup but never quite achieve your desired results, the problem may not be your technique as much as the tools at your disposal. Specialized makeup brushes simplify application because they allow for more precise smoothing, lining, and concealing. When mistakes are eliminated and your shadows, bronzers, and creams are applied deftly and accurately, you look more put together, and the world is generally a more beautiful place. So, without further ado, add these tools to your makeup kit ASAP.
Bare Minerals Kabuki
In general, Bare Minerals kabuki brushes are incredible for light coverage, but if you need heavy coverage, I recommend grabbing the smaller Bare Minerals get-started kit that includes a miniature kabuki brush. The denser, shorter brush fibers make it excellent for hiding imperfections and evening skin tone.
Make-Up Forever Kabuki
The Make-up Forever kabuki brush in any size will be the plushest, softest make-up brush that ever touches your skin. It is stellar for applying finishing powder or a light mineral veil as a seal over your standard look.
MAC Powder Blush Brush
You may be thinking, “No, not another brush for foundations, powders, etc.,” but, I promise, this is the last one. The MAC Powder Blush Brush is excellent for both blushes and bronzers when you want to add a bit of glow to the apples of your cheek without venturing into clown face territory.
Maybe you’re thinking that the Clairisonic isn’t really a makeup brush, but it is a brush that serves a very important purpose. Your makeup will never look perfect until you apply it on clean, fresh skin, and this cleansing tool knows a thing or two about that.
Bobbi Brown Eyeline Brush
If you’ve ever wanted your eyeliner to think outside the box, then you need an eyeliner brush like Bobbi Brown’s. These brushes ease applying cream eyeliner and also allow you to experiment with using your favorite shadow as a liner over primer.
Anastasia Brow Brush
Eyebrows. Can’t live with them; can’t look right without them. Anastasia specializes in superior tools for managing this plucky area, and their brow brush with bristles on one end and a spooly on the other is perfect for adding definition to your brow’s line with powder.
Sephora Brow Comb
You may prefer to opt for the traditional comb to streamline your brow line. A few years ago Sephora sold a similar comb with scissors and a cutting guard attached for trimming brow hair, and it was a superb tool. If it ever comes back on the market, grab it, but in the meantime, this comb is a nice addition.
e.l.f. Eyeshadow Brush
The e.l.f. eyeshadow brush is a great bargain and a major step up for those still using a sponge applicator as a matter of routine. I use my eyeshadow brush for the lid and also lightly run it over my entire eye with a translucent shadow after I lock down my look. It makes everything soft focus.
Mary Kay Eye Crease Brush
Want a great smokey eye or a layered look? You need a brush to tackle the eye crease. These brushes apply powder precisely to your eye’s ditch to help your peepers pop.
Bobbi Brown Retractable Lip Brush
If you buy lipstick in pots or purchase complete make-up palettes, you need a dedicated lip brush – one that is not your index finger – to ease application. This Bobbi Brown model is of superior quality and handily retractable. Always get a retractable or capped lip brush to keep it as sanitary as possible in between cleanings.