The Makeup Brushes You Need in Your Cosmetic Bag

Flawless makeup application is as easy as having the right brush. From the type of bristles to the shape of the handle, a custom tool means the difference between hot stuff and a hot mess. Here are the makeup brushes you need to stock in your cosmetic bag:

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1. Foundation Brush

The key to even, smooth coverage is the dome-shaped head.

BareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush, $28,

2. Eye Shadow Brush

Dense bristles are great for simple, everyday looks but also work for a bold, smoky eye.

MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, $25,

3. Eyeliner Brush

The bent applicator gives you a just-right angle for the perfect winged liner.

IT Cosmetics Tightliner 10-in-1 Dual-Ended Brush, $24,

4. Blush Brush

For the most natural flush, opt for a flattened brush with rounded bristles.

Make Up For Ever 156 Flat Round Brush, $39,

5. Concealer Brush

Resist the temptation to use your fingers. A flat brush head contours perfectly with your under eye.

Sonia Kashuk, Kashuk Tools Synthetic Concealer Brush, $10.79, Target,


6. Lip Brush

A tin, square-shaped tip means your bold lipstick colors get the most precise application.

Tom Ford Lip Brush, $46,