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, Sephora.com
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, Nordstrom.com
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, Ulta.com
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, Sephora.com
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, Target.com
6. Lip Brush
A tin, square-shaped tip means your bold lipstick colors get the most precise application.
Tom Ford Lip Brush, $46, Nordstrom.com