From fanned and flocked to spooley and stippling, brushes come in a baffling array of shapes, sizes, and utilities. Unless you’re a pro, step away from that beguiling sable contouring number right now. Instead, invest in well-made versions of these four essentials.
This versatile tool works for translucent powder, blush, and bronzer (be sure to clean it frequently). Look for one that is nice and fluffy, with long, soft bristles.
It’s time you graduated from finger smearing. Use a slightly floppy brush with downy bristles to apply color all over the eyelid.
A must for the sultry, smoky look, or for adding extra definition to the eye area.
Like definition? Course you do. You need this stiff, flat brush for turning powder shadows into eyeliner, or for applying cream or gel liner.
When you need to cover up that pimple — and really cover it — use a synthetic concealer brush.
- By Mollie Chen
Just look at those fibers. This flufftastic number is an all-around winner.
Use this standard eyeshadow brush to apply a concentrated amount of color to eyelids.
Use this special eyeshadow brush for blending eyeshadow into your crease.
Pros don't lie: MAC tools are tops. This little guy is a must for liner.