The Brush Up

Applying makeup to your pretty little palette can be overwhelming on its own, and for some of us, the added decision of what to do it with can be downright discouraging. Don't fret though our bewildered beauty lovers! We've all been on that boat at one point or another and we're here to give you a rundown on some of our favorite brushes — and how to use them! So give those blending fingers a rest and brush up on our top picks!

BROWS & EYES

HOURGLASS COSMETICS CREASE BRUSH, $30

Perfect for applying color to the creases of your eyes, Hourglass' crease brush manages to hold onto loose powder very well, so there's basically no need to worry about excess pigments landing onto your cheekbones or clothes. The Taklon bristles are soft and yield a gentle application. Ideal for liquid and cream shadows too! Shop this product here! 

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DUO BRUSH #12, $18

Because, like most beauty lovers, we are obsessed with Anastasia Beverly Hills' DIPBROW Pomade, we had to include our favorite applicator for it. The brand's Duo Brush #12, is the perfect tool for taming unruly stragglers. This double-duty eyebrow brush fills brows in flawlessly on one end and brushes hairs into place with the other. Shop this product here!

MAKEUP GEEK BENT LINER BRUSH, $7.99

Makeup Geek delivers this great option for those who are on the quest to perfecting the cat eye. The angled ferrule takes the hard work out of achieving those precise lines and signature flick at the corners for a dramatic and flawless effect. Works wonderfully with both gels and liquids and the synthetic fibers are an added plus if you're a lover furry woodland creatures! Shop this product here!

BOBBI BROWN ULTRA FINE EYE LINER BRUSH, $28

This brush is the perfect pairing to Bobbi Brown's Gel Eye Liner, but works just as beautifully on other gels and dark powder shadows. It yields great results whether you're going for a thin, delicate line, or you're after a something wider with more drama. Shop this product here!

CHEEKS & FACE 

SIGMA TAPERED HIGHLIGHTER, $24

Sigma never seems to fail us and it's no surprise at all that we had to include at least one of their incredible brushes on this list. Their tapered highlighter features a precision tip for subtle highlighting on the forehead, cheekbones, nose and on the corner of your eyes. Shop this product here!

TARTE BRONZE & GLOW CONTOUR, $34

Who doesn't love a little multi-purpose action? Tarte's Bronze & Glow Contour Brush is a double-ended contouring brush that will sculpt and buff your cheekbones and deliver instant dimension. The larger end blends powders in beautifully, helping to create a flawless finish. Shop this product here!

BEAUTYBLENDER ORIGINAL, $20

Though technically not a brush, this high-definition cosmetic sponge is a must-have. It's specially designed so that makeup sits on top of the sponge, and doesn't get absorbed into it. This feature allows for streak-free blending on our face and less product usage. Shop this product here!

ECOTOOLS RETRACTABLE KABUKI, $7.99

Every brush collection should have a kabuki in it, and we love this retractable option by ecoTOOLs. Kabukis are versatile face brushes that are ideal for mineral powders, blushes and even liquid foundations. We love this one in particular because it's a great quality and a great price, plus it's retractable and perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. Shop this product here!

SMASHBOX FAN BRUSH #22, $18

This top-rated fan brush is perfect for applying bronzers and powder foundations. They're one of the best tools for diffusing color and can even be used to brush away mistakes and excess makeup. Quick tip from our founder: Use a fan brush to apply masks and treatments for even, all-over coverage while using less product! Shop this product here!

BAREMINERALS MAXIMUM COVERAGE CONCEALER, $20

bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush is wonderful at targeting specific spots. We love it for covering up dark, under-eye circles and unsightly blemishes. A little product goes a long with this tool. Shop this product here! 

LIPS

MAC COSMETICS 316 LIP BRUSH, $20

We use MAC's 316 Lip Brush to help us perfect our pretty pouts. Its firm fibers work well for a controlled application, and we love how it gives our lips full and defined coverage. Shop this product here!

LAURA MERCIER LIP COLOUR, $24

Our final brush will quickly become your BFF when you're looking to achieve precisely-lined lips. The pointed tip offers maximum definition when lining, and the natural fibers color in lips just beautifully. Shop this product here!

As with anything else, make sure to care for your brushes by cleaning them with brush cleaner or a gentle soap to extend their life and avoid bacterial buildup. Happy lining, sculpting and blending!