All makeup artists know that a well pulled together kit of brushes is essential for the best results. Of course, you can use your fingers to apply your products but for a pro finish, brushes are the way forward to buff and blend to perfection.
Pro artists have dozens of brushes in their armoury but choose well and you can get away with a capsule collection. Below we've rounded up the 5 brushes every makeup obsessive should own...
With its semi-flat surface, this densely-packed brush blends and buffs foundation onto the skin, hugging the curves and contours so you end up with a perfect result every time.
For Contour and Highlighter:
Designed to be used with powders, liquid and creams this double-ended tool has a smaller brush for precisely applying your contour and highlighter, then a bigger fluffier brush to blend away any harsh lines.
Love baking? Or just like to finish your face with a dusting of loose powder to set everything in place? Then this tool should be your go-to. The smaller brush is perfect for dusting powder under the eyes, while the bigger brush can be used for setting powder and blusher.
There are so many eyeshadow brushes out there but this is a great all-rounder as it has the larger brush for applying and blending product all over the lid, then the smaller brush for liner application or adding definition.
Rules are there to be broken, you don't have to use brushes exactly how they are designed to be used. This is made for the eyes, but you can also use it as a lip brush. The fine end is ideal for lining lips, whilst the other can be used to apply lipstick all over the lips or to blur the edges for a pretty, lived-in look.
Okay, it's not a brush but a sponge will ensure you get an airbrushed finish. For best results, be sure to wet and squeeze the sponge before applying your foundation, contour, highlighter or powder.