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Because I, too, have occasionally spent significant time Googling which tools I need more than using them, and after years of trying to prioritise which brushes I actually need and how much I should invest in - I thought of putting together everything I learned so far here. First, makeup brushes not only come in a wide range of sizes, but also different materials, bristle shapes, lengths, and density, which I guess makes everything a lot more confusing for all of us - unless you are a makeup artist. Did you knew that most of makeup artists actually use the warmth of their clean hands and fingers to blend and melt makeup into the skin. Since I am not a makeup artist though I do need a bit of more help with the brushes but I do tend to play with my fingers sometimes and maybe you should try it too. Right - brushes now!

A foundation brush : The options when it comes to a foundation brush are so many but one question you need to as yourself is if you need good coverage from your foundation or a bit more light coverage. I use the BareMinerals Beautiful Finish that delivers fast, even, controlled coverage to reduce application time. Its perfect for any type of foundation and because the wide brush covers large areas quickly you get a flawless look instantly.

A flat concealer brush : With concealer I used to apply it with my fingers but I found out that the result wasn't what I expected to be. So now I prefer mostly a flat brush a bit fluffy as well as it gives a lot more coverage to the area underneath the eyes. I do sometimes use BeautyBlenders sponges which can multitask and are super easy to use. The one I use its by Fenty Beauty , a softly angled concealer brush designed for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder formulas with flawless fingertip precision. Also a cruelty free brush and not outrageously expensive.

A fluffy face powder brush : Think big and fluffy. This will be a multitask brush to be used either from an overall bronzed application, to contouring or setting powder - it will do anything you need it to do. I use the one by ElfCometics and I found their brushes set quiet affordable compared to other so definitely worth trying. Their range is cruelty-free and made with 100% animal hair-free, synthetic bristles.

A loosely-bristled blush brush: This blusher brush will help you to create sun-kissed and flawless skin in an instant, easily gathering the right amount of product to distribute youthful pops of colour across the cheeks and contours. Mine is from Mulac and sadly cant find it online but will make sure to link a few similar options.

A highlighter brush: Usually it comes in a flat shape but what a make up artist recommended me is the FentyBeauty Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush which has been the best so far. An expertly chiselled highlighter brush that 'hugs' cheeks for an effortless glow. Basically it hugs more areas in face rather than just the cheeks like your brow bone, cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose, and even your collarbone – for an effortlessly killer glow. Also cruelty free!

A tapered eyeshadow brush : This is very basic and essential to your brush list. Marc Jacobs Beauty's 'The All Over Shadow Brush' is perfect for applying base eyeshadows. This tool has synthetic bristles and a densely packed tip that evenly distributes color onto the lids. Use it for quick application of just one shade, or opt for a smoky look - up to you.

An eyeshadow blending brush: or usually will be called as the crease brush. These brushes are known for their tapered shape and soft, fluffy bristles to help you really blend, blend, and blend without scratching the hell out of your lids.Personally I love the one by AnastasiaBverlyHills. Soft fibers taper to form a medium dome shape for expert blending and application of Eyeshadows through the crease of the eye High performance pro brush, assembled using the finest quality materials for improved longevity

The most popular tool of this decade its definitely the beauty sponges which came to make makeup blending easy and quick than ever before. The size and shape of a makeup sponge varies depending on what they're being used for. I tend to use them as I feel they fit better my makeup routine but will link a few options for you to have a look.

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