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Beauty Edit: Makeup Brushes 101

Sephora Collection Face the Day: Full Face Brush Set $49
Sephora Collection Face the Day: Full Face Brush Set $49

Makeup brushes are at the heart of putting your best face forward.

Bobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection $190

Over the years, makeup brushes have single-handedly replaced makeup sponges, wedges and good old fashion using your fingers as the primary tool for makeup application.

Shopping for makeup brushes isn't as easy as it sounds. Even for the most principal makeup gurus (makeup artists, cosmetology students, self-professed beauty junkies) finding the right makeup brush means more than just heading to the nearest beauty counter.

When finding the right makeup brushes, you want to look for brushes that are durable, lightweight to the touch yet firm to the grip with reliable bristles that have a lasting effect in order to handle frequent makeup applications.

Then there is taking your budget into consideration. Quality makeup brushes can cost you hundreds of dollars but there are also makeup brushes on the market that offer the same range of quality without the hefty price tags. Get to know these makeup 101 basics.

Makeup Brushes 101:

There are a series of makeup brushes that have a specific use for the face, here are some of the most popular ones:

Powder Brush: A powder brush is most often used to apply foundation to the face, this can either be in the form of liquid foundation, powder foundation or the combination of the two.

Concealer Brush: A concealer brush is generally used to apply concealer under the eyes, around the mouth area and anywhere else concealer is needed. The slightly tilted edge makes for more accurate application.

Shadow Brush: A brush used to apply eyeshadow. The shadow brush is ideal for applying eyeshadow to the eyes especially when using the contouring method.

Eyeliner Brush: Eyeliner brushes are used for applying liquid eyeliner onto eyelids. The eyeliner brush also has slanted edges for easier application.

Foundation Brush: Similar to the powder brush, the foundation brush is mainly for the application of foundation from liquid to powder. The only difference between a foundation blush and the powder brush is the content of the bristles (typically a blend of natural animal hairs and synthetic)

Kabuki: A kabuki brush is a short little brush that has the same range of uses as a foundation and powder brush. Kabuki brushes are primarily used for the application of powder.

Blush Brush: A brush used to apply blush onto the cheeks. Blush brushes are also a great asset for contouring along the cheek bones.

Lip Brush: Lip Brushes are used to apply lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm and any other lip product evenly onto the lips.

Now that we've covered the very basics of makeup brushes, toss out you used brushes (if it's been used 6 months to a year!) and get a hold of these latest sets just in time to clear out for the summer and make way for the fall.

1. Sephora Collection Face the Day: Full Face Brush Set $49

2. M.A.C. 'Look in a Box - Basic Brush' Kit $50

3. Smashbox 'Studio Pro' Brush Set $89

4. e.l.f. Studio Brush Set $27

5.Bobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection $190

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