You scored a fabulous new makeup palette with 17 colors to choose from, but for some reason, after spending most of your morning carefully applying the perfect shades, you look like Cyndi Lauper circa 1984. While technique is certainly important, having the right tools is really the first step to a gorgeous face.
Luckily you don’t need to drop an entire paycheck or stuff your bag with a dozen applicators for each step of your makeup routine. These six brushes will help you achieve the look you want so you can try different things—natural, glam, glitter, you name it—without worrying that you’ll resemble a clown.
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If you can’t seem to achieve a flawless finish and always end up with streaks and lines, point the finger at your fingers. Professional makeup artists use flame-shaped foundation brushes because they distribute product evenly. Pixi Beauty creator Petra Strand suggests opting for a nylon or synthetic brush since they’re cheaper than natural animal hair ones but work just as well.
For the perfect look, first place foundation on the top of your hand to warm it up for smoother application, suggestions makeup pro Dresden Buras. Then dip the brush in and "apply the foundation in long strokes, like painting a canvas," all over your face and neck for sheer application, says White Plains, NY, makeup artist J. Guerra. Once the first coat is on, go back and use a tapping motion with the fat end of the brush to apply more product in areas where you need extra coverage.