How to Create a Flawless Look Using 6 Types of Makeup Brushes

From a contour brush kit to an angled eyebrow brush, these six types of makeup brushes will help you achieve stunning new looks. For more beauty inspo, check out what's in our makeup bag.

Paddle foundation brush with a gold handle. photo

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Paddle to Perfection Foundation Brush

Set aside your makeup sponge and pick up this paddle brush from Tarte Cosmetics. Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, it also minimizes product waste better than most makeup applicators. It's made with ultra-soft bristles that buff foundation into your skin—no more streaky lines. Pair it with any liquid foundation, and blend using small, circular motions. ($28; tartecosmetics.com)

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Powder brush with a plush, large head. photo

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Real Techniques Powder Brush

After you've applied liquid foundation, set it with a translucent powder using this Real Techniques powder brush. It features a large head and plush bristles, giving it a comfortable, soft feel with every application. It works well with mineral foundation and is easy to clean and store thanks to its self-standing design. Dip the brush in your go-to powder, tap the edge to remove the excess, pat and lightly brush it across your face to ensure your makeup lasts all day long. ($10; kohls.com)

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Sephora contour brush set with four brushes and storage bag. photo

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Sephora Collection Contouring Brush Set

Whether you're a makeup novice or a beauty guru, this contour set is what you need to complete your collection. It comes with four brushes (bronzer brush, highlight brush, contour brush, and blush brush), a pretty metallic bag for organization, and a tutorial guide that shows you how to achieve your favorite looks. We recommend pairing this brush set with the limited edition Tartiest Contour Palette Version III. ($45; sephora.com)

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Dual-Ended Firm Angled Brush

Fill and shape your eyebrows to perfection with this dual-ended firm angled brush by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Use the brush side to shape and fill your brows with the Brow Powder Duo palette, or any other powder and liquid formula. The spooley allows you to blend and add a textured look. Bonus: See how one of our shop editors fakes a bold brow on a budget. ($18; ulta.com)

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Wish Upon A Star mini brush set from the Sephora Collection. photo

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Sephora Collection Mini Brush Set

When it comes to the makeup routine, applying eyeshadow is one of our favorite parts—you can completely unleash your creativity. Whether you're using everyday neutrals or experimenting with new bold colors, this mini brush set has all the tools you need. Use the eyeshadow brush (far right) to apply and blend, the crease brush (second from the right) to create depth and precise lines, the angled eyeliner brush (second from the left) to apply liquid liner, and the smudge brush (far left) to blend the liner and give it a smokey effect. The brushes' miniature size allows you to use them at home and then toss them in your purse in case you need a touch-up later. ($15; sephora.com)

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MAC lip brush with a metal cover. photo

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MAC Lip Brush

Create crisp lines and have full control when applying your lip liner with the MAC lip brush. It features a sleek silver design with a small, flat, tapered tip to ensure accuracy. Simply dip the brush in the color of your choice and lightly line along your lips using the edges of the brush. Use the flat sides to fill your lips, and the tip can be used to apply eyeliner, too—just make sure to wash the brush first. ($20; macys.com)

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