However good you are at putting on your makeup, the right tools can mean the difference between an amateur application and a flawless finish. Your face is a canvas and working with the right brushes will help you create your personal masterpiece every time. Once you find the brushes that work for you, they will not only save you time in applying your makeup but also give you a better and longer-lasting finish to your look. You’ll wonder how you ever managed without them. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of brushes available (and they all have their purpose), so we’ve picked a few of our favorites to get you started.
Clockwise from top left: No. 71 Perfect Face buffing brush by Trish McEvoy, $48; Nordstrom, nordstrom.com. Protection Naturelle flow-through brush and powder by Chantecaille, $72; Saks Fifth Avenue, saksfifthavenue.com. Printed goat hair kabuki brush by Chantecaille, $69; Saks Fifth Avenue. Dual-ended eyeliner/eyebrow brush, $10; Mary Kay, marykay.com/tammy.miloro. Foundation brush No. 6 by Chanel, $45; Saks Fifth Avenue